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James O’Brien

  1. Quick hits: Nazem Kadri shows quality rarely seen in hockey players: a sense of humor

    Sep 1, 2010, 3:50 PM EDT

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    Here are a few smaller stories from around the league today. The aforementioned 2010 NHLPA Rookie Showcase took place and while the event was meant mainly to provide photo opportunities for trading card companies, EA Sports also took the time to show off NHL ’11. This allowed Toronto Maple Leafs 2009 first round pick (remember…

  2. NHL Center Ice package sees a slight price increase; Is it worth it?

    Sep 1, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    First things first, let me get to the most important information. Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy reports that the NHL Center Ice package will be marginally more expensive for the 2010-11 season than it was last year. Last year, NHLCI was $163.80 if ordered before Oct. 31. This season, the price has risen to $171.80…

  3. Sharks team president and CEO Greg Jamison steps down

    Sep 1, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

    While the alterations actually haven’t been as drastic as I originally expected, it’s still been a summer of considerable change for the San Jose Sharks franchise. The team let Evgeni Nabokov take a lucrative contract with the KHL after 10 years as their No. 1 goalie. Rob Blake retired. Role player and faceoff expert Manny…

  4. Angelo Esposito tries to find niche with Atlanta after a tough start to his pro hockey career

    Sep 1, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    At one point quite a few years ago, scouts touted Angelo Esposito as a top notch prospect. Since then, Esposito’s star power plummeted to earth dramatically. He went from a possible top pick to the Pittsburgh Penguins’ at No. 20 overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and hasn’t had any luck since then. Considering…

  5. Bruins expect Marc Savard to attend training camp, hope to ease Tyler Seguin into the NHL

    Sep 1, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    It’s true that when people talk about Tyler Seguin, they’ll often discuss fellow top draft pick Taylor Hall too. But in the immediate future, Seguin’s name will also be echoed as people discuss his talented teammate Marc Savard. Both Boston Bruins centers were the center of discussion yesterday as CSN North East’s Joe Haggerty provided…

  6. Bill Guerin skates in Flyers gear, could he be flirting with Philly?

    Sep 1, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

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    While the Pittsburgh Penguins will still be Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Marc-Andre Fleury’s team, fans will definitely notice some significant changes. Losing Sergei Gonchar might be the biggest problem, but letting go of valuable veteran forward Bill Guerin could be a little painful too. Especially if he ultimately suits up for their biggest rivals.…

  7. Anaheim Ducks, Bobby Ryan set to meet up and attempt to make a deal this week

    Sep 1, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

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    While the Ilya Kovalchuk fiasco could be settled sometime today (heaven help us if the NHL rejects the contract again), some of the major restricted free agent negotiations are still in limbo. Perhaps the biggest impact player in that RFA group is Anaheim Ducks power forward of the present and future Bobby Ryan. The Ducks…

  8. Poll results: PHT readers think Sidney Crosby is a dirty player

    Aug 31, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

    When Karl Marx discussed “the tragedy of the commons” he focused on the fact that people need an incentive to maintain their surroundings. The phrase might be a good fit for Internet comments sections, too, though. It’s not surprising to see such principles in action when it comes to a player as derisive as Sidney…

  9. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Buffalo Sabres re-sign Matt Ellis to one-year deal

    Aug 31, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    While the team hasn’t released financial details yet, the Buffalo Sabres announced that they signed 29-year-old forward Matt Ellis to a one-year deal today. Here are a few tidbits about Ellis from the team’s Web site. Ellis (8/31/1981, 6′, 212 lbs.) spent last season in Buffalo where he set career highs in games played (72),…

  10. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Predators sign D Aaron Johnson to two-way deal

    Aug 31, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

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    The Nashville Predators made a depth signing today, signing 27-year-old defenseman Aaron Johnson to a one-year deal. The team reports that it is a two-way contract worth $550K at the NHL level and $105K when he plays in the AHL. Johnson, 27 (4/30/83), split the 2009-10 season between Calgary (22 games) and Edmonton (19 games),…

  11. Niklas Kronwall undergoes knee surgery, Red Wings optimistic that he won't miss camp

    Aug 31, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    A little more than a week ago, we touched on the issues Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall continues to face thanks to knee problems. Kronwall and the team are hoping minor surgery will help his knee feel close to 100 percent. Ansar Khan has the story for Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall…

  12. Chris Chelios announces his retirement, Red Wings name him Advisor to Hockey Operations

    Aug 31, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

    We already discussed the fact that he would probably retire and join the Detroit Red Wings front office, but now it’s official. Get those old jokes out of your systems while you still can because Chris Chelios won’t play another game in the NHL. Here is the story from Chris Chelios, a three-time Stanley…

  13. Tampa Bay makes former Orlando Magic executive Steve Griggs their new COO

    Aug 31, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

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    There’s something about the Tampa Bay Lightning and some variation on the name Steve/Steven. First, there’s Maurice Richard co-winner and star of the present and future Steven Stamkos. Then there is a man who is just as important to the team’s success, new general manager Steve Yzerman. The fixation on successful Steve’s continued today as…

  14. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Islanders sign Doug Weight to one-year, $850K contract

    Aug 31, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

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    Although the deal seemed like it was close to fruition more than two months ago, New York Newsday reporter Katie Strang passes along the news that Doug Weight and the Islanders finally made it official. GM Garth Snow signed Weight to a one-year, $850K contract that could be worth more if he reaches certain bonus…

  15. Nashville Predators will introduce 'Blogger's Row' during 2009-10 season

    Aug 31, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    (Again, I know that blogger talk really only appeals to a select segment of our audience. If this isn’t interesting to you, feel free to click on another story.) On Friday, it seemed like the future was pretty bleak for bloggers trying to gain access to the locker rooms and press boxes of NHL teams,…

  16. Sentencing decision expected this afternoon in Nikolai Khabibulin's extreme DUI trial

    Aug 31, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

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    This afternoon will mark a pivotal moment for the Edmonton Oilers and Nikolai Khabibulin’s life in general, as an Arizona judge will pass along the Russian goalie’s prison sentence after he was found guilty of three charges related to an extreme DUI incident. Here are a few quick facts about the situation, in case you…

  17. On the road to recovery from concussion issues, Willie Mitchell turned to motivational speakers

    Aug 31, 2010, 10:40 AM EDT

    In many cases, the best free agent acquisitions tend to slip under the radar. Sure, every once in a while you’ll see a guy who’s just so good it really doesn’t matter where he goes; Marian Hossa and Scott Niedermayer jump to mind in those cases. But if Jay Bouwmeester and Craig Anderson – two…

  18. Joe Thornton appears eager to sign a contract extension with the San Jose Sharks

    Aug 31, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

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    The last two years, I’ve scrounged enough money together to take a hockey-themed summer trip to California. Each time I return to the horrifying, scolding-hot climates of Texas, it’s like getting slapped awake from a glorious dream. So it’s difficult to even bat an eye at the fact that Joe Thornton is very happy with…

  19. One last chance to vote in the 'Is Sidney Crosby a dirty player?' poll

    Aug 31, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    After reading the Pensblog’s amusing “Mount Dirtymore” post, I couldn’t help but wonder whether or not Sidney Crosby is indeed a dirty player. More importantly, though, I had to know what side of the argument PHT readers come in on. While the poll already received more than 1,000 votes, I thought I’d give everyone a…

  20. The PHT Nightcap: Monday, August 30th

    Aug 31, 2010, 1:00 AM EDT

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    Even in the depressingly hockey-free summer, we expect to be a productive bunch here at Pro Hockey Talk. Sometimes it might be difficult to follow our pace. We understand that. For that reason, whenever we can, we’ll put all of the day’s stories in one convenient post called the PHT Nightcap. Enjoy, hockey fans. Speculating…

  21. Paul 'BizNasty' Bissonnette makes his (triumphant?) return to Twitter, discusses homeless people and hoarding

    Aug 30, 2010, 11:45 PM EDT

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    It’s been a pretty busy week or so for enforcers and Twitter. Eight days ago, Cam Janssen and Krys Barch made waves when they essentially made a date for a fight via the 140-character-based social network. Fans of silly Twitter updates made by guys who give and receive knuckle sandwiches will be delighted to find…

  22. Report: Andrei Markov skates on his own for first time since Matt Cooke hit

    Aug 30, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

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    The Montreal Canadiens had an incredible run to the Eastern Conference finals last season, but they had to make half of it without their go-to powerplay quarterback and best defenseman Andrei Markov. The Russian blueliner sustained an injury from a rugged, yet clean check from Pittsburgh Penguins agitator Matt Cooke. Here is video of that…

  23. Report: Antti Niemi allegedly on the verge of deciding his hockey future

    Aug 30, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

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    Two of the biggest lingering stories from this off-season regard the future of Ilya Kovalchuk (as we discussed earlier) and former Chicago Blackhawks goalie Antti Niemi. While there hasn’t been anything close to a confirmation – or concrete information, really – ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers reports that Niemi is on the verge of deciding which…

  24. NHL continues to review the second attempt at an Ilya Kovalchuk-Devils contract

    Aug 30, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

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    There was a minor stir regarding what was ultimately deemed a false report regarding the NHL rejecting the second Ilya Kovalchuk-New Jersey Devils contract, so I thought it would be wise to pass along what basically amounts to a non-update (with a few nuggets that you might find semi-interesting). The biggest thing to keep in…

  25. League hires a former NFL executive to beef up programming, NHL Network to see overhaul

    Aug 30, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    Even the most cynical hockey fan should value the NHL Network to at least some extent, especially if you’re an American puckhead. For all its faults, the channel often covers the league’s big events (trade deadline coverage, later rounds of the NHL draft, the occasional live game during the regular season) and NHL on the…

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