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  1. Report: Dustin Byfuglien shipped to Atlanta in blockbuster trade

    Jun 23, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    Note: This isn’t quite confirmed yet. Keep your eye on PHT for the official word … or the possibility that the trade fell through. While the salary cap went up higher than many expected – reportedly all the way up to $59.4 million – the Chicago Blackhawks still were forced to move a huge piece…

  2. 2010-11 schedule analysis: Who has it the toughest, easiest?

    Jun 23, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

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    West Coast hockey fans have a lot of beefs. They complain – justifiably or not – about “East Coast bias” and various other slights. People can debate day and night about that one, but there is one thing that you cannot deny: hockey teams in that region are forced to travel a considerable amount more.…

  3. Jordan Staal needs second foot surgery in two months

    Jun 23, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

    Jordan Staal is recovering from his second foot surgery in as many months, reports Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. After getting injured in a first round series with the Ottawa Senators, the lanky center came back from surgery sooner than just about anyone else expected during the Penguins’ second round series with the Montreal…

  4. Shane Doan receives King Clancy Award

    Jun 23, 2010, 3:20 PM EST

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    Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan was awarded the King Clancy Award today. It is handed out for “leadership qualities on and off the ice.” The Arizona Republic captured Doan’s reaction to receiving the King Clancy as well as being nominated for the Mark Messier Leadership Award. Of the Clancy award, Doan said: “That’s pretty special.…

  5. Should the Hockey Hall of Fame open up its voting process?

    Jun 23, 2010, 2:45 PM EST

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    It seems like there is a weird MVP voting quirk almost every year in nearly every sport. Sometimes those moments are amusing, such as a beat writer choosing a fringe player on the team he or she covers to make a “statement.” Rarely – but on occasion – there’s a tinge of something a little…

  6. Alex Ovechkin hopes to join Orr, Gretzky and win three straight Hart Trophies

    Jun 23, 2010, 2:00 PM EST

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    Alex Ovechkin is hoping to receive his third straight Hart Trophy tonight at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas. The two players standing in his way are Art Ross Trophy winner Henrik Sedin and Maurice Richard Trophy co-winner Sidney Crosby. Ovechkin would be the third player in NHL history to win the trophy three times…

  7. Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin sign big endorsement deals before playing a single NHL game

    Jun 23, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

    They might not receive a $100 million endorsement deal before playing a single pro game like Lebron James did, but regardless of which player goes No. 1 Friday, Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin both landed deals with big hockey equipment companies. TSN has the story. Bauer Hockey and Easton Hockey both say they got their…

  8. Which U.S. sports goal was more exciting: Parise's tying goal or Donovan's winner?

    Jun 23, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

    Cynics will snicker and make cries of silly nationalism. Skeptics might end up bemused that Americans suddenly become interested in sports they’re usually oblivious to. But either way, U.S. sports teams have shown a flair for the dramatics during international competition this year. In case you were at work or isolated from just about every…

  9. Paul Henderson's '72 Summit Series game jersey nets more than $1 million

    Jun 23, 2010, 12:10 PM EST

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    While Sidney Crosby’s gold medal-winning goal will echo throughout time and grow in importance as the years go on, Paul Henderson’s 1972 Summit Series winner is a part of Canadian sports lore like Al Michaels’ “Do you believe in miracles?” call lives on for American sports fans. If you had any doubts regarding how important…

  10. Brent Sopel will bring Stanley Cup to Chicago Pride Parade

    Jun 23, 2010, 11:50 AM EST

    Gay rights have been coming up in hockey talk more than ever the last few years, especially during the 2009-10 season. Sadly, one of the biggest stories involved the death of Brian Burke’s son, Brendan. Still, there are some bright spots too; take, for instance, the fact that Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Sopel will appear…

  11. Who could be the 2011 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees?

    Jun 23, 2010, 11:15 AM EST

    In any selection process, there will be parties who are excluded. When it comes to the Hockey Hall of Fame, it might just be a matter of time for some (like, say, Joe Nieuwendyk) while many worry if they’ll never see the day when they are inducted (sadly, that might apply to Pat Burns). While…

  12. Evgeni Nabokov's San Jose Sharks days are over

    Jun 22, 2010, 8:15 PM EST

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    Evgeni Nabokov has been with the San Jose Sharks for 10 seasons and for at least nine of those he was the team’s No. 1 starter. What has been rumored in many circles (including PHT) seems to be true now; the 2009-10 season will be the Russian goalie’s last year in teal. Sharks GM Doug…

  13. Montreal Canadiens sign Tomas Plekanec to six-year, $30M extension

    Jun 22, 2010, 5:15 PM EST

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    Tomas Plekanec will continue to be a member of the Montreal Canadiens for the foreseeable future. The Montreal Gazette reports that the Czech center signed a hefty 6 year, $30 million contract to remain with the NHL’s most storied franchise. The Habs have a staggering amount of money committed to forwards Plekanec, Scott Gomez, Michael…

  14. Poll: Who received the biggest Hall of Fame 'snub'?

    Jun 22, 2010, 4:45 PM EST

    Hall of Fame voting is mostly amusing in just about every sport. It reminds me of when people become incensed about Undeserving Player X getting into an All-Star starting lineup thanks to fan voting; at that moment in time, it’s an enormous deal yet … how many people really watch the game itself with anything…

  15. 2010 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees: Ciccarelli, Granato, James, Devellano and Seaman

    Jun 22, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

    The 2010 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees were just announced. For players, Dino Ciccarelli joins first-time female nominees Cammi Granato and Angela James. Jimmy Devellano and Daryl “Doc” Seaman were elected as “builders.” I conducted a survey of the PHT Staff (myself, Brandon and Joe) plus 10 hockey bloggers and the inductees we chose were…

  16. Pat Quinn steps down, hands Oilers head coaching job to Tom Renney

    Jun 22, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

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    Pat Quinn decided today to leave his post as the Edmonton Oilers head coach, handing over the job to assistant coach – and former New York Rangers head coach – Tom Renney. Quinn will work in an “advisory” role going forward, reports TSN. This isn’t particularly shocking news, really. At the far-from-tender age of 67,…

  17. Analysis: Florida sends Horton, Campbell to Boston for Wideman, 15th pick, 2011 3rd rounder

    Jun 22, 2010, 2:40 PM EST

    A moment ago, I shared reports that the Florida Panthers traded Nathan Horton to the Boston Bruins. Here are the details, via Steve Gorten of the Florida Sun-Sentinel. (Salary cap information from the always-reliable Bruins receive: Nathan Horton, forward. ($4 million cap hit) Greg Campbell, forward ($762,500) Panthers receive: Dennis Wideman, defenseman. (about $3.94…

  18. Report: Florida Panthers trade Nathan Horton to Boston Bruins

    Jun 22, 2010, 2:06 PM EST

    Details are very scarce right now, but TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that Florida Panthers forward Nathan Horton has been traded to the Boston Bruins. Dreger states that Horton and another Florida Panthers player are rumored to be going to Beantown for a single Boston Bruins player. We’ll update you on who that it is once…

  19. Report: Scott Niedermayer expected to announce retirement today

    Jun 22, 2010, 1:05 PM EST

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    It seems like every summer people complain about humidity, get bad farmer tans and wonder if Scott Niedermayer will retire. If Orange County Register reporter Eric Stephens is correct, the talented defenseman is expected to announce his retirement today. I must admit that I had little clue that Niedermayer was leaning toward hanging up his…

  20. NHL releases 2010-11 regular season schedule, road trippers rejoice

    Jun 22, 2010, 12:15 PM EST

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    For hockey road trippers and fans of the sport in general, today is a big day; the 2010-11 regular season schedule was just released by the NHL. Let me give you the most important links. The first three are all PDF files, so expect a slight delay if you don’t have an amazing Internet connection.…

  21. Penguins, Matt Cooke agree to three-year extension

    Jun 22, 2010, 11:40 AM EST

    Despite there being at least some doubts that the team could bring the villainous forward back, the Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to a three-year contract extension with rambunctious forward Matt Cooke. Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review has the story, which states that the team hasn’t released the salary details just yet. Left wing…

  22. Nieuwendyk, Gilmour, Oates and Ciccarelli garner most HHOF votes among PHT, hockey bloggers

    Jun 21, 2010, 8:00 PM EST

    After polling the gang at PHT and 10 hockey bloggers, Joe Nieuwendyk stood head and shoulders above all of the other Hockey Hall of Fame candidates as the most deserving inductee for 2010. The four most competitive runners-up were Doug Gilmour, Adam Oates, Dino Ciccarelli and Dave Andreychuk. Cammi Granato, Alex Mogilny and Eric Lindros…

  23. Sharks trade Brad Staubitz to Wild for 2010 fifth-rounder, no more 'Boogeyman' in Minnesota?

    Jun 21, 2010, 7:15 PM EST

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    Things already weren’t looking very good for Derek “Boogeyman” Boogaard, but now it seems near-official that the fearsome fighter’s time with the Minnesota Wild is up. Michael Russo reports that the Wild acquired rough-and-tumble forward Brad Staubitz from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for the Wild’s 2010 fifth-round draft pick. It won’t make a…

  24. Hockey bloggers share their 2010 Hockey Hall of Fame "ballots"

    Jun 21, 2010, 6:20 PM EST

    Now that we provided our Hall of Fame choices, let’s get to some of our favorites from the hockey blogosphere. We’ll provide a “consensus” post later on, too. Laura Astorian 1. Adam Oates – greatest assist man of all time and part of the best nicknamed duo in hockey: “Hull & Oates.”2. Doug Gilmour –…

  25. Taylor Pyatt finds place with Phoenix Coyotes after tragedy

    Jun 21, 2010, 5:15 PM EST

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    The Phoenix Coyotes just announced that they re-signed rugged forward Taylor Pyatt to a two-year contract. The exact terms of the deal are not yet clear. Pyatt, 28, recorded 12-11-23 with 39 penalty minutes (PIM) and a career-high +13 rating in 74 games with the Coyotes last season, his first with the team. He also…

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