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  1. The PHT Nightcap: Sunday, June 20

    Jun 21, 2010, 1:30 AM EST

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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. Jason…

  2. How the NJ Devils' salary cap situation looks, post-Arnott trade

    Jun 20, 2010, 10:00 PM EST

    When it comes to older, somewhat flawed players like Jason Arnott, New Jersey Devils fans shouldn’t be throwing confetti from their office buildings after hearing that the team re-acquired the big center. That being said, I think the deal was pretty solid overall. Jason Arnott’s $4.5 million can more-or-less be added to Zach Parise’s existing…

  3. PHT readers poll: Enforcers losing relevance

    Jun 20, 2010, 7:00 PM EST

    My opinion is that the enforcer is going the way of the dodo. I’m not necessarily celebrating their extinction; it just seems obvious to me that in a speed-and-skill-fueled NHL, knuckedraggers are unnecessary. With that thought – and the struggles of Derek Boogaard, Georges Laraque and Donald Brashear in mind as well – I asked…

  4. Canucks GM Mike Gillis might look to trade 1st rounder for multiple picks

    Jun 20, 2010, 5:45 PM EST

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    Although the team has a first-round draft pick (the 25th choice to be exact), the Vancouver Canucks are a little nervous because they lack a second and third rounder in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The team lost those picks thanks to trades for forward Steve Bernier and defenseman Andrew Alberts. After that 25th pick,…

  5. Should Eric Lindros, Pavel Bure be in the 2010 Hockey Hall of Fame class?

    Jun 20, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

    On Tuesday, the Hockey Hall of Fame will announce the 2010 inductees and this year should boast a very impressive class with a number of great players entering their first year of eligibility. Yet there is seemingly just one lock for the Hall of Fame this year, as Joe Nieuwendyk is sure to be a…

  6. Poll results: Should the NHL change its penalty shot rules?

    Jun 19, 2010, 10:30 PM EST

    An NHL team would always prefer a penalty shot to nothing at all, but what happens when the guy receiving it barely has a prayer of scoring? Sure, it usually takes a fleeter-of-foot (and therefore, often more-skilled) player to produce most breakaways, but that’s not a guarantee. Especially if the guy received the opportunity because…

  7. Negotiations heat up between Gonchar, Penguins

    Jun 19, 2010, 9:30 PM EST

    My guess – at least during the playoffs – was that Sergei Gonchar played his last game for the Pittsburgh Penguins when the team lost to Montreal in Game 7 of the second round. The chances of that being the case are still fairly high, but Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the…

  8. Logical destinations for Chris Mason

    Jun 19, 2010, 8:30 PM EST

    Before I looked at Chris Mason’s numbers, the plan was to make a joke about how “the only thing that stood out about him was his astounding beard.” After looking over his career stats, though, I now realize that he could be an under-the-radar bargain. Call me crazy, but Mason has the potential to be…

  9. How the Philadelphia Flyers are 'Nashville Predators East'

    Jun 19, 2010, 7:35 PM EST

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    I made a “the Philadelphia Flyers are the Nashville Predators East” joke in the very first post I published with Pro Hockey Talk. So, maybe it shouldn’t have been that surprising that the Flyers poached yet another Predators product when they dealt for sought-after free agent defenseman Dan Hamhuis. It’s almost as if the Predators…

  10. One thing that should be added, subtracted from NHL '11 (Part I)

    Jun 19, 2010, 6:40 PM EST

    No doubt about it, one of the best ways to get through the hockey-free summer is to play (and wait for upcoming) hockey video games. The most popular series is EA’s “NHL” games with NHL ’11 coming in September. As we await its release, I thought I’d discuss some features I’d like to see in…

  11. The PHT Nightcap: Friday, June 18

    Jun 18, 2010, 11:04 PM EST

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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. More…

  12. Video: Rob Blake's 'greatest hits'

    Jun 18, 2010, 10:15 PM EST

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    Many in the hockey world were aware that Rob Blake was planning to announce his retirement about a week ago, but he made it official today. (Read the PHT story here.) Blake provided a healthy combination of hits and offensive acumen throughout his long and impressive career. Here are some of his all-time best hits,…

  13. PHT's First and Second All Under-25 All-Star teams

    Jun 18, 2010, 9:30 PM EST

    In the previous post, I discussed the fact that the Sporting News named Sidney Crosby the best athlete in all of sports under the age of 25. While I found that to be a reasonable (if debatable) accolade, I listed some of the elite players in that age range and found that most of the…

  14. Sporting News names Sidney Crosby best athlete under 25, but NHL has plenty more

    Jun 18, 2010, 8:20 PM EST

    So, the Sporting News named Sidney Crosby the best athlete under the age of 25. Athletes were judged on major stats; championships to which they’d made major contributions; buzz factor; and age. Crosby, who is 22 years old, was ranked No. 1, followed by Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic (24); Kevin Durant of the…

  15. More Blues trade news: St. Louis acquires T.J. Hensick from Colorado

    Jun 17, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    In what has been one of the busiest days in ages for the St. Louis Blues, the team traded Julian Talbot for disgruntled Colorado Avalanche forward T.J. Hensick. The Avs were busy in their own right today, signing Kevin Porter, Ray Macias and Phillipe Dupuis. (Source: The Denver Post) Hensick was, at one point, thought…

  16. NHL 2K11 trailer

    Jun 17, 2010, 5:15 PM EST

    We’ve given plenty of play to EA Sports’ upcoming “NHL 11″ video game title and for good reason: it’s the industry leader. That doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten all about 2K Sports and their Wii-exclusive hockey entry, though. Here’s the company’s official trailer for “NHL 2K11.” If the company’s self-imposed X-Box 360/Playstation 3 hiatus didn’t put…

  17. Could flawed free agents Cooke, Jokinen or Demitra help your team?

    Jun 17, 2010, 4:50 PM EST

    Pierre LeBrun provided a nice little roundup of free agent talk earlier today. I thought I’d expand/provide my two cents on a few of the items. Let’s do it in list form, OK? Olli Jokinen The second I read Jokinen’s name, I thought “Obviously, he’s going to the KHL.” Except apparently the oft-derided center’s agent…

  18. Danny Briere gets in car accident, but no one suffers serious injury

    Jun 17, 2010, 4:20 PM EST

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    Danny Briere was in a car accident last night, but luckily, the only hockey-related news item that could be referred to as a “tragedy” today will happen if Montreal Canadiens fans are being melodramatic about the Jaroslav Halak trade. Briere and his nine year old son Cameron left a Binghampton hospital with only minor injuries…

  19. Update: Habs trade Halak's rights to Blues for prospects Lars Eller, Ian Schultz

    Jun 17, 2010, 3:28 PM EST

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    We now have the details of the Jaroslav Halak trade. The Montreal Canadiens received Lars Eller and Ian Schultz in exchange for the Blues to get a head-start on restricted free agent negotiations with Halak. (The first place I saw the trade details was in a Tweet from ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.) Again, keep in mind…

  20. Montreal Canadiens trade Jaroslav Halak's bargaining rights to St. Louis Blues

    Jun 17, 2010, 3:05 PM EST

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    With all due respect to Mike Ramsey and Francis Bouillon, we finally have some huge news today: rumors are circulating that the Montreal Canadiens traded Jaroslav Halak’s RFA bargaining rights to the St. Louis Blues. It was originally reported by RDS and picked up by TSN, so it sounds like there might be some credibility…

  21. Minnesota Wild might let 'The Boogeyman' walk; Are goons going extinct?

    Jun 17, 2010, 2:40 PM EST

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    Few active players are feared quite like “The Boogeyman” Derek Boogaard. Unfortunately for his bank account, the Minnesota Wild might not be so afraid of going without his services. Michael Russo of the Minnesota Star Tribune reports that while the team hasn’t ruled out the chance of the frightening enforcer returning to the fold, the…

  22. AHL shares 30-team league alignment for 2010-11 season

    Jun 17, 2010, 1:45 PM EST

    On the verge of its 75th season, the AHL is now at an all-time high 30 teams. shares the development league’s new conference/divisional alignment, which I captured in a screen shot below. (Click to enlarge) In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey…

  23. Trading No. 1 pick would be a foolish move by Edmonton Oilers

    Jun 17, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

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    It’s rarely safe to work in absolutes or extremes, but the Edmonton Oilers would be crazy to trade their No. 1 pick unless a team threw a Lindros-for-Forsberg+Noah’s Ark type offer their way. Darren Dreger’s report that Oilers GM Steve Tambellini is willing to hear any and all offers for their top pick is pretty…

  24. Ice Edge Holdings meets with Gary Bettman, NHL on Coyotes sale

    Jun 17, 2010, 12:32 PM EST

    Ice Edge Holdings met with Gary Bettman and other NHL officials on Tuesday to discuss their potential offer to buy the Phoenix Coyotes, according to Rebekah Sanders of the Arizona Republic. The NHL is expected to continue examining Ice Edge’s proposal before team owners hold a vote. Meanwhile, the group continues to work out final…

  25. NJ Devils promote from within, name John MacLean head coach

    Jun 17, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

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    After mulling over a few other coaching options, the New Jersey Devils announced that they decided to hire from within and therefore promoted Lowell Devils coach John MacLean to the big club’s head job. MacLean (not to be confused with Bruce Willis’ star-making “Die Hard” character John McClane) has been a fixture in the franchise…

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