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  1. Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin among Combine invitees

    Mar 31, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

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    Today’s news will be a sight for sore eyes in Edmonton (and perhaps a generator of bitterness for Toronto since they sacrificed their first and second rounders for Phil Kessel). As I mentioned earlier today, the Oilers’ losing ways guaranteed that they will have one of the top two picks. So they might look at…

  2. Calgary Flames should fire the Sutter brothers

    Mar 31, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    The Calgary Flames thought that they could parlay some Sutter family magic into sibling revelry. Unfortunately, the pairing seems to be as dysfunctional as anything the Kardashians or Hiltons could muster. To be fair to Brent, he’s only failed to generate success for a single season. Most of the blunders fall at the feet of…

  3. USA Hockey names its 2010 under-18 team

    Mar 31, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Hockey fans enjoyed some fantastic international hockey in the last year, with the United States producing fantastic results in the Vancouver Olympics as well as a thrilling gold medal performance in the World Junior Championships. For those who would like even more patriotic puck drops, United States hockey announced the 2010 U.S. Men’s National Under-18…

  4. Edmonton Oilers "earn" right to draft Hall or Seguin

    Mar 31, 2010, 12:55 PM EDT

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    It’s been a year of reverse-milestones for the Edmonton Oilers, with such anti-accomplishments as becoming the first team to be mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. In failing to achieve, though, at least they were so “committed to that goal” that they now are guaranteed one of the top two spots in the upcoming entry draft. Barring…

  5. The PHT Nightcap – Tuesday, March 30

    Mar 31, 2010, 12:40 AM EDT

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    We put a lot of content on this blog each day, and we understand it can be a bit tough to keep track of everything. So at the end of the day we’ll put up a nightly recap of all of that day’s news. Presenting the Pro Hockey Talk Nightcap: Goal of the Night: Brent…

  6. Ryan Kesler's hit on Derek Morris earns misconduct

    Mar 30, 2010, 11:56 PM EDT

    Ryan Kesler was tossed from tonight’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes for a hit on Derek Morris. At least from what I’ve seen, I mostly agree with Crash the Crease’s assessment of the hit (video included in that link). I’m not sure if Morris clearly saw it coming, but it was still a very tough call. Here’s…

  7. Again, the Bruins need to go with Tuukka Rask

    Mar 30, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

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    I’ve said it once already, but the Boston Bruins need to bite the bullet and start Tuukka Rask as much as possible. He might not win every game, but it is absolutely clear that he’s playing better hockey than Tim Thomas. They can always try to let Thomas figure things out next year (when they…

  8. Andrew Peters is a source of Devils' frustration

    Mar 30, 2010, 10:15 PM EDT

    Every now and then, Pro Hockey Talk will ask for insight from some of the best team bloggers out there. For this feature, we asked a simple question: “Who is your team’s most frustrating player?” Just for fun, I also provided my “guess” as to who that player might be. First, here is my guess…

  9. Vote for Bertuzzday IV

    Mar 30, 2010, 9:15 PM EDT

    Bertuzzday part IV may be a barometer for the fledgling award. The NHL is providing a steady stream of boneheaded moments, but it’s up to you – the readers – to let us know if you enjoy voting for this silly award of shame. So voice your opinion by voting and telling your friends (and…

  10. Sergei Gonchar could help Caps, Devils, others in 10-11

    Mar 30, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

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    As Brandon discussed earlier, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ decision to extend Kris Letang’s contract likely pushes out Sergei Gonchar barring a considerable pay decrease. When you take into account the fact that Gonchar has earned his $5 million contract for the most part (and often has been arguably worth quite a bit more), I’d say it’s…

  11. Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators are sneaky-hot

    Mar 30, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

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    Everyone and their creepy uncle is now aware that the Detroit Red Wings are, well, red hot. After all, the team that went to back-to-back Stanley Cup Finals series rarely finds itself completely off the radar, right?  Perhaps it’s fitting that the Red Wings are completely overshadowing the equally impressive run of their longtime Central…

  12. Tonight's biggest games: Closing the gap

    Mar 30, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

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    Tuesday’s games are full of intrigue. There are two games that didn’t make the top three that are fairly interesting, but it seems that we know more or less the fate of the Capitals-Senators and Blackhawks-Blues. Since profiling all of today’s nine games might be a bit much, here are the three best. Two of…

  13. Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals: April 11 Game of the Week

    Mar 30, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

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    April 11’s Game of the Week has been chosen: it will be the Boston Bruins at the Washington Capitals, starting at noon ET. For the Capitals, the game will likely be an opportunity to dot the i’s and cross the t’s as they try to make good on home ice advantage in the post-season. For…

  14. Alex Ovechkin tops Sidney Crosby in players' poll

    Mar 30, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    Admittedly, I “slept” on the results from ESPN’s Confidential Players poll for a bit, but after hearing some complaints about the answers being restricted by “Insider” status on Twitter I thought I’d share some of the more interesting results. (Yes, I am an Insider. Yes, I paid for it myself.) Now, naturally, all the results can be found…

  15. Rocky Wirtz (barely) wins Bertuzzday III

    Mar 30, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Are the masses unmoved by a weekly Bertuzzday award? I’m not quite convinced but the latest poll didn’t yield as many results as the previous two. Could it be that it was simply because the offenders weren’t nearly as controversial as Alex Ovechkin? Probably. (Still, it was a very disappointing showing by Devan Dubnyk’s intestines.…

  16. Brian Burke's cathartic Afghanistan trip

    Mar 30, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

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    For most people, Brian Burke’s last year would feel like a lifetime. Personally, he dealt with the death of his son Brendan shortly after the 21-year-old announced that he was gay via a column by John Buccigross. Being the GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs brings King Kong pressure on its own but Burke intensified that…

  17. The PHT Nightcap – Monday, March 29th

    Mar 29, 2010, 11:50 PM EDT

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    We put a lot of content on this blog each day, and we understand it can be a bit tough to keep track of everything. So at the end of the day we’ll put up a nightly recap of all of that day’s news. Presenting the Pro Hockey Talk Nightcap: Goal of the Night: Rene…

  18. Atlanta Thrashers are the masters of frustration

    Mar 29, 2010, 10:40 PM EDT

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    Every now and then, Pro Hockey Talk will ask for insight from some of the best team bloggers out there. For this feature, we asked a simple question: “Who is your team’s most frustrating player?” Just for fun, Brandon and I also provided our “guesses” as to who that player might be. First, here are…

  19. Danny Briere frustrates Flyers fans

    Mar 29, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

    Every now and then, Pro Hockey Talk will ask for insight from some of the best team bloggers out there. For this feature, we asked a simple question: “Who is your team’s most frustrating player?” Just for fun, Brandon and I also provided our “guesses” as to who that player might be. First, here are…

  20. Odd bounces: Eaves, Playfair provide bloopers

    Mar 29, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    Every once in a while, we’ll come across stories that are just too strange to pass up. Sometimes we’ll get a tip from an e-mail; sometimes we will stumble across something bizarre on a hockey site. Either way, this might not be the most “pertinent” information but it certainly will be strange, funny or a…

  21. Tonight's games

    Mar 29, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

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    Time is a-wastin’ so let’s get right to the previews. Expect cutesy lead paragraphs to resume soon enough. Buffalo Sabres (41-23-10, 92 pts) at Boston Bruins (34-28-12, 80 pts) 7:00 PM ET Buffalo certainly has a lot less to play for in this one, but they could also be getting a taste test of a…

  22. The PHT Nightcap – Sunday, March 28

    Mar 29, 2010, 1:40 AM EDT

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    We put a lot of content on this blog each day, and we understand it can be a bit tough to keep track of everything. So at the end of the day we’ll put up a nightly recap of all of that day’s news. Presenting the Pro Hockey Talk Nightcap: NHL Playoffs Update: Flyers sinking –…

  23. Get to know your Frozen Four finalists

    Mar 29, 2010, 12:40 AM EDT

    With Miami of Ohio knocking off Michigan in double overtime after a dubiously early whistle prevented a goal for the Wolverines, the NCAA Frozen Four is set to go on April 8. Here are the two games that will be played that Thursday. And just for fun, I will scour the Internet to give you…

  24. Source of frustration master post

    Mar 28, 2010, 11:50 PM EDT

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    We’re going to try to represent all 30 NHL teams with this “Source of Frustration” series, so it’s understandable if you miss a few here and there. There’s some fantastic writing in these posts, though, and we want to give you every opportunity to read them all. For that reason, this post will house links to…

  25. The outlook for the 'rest' of the West

    Mar 28, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

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    Earlier this evening I discussed the five Eastern Conference teams who are battling for the last three playoff spots. The Western Conference has a similar situation in its bottom playoff ranks, although those teams are notably stronger. (Also, Calgary is the only squad with a realistic chance to make the four Western underdogs sweat for a…

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