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James O’Brien

  1. Ranking the East teams who missed the playoffs

    Apr 14, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

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    With the playoffs just a few hours away, this is surely a great time to be a hockey fan. That being said, there are fourteen teams on the outside looking in. No doubt about it, they must feel more than a little jealous and probably are asking themselves what went wrong (OK, many are just…

  2. Are the Washington Capitals already banged up?

    Apr 14, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Jeez, the Washington Capitals are so eager to follow their amazing regular season with a great playoff run that they’re not even waiting until the games start to carry on post-season traditions. You know, like having a bunch of banged up players, for one. Seriously, it seems like the Presidents Trophy winners are already limping…

  3. Watch these free-agents-to-be in the East

    Apr 13, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    One of my nerdy hockey (and sports) obsessions is to study the breakthroughs an athlete will experience in a contract year. Just look at Fernando Pisani’s fluke playoff run or last year’s Boston Bruins. My question is, which players could turn a great playoff run into a husky pay day? Now let’s take a look…

  4. Watch these free-agents-to-be in the West

    Apr 13, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

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    One of my nerdy hockey (and sports) obsessions is to study the breakthroughs an athlete will experience in a contract year. Just look at Fernando Pisani’s fluke playoff run or last year’s Boston Bruins. My question is, which players could turn a great playoff run into a husky pay day? First, let’s take a look…

  5. Pat Quinn to Sheldon Souray: 'Get the hell out'

    Apr 13, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Is it me, or does everyone hate Sheldon Souray right now? Crusty old Pat Quinn had some candid words for the oft-injured defenseman’s trade request. Here are some choice quotes from the Edmonton Sun. “It’s been no secret here. He’s made it clear for a long time (that he wants a trade),” said Quinn, who spoke…

  6. Can a Canadian team win the Cup?

    Apr 13, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    (Great comic by Earl Sleek of BoC. Check out this hysterical post for more goodness.) Oh, Canada. You haven’t won a Cup since 1993 when Patrick Roy lead the Montreal Canadiens to their last of a billion (rough estimate) Stanley Cups. The last Canadian team to make the Stanley Cup finals were the Ottawa Senators,…

  7. Blurry crystal ball: Judging playoff predictions

    Apr 13, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Every pre-season, pundits throw out wild guesses that they like to call “predictions.” Since it’s always a fun exercise to mock your past self (“Gosh, idiot me from October. What were you thinking?” *gunshot*), I thought I’d share my predictions from last year. Thankfully, I’ll spare you the posts that featured photos of morbidly obese…

  8. Tomas Plekanec trash talks Capitals' goalies

    Apr 13, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    People often speak about how dangerous it is to give another team “bulletin board material.” If that idea holds any salt, then the already over-matched Montreal Canadiens might be in some serious trouble. Habs forward Tomas Plekanec bashed the Capitals’ goaltending in a story relayed by TSN. “It’s not as though we are facing (Martin) Brodeur…

  9. Are the San Jose Sharks really chokers?

    Apr 13, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    One of my instincts is to question conventional wisdom. (After all, if I didn’t then I would have just crumbled in high school as people laughed at my clothes and mountain scent. I was raised by wolves.) If there’s one common refrain for hockey fans, it’s that “the Sharks choke in the playoffs.” Certainly, there’…

  10. Quick hits: Turco will need a new team

    Apr 13, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Here are some (really) quick hits as the league gears up for the first games that really matter. (Sorry, Rangers-Flyers, but that was just pathetic.) Turco will NOT be a Dallas Star next season Defending Big D relays various reports that the once-franchise goalie will definitely be wearing a new sweater next season. Want to know possible…

  11. Capitals name Jose Theodore playoff starter

    Apr 13, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

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    Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau named Jose Theodore the team’s starting goalie for the playoffs, according to a Tarik El-Bashir Tweet. This doesn’t come as a huge surprise since Theodore has been the hotter of the two goalies lately (not to mention the fact that Theodore is more experienced).  Still, as I mentioned in this…

  12. Dallas Stars' source of frustration

    Apr 12, 2010, 7:30 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, I decided to throw my guess in the hat, too. First, here is my guess for the…

  13. Consol Energy Center wows touring bloggers

    Apr 12, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    This past Friday, various Pittsburgh-centric bloggers were given the chance to take a tour of the Penguins’ 2010-11 home, the Consol Energy Center. Still in the construction process, the arena is the successor to the near-50-years-old Mellon Arena. Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (one of the invitees) wrote this in his great Empty Netters blog.…

  14. A few tips if #ThrowTheSnake becomes a reality

    Apr 12, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Obviously, I’ve had plenty of fun with the red-hot #ThrowtheSnake meme today, as you can see from this post and my brief history of odd things fans enjoy throwing on the ice. But – as much of an uncontrollable locomotive of a meme monster as its become – I have to admit that much of what I was…

  15. Craig Anderson: Best free agent addition of 09-10

    Apr 12, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

    It was supposed to be Marian Hossa. Or, maybe, Jay Bouwmeester. Instead, after looking at the 2009-10 season, is there really any doubt that the Colorado Avalanche’s choice to sign Craig Anderson stands as the best move in last July’s free agent spree? The Denver Post reports that the former Florida Panthers backup broke Patrick Roy’s…

  16. Sex objects, octopuses and other things fans throw

    Apr 12, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    In the previous post, I commented on the thoroughly amusing and bizarre #ThrowTheSnake meme on Twitter. Naturally, such silly things might only live in the imaginations of creative hockey fans. That being said, it got me to thinking: what are some of the most notable traditions when it comes to people throwing debris onto the ice…

  17. #ThrowtheSnake poisons Twitter's puck talk

    Apr 12, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

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    My lord, Twitter, you’ve done it again. I know it’s weird and inaccurate to personify a non-thinking social network that more or less serves as a glorified Facebook Status Update Web site, but sometimes it’s difficult to process the oddness that the Internet can offer. Odd is exactly how I’d describe the currently-building #ThrowtheSnake movement. Forgive…

  18. Atlanta Thrashers should fire Don Waddell

    Apr 12, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    General manager Don Waddell expects to remain with the Atlanta Thrashers and so does once-beleaguered forward Maxim Afinogenov, according to a story and Tweet by Austin Journal-Constitution reporter Chris Vivlamore. (Late note as I was compiling this post: Bird Watcher’s Anonymous notes that Waddell might be elevated to the team president level. Doesn’t change my general message that he…

  19. Matt Duchene likely in, Peter Mueller out for Avs' game 1

    Apr 12, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    The Colorado Avalanche are likely to see rookie forward Matt Duchene return, but Peter Mueller’s concussion problems might force him to miss some playoff time according to a story in the Denver Post. Duchene finished as Colorado’s third-leading scorer with 55 points (24 goals) and is expected return to the lineup when the Avs open the…

  20. Lightning fire Rick Tocchet, Brian Lawton

    Apr 12, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

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    The Tampa Bay Lightning fired head coach Rick Tocchet and general manager Brian Lawton today, according to a TSN report. This completes a transformation from the Barrie-Koules era: in a single season (heck, in 2010) the team changed its owner, head coach and general manager. Really, the impressive Rocket Richard Trophy run of Steven Stamkos –…

  21. NBC Video: Who should win Hart?

    Apr 11, 2010, 9:15 PM EDT

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    Note: you still can vote in our Hart Trophy poll and also check out the case for each MVP candidate. Enjoy Mike and Pierre’s take on the close race.  

  22. NBC Video: Top playoff storylines

    Apr 11, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT

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  23. Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos tie for Richard trophy

    Apr 11, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

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    Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos have officially tied for the Rocket Richard Trophy with two excellent 51 goal seasons. This marks the second time in NHL history that the goal scoring award will go to more than one player as the 2003-04 season featured a three-way tie between Jarome Iginla, Rick Nash and Ilya Kovalchuk.…

  24. Steven Stamkos ties Sidney Crosby with goal 51

    Apr 11, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

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    When Alex Ovechkin scored an empty net goal with .2 seconds left in the Capitals’ last regular season against the Penguins, I jokingly asked if he “hooked the tights”* on the Richard trophy. * – This is a professional wrestling reference. Yes, I am lame. Anyway, there’s more than a little humor to the fact…

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