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  1. Florida Panthers use airlines as model for ticket pricing

    May 19, 2010, 11:00 PM EST

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    The Florida Panthers are planning on basing ticket prices for the 2010-11 season off of the model used by airplane companies, according to George Richards of the Miami Herald. The goal would be to get fans to buy tickets earlier so they can avoid escalating prices that result from a highly anticipated game. Here’s what team…

  2. Henrik Sedin named Player of the Year by The Sporting News

    May 19, 2010, 10:30 PM EST

    The Sporting News named Vancouver Canucks center Henrik Sedin its NHL Player of the Year. According to the story, Sedin received 108 first-place votes, besting Alex Ovechkin’s 86 and Sidney Crosby’s 72. Judging from Craig Custance’s write-up on Sedin victory, it seems that Henrik’s success without his twin brother Daniel (18 points on 10 goals and…

  3. Brian Burke speaks out against homophobia in honor of son

    May 19, 2010, 9:45 PM EST

    A few months ago, Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke’s son Brendan died in a car crash just months after courageously admitting that he was gay. To honor his son’s life, Burke is planning on marching in the Toronto Pride Parade and spoke out against homophobia during a keynote address for a Web site designed to make…

  4. Boston Bruins could benefit from keeping Tim Thomas

    May 19, 2010, 8:45 PM EST

    When asked about waiving his no-trade clause, Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas said it was “too early” to make such a decision. While I think that the Boston Bruins would be wise to move the former Vezina Trophy winner at some point in the next couple years, it might actually be too early for them to…

  5. Marco Sturm to miss 6 months after knee surgery

    May 19, 2010, 7:45 PM EST

    Earlier today, I shared reports that Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov is expected to miss six months after surgery. It appears that Boston Bruins forward Marco Sturm is in a very similar situation, as he should be out about the same time – about six months – after yesterday’s surgery to repair his right knee. Here’s the…

  6. Edmonton Oilers prospects point to better future

    May 19, 2010, 7:15 PM EST

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    The Edmonton Oilers had a disastrous 2009-10 season, there’s really no other way to slice it. If they decide to release a team video, they might as well call it “What Murphy’s Law Looks Like.” You can’t blame their fans for feeling optimistic about the future, though. For one thing, their prospects have flourished in…

  7. Andrei Markov out until early next season after ACL surgery

    May 19, 2010, 6:20 PM EST

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    Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov will miss about six months after having successful surgery on his torn ACL earlier today. The team expects him to be out until early next season, according to an report. Markov was injured early in Game 1 of the Canadiens’ second-round series against Pittsburgh on April 30 and has not…

  8. What they're saying about Montreal-Philly

    May 18, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

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    Earlier I shared some of the things Chicago and San Jose bloggers/newspapers were discussing about their Game 2. Before we go over what’s being said about Montreal-Philadelphia, here’s some of the bases covered by PHT. Peter Laviolette revitalizes his career with Flyers.Gionta claims Habs aren’t far off.Flyers fans deface Montreal reporter’s car.Danny Briere’s under-the-radar hot streak.Jeff Carter…

  9. Third potential Phoenix Coyotes ownership group surfaces

    May 18, 2010, 4:40 PM EST

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    The Phoenix Business Journal reports that the Phoenix Coyotes may, in fact, have a third suitor. Unfortunately, the possible owner/ownership group is anonymous at this time. The story notes that, in order for this potential owner to make the situation work, there would need to be some compromise. The NHL previously said it wanted to have…

  10. What they're saying about Chicago-San Jose

    May 18, 2010, 4:20 PM EST

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    Let’s take a look at what bloggers and newspapers are writing about tonight’s Game 2 between the Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks. Stay tuned for the Montreal-Philadelphia version later this afternoon/early evening. What San Jose bloggers and newspapers are saying Mr. Plank of Fear the Fin addresses some of the Sharks’ top line scoring issues.…

  11. Peter Laviolette revitalizes career with Flyers

    May 18, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

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    Last year, the Pittsburgh Penguins were floundering to the point that it looked like the eventual Stanley Cup champions wouldn’t even make the playoffs. Finally, out of desperation, the team decided to fire coach Michel Therrien in favor of minor league success Dan Bylsma. The rest is now a part of burrito-powered history. Could it…

  12. Gionta claims Habs aren't 'far off'

    May 18, 2010, 2:15 PM EST

    A 6-0 win usually indicates a serious imbalance, but as the playoffs have shown us time and time again, things can change very quickly. Brian Gionta admitted that the Canadiens were far behind the Flyers in Game 1, but seemed upbeat that the team could rebound with some minor tweaks.  Habs Eyes on the Prize…

  13. 2010 NHL playoffs: League leaders

    May 18, 2010, 1:15 PM EST

    With the conference finals underway, how about we take a look at the league leaders in various traditional categories? Playoff Leaders in points 1. Jonathan Toews – 21 pts2. Sidney Crosby – 193 (tied). Michael Cammalleri and Johan Franzen – 184 (tied). Daniel Briere and Mike Richards – 17 Goals 1. Cammalleri – 12 goals2.…

  14. 2010 IIHF World Championships: Team USA wins, can fight for medal in '11

    May 18, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

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    The 2010 IIHF World Championships have been a lowlight after a year of resounding success for Team USA Hockey, but at least next year they’ll be able to play for a medal. TJ Oshie helped the U.S. claim a 3-2 shootout victory over Italy by going three for five in the post-overtime competition. This win…

  15. Flyers fans deface veteran Canadiens reporter's car

    May 18, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

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    If there is one city in sports that has a reputation for taking things a little too far, it’s Philadelphia. Sure, it’s awesome that the City of Brotherly Love inhabits some of the most knowledgeable fans on the planet, but sometimes that passion manifests itself in some destructive and disturbing ways. Take, for instance, the…

  16. Danny Briere's under-the-radar hot streak

    May 18, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

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    Danny Briere may never live up to the big contract that the Philadelphia Flyers gave him. His defensive prowess leaves much to be desired. He’s not very large and he’s far from physical. Maybe those flaws and prejudices explain why people aren’t giving the crafty forward credit for what is plain to see. Instead of…

  17. Flyers GM Holmgren says Jeff Carter won't be back for ECF

    May 18, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

    Contrary to earlier reports, Jeff Carter is not expected to return for the Eastern Conference finals. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said it would be a “stretch” to see him back so soon. ESPN’s Scott Burnside has more. “He’s been off the ice a long time, he hasn’t really been able to do anything from a conditioning…

  18. Should Sharks fans boo Brian Campbell?

    May 18, 2010, 9:45 AM EST

    For a scant two months two seasons ago, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell patrolled the San Jose Sharks blueline. His occasional spin-o-ramas and useful offensive skills were a breath of fresh air for what was then a mostly rugged D core at the Shark Tank. (Of course, the team one-upped Campbell by the next season…

  19. Ian Laperriere nears return because he is very manly

    May 17, 2010, 5:45 PM EST

    Things are looking up for the Philadelphia Flyers even on days when they’re not pulverizing their opponents 6-0. Earlier today, I shared the fact that Jeff Carter might return during the Eastern Conference finals. They could have more good news as Ian Laperriere  also hopes be on his way back. Here’s the report from TSN.…

  20. Are the Sharks taking Game 1 loss too well?

    May 17, 2010, 4:50 PM EST

    The San Jose Sharks might have lost to the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 yesterday, but they showed plenty of energy and put 45 shots on Antti Niemi. It would be silly if the team was in a state of chaos and panic after losing a game they played so well. That being said, every game in…

  21. Salary cap effects of Nicklas Backstrom's new deal

    May 17, 2010, 3:45 PM EST

    Earlier today it was announced that the Washington Capitals signed their star center Nicklas Backstrom to a 10-year, $67 million contract. Previously I had detailed the fact that the team will be going into the summer with a ton of flexibility but the signing of Backstrom could be a make-or-break moment for their long-term chances.…

  22. Jeff Carter skates briefly, could return during ECF

    May 17, 2010, 2:10 PM EST

    Jeff Carter could end up playing in the Eastern Conference finals, some say as early as Game 2. He skated for the first time since a Chris Pronger slapper broke Carter’s foot during Game 4 of Philadelphia’s series with the New Jersey Devils. has the lowdown. Jeff Carter, who hasn’t skated since breaking his right…

  23. Florida Panthers name Dale Tallon their new GM

    May 17, 2010, 1:40 PM EST

    The Florida Panthers will name former Chicago Blackhawks GM Dale Tallon their new GM on Tuesday, according to Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel. It is unclear if the Panthers will keep Richie Sexton around in some form. Tallon had a big hand in constructing the two-time Western Conference finalist Chicago Blackhawks roster. While it doesn’t take…

  24. Did refs let too much go in Habs-Flyers Game 1?

    May 17, 2010, 12:10 PM EST

    During the Chicago Blackhawks-San Jose Sharks live chat, I brought up the possibility that the Philadelphia Flyers’ traditional physical (some might say dirty?) style could make life miserable for the Montreal Canadiens. That certainly seemed to be the case in Game 1 as the Flyers bludgeoned and bruised the Habs on their way to a…

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