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  1. The PHT Nightcap: Wednesday, August 25th

    Aug 26, 2010, 1:50 AM EDT

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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. Canucks…

  2. SJ Sharks GM Doug Wilson fires down Antti Niemi, Owen Nolan rumors

    Aug 25, 2010, 11:40 PM EDT

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    Now that the San Jose Sharks lost out to the Los Angeles Kings in the Willie Mitchell Sweepstakes, the rumors switch back to former captain Owen Nolan and Cup winning goalie Antti Niemi. Great Sharks beat writer David Pollak shot down both rumors in a post tonight. 2) Never say never, but do not expect…

  3. KHL president Alexander Medvedev appears confident in improving relationship with NHL

    Aug 25, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

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    Most of the 2010 World Hockey Summit news we’ve been focusing on centers on confrontations. Whether it involves the IIHF president saying he would “fight like hell” to stop the NHL from expanding into Europe or Brian Burke making a passionate explanation for why the NHL faces a tough choice with the 2014 Sochi Olympics,…

  4. Brian Burke explains why NHL has its doubts about going to 2014 Olympics during Summit

    Aug 25, 2010, 8:40 PM EDT

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    The World Hockey Summit might not be heavy in actual, tangible news but it has provided some puck-based emotional outbursts. Take, for instance, IIHF president’s stance that he would “fight like hell” to stop the NHL from expanding in Europe, even though that idea is probably not on the horizon any time soon. When you’re…

  5. Report: Donald Fehr accepts offer to be head of NHL Players Association

    Aug 25, 2010, 7:25 PM EDT

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    While it hasn’t been confirmed just yet, it sounds like the rumors are finally true: former MLB players association head Donald Fehr reportedly accepted the post as the head of the NHLPA. Some might cue “Taps” for the 2012-13 season upon hearing the news. Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal broke this news. Former…

  6. A breakdown of the Versus 2010-11 NHL TV Schedule

    Aug 25, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Earlier today, our own Joe Yerdon did a great job of breaking down the NBC schedule. You can bet that we’ll be ready to give you extensive coverage of the NHL all year round, but there’s no doubt that those NBC games will be special. Since we want to cover hockey from all angles, I…

  7. NHL 2K11 releases on Wii and (unexpectedly) on iPhones today

    Aug 24, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    While EA Sports’ NHL series wrestled the critics’ championship belt* from the 2K games without question with their second “next-generation” game NHL ’08, the 2K series has been fairly bold in jumping on different platforms. After all these years, Electronic Arts if finally putting out a Nintendo Wii title after 2K had a polygonal puck…

  8. Should the San Jose Sharks bring back former captain Owen Nolan?

    Aug 24, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

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    Before Patrick Marleau, Evgeni Nabokov and Joe Thornton, the player most hockey fans associated with the San Jose Shark was once-captain Owen Nolan. From a portion of the 1995-96 season through the first 60 games of the 2002-03 campaign, Nolan was the grizzly face of the franchise. His rugged play and Babe Ruth-style All-Star Game…

  9. IIHF president would 'fight like hell' if NHL pursued European expansion

    Aug 24, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

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    While it isn’t spine-shattering news like the NHL rejecting Ilya Kovalchuk’s contract, it does seem like the World Hockey Summit had its first bit of pizazz-infused banter today. International Ice Hockey Federation chief Rene Fasel made no mistake that an often-rumored but seemingly impractical European NHL expansion would be met with serious opposition. Here is…

  10. NHL '11 news: GM Mode will feature restricted free agency, offer sheets, qualifying offers

    Aug 24, 2010, 3:50 PM EDT

    Video games will never be able to truly duplicate what it’s like to be an NHL player or an NHL general manager. Sure, you can make a controller that mimics your movements and simulate the Scouting Combine experience, but human factors are often very difficult to translate. Still, it’s fun to play general manager even…

  11. Tampa Bay Lightning say Vincent Lecavalier's knee surgery was successful

    Aug 24, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

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    As we discussed on the weekend, Vincent Lecavalier did indeed undergo knee surgery today. The Tampa Bay Lightning put out a release stating that the surgery was successful. The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that center Vincent Lecavalier underwent a successful minor arthroscopic procedure on his left knee this morning at the Florida Medical Clinic…

  12. Bobby Ryan says he doesn't want the Ducks to trade him

    Aug 24, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Now that Patric Hornqvist and Bryan Little are no longer restricted free agents, the spotlight focuses even more on the two biggest RFAs remaining (unless you really love Marc Staal): Bobby Ryan and James Neal. The Ryan-Anaheim Ducks negotiations have been especially intriguing because the ideal three-year length for Ryan would be lethal for his…

  13. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Predators reportedly ink Patric Hornqvist to three-year, $9.25M deal

    Aug 24, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

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    One of the bigger restricted free agent contract negotiations seems to have concluded, as Patric Hornqvist and the Nashville Predators reportedly agreed on a three-year, $9.25 million contract. On the Forecheck passed along that note from its original source, Aftonbladet.se. The Nashville Predators have agreed to a new three-year, $9.25 million contract with star winger…

  14. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Thrashers sign Andrei Zubarev to two-year, two-way deal

    Aug 24, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    The Atlanta Thrashers signed defenseman Andrei Zubarev to a two-way, two-year deal today according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Vivlamore reports that each year of the deal will earn him $625K if he plays on the NHL level and 62K if he remains at the minor league level. Here are more details about…

  15. Aaron Ward decides to retire after three knee surgeries, 15 NHL seasons

    Aug 24, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Some sad if not surprising news from the NHLPA today: defenseman Aaron Ward decided to retire from the NHL. Here is more from the players association’s press release. Aaron Ward, a veteran of more than 13 NHL seasons, 17 seasons in professional hockey, and a three-time Stanley Cup winner, announced his retirement from the National…

  16. So far, the World Hockey Summit provides little more than idle talk

    Aug 24, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

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    There was plenty of discussion during Monday’s session of the World Hockey Summit. Issues in women’s hockey were brought up much like we wrote about earlier, with Canadian women’s national team captain Hayley Wickenheiser pointing out the troubling fact that Russia only has six rinks where females can play hockey. Steve Yzerman similarly mentioned a…

  17. Joffrey Lupul could miss training camp, beginning of season due to back infection

    Aug 24, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Most injury reports are fairly mundane. They’re generally full of tweaks and scopes and strains and tears. Every once and a while, though, you stumble on an ailment that sounds downright scary. Take, for instance, the case of Joffrey Lupul. News broke that the goal scoring winger will miss the opening of training camp and…

  18. The PHT Nightcap: Monday, August 23rd

    Aug 24, 2010, 12:30 AM EDT

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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. Skepticism…

  19. Poll results: Readers want the NHL to remain involved with the Olympics

    Aug 23, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

    With the World Hockey Summit starting today, one of the biggest topics was how the NHL would handle future Olympic competitions, particularly the not-so-convenient 2014 Sochi Games. A couple days ago, I asked PHT readers what they thought about the possible return of the World Cup tournament and whether the NHL should continue participating in…

  20. MSG Network hires Butch Goring to take Billy Jaffe's spot in Islanders broadcast booth

    Aug 23, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    About a month ago, we discussed the rather surprising decision by MSG Network to let announcer Billy Jaffe walk because the New York Islanders thought he was “too critical” of the team. Chris Botta reports that Jaffe’s replacement has been found in beloved former Islander Butch Goring. Butch Goring has been hired by MSG Network…

  21. Cristobal Huet's agent claims he would've renegotiated his contract to stay in NHL

    Aug 23, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

    As Joe discussed earlier today, Cristobal Huet will more or less be smuggled off the Chicago Blackhawks’ salary cap to a foreign league team. That last move will alleviate the team’s biggest remaining cap problems, all for the low-low price of $5.625 million. One interesting subplot is that Huet would have been willing to renegotiate…

  22. After struggling with problems last season, Niklas Kronwall's knee issues continue

    Aug 23, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT

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    While his hits often (in my opinion) straddle the line of charging, there’s really little doubt that Niklas Kronwall is an impact player. (He even has a very cool last name that some choose to turn into a verb, in a good way.) Beyond those game-changing body checks, Kronwall also brings a nice bit of…

  23. The PHT Nightcap: Sunday, August 22nd

    Aug 22, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

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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. Even when we have…

  24. Taking a look at the agenda for next week's World Hockey Summit

    Aug 22, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

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    A ticket to the World Hockey Summit is a big expenditure even for the most well-off hockey fan at a resounding $450. Instead of selling a kidney or stiffing your roommate for rent, how about you follow along with us as we follow the stories of the event, which starts Monday? (For the record, neither…

  25. Cam Janssen challenges Krys Barch to a fight via Twitter

    Aug 22, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT

    People set up plenty of things with each other on the Internet. Sometimes, a timid couple will plan a first date through winky emoticons and instant messages. Maybe someone will find a job on Craig’s List. But rarely will you hear about people setting up a fight, especially two guys who aren’t hiding behind some…

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