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  1. First NHL '11 trailer

    Jun 14, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    I’m pretty sure the E3 Conference is going on right now, which is basically a magnet for video gamers, dorks and some of the world’s most deodorant-shy humans. In other words, it’s probably a lot of fun. Overall, it’s not particularly relevant to puckheads aside from one important exception: news regarding hockey games, of course.…

  2. Should the Penguins bring back Petr Sykora?

    Jun 14, 2010, 5:15 PM EST

    The most exciting moments of hockey off-seasons come when a team lands a big, expensive free agent. Yet, nine times out of ten in sports, splashy deals fail miserably (see: the Dan Snyder era with the Washington Redskins). Just look at last summer; while Jay Bouwmeester made headlines when he signed with the Calgary Flames,…

  3. Donald Brashear: Worst value of the 2009-10 season?

    Jun 14, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

    In the previous post, I took a look at the players who were the best bargains during the 2009-10 season. It’s important to note that the study only took into account points per dollar earned, so subjective factors like “hustle” as well as other important numbers (like time on ice) weren’t part of the experiment.…

  4. Was Rich Peverley the NHL's biggest bargain of the 2009-10 season?

    Jun 14, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

    With free agency just a few weeks away, teams and fans alike are dreaming of finding the perfect match. General managers might want to attempt to track down big-name stars, but winning clubs often get by with bargains and “steals.” has a list of “bargains” that is pretty interesting. Now, I want to make…

  5. Chicago Blackhawks take Stanley Cup to Wrigley Field

    Jun 14, 2010, 2:15 PM EST

    While we can debate Ozzie Guillen’s claims that the 2005 Chicago White Sox World Series parade was better, there’s little doubt that the city of Chicago is going Cup crazy at the moment. The team was honored at Wrigley Field yesterday during a Cubs-White Sox contest. TSN captured some of the most interesting details. The…

  6. Web site hits, TV ratings, general sales up across the board for 2010 playoffs

    Jun 14, 2010, 1:40 PM EST

    While it’s probably a long-shot for the NHL to ever leapfrog the NBA for more than a few scattered evenings, that shouldn’t overshadow the fact that hockey is on a hot streak. Naturally, the fantastic Vancouver Olympics were a huge draw but the playoffs and Winter Classic also made a huge impact. features an…

  7. Free Agent All-Star team: Restricted

    Jun 14, 2010, 1:10 PM EST

    In the last post, I put together a First All-Star team of unrestricted free agents. Though restricted free agents tend to attract less attention, there could be some intriguing situations. While I broke down the last list of players into forward positions (left wing, center, right wing), this time I’ll just choose three forwards, plus…

  8. Free Agent All-Star team: Unrestricted

    Jun 14, 2010, 11:40 AM EST

    For some hockey fans, reality might have set in late Wednesday last week or perhaps last Thursday morning. But it might not truly set in until the Monday of the first full week of the off-season. So, as we gather ourselves on this bittersweet day, preparation for the 2010-11 season is already underway. To tackle…

  9. Flyers bolster goalie depth by signing Johan Backlund to 2-year extension

    Jun 14, 2010, 10:35 AM EST

    He’s not a big name goalie and he contributed little to their unexpected run to the Stanley Cup finals, but Johan “don’t call me Bob” Backlund – not Michael Leighton – is the latest goalie to sign with the Philadelphia Flyers. TSN reports that the Flyers extended the contract of the Swedish goalie (who managed…

  10. Blackhawks will send ex-GM Dale Tallon a Stanley Cup ring

    Jun 12, 2010, 5:15 PM EST

    While Stan Bowman was the Chicago Blackhawks’ official GM during the 2009-10 season, there’s no doubt that former GM (and recently hired Florida Panthers GM) Dale Tallon’s fingerprints were all over that Cup winning team. Of course, a negative Nancy would say that he is also responsible for the ticking time bomb that is their…

  11. Rob Niedermayer wants to return to New Jersey Devils; What about his brother Scott?

    Jun 12, 2010, 4:15 PM EST

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    Rob Niedermayer might not be anywhere near as talented as his brother Scott, but he’s been a player who can play a specialized role on a hockey team. As Earl Sleek of Battle of California said of Rob when he was a member of Anaheim Ducks, he’s an “All-Star” in tight areas – particularly against…

  12. Hershey Bears take 3-2 series lead over Texas Stars in 2010 Calder Cup finals

    Jun 12, 2010, 2:10 PM EST

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    With the World Cup tournament kicking into high gear while the Stanley Cup finals concluded on Wednesday, there’s one other Cup being fought over right now. That other tournament would be the AHL’s Calder Cup championship. Last night, the Hershey Bears took a 3-2 series lead over the Texas Stars thanks to a 2-1 overtime…

  13. Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik has sports hernia surgery, should be back for training camp

    Jun 12, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

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    Looking for “free candy”? You might have to wait 4-6 weeks. TSN reports that Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik underwent sports hernia surgery. It’s being reported that Orpik is expected to be back in time for the Penguins’ training camp in September. Orpik has a career-high 25 points during the 2009-10 season despite playing with…

  14. Blackhawks fans, police officer hit by ATV during Blackhawks Cup parade

    Jun 12, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

    It seems like details on this situation are pretty scarce, but as was reported on Puck Daddy, the relatively safe – if not serene – Chicago Blackhawks Cup parade did have at least one scary moment. Take a look at this unsettling video of an ATV (meant to provide crowd control during the massive 2…

  15. Poll: How much should Antti Niemi get paid?

    Jun 12, 2010, 11:25 AM EST

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    (Campbell: “Ask for at least $7 million per year …”) From what I can remember, there really isn’t much precedent for Antti Niemi’s “rookie” season, when it comes to contract negotiations. The 26-year-old Finnish goalie played 39 games regular season along with 22 in the playoffs, backstopping the Chicago Blackhawks to its first Stanley Cup…

  16. 'Over 2 million' people show up for Chicago Blackhawks Cup parade

    Jun 11, 2010, 6:35 PM EST

    So, it seems like that whole “Stanley Cup” thing is kind of a big deal to the people of Chicago. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the victory parade garnered more than two million screaming revelers. With a 49-year Stanley Cup drought finally over, the City of Chicago estimated over 2 million ecstatic Blackhawks fans basked…

  17. Andrew Ladd played with fractured shoulder

    Jun 11, 2010, 5:45 PM EST

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    One of the most interesting traditions that take place once a series – or the entire playoffs – ends is the series of stories that trickle through about players fighting through injuries. It’s not surprising to hear that Chicago Blackhawks winger Andrew Ladd was banged up, though, being that he missed the first three games…

  18. Rob Blake expected to announce retirement next week

    Jun 11, 2010, 5:15 PM EST

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    At 40 years old, it’s far from stunning that all signs point to Rob Blake retiring. Mark Emmons of the Mercury News reports that Blake will probably make that announcement sometime next week. The formal announcement is not expected to come until next week. On Wednesday, both the Sharks and Blake declined to comment. But…

  19. Devils should consider trading for Tomas Kaberle

    Jun 11, 2010, 4:45 PM EST

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    Tomas Kaberle has been such a constant source of trade rumors (especially in Toronto) that sometimes I wonder if sports writers just put together stories in a Mad-Libs format at this point. “Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle is rumored to be traded to (team) for (prospect) + (draft pick) so that the team can…

  20. Report: Maple Leafs to name Dion Phaneuf first captain since Mats Sundin

    Jun 11, 2010, 4:15 PM EST

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    The Toronto Maple Leafs haven’t had a captain since Mats Sundin departed the team after the 2007-08 season, but if TSN reports are accurate, that will change on Monday. The Leafs are expected to hand the ‘C’ over to hard-hitting (and shooting) defenseman Dion Phaneuf. The former Calgary Flames product has had a rocky few…

  21. Blackhawks fans toilet paper coach Joel Quenneville's house to celebrate Cup

    Jun 11, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

    I once wrote that I’d be afraid to run into Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville in a dark alley (thanks to the general intimidation that comes from his magnificent mustache). While my reaction to Quenneville is a mixture of fear and ‘stache-deification, it appears that some Hawks fans treat him more like an unpopular gym…

  22. Philadelphia Flyers 2010-11 cap situation: Now or later?

    Jun 11, 2010, 2:45 PM EST

    The Philadelphia Flyers are probably still a little sore about Wednesday’s loss. After all, they were one overtime goal away from preparing for a penultimate Game 7 bout tonight. Instead, their season is over, two wins short of a Stanley Cup. Still, as I’ve written many times before, this team exceeded most people’s expectations. They…

  23. Should the Flyers stick with Leighton and Boucher in net?

    Jun 11, 2010, 1:45 PM EST

    While this group of people was curiously absent for a few weeks, the “Paul Holmgren should have traded for a veteran goalie” brigade conveniently appeared once the Chicago Blackhawks took a 3-2 lead in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals. That’s a pretty ridiculous stance to take when you consider the fact that the…

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