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James O’Brien

  1. What they're saying about Canucks-Hawks

    May 1, 2010, 7:10 PM EST

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    For hockey nerds like myself, it doesn’t get much better than Canucks versus Blackhawks. These teams are loaded with talent (Vancouver has those supremely bizarre Sedin twins! Chicago has Kane, Toews, Keith and Hossa!), but what really makes this series fascinating is the fact that the they truly hate each other. To get you revved…

  2. NBC Videos: Wrapping up Boston's win

    May 1, 2010, 6:45 PM EST

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    Boston’s dramatic overtime win over Philadelphia was exciting, for sure. After Marc Savard’s fairytale OT GWG, Pierre McGuire spoke with another resurgent Bruins forward who suffered from plenty of concussion problems: Patrice Bergeron. What follows is an interesting interview from a player with a unique perspective on what his teammate must be going through.  …

  3. Jim Corsi: The man behind Corsi numbers

    Apr 30, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

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    The hockey world is ages behind “Moneyball” philosophy and Sabermetrics, just to name a few buzzwords associated with the innovative stats championed by baseball writers and stats gurus for years. That isn’t to say that hockey bloggers/writers/fans/front office people are completely turning a blind eye to analysis that goes deeper than goals, assists and plus/minuses, though.…

  4. Capitals GM says Bruce Boudreau isn't going anywhere

    Apr 30, 2010, 3:30 PM EST

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    Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau’s results keeps improving in the regular season, but many questioned his job security after the Caps lost in the first round to the Canadiens. Washington Post reporter Tarik El-Bashir tracked down the team’s general manager George McPhee (affectionately called GMGM by many Washington fans), who claims that Boudreau will be around…

  5. Alex Ovechkin responds to criticism

    Apr 30, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

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    In our instant analysis-crazed society, it seems like people just cannot help but make a hasty, sweeping judgment about almost anything. At one point, Alex Ovechkin was the superhuman, unquestioned best player in hockey according to many experts. Yet after a medal-free Olympics run and a first round defeat few saw coming, there are probably…

  6. Boston Bruins easing Marc Savard into lineup

    Apr 30, 2010, 2:15 PM EST

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    It seems more and more likely that Marc Savard is going to return to the Boston Bruins during the second round, which bothers the inner-worried-mother in me. Still, he’s a hockey player and needs to help his team. The Bruins are being cautious about integrating Savard into their lineup as he starts to get his legs…

  7. Checking up on the East's free agents to watch

    Apr 30, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

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    A couple weeks ago, I broke down the pending free agents (unrestricted and restricted alike) for each conference. (East here, West here) Let’s take a gander at how some of the most noteworthy free-agents-to-be fared so far. Obviously, for players on half the teams, they won’t get another chance to show off their skills. Now let’s…

  8. Checking up on the West's free agents to watch

    Apr 30, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

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    A couple weeks ago, I broke down the pending free agents (unrestricted and restricted alike) for each conference. (East here, West here) So let’s take a gander at how some of the most noteworthy free-agents-to-be fared up to this point. Obviously, for players on half the teams, they won’t get another chance to show off their…

  9. Jaromir Jagr unlikely to return to NHL

    Apr 30, 2010, 11:40 AM EST

    Hockey fans pining for the NHL return of that flowing mullet (or at least the great playmaking skill) of Jaromir Jagr might be out of luck. The Edmonton Journal reports that Jagr is likely to re-sign with Omsk in the KHL, killing the hopes of him returning to the Oilers or any other team in the…

  10. Save of the Night: Jimmy Howard

    Apr 30, 2010, 10:50 AM EST

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    Statistically speaking, it wasn’t exactly a banner night for either Jimmy Howard or Evgeni Nabokov. That doesn’t mean that the two goalie lacked any kind of highlights at all, though. While it wasn’t enough to help the Red Wings come back, Howard made a couple reflexive saves here that gave his team a chance to…

  11. (Sigh of relief) Goal of the Night: Thornton to Heatley

    Apr 30, 2010, 10:00 AM EST

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    This might not be the most amazing goal, but it could end up being enormous for Joe Thornton and Dany Heatley. It’s possible that folks could bristle at the fact that Jumbo Joe set up one of his “typical” assists (it was pure pretty passing; Thornton simply got a little room and did what he…

  12. 2010 NHL Playoffs: First round stats leaders

    Apr 29, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

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    With the first round of the 2010 NHL Playoffs in the bag, I thought it might be wise to look at the league’s leaders in certain categories. Eliminated players in italics. Points leaders through Round 1 1. Sidney Crosby – 142 (tied). Mikael Samuelsson – 11 2 (tied). Henrik Zetterberg – 113 (tied). Michael Cammalleri…

  13. Drew Doughty out, Ryan Smyth and 3 others in for Team Canada

    Apr 29, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

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    Team Canada added four players to its 2010 IIHF World Championships roster today: Ryan Smyth, Brooks Laich, Tyler Myers and Mike Del Zotto. TSN has the story on Mark Messier’s team assembling process. Messier has been busy working the phones, trying to fill out his roster. He currently has 20 confirmed players — seven defencemen, 12…

  14. Team USA adds 11 players for 2010 IIHF World Championships

    Apr 29, 2010, 4:50 PM EST

    Upon the conclusion of the first round, the rosters for one of sport’s great consolation tournaments – the IIHF World Championships – are starting to hit their stride. Team USA, for instance, added 11 players to their roster (according to TSN). The latest additions include Los Angeles Kings’ defencemen Jack Johnson and Matt Greene, Devils’…

  15. NHL announces second round referees

    Apr 29, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

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    Sure, I have moments when I scream at the TV as if it will react to my venom just like any other fan. That being said, in the grand scheme of things, it pains me when fans use the zebras as an excuse for a defeat. Still, it’s perhaps the nature of a fan to…

  16. Steve Yzerman might get Lightning GM job

    Apr 29, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

    TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that Steve Yzerman is on the “short list” of candidates for the Tampa Bay Lightning GM job along with former Canucks GM Dave Nonis and veteran executive Doug Risebrough. Sources say the Red Wings have granted permission for Tampa Bay to speak with Yzerman, currently a vice president in Detroit. Yzerman won’t…

  17. Red Wings may face fine for 'breaking curfew'

    Apr 29, 2010, 3:30 PM EST

    Strange story out of San Jose: it seems that the Detroit Red Wings came into town too late and might face a fine for breaking curfew. Anytime you can refer to a team that features Nicklas Lidstrom (a 40-year-old man) as “breaking curfew,” you just have to do it. TSN has the story. The Mercury news…

  18. Capitals owner Ted Leonsis reflects on lost series

    Apr 29, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

    Whether you’re a Capitals fan or not, if you’re even remotely interested in hockey blogging you probably admire Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis. He’s one of sport’s most media-savvy owners, so it’s not surprising that after the Capitals lost Game 7 to the Montreal Canadiens, Leonsis put up some classy posts about the series. Here’s…

  19. 2010 NHL playoffs: Eastern Conference Round 2 predictions

    Apr 29, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    Another round, another set of darts. This time, we’re taking a look at Round 2 of the 2010 NHL Playoffs (also known as the Conference Semifinals, if you’re a stickler for details). I think the question is: which team will torment us with their upset special this round? Next up, the Eastern Conference. Click here…

  20. 2010 NHL playoffs: Western Conference Round 2 predictions

    Apr 29, 2010, 1:45 PM EST

    Another round, another set of darts. This time, we’re taking a look at Round 2 of the 2010 NHL Playoffs (also known as the Conference Semifinals, if you’re a stickler for details). I think the question is: which team will torment us with their upset special this round? Since the East got first dibs last round,…

  21. Examining PHT Staff first round predictions

    Apr 29, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

    Like a puck-based American political system, we believe in checks and balances at Pro Hockey Talk. With that spirit in mind, I think it’s prudent to judge our first round predictions before moving on to Round 2. (Here’s a link for our Western Conference and Eastern Conference predictions, if you’re interested.) To do so, I…

  22. Hart Trophy candidates: Crosby, Ovechkin, H. Sedin

    Apr 29, 2010, 12:05 PM EST

    Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and Henrik Sedin are the three Hart Trophy candidates according to NHL Live. Around the end of the regular season, we profiled the leading candidates in our “Case for … ” series. Take a look at spirited arguments for each one (with an extra player thrown in). The Case for Henrik…

  23. Jaroslav Halak, Montreal shocks Washington in Game 7

    Apr 28, 2010, 10:30 PM EST

    This is one of those games (and series) where you look for someone to blame. Was it as simple as “The Capitals couldn’t solve Jaroslav Halak?” Maybe you point to their “lack of experience” or question their intestinal fortitude? To be honest, I’m still wrapping my head around the fact that the world-beating Washington Capitals…

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