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Joe Yerdon

  1. Poll: Who will win the Atlantic Division?

    Oct 2, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    It’s always divisive, it’s never the same each year it seems, and it’s pretty clear everyone doesn’t like each other in some way. The race for the playoffs always starts within the division and the Atlantic Division and the defending champion Devils will be gunning for the title again. Is that who you think will…

  2. Tonight's preseason schedule – October 1st

    Oct 1, 2010, 6:47 PM EDT

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    Here’s the preseason schedule tonight. OMG it’s October! Hey, wait a minute, these games still don’t count. I want a refund! Anyway, here’s tonight’s schedule and, yeah, one game is already over because the Hurricanes have to leave the country to go to Europe. All times listed are Eastern because we’re like that. Carolina 2…

  3. 2010-2011 NHL season preview: St. Louis Blues

    Oct 1, 2010, 6:06 PM EDT

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    Last season: (40-32-10, 90 points, 4th in Central Division, t-9th in Western Conference) A terrible start derailed the Blues’ chances at making the playoffs. The team got in such a hole that despite their furious play in the second half of the season, they weren’t able break into the playoffs the way they did two…

  4. 2010-2011 NHL season preview: Nashville Predators

    Oct 1, 2010, 4:27 PM EDT

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    Last season: (47-29-6, 100 points, 3rd in Central Division, 7th in Western Conference) Each and every year, people try to count out the Predators and each and every year they seem to make the playoffs. For a team that’s gotten the runaround when it comes to rumors about being moved and talk of financial instability,…

  5. NHL players pick Quebec City as city they'd like NHL to move to

    Oct 1, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    While we’ve gotten caught up on what a big deal it is now for Quebec City to look into getting an NHL team back there, what with their desire to build a new arena and the “Blue March” to rally support for the old days of the Nordiques, it turns out the NHL players might…

  6. Agitator extraordinaire Darcy Tucker announces his retirement

    Oct 1, 2010, 1:08 PM EDT

    Love him or hate him, Darcy Tucker has made an impact on your NHL fandom. From the Canadiens, to the Lightning, to the Maple Leafs, to the Avalanche, Tucker has left his mark on the NHL and not generally for things that leave a good taste in the fans’ mouths. With a history of dirty…

  7. 2010-2011 NHL season preview: Detroit Red Wings

    Oct 1, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Last season: (44-24-14, 102 points, 2nd in Central Division, 5th in Western Conference) The Red Wings’ season was a definitive roller coaster year. Injuries kept the lineup from playing at max power each night, Chris Osgood’s poor play kept Jimmy Howard in net most of the season while the team battled to stay in the playoff…

  8. Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador out indefinitely with concussion

    Oct 1, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

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    Bad news this morning for the New Jersey Devils. Devils GM Lou Lamoriello updated the injury status of defenseman Bryce Salvador and he’ll be out indefinitely with a concussion. Fire & Ice’s Tom Gulitti also reports that no decision has been made as to whether or not Salvador will be placed on the long term…

  9. 2010-2011 NHL season preview: Columbus Blue Jackets

    Oct 1, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Last season: (32-35-15, 79 points, 5th in Central Division,14th in Western Conference) To put it bluntly, the Blue Jackets were not good. They fired Ken Hitchcock halfway through the season and let Claude Noel ride things out the rest of the way. They were disjointed, they were bad defensively and they couldn’t score a lick. At…

  10. Bobby Ryan's position shuffle moves him back to left wing

    Oct 1, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

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    Bobby Ryan’s preseason of intrigue takes yet another turn, this time a predictable one. While Ryan was being tried out at center to attempt to give the Ducks three strong centers with Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan, and Saku Koivu, it appears that head coach Randy Carlyle didn’t like the way things were going and will move…

  11. 2010-2011 NHL season preview: Chicago Blackhawks

    Oct 1, 2010, 1:49 AM EDT

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    Last season: (52-22-8, 112 points, 1st in Central Division, 2nd in Western Conference) The Blackhawks had themselves a good season. Winning the Central Division was good but winning the franchise’s first Stanley Cup since 1961 — ending the longest-active drought in the NHL — was a whole lot better. After getting the playoffs off to…

  12. Preseason quick recaps – September 30th

    Sep 30, 2010, 11:55 PM EDT

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    Here’s the quick recap of tonight’s preseason action. If you’re a Minnesota Wild fan, you may want to look away. Again. Buffalo 5 – Montreal 3 Plus: Prospect Luke Adam had two goals for Buffalo in looking good for the Sabres there. He likely won’t make the team, but he’s at least giving them something…

  13. Backup goalie jobs decided in Dallas and Nashville

    Sep 30, 2010, 11:27 PM EDT

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    While other jobs are still being figured out as training camp plugs along, a couple of them have been decided already in goal. The Dallas Stars race for backup goalie will go to Andrew Raycroft as the team put Brent Krahn on waivers. It was an outside shot for Krahn to make the team and…

  14. Player-turned-analyst Michael Peca crushes Jay Bouwmeester's game, Flames upset

    Sep 30, 2010, 10:46 PM EDT

    If you know anything about former NHL star Michael Peca, you know that he’s a guy that played his tail off each and every night. He played tough, he played smart, and he played physical. Now that he’s working as an analyst for TSN in Canada, he’s bringing that same sort of mentality to television…

  15. For Ducks prospect Cam Fowler, is the future now?

    Sep 30, 2010, 9:05 PM EDT

    While we haven’t exactly gone gangbusters here to discuss it, there’s a movement going on in Anaheim in the form of a definitive youth movement on the blue line.  Today the Ducks waived defensemen Brett Festerling and Danny Syvret, leaving outsiders wondering if, perhaps, 2010 first round pick Cam Fowler as well as perpetual prospect…

  16. Hurricanes forward Sergei Samsonov placed on injured reserve

    Sep 30, 2010, 7:54 PM EDT

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    Carolina Hurricane’s forward Sergei Samsonov’s season is already off to a rough start. After taking a scary spill head-first into the boards the other night, he’ll be starting his season on injured reserve. Making the timing even more difficult for Samsonov is the fact the Hurricanes will be starting the season off in Russia with…

  17. Alexander Ovechkin's CCM Hockey ad produces nightmare fuel for an eternity

    Sep 30, 2010, 7:33 PM EDT

    Who wants some nightmare fuel? Oh, everyone does? Excellent. The NHL is doing their part to get seen more in ads and what’s a better way to be seen than to give the people something that they’ll never be able to un-see. Welcome to the world of CCM Hockey starring Alexander Ovechkin’s maniacally laughing floating…

  18. Tonight's preseason schedule – September 29th

    Sep 29, 2010, 6:49 PM EDT

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    Tonight’s sexy preseason schedule brings us eight snazzy games to soak in. As always, all times listed are Eastern because it’s the best time zone around. 7:00 pm Detroit @ NY Rangers Nashville @ Atlanta NY Islanders @ Philadelphia – It’s the first of two Islanders games tonight. These are their first preseason games of…

  19. 2010-2011 NHL season preview: Vancouver Canucks

    Sep 29, 2010, 6:28 PM EDT

    Last season: (49-28-5, 103 points, 1st in Northwest Division, 3rd in Western Conference) It was another great season for the Canucks, winning their division and showing great promise heading into the playoffs. For the second year in a row, however, they were unceremoniously disposed of by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round. Once again,…

  20. Jeremy Roenick lambastes Thrashers for moving Dustin Byfuglien to defense

    Sep 29, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    To call Jeremy Roenick a “bombastic” would be correct. He’s got opinions and he’ll share them with whoever asks him for them. When Roenick took to the airwaves on his XM satellite radio show to discuss what he thought about the Atlanta Thrashers playing Dustin Byfuglien at defense, you could say that the results were…

  21. Former Thrasher/Red Wing Slava Kozlov signs deal with CSKA Moscow in KHL

    Sep 29, 2010, 3:29 PM EDT

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    Former Atlanta Thrasher Slava Kozlov is off to Russia to play pro hockey. According to website Russian Hockey Fans, the former Stanley Cup winner with the Detroit Red Wings is headed to the KHL to play with CSKA Moscow. RHF has a quote from Kozlov on signing with the Red Army team. “I’m glad to…

  22. Capitals loan Michael Nylander to Panthers AHL affiliate in Rochester

    Sep 29, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

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    When the Capitals waived Michael Nylander last week, it was clear that they had a plan of attack for how to make his $4.875 million cap hit disappear once again this season. Last year, they were able to pawn him off to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins as well as off to Finland. This time…

  23. 2010-2011 NHL season preview: Minnesota Wild

    Sep 29, 2010, 2:26 PM EDT

    Last season: (38-36-8, 84 points, 4th in Northwest Division, 13th in Western Conference) The Wild were anything but that last season and while the record is deceptively above .500, the Wild were a mixed-up jumble last season. Playing their first season without Jacques Lemaire at the helm had it’s ups and downs while learning a…

  24. 2010-2011 NHL season preview: Edmonton Oilers

    Sep 29, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Last season: (27-47-8, 62 points, 5th in Northwest Division,15th in Western Conference) The Oilers were, hands down, the worst team in the league last year. At no point did they exhibit any hope for their fans and the moment in November when Nikolai Khabibulin went down with a back injury was the moment when the…

  25. Brian Gionta named Montreal Canadiens captain

    Sep 29, 2010, 10:34 AM EDT

    One of the worst kept secrets in hockey this off-season has finally been revealed in Montreal today. The Canadiens announced that Brian Gionta will become the 28th captain in team history. Joining him as the lettered leaders of the team are defensemen Hal Gill and Andrei Markov who will both wear the “A” this season.…

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