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  1. Tonight's preseason schedule – September 28th

    Sep 28, 2010, 6:57 PM EDT

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    Here’s tonight’s schedule of preseason action. Can you smell it everyone? It’s nearly the end of preseason and October is almost here. Of course, even when October arrives there’ll still be some preseason games left to play. Oh, cruel twist of fate. Anyhow, here’s tonight’s schedule and, as always, times listed are Eastern time because…

  2. So maybe there's something to the Langenbrunner to Colorado speculation

    Sep 27, 2010, 5:53 PM EDT

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    On Friday, we told you about idle speculation stirring out of Denver from The Denver Post’s Adrian Dater that in his wildest of pipe dreams, the Avalanche would look into Devils right wing Jamie Langenbrunner to help fill the hole left by concussion-ailed winger Peter Mueller. As it turns out, idle speculation can sometimes have…

  3. What will the Islanders do to replace Mark Streit?

    Sep 27, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

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    With Mark Streit out for the next six months for the Islanders after suffering a torn rotator cuff and torn labrum in his shoulder, the question now turns to what Isles GM Garth Snow will do to replace him on the roster. The Islanders present a fascinating situation for how to replace your best defenseman.…

  4. Capitals sign Matt Hendricks to a one-year contract

    Sep 27, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    Don’t ever let someone tell you that training camp isn’t important. For Washington Capitals tryout candidate Matt Hendricks, it’s turned out to be a great thing. After scoring a hat trick last Wednesday in a preseason game against the Blue Jackets, Hendricks has parlayed that game as well as his overall effort in camp into…

  5. Rangers' Wade Redden clears waivers, heads to AHL

    Sep 27, 2010, 12:51 PM EDT

    To the surprise of virtually no one, New York Rangers recently waived defenseman Wade Redden has cleared waivers and will be sent to AHL camp with the Hartford Wolfpack. With that, Redden’s $6.5 million cap hit disappears to the AHL and the race for the spot on the Rangers blue line is on. With the…

  6. 2010-2011 NHL season preview: Toronto Maple Leafs

    Sep 27, 2010, 11:23 AM EDT

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    Last season: (30-38-14, 74 points, 5th in Northeast Division, 15th in Eastern Conference) It was another tough season for the Leafs, this time finishing with the second-worst record in the NHL. They weren’t able to reap the rewards of that thanks to trading their first-round pick to Boston in the Phil Kessel trade. Don’t know if…

  7. 2010-2011 NHL season preview: Ottawa Senators

    Sep 27, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Last season: (44-32-6, 94 points, 2nd in Northeast Division, 5th in Eastern Conference) If anyone thought the Senators would be fifth in the East at the start of last season, we all would’ve happily called them liars and been done with it. Instead, the Sens took advantage of well-timed win streaks and rode the goaltending hot…

  8. Preseason quick recaps – September 26th

    Sep 27, 2010, 2:16 AM EDT

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    It was a light night in preseason action and somehow the Toronto Maple Leafs didn’t make an appearance. Tonight’s big game occurred in Edmonton. Big being a relative term considering it’s a preseason game. Detroit 5 – NY Rangers 3 Plus: Brian Rafalski pretended like it was the Olympics once again scoring a goal and…

  9. Islanders invite five players to camp on tryouts

    Sep 27, 2010, 1:39 AM EDT

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    While the Islanders are busy dealing with how to handle Mark Streit’s shoulder injury that will keep him out for up to six months, they’ve added a few players to their training camp roster on professional tryouts. NHL veterans Manny Legace, Dean McAmmond, Anders Eriksson, as well as minor leaguers Krys Kolanos and Joel Martin.…

  10. 2010-2011 NHL season preview: Montreal Canadiens

    Sep 27, 2010, 1:02 AM EDT

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    Last season: (39-33-10, 88 points, 4th in Northeast Division, 8th in Eastern Conference) In what was a highly frustrating regular season for fans, edging into the playoffs in the final days of the season turned into a miraculous run through the playoffs to the conference finals. Head coach: Jacques Martin begins his second season with…

  11. Brian Burke: It's not automatic Jeff Finger will be sent down for salary space

    Sep 26, 2010, 11:20 PM EDT

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    A few teams have some salary cap issues to address before the season starts. The Rangers have already gotten a jump on things by putting Wade Redden on waivers. Other teams, like the Toronto Maple Leafs, still have some questions of their own to answer as far as what they’ll do to get under the…

  12. 2010-2011 NHL season preview: Buffalo Sabres

    Sep 26, 2010, 9:36 PM EDT

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    Last season: (45-27-10, 100 points, 1st in Northeast Division, 3rd in Eastern Conference) The Sabres played above their heads and thanks to Team USA hero Ryan Miller, they were able to win the Northeast. The team’s lack of consistent scoring came back to bite them in the rear, losing to the Bruins in six games…

  13. Turns out the NHLPA stood up for Devils regarding Kovalchuk punishment

    Sep 26, 2010, 8:44 PM EDT

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    I know what you’re thinking when you see the headline. “Oh hell no, not more of this stuff!” That’s a fine, fair and normal reaction but for those of you thinking that the NHLPA rolled over when the NHL punished the New Jersey Devils for circumventing the salary cap on their first contract offer for…

  14. Thus ends the Jonathan Cheechoo experiment, cut by Dallas Stars

    Sep 26, 2010, 7:41 PM EDT

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    The Jonathan Cheechoo experiment in Dallas is over. The Stars announced their list of cuts today and Cheechoo’s name was on it. The former 50-goal scorer was getting a tryout with the Stars this year to see if he could recapture his scoring touch that once made him the big man in San Jose, but…

  15. 2010-2011 NHL season preview: Boston Bruins

    Sep 26, 2010, 7:18 PM EDT

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    Last season: (39-30-13, 91 points, 3rd place in Northeast Division, 6th in Eastern Conference) After manhandling Buffalo in the first round and getting out to a 3-0 series lead against the Flyers in the second round, Boston folded up shop and lost in seven games. What turned into a feel-good season after some early struggles…

  16. Analyzing the Rangers blue line with Wade Redden out of the picture

    Sep 25, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

    Now that the Rangers have cast defenseman Wade Redden aside on waivers with the intent of sending him to the AHL to rid themselves of his $6.5 million cap hit, the Rangers will have to figure out who, exactly, is going to take his spot along the blue line. Redden’s production last year wasn’t outstanding…

  17. Tonight's preseason schedule – September 25th

    Sep 25, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Tonight’s hot preseason action features 14 games and 26 teams in action. Fuzzy math, right? No, the Coyotes and Sharks have a split-squad affair going on in San Jose and Phoenix later tonight. As for the other games, here’s your taste of tryout greatness. All times are Eastern because we’ve got an insufferable eastern bias.…

  18. Islanders' Mark Streit injures shoulder during scrimmage

    Sep 25, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

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    What was shaping up to be an intriguing year for the New York Islanders might be getting off to the worst start possible. During today’s scrimmage, defenseman Mark Streit left the game with an apparent shoulder injury. As for how it happened, TSN shares the awkward details. New York Newsday is reporting that Isles’ All-Star…

  19. Flyers goalie Michael Leighton hurts back, time to worry in Philadelphia?

    Sep 25, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    Lost in last night’s game action, Flyers goalie Michael Leighton left last night’s preseason game against the Maple Leafs after playing 65 minutes worth of game action with a strained back. With Leighton having played through most of the game, missing out only on the shootout, speculation is picking up amongst Flyers faithful about how…

  20. Cristobal Huet and Michael Nylander also waived in cost-cutting moves

    Sep 25, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    While Wade Redden was the first of the notable waiver victims today, there are two others that were placed on waivers this afternoon to help their teams legally lose some money off of the salary cap. If you think that these names will be surprising, then I don’t know what to tell you. Chicago placed…

  21. Wild's Josh Harding has torn ACL/MCL, likely out for the year

    Sep 25, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

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    The Wild have an update on goaltender Josh Harding’s condition after leaving last night’s game against St. Louis with an injury and it’s not good news. Harding has a torn ACL and a torn MCL and will likely be out for the season. For Harding, it’s a brutal blow in what was due to be…

  22. Marc Savard speaks out about dealing with post-concussion syndrome

    Sep 25, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    Boston Bruins star Marc Savard took time out this morning to speak with media about the lingering effects of post-concussion syndrome that he’s dealing with.  Savard being sidelined comes as a surprise to most fans because he returned to the Bruins lineup during the playoffs, yet now he’s not even skating with the team and…

  23. Rangers place Wade Redden on waivers, free up $6.5 million cap hit

    Sep 25, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    Today marks an interesting day for NHL transaction watchers as the freeze on placing players on waivers is lifted once again and the New York Rangers aren’t wasting any time. The Rangers announced today that they’ll be placing high-priced defenseman Wade Redden on waivers with the likelihood of having him sent down to the AHL…

  24. Alex Kovalev seeks to impress one more time to earn a new contract

    Sep 25, 2010, 10:13 AM EDT

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    If you asked ten fans what they thought of current Senators star Alex Kovalev, you’d likely get ten different takes on him. In his career as a Ranger, Penguin, Hab, and Senator he’s found ways to both dazzle and frustrate the hometown fans. As he begins his 18th season in the league coming off of…

  25. Pre-season quick recaps – September 24th

    Sep 25, 2010, 1:58 AM EDT

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    Here’s your recap of tonight’s pre-season action. Get the foil on because things got a bit rambunctious tonight, especially in San Jose. Detroit 3 – Chicago 2 Plus: Detroit’s stars took care of business. Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and an assist while Tomas Holmstrom added a goal and Jimmy Howard played well in a…

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