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  1. Opening night roster choices in Vancouver, New Jersey, LA, and Philly cause a stir

    Oct 6, 2010, 8:19 PM EST

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    With teams setting their final rosters for the start of the season, some of the teams with salary cap issues are making what appear to be curious moves but may ultimately prove to be nothing more than paper shuffling for the bookkeepers. In Vancouver, the Canucks recalled defenseman Lee Sweatt while sending goalie Cory Schneider…

  2. Devils may start season with just 20 players thanks to salary cap crunch

    Oct 5, 2010, 4:46 PM EST

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    We all know that the Devils have some cap issues to deal with by now. They’ve also got some injury problems as well and both fortunately and unfortunately for them, they can use those two issues to help themselves out of a bit of a mess. Defensemen Bryce Salvador and Anssi Salmela are expected to…

  3. Maple Leafs name alternate captains, Tomas Kaberle not among them

    Oct 5, 2010, 4:05 PM EST

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    It wouldn’t be a Maple Leafs season without a little bit of controversy, right? Today, the Leafs announced who would be serving as the team’s alternate captains to team captain Dion Phaneuf. Not surprisingly, two defensemen were chosen. Surprisingly, one of them wasn’t a guy who served as an alternate captain in previous Leafs seasons…

  4. Rangers rookie Derek Stepan hoping to stick around NHL for a while

    Oct 5, 2010, 3:14 PM EST

    The preseason for the New York Rangers has provided a fair bit of intrigue. From the Wade Redden-to-Hartford situation, to captain Chris Drury breaking his finger, Vinny Prospal having knee issues, to today’s action on waivers with Tim Kennedy and Todd White there’s been more than enough drama for everyone in the organization and their…

  5. Today's waiver wire madness: Isles claim Grabner, Lightning snag Ritola

    Oct 5, 2010, 1:33 PM EST

    After the last few days of waiver wire action went quietly with players being placed on waivers and then unclaimed to be sent to the minors, today brought some action. Yesterday saw the Panthers put Michael Grabner on waivers for the purpose of sending him to Rochester in the AHL. He won’t be heading to…

  6. Vancouver trades Shane O'Brien to Nashville for Ryan Parent

    Oct 5, 2010, 1:13 PM EST

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    With a flurry of moves happening at noon today, one move that stands out is a trade. Vancouver traded defenseman Shane O’Brien and forward Dan Gendur to Nashville for defenseman Ryan Parent and forward Jonas Andersson. Vancouver then followed that trade up by putting Parent on waivers with the purpose of sending him to Manitoba.…

  7. Andreas Lilja will not be signed by San Jose, may have to leave the country

    Oct 5, 2010, 10:37 AM EST

    If you’ve ever wondered how life for a professional athlete can be difficult, looking at the story of defenseman Andreas Lilja might make for a good place to start. During the off-season Lilja held out hope that he’d get a better offer from his, now former team, the Detroit Red Wings. The one-year, $1 million…

  8. Canadiens getting healthy: Roman Hamrlik and Andrei Markov return to practice

    Oct 5, 2010, 9:51 AM EST

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    Even though the season has yet to begin, the Montreal Canadiens are getting dose of good news. While they’re slated to start the year without the services of defensemen Roman Hamrlik and Andrei Markov, things aren’t far off from returning to normal. The Montreal Gazette’s Pat Hickey tells us that both players rejoined the team…

  9. Las Vegas says Blackhawks are favorites to win Stanley Cup

    Oct 5, 2010, 12:52 AM EST

    If you’re curious as to what the odds makers in Las Vegas have to say about the upcoming NHL season, fear not because online gambling site bodog.com has come up with their odds on who they think will win the Stanley Cup this year. If you’re ready to know what you can set your wagers…

  10. PHT predicts the division standings

    Oct 4, 2010, 10:31 PM EST

    We here at PHT have given you all the information you need to get ready for the season by previewing all 30 teams. Now it’s time to show off just how we think the divisions will play out, standings-wise. James previewed the Atlantic, Pacific, and Southeast Divisions while I took care of the Northeast, Northwest,…

  11. Rounding up today's roster cuts

    Oct 4, 2010, 9:22 PM EST

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    With teams paring down their rosters to prepare for the start of the regular season on Thursday, getting the last round of roster cuts can provide some fascinating results. Today was no different across the NHL and here’s your tour of links to show you some of what went down. Toronto sends down Kadri, Caputi,…

  12. Despite reports to the contrary, still no agreement between NHL and KHL

    Oct 4, 2010, 8:01 PM EST

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    Sometimes playing the rumor game in the NHL can get interesting when parties attached to the situation are on different continents. Making things a bit less interesting is that the rumors this time have to deal with bureaucratic dealings and contracts between the NHL and KHL. Earlier today, USA Today’s Kevin Allen tweeted that the…

  13. NHL and NHL Officials Association reach tentative four-year Collective Bargaining Agreement

    Oct 4, 2010, 7:18 PM EST

    If you were worried that the NHL and the NHL Officials Association wouldn’t be able to work things out to get the full-time NHL referees and linesmen on the ice this season, fear not. The NHL and the NHLOA have come together on a tentative four-year agreement on a collective bargaining agreement. The release from…

  14. Who replaces Brian Campbell in the Blackhawks lineup?

    Oct 3, 2010, 6:22 PM EST

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    The road to repeat for the Chicago Blackhawks was already set to be a difficult one given all the roster turnover during the off-season. Now the team will be dealing with the loss of key defenseman Brian Campbell for the next four to five weeks with a knee sprain will make at least the start…

  15. Former Canucks prospect Michael Grabner waived by Florida

    Oct 3, 2010, 4:45 PM EST

    At one point in his career, Michael Grabner was seen as the next big thing as far as prospects go. Coming up in the Canucks organization where fans can get a bit too eager about things can often exacerbate the situation, but Grabner was always viewed as a future big gun. This summer, he was…

  16. Derek Boogaard may face NHL discipline for spearing Chris Neil's man-parts

    Oct 3, 2010, 3:45 PM EST

    It turns out that Mike Cammalleri wasn’t the only guy getting wild with his stick last night. The NHL could be busy taking a look at last night’s game between Ottawa and the New York Rangers thanks to the frisky stick work of Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard. Boogaard was given a five-minute major for spearing…

  17. Report: Brendan Morrison to be released by Vancouver

    Oct 3, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

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    The hopes and dreams of many Vancouver Canucks fans may have been dashed today. A report out of Vancouver says that former Canucks star Brendan Morrison will be released from his professional tryout. Ian Walker of Puck World has the story. Brendan Morrison will not finish his National Hockey League career with the Vancouver Canucks.…

  18. Today's preseason schedule – October 3rd

    Oct 3, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

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    Sweet hockey monkey, today’s the last full day of the NHL preseason. There will still be preseason games played in Europe featuring NHL teams taking on some of the European elite teams, but for those still in North America, today is it. Real hockey awaits later this week. Until then (then being Thursday) you’ll have…

  19. Did Mike Cammalleri have just cause to go after Nino Niederreiter?

    Oct 3, 2010, 11:33 AM EST

    Last night we told you about Mike Cammalleri’s bad night in Quebec City where he seemingly went bonkers going after Islanders rookie Nino Niederreiter and ultimately slashing him in the ankle. Cammalleri was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for the action and Niederreiter left the game with a bruised ankle. Cammalleri isn’t…

  20. Preseason quick recaps – October 2nd

    Oct 3, 2010, 10:52 AM EST

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    Here are the rest of the preseason recaps from action last night. If you’re missing the goods from earlier in the day from Europe, don’t worry we got to that already. Columbus 4 – Atlanta 3 Plus: Maybe there’s something to this Nikita Filatov kid after all. Two more goals in the preseason certainly helps…

  21. Panthers prospect Erik Gudbranson to sign entry-level deal, get chance to stay in NHL

    Oct 2, 2010, 11:00 PM EST

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    Florida Panthers 2010 first round pick Erik Gudbranson is getting his wish. At the very least, he’s getting his chance to prove to the Panthers that he can stick in the NHL. The Florida Sun Sentinel’s Harvey Fialkov gives us the scoop on the news that Gudbranson will sign an entry level contract with the…

  22. Mike Cammalleri could be facing a suspension after ugly slashing incident against Islanders

    Oct 2, 2010, 10:00 PM EST

    We’re going to have ourselves some controversy even before the season gets underway. Tonight in Quebec City, Montreal’s Mike Cammalleri lost his head a little bit trying to goad Islanders rookie Nino Niederreiter into a fight after taking exception to a play earlier in the game. What happened saw Cammalleri high-sticking, cross checking, and then…

  23. Flames injury woes continue; Moss and Kotalik out indefinitely

    Oct 2, 2010, 8:45 PM EST

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    If you thought the Calgary Flames’ off-season was difficult on the fans, then the preseason has been a vile curse from beyond the grave as far as injuries go. While the team has seen Olli Jokinen and Rene Bourque get a little banged up, Matthew Stajan separated his shoulder, Daymond Langkow continues to be out…

  24. Early preseason quick recaps – October 2nd

    Oct 2, 2010, 7:45 PM EST

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    A couple of NHL teams got their preseason fun started early today by our schedule, mostly because they played their games in Europe. San Jose and Boston each did their part to spread the good word of the NHL to some local favorites in Ireland and Germany, and one team nearly did their ultimate part…

  25. Poll: Who will win the Pacific Division?

    Oct 2, 2010, 3:30 PM EST

    The San Jose Sharks were a steamroller of sorts last season in what turned out to be one of the most competitive divisions in the NHL. With the surprise run by the Phoenix Coyotes as well as the rise of the LA Kings, despite the Sharks coming away as the top team in the division…

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