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  1. Shane O'Brien has made Alain Vigneault very angry

    Mar 29, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

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    Another player in the NHL is being benched, although it’s unclear exactly what led to the Canucks deciding to sit defenseman Shane O’Brien. Intense speculation abounds, however. O’Brien was absent from practice on Monday, despite being present at GM Place. Ben Kuzma of The Province reports that coach Alain Vigneault was not very forthcoming about…

  2. NHL Playoffs Update: Previewing tonight's action

    Mar 29, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

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    I apologize for not having an update based on last night’s action, so I thought we’d merge the update from last night’s games into a preview for tonight’s games, and focus on the ones that truly affect the playoff standings. The big news from yesterday in the East was the loss by the New Jersey…

  3. Mike Ribeiro to sit out for 'disciplinary reasons'

    Mar 29, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News is reporting that Mike Ribeiro will miss tonight’s game for ‘disciplinary reasons’, after missing a team meeting on Sunday. Crawford skated Ribeiro hard after the morning skate in what clearly was a message skate. Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk said he backs his coach. “We have team rules and…

  4. Report: Coyotes to Winnipeg rumors false

    Mar 29, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

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    Earlier today we reported on a story that the NHL had a ‘deal in principle’ worked out with an ownership group based out of Toronto, to move the franchise to Winnipeg if the league couldn’t sell the team by June. An update by Tim Campbell in the Winnipeg Free Press states such a plan is…

  5. Duncan Keith blames his skates for poor play

    Mar 29, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    You see it all the time. A fielder in baseball makes a bad play, misses a catch…then looks down at his glove as if a hole suddenly appeared in his mitt, and that’s to blame. A golfer misjudges the distance from the rough, shanks the ball 40 yards to the left…then looks at his club…

  6. Mike Green's case for the Norris Trophy

    Mar 29, 2010, 2:57 PM EDT

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    We’re big fans of Mike Green here at Pro Hockey Talk. We’ve talked about how his numbers compare to some of the greatest all-time defensemen, and the PHT readers all agree that Green is the best offensive defenseman currently playing in the NHL. But is it enough for a Norris Trophy? Mike Brophy of Sportsnet.ca…

  7. NHL working on sending Coyotes to Winnipeg?

    Mar 29, 2010, 2:08 PM EDT

    A story that at first seemed to be nothing but conjecture and complete speculation has turned into something much, much more substantial. The Phoenix Business Journal is reporting that, according to unnamed sources, the NHL is working with Toronto Billionaire David Thomson to possibly send the Phoenix Coyotes franchise back to Winnipeg. Two sources with…

  8. Don't forget about Henrik Sedin and the Canucks

    Mar 29, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

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    With everyone’s focus on Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin and their East Coast race for the Rocket Richard trophy, it seems that Henrik Sedin and incredible season he’s having in Vancouver is going just a bit unnoticed. Crosby, Ovechkin and even Steven Stamkos will fight to the last game for the goals lead in the…

  9. Injuries put Rangers' playoff hopes in doubt

    Mar 29, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

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    The New York Rangers are headed into a big game Tuesday, and they could be as much as six points behind 8th place Boston. Unfortunately, they’ll likely be without Ryan Callahan and Sean Avery who were both injured in the past week. From Larry Brooks of the New York Post: “Sean has been playing his…

  10. Senators sign UNH's Bobby Butler

    Mar 29, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

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    With New Hampshire finishing up their NCAA tournament a bit prematurely, the Ottawa Senators have signed winger Bobby Butler. According to Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Butler, a native of Marlborough, Mass., is a Hobey Baker Top 10 Finalist and helped lead the UNH Wildcats to the Hockey East season championship. The 6-foot, 185-pounder…

  11. Mike Modano could return Friday

    Mar 29, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

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    The best hockey player in USA history should have at least five more games before he has to decide on whether to return next season or not. According to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News, Mike Modano will skate on Wednesday, practice on Thursday and then plans on playing on Friday at home against…

  12. Flyers targeting young goaltender this summer?

    Mar 29, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT

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    According Anthony SanFilippo, the Philadelphia Flyers will be targeting on getting a young goaltender this summer. Shocking, right? According to his “anonymous source”: “It’s already been decided that our No. 1 priority for next season is to get a goalie. We have to go out and get that player and commit to him as our…

  13. Should Dan Carcillo be suspended for high stick?

    Mar 29, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT

    If the NHL is just as intent on punishing dumb and reckless plays that result in injury, just as much as they want to singly out intentional and dirty ones, then it’s possible that Dan Carcillo could be facing a suspension by the NHL. At the 15:14 mark of the third period, Carcillo went after…

  14. Capitals fans need a reality check

    Mar 29, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    It’s amazing what is happening in Washington. The Capitals and Alex Ovechkin have been able to turn the D.C. area into a thriving, intense and absolutely crazy hockey town. In fact, it’s generally considered that the Verizon Center is the most exciting place to watch a hockey game. The fans are loud and boisterous, and…

  15. Red Wings best team in the West?

    Mar 29, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    When you look at the Eastern Conference, it’s easy to say who the best teams in the conference are. The Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, New Jersey Devils and Buffalo Sabres are all firmly entrenched on a tier well above the rest of the Eastern teams. Yet when it comes to the West, that’s a tougher…

  16. Save(s) of the Night: Thomas Greiss

    Mar 29, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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    The Sharks may have found their goaltender for next season if Nabokov departs. Maybe.

  17. Goal of the Night: Rene Bourque

    Mar 29, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

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    I was tempted to go with Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin as they went back and forth for the NHL scoring lead, but I can’t turn down the chance to feature a great spin-o-rama backhanded goal.

  18. Referees cause confusion after disallowed goal

    Mar 28, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    I’m not here to say that a disallowed goal was the ultimate doom for the Flyers, but there’s no doubt it was the turning point in the game. Simon Gagne’s goal would have put the Flyers ahead 2-1, in a game they were playing fairly well in and one they desperately needed to stop sliding…

  19. Flyer's goaltending situation gets uglier

    Mar 28, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT

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    The Philadelphia Flyers have some goaltending issues. It’s not that their goalies are playing bad, it’s that they keep getting hurt.Not only that, but when they do have a healthy goaltender available he may not be able to play due to college classes. I kid you not. Johan Backlund, making his NHL debut yesterday in…

  20. Report: Penguins to host Capitals for 2011 Winter Classic

    Mar 28, 2010, 1:55 PM EDT

    Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting today that the NHL is leaning towards the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins facing off in the 2011 Winter Classic, to be played at Heinz Field. There has been no confirmation on this news from the Penguins or Capitals, and I’ve been told by NHL sources…

  21. Devils clinch 13th straight playoff berth

    Mar 28, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

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    With yesterday’s win over the Montreal Canadians, the New Jersey Devils are in the playoffs for the 13th straight season. It’s also the 19th time in 20 seasons the Devils will be in the playoffs. Only the Detroit Red Wings, who haven’t missed the postseason since 1990, have a better run in that span. Who’s…

  22. Thornton's injury rare sight to see

    Mar 28, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    What San Jose Sharks fans are used to seeing: Joe Thornton putting up great regular season numbers, playing in every single game on his way to disappearing in the playoffs en route to an early and disappointing exit for the Sharks. What they aren’t used to seeing? Joe Thornton hurt and down on the ice,…

  23. NHL Playoffs Update: Flyers sinking

    Mar 28, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

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    Now we have some movement. Some major shuffling last night in the NHL standings, as Detroit jumps to 6th in the West and the Philadelphia Flyers threaten to fall completely out of the playoff race as their goaltending issues continue to haunt them. The Phoenix Coyotes continue to hum along, and are keeping pace with…

  24. Gary Bettman: NHL has "been extremely proactive"

    Mar 27, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

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    David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune was able to score a fairly lengthy interview with NHL commissioner, asking him a number of questions pertaining to the recent rule changes, suspensions and the future of the NHL. Here are some highlights of what he had to say. The rash of nasty incidents since the Olympics had…

  25. Marc Savard speaks for first time since concussion

    Mar 27, 2010, 3:08 PM EDT

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    Marc Savard held a brief press conference this afternoon for the national and Boston media, appearing in public for the first time since Matt Cooke’s shoulder knocked him out for the season. He was pale, struggled at times with his responses and generally looked like a guy who had made it out of his house…

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