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  1. Blue Jackets give R.J. Umberger a surprising five-year, $23M extension

    Sep 21, 2011, 10:44 AM EDT

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    R.J. Umberger

    The Blue Jackets handed R.J. Umberger a five-year, $23.5 million extension today, adding the forward to a growing list of long-term commitments. Are they going in the right direction or setting themselves up for lengthy struggles?

  2. Can Jack Johnson generate a ‘plus’ season in 2011-12?

    Sep 21, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Ryane Clowe, Jonathan Quick, Jack Johnson

    Whether you measure a blueliner’s defensive ability by plus/minus or a more sophisticated metric, Jack Johnson hasn’t been very strong in his own end. Should the Kings expect that to change next season?

  3. Hobey Baker winner Andy Miele looks to make NHL this year in Phoenix

    Sep 21, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Andy Miele

    Last year’s Hobey Baker winner Andy Miele looks to earn a roster spot in Phoenix this year. For a man with this much heart and skill, it’s going to to be tough for Don Maloney and the rest of the Coyotes’ management to deny him the opportunity.

  4. Capitals, Predators avoid injuries on shoddy Baltimore ice

    Sep 21, 2011, 1:54 AM EDT

    Craig Smith, Chris Bourque

    Teams are probably relieved after any preseason game in which no one is injured, but that was especially true as the Predators beat the Capitals 2-0 on questionable ice in Baltimore.

  5. Winnipeg fans provide ‘playoff atmosphere’ for Jets’ victorious preseason return

    Sep 21, 2011, 12:01 AM EDT

    Winnipeg Jets vs Columbus Blue Jackets

    Sure, it was a preseason game, but that didn’t stop Winnipeg fans from creating a “playoff atmosphere” for the Jets’ glorious return. The Jets’ split squad smashed the Blue Jackets 6-1 in Winnipeg, which probably will be remembered a lot longer than the other half of their team losing 5-1 in Columbus.

  6. Martin Brodeur shakes off hamstring issues after missing scrimmage

    Sep 20, 2011, 10:59 PM EDT

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    Toronto Maple Leafs v New Jersey Devils

    Martin Brodeur’s hamstring issues seem like nothing more than a hiccup, as the future Hall of Famer returned to practice on Tuesday after missing a Monday scrimmage.

  7. NHL provides video explanations for two hits-related rule changes

    Sep 20, 2011, 10:02 PM EDT

    Edmonton Oilers v St. Louis Blues

    The NHL provided video explanations to the way referees will call penalties for boarding and hits to the head next season. Many believe that players are the ones who will ultimately be responsible for improving safety, though.

  8. Todd Bertuzzi prepares to form next ‘two kids and a goat’ line in Detroit

    Sep 20, 2011, 8:38 PM EDT

    Detroit Red Wings v San Jose Sharks

    Todd Bertuzzi hopes to adjust to a new role on the third line alongside youngsters Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader. Some are calling the combination of an aging vet and two 24-year-old forwards the next version of the “two kids and a goat” line from about a decade ago.

  9. Shocking news: Preseason hockey more popular in Toronto than regular season baseball

    Sep 20, 2011, 6:55 PM EDT

    Senators Maple Leafs Hockey

    Stunning news out of Toronto that shows how a preseason hockey game outdrew a regular season baseball game in attendance. If you’re actually stunned, you need to check yourself.

  10. Ice conditions for Capitals-Predators game in Baltimore look awfully dangerous

    Sep 20, 2011, 4:57 PM EDT

    Baltimore ice

    The ice conditions in Baltimore for tonight’s preseason game between Washington and Nashville appear to be awfully dangerous.

  11. Board of Governors meeting: Conditionally approve goal modifications, talk realignment

    Sep 20, 2011, 4:03 PM EDT

    Gary Bettman

    The NHL Board of Governors are gathered and they’re busy making slight adjustments to what’s going on with the goal and they’re also busy talking about realignment for next season.

  12. Dustin Byfuglien facing four charges for intoxicated boating

    Sep 20, 2011, 2:13 PM EDT

    Dustin Byfuglien

    The long arm of the law has officially grabbed Dustin Byfuglien as he’ll face four charges for boating under the influence in Minnesota.

  13. NHL makes its official-unofficial return to Winnipeg tonight

    Sep 20, 2011, 12:37 PM EDT

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    Winnipeg Jets Training Camp

    It’s just a preseason game and it’s just against the Columbus Blue Jackets, but the first NHL game featuring the hometown team since 1996 will be played in Winnipeg tonight.

  14. Brotherly battle: Schenn and Kessel brothers to face off against each other tonight

    Sep 20, 2011, 10:39 AM EDT

    Luke Schenn, Keith Aulie, Phil Kessel

    It’s all in the family tonight in Toronto as two sets of brothers, the Kessels and Schenns, will square off against each other in preseason action.

  15. How shallow nets worked in their test run in Toronto-Ottawa preseason game

    Sep 20, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Jonas Gustavsson

    Shallow nets are a potential change coming to the NHL, and we got our first look at them during last night’s Leafs-Senators game. So how did they work? We’re diggin’ them.

  16. Eric Staal feels horrible about brother Marc’s struggle with concussion recovery

    Sep 20, 2011, 12:46 AM EDT

    Marc Staal, Eric Staal

    When Marc Staal suffered his concussion that’s slowing him down in training camp this fall, it was his brother Eric that made it happen and he’s not feeling well about it.

  17. Pluses and minuses of tonight’s preseason action

    Sep 19, 2011, 11:25 PM EDT

    Senators Maple Leafs Hockey

    Some thoughts on tonight’s preseason tilts including praise for Sens prospect Jared Cowen, Panthers prospect Jonathan Huberdeau, and more.

  18. While Kings wait on Doughty, their goaltending looks way more than solid

    Sep 19, 2011, 9:54 PM EDT

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    Jonathan Quick

    The Kings are busy sweating things out negotiating with Drew Doughty, but one area they won’t have to worry about is in goal with Jonathan Quick and Jonathan Bernier.

  19. Ottawa Senators let fans pick their goal song, opens door to be trolled by rivals

    Sep 19, 2011, 8:01 PM EDT

    Chad Kroeger, Nickelback

    The Ottawa Senators are trying to do right by their fans in letting them choose the team’s goal song for the season. That only opened the door for things to go horribly wrong.

  20. Andrew Cogliano hopes for big changes, Corey Perry shoots for more of the same next season

    Sep 19, 2011, 6:39 PM EDT

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    Corey Perry

    Andrew Cogliano wants to turn his career around while Corey Perry hopes for the status quo next season with the Ducks.

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