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  1. The obvious reason why the NHL won’t switch to a larger ice surface

    Aug 22, 2011, 11:47 AM EDT

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    It’s nice to imagine the NHL switching to bigger rinks to open up the game, but the alteration would cost teams too much money in all the high-priced seats they would lose.

  2. Panthers’ 2012-13 ‘Club Red’ plan would represent radical price increases for some top seats

    Aug 21, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

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    The Panthers must feel confident about the direction of their franchise because they plan on charging some exorbitant prices for their “Club Red” promotion in 2012-13.

  3. Report indicates little progress between Brad Marchand, Bruins; Should Tyler Ennis be watching?

    Aug 21, 2011, 9:11 PM EDT

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    The Boston Globe reports that there have been few signs of progress in the contract talks between Brad Marchand and the Bruins. Fluto Shinzawa also goes on to compare Marchand with Tyler Ennis, who will be an RFA next summer – but is it really a valid comparison?

  4. Could next year’s group of rookies be better than last season’s crop?

    Aug 21, 2011, 7:50 PM EDT

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    USA Today’s Kevin Allen wonders if the 2011-12 crop of rookies might top last season’s first-year players. PHT examines the strength of that 2010-11 group to see how tough a task that will be.

  5. Where Business Journal’s rankings for NHL feasibility miss the mark

    Aug 21, 2011, 6:07 PM EDT

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    Business Journal ranked out which cities would make for the best landing spot for new or relocating NHL franchises. While they can be financially capable that doesn’t mean they’d be a good landing spot for a team.

  6. Not quite like Gretzky: Kings loading up for new season with former Oilers

    Aug 21, 2011, 4:04 PM EDT

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    The Kings and Oilers have had a curious history in swinging deals with each other and building off one another. Kings GM Dean Lombardi is hoping it can pay off in a big way this time around.

  7. Sabres owner Terry Pegula talks about his big offseason, high hopes, and no pressure

    Aug 21, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

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    We haven’t heard from Sabres owner Terry Pegula this summer but he’s finally spoken up and find out he’s the total opposite of what you’d think a big spending owner would be.

  8. Leafs president Richard Peddie making big predictions, wants Stanley Cup ring… somehow

    Aug 20, 2011, 11:37 PM EDT

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    Leafs soon-to-be retired president Richard Peddie says the team will make the playoffs this year. Oh, and he’s got a deal where he can earn a Stanley Cup ring after retirement… With a catch.

  9. Five NHL on NBC weekends we’re already geeked out for this season

    Aug 20, 2011, 10:15 PM EDT

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    The NHL on NBC schedule is out now for this season and we’ve got a few weekends circled already.

  10. What’s the most dangerous lead in hockey? One blogger figured it out

    Aug 20, 2011, 7:46 PM EDT

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    You always heard about how the two or three-goal lead in the NHL was the most dangerous lead in hockey. One blogger actually figured out what was the most dangerous lead in the NHL last season.

  11. Houston and Las Vegas rank among Business Journal’s top markets for an NHL team

    Aug 20, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

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    The Business Journal released an income-related study of the best markets for the NHL, with US markets like Las Vegas and Houston ranking high while top Canadian markets could only achieve “borderline” status – at best.

  12. Kings sign rugged winger Ethan Moreau to one-year, $600K deal

    Aug 20, 2011, 4:38 PM EDT

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    If he can stay healthy, Ethan Moreau might be a solid veteran presence for the Kings. Los Angeles signed him to a one-year, $600K deal today.

  13. Nearly 1,000 people attend Rick Rypien’s funeral

    Aug 20, 2011, 4:04 PM EDT

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    Kevin Bieksa, Alexandre Burrows and Canucks GM Mike Gillis were among almost 1,000 people in attendance for Rick Rypien’s funeral on Saturday.

  14. Accepting the role of violence in hockey

    Aug 20, 2011, 12:41 PM EDT

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    Ken Gray suggests that the NHL should abolish fighting, head shots and maybe even body contact. Player safety is an important issue, but we must also acknowledge the fact that hockey and violence are inextricably linked.

  15. How last night’s Islanders viewing party went without the ‘brawlfest’

    Aug 20, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

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    So what was the Islanders’ viewing party like after the team asked MSG not to re-air their “brawlfest” with the Pittsburgh Penguins? One report indicates it was still a pretty festive scene.

  16. Another blast from the past: David Aebischer receives training camp tryout with Winnipeg

    Aug 20, 2011, 11:27 AM EDT

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    After four years in the Swiss league, David Aebischer might get another shot at the NHL via a training camp tryout with the Winnipeg Jets. He faces long odds, but if nothing else, it could be an interesting story to follow in September.

  17. Who will the Sabres trade to get under the salary cap?

    Aug 20, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Sabres GM Darcy Regier says the team is looking to get under the salary cap by making a trade. But who is on the trade block?

  18. Brian Burke: “We’ll be the guinea pig”

    Aug 20, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Brian Burke offered the Leafs as “guinea pigs” during the preseason to test out some of the potential rule changes from the Research and Development Camp. So what is stopping the NHL from taking him up on the offer?

  19. Shanahan explains how he’ll approach his new role as league disciplinarian

    Aug 20, 2011, 1:18 AM EDT

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    Brendan Shanahan promises to explain all league discipline decisions next season; both suspension and non-suspensions. Will we finally have a clear understanding of what constitutes supplemental discipline?

  20. New coach Mike Yeo travels to Finland to meet with Wild stars

    Aug 19, 2011, 11:35 PM EDT

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    2011 NHL Entry Draft - Round One

    Newly hired Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo and GM Chuck Fletcher took the time to fly to Finland to talk to star goaltender Niklas Backstrom and captain Mikko Koivu. Sounds like they know exactly who they’ll need to impress going into the new season…

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