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  1. Florida Panthers fail to reach an entry-level agreement with first rounder Erik Gundbranson

    Oct 5, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    While we were discussing the merits of the Florida Panthers keeping first round pick Erik Gudbranson at the NHL-level or not, we seemed to overlook one important detail: that the two sides might not even make a deal. The Florida Sun Sentinel’s Harvey Fialkov reports that the Panthers and Gudbranson did indeed fail to reach…

  2. Patrice Bergeron and Antoine Vermette power their teams past foreign foes in exhibitions

    Oct 5, 2010, 9:15 PM EDT

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    As the regular season rapidly approaches, NHL teams are presenting their product in exhibition games against foreign league teams, often on their turf. Today’s slate featured two of those games, with the NHL going 2-0. Let’s take a quick look at both of them. Boston Bruins 7, Liberec 1 Plus: The Bruins survived “White Hell”…

  3. Poll: Who will win the Western Conference?

    Oct 5, 2010, 8:10 PM EDT

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    We’ve reviewed which teams PHT readers think will win each division (along with our own predictions and previews) and moments ago asked which team will win the Eastern Conference. Now let’s take a look at which team PHT readers think will win the Western Conference Will it be the defending Stanley Cup champions the Chicago…

  4. Poll: Who will win the Eastern Conference?

    Oct 5, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

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    During the weekend, we asked PHT readers which teams will win their given divisions. You can study the results here. To take it further, why not ask you all who will win each conference? First, let’s take a loot at the Eastern Conference. There are the favorites such as the Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia…

  5. Atlanta Thrashers sign 2010 first rounder Alex Burmistrov to entry-level deal

    Oct 5, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

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    The Atlanta Thrashers signed their 2010 first round pick (and the eighth pick overall) Alex Burmistrov to a three-year entry-level deal, according to the team. Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the deal is worth $870K per year and includes a $270K signing bonus. Here are more details about Burmistrov from the Thrashers.…

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

    Oct 5, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Oct 5, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Oct 5, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 5, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 5, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

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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.…

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

    Oct 5, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 5, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

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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…

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

    Oct 5, 2010, 12:52 AM EDT

    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…

  14. PHT predicts the division standings

    Oct 4, 2010, 10:31 PM EDT

    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,…

  15. Rounding up today's roster cuts

    Oct 4, 2010, 9:22 PM EDT

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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,…

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

    Oct 4, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Oct 4, 2010, 7:18 PM EDT

    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…

  18. Los Angeles Kings sign G Jonathan Bernier to two-year, $2.5M extension

    Oct 4, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

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    In a move that reminds me of the Washington Capitals signing their young backup goalie Michal Neuvirth, the Los Angeles Kings signed their former first round pick/backup Jonathan Bernier to a two-year extension today. Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times broke the news and also has the details of the deal. Kings goaltender Jonathan…

  19. Calgary Flames sign Brendan Morrison to one-year, $750K deal

    Oct 4, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    It didn’t take very long for Brendan Morrison to find an NHL job after the center-rich Vancouver Canucks passed on his services. The Globe and Mail reports that the Calgary Flames signed Morrison to a one-year, $750K deal today to help bolster a very lacking (and banged up) center position. After completing the pre-season with…

  20. Cal Clutterbuck dominates Finns, tempers flare between Carolina and SKA St. Petersburg

    Oct 4, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

    There were two games between NHL teams and foreign hockey clubs early this morning/afternoon, with the league going 1-1 on the day. Let’s take a look at each contest. SKA St. Petersburg 5, Carolina Hurricanes 3 Plus: Russian hockey fans can point out this statistic from Dan Rosen’s report: Russian/Soviet Union teams are now 59-41-10…

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