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  1. The PHT Nightcap: Saturday, September 11th

    Sep 12, 2010, 1:00 AM EDT

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    Even in the depressingly hockey-free summer, we expect to be a productive bunch here at Pro Hockey Talk. Sometimes it might be difficult to follow our pace. We understand that. For that reason, whenever we can, we’ll put all of the day’s stories in one convenient post called the PHT Nightcap. Enjoy, hockey fans. Joe’s…

  2. Rookie tournaments recap: Saturday, Sept. 11

    Sep 11, 2010, 11:50 PM EDT

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    For some people, the NHL season won’t really begin until the regular season starts on Thursday, October 7. Still, hockey nuts will lap up every little bit of puck-based competition they can get, and the first sample is in the rookie tournaments taking place in three areas. Let’s take a look at the results from…

  3. After stinking for years, will this season's Edmonton Oilers pass the 'smell test'?

    Sep 11, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    I cannot help but be intrigued when an NHL general manager provides a look behind the curtain, whether the public perception is that he’s a wizard or a dunce. So it only seems natural that I found David Staples of the Cult of Hockey’s look at Edmonton Oilers GM-turned-team president Kevin Lowe’s “smell test” quite…

  4. Aces Mark – the horse named in honor of two fallen scouts – places second in race today

    Sep 11, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

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    A lot of lives were impacted on that horrible day on September 11, 2001. Two prominent hockey figures died on that day as scouts Mark Bavis and Garnet “Ace” Bailey were part of the Boston flight that crashed into the South Tower at the World Trade Center. An Ottawa Senators scout named a thoroughbred horse…

  5. Are simulation style video games such as NHL '11 too complicated?

    Sep 11, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    I haven’t written a review of NHL ’11 just yet for a simple reason: it’s enormous. From the tweaks EA Sports made to the team building aspects of its old modes to the changes in physics and gameplay to the newly added Hockey Ultimate League and its wacky trading card system, there’s a lot to…

  6. Why Nathan Horton might (or might not) make a big impact as a Boston Bruin

    Sep 11, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    When you ask many Boston Bruins fans (and hockey fans in general) about the team’s biggest transactions – or lack thereof – this off-season, they’d probably mention drafting Tyler Seguin or not trading Marc Savard or Tim Thomas. Yet when it all comes down to it, the biggest impact move might be landing talented-but-often-injured forward…

  7. Rangers bring veteran defensemen Semenov and Exelby into camp on tryouts

    Sep 11, 2010, 5:24 PM EDT

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    We told you about the Rangers bringing Ruslan Fedotenko into training camp yesterday and today’s informal skate at Rangers camp revealed that there are a couple more NHL veterans getting a chance to make the team as well. Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants has the details on the two defensemen looking to land a spot…

  8. Pens prospect Alex Grant taken to hospital after hit in first game of London, Ontario Prospects Tournament

    Sep 11, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    With rookie camps already underway with rookie tournaments underway in Penticton, BC,  London, ON and Traverse City, Michigan involving many teams, it’s only right that we keep you posted with what’s going on. Travis Hughes at SB Nation has a solid informational quick hit post on where to find plenty of info surrounding all three…

  9. NHLPA officially endorses Donald Fehr as next head of the union, players vote to approve awaits

    Sep 11, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

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    The possibility of having Donald Fehr take over as the leader of the NHL Players Association just got one step closer to happening today. The NHLPA announced that they’ve endorsed Fehr to the members of the union and now it’ll be put to a vote as to whether or not to approve and appoint him…

  10. Former Minnesota Mr. Hockey Darby Hendrickson named Wild assistant coach

    Sep 11, 2010, 11:55 AM EDT

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    Growing up as a kid in Minnesota and going on to play pro hockey for the pro team in Minnesota helps a guy like Darby Hendrickson evolve into be a sort of folk hero. Something else that helps that status is becoming the assistant coach of the same team later on in your career. Kent…

  11. Kings prospect Brayden Schenn has no structural damage in his knee

    Sep 11, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

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    We told you a couple days ago about the injury to Kings prospect Brayden Schenn and Helene Elliott of the LA Times has the update on his condition. Feel free to breathe easier Kings fans. The best news that might emerge from the Kings’ rookie camp arrived Friday, before the first prospect took the ice…

  12. Horse named in honor of Kings scouts killed in 9/11 tragedy makes its first start today

    Sep 11, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

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    With today marking the 9th anniversary of the terrible events on September 11, 2001 the hockey world reflects on two of their own that were lost in the events of that day. Garnet “Ace” Bailey and Mark Bavis were on United Airlines flight 175, one of two planes that crashed into the World Trade Center.…

  13. Canucks prospect Cody Hodgson to miss rookie camp, creates fan uproar

    Sep 10, 2010, 9:14 PM EDT

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    Canucks prospect Cody Hodgson is a player many within the organization and in the stands are eager to see blossom into the next superstar forward in Vancouver. Last year, Hodgson appeared he’d be ready to make the leap to the NHL as a 20 year-old. Instead, he was sent back to the OHL’s Brampton Battalion…

  14. Ruslan Fedotenko to get a tryout with the New York Rangers

    Sep 10, 2010, 7:52 PM EDT

    After a couple weeks of speculation, the rumors about Ruslan Fedotenko getting an invitation to New York Rangers training camp are true. TSN’s Bob McKenzie confirmed that Fedotenko will be attending camp with the Rangers and looking to win a job with the blueshirts. The Rangers conglomeration of forwards is, to say the least, interesting…

  15. Report: NHL in contact with ECHL referees to possibly work as scabs

    Sep 10, 2010, 7:27 PM EDT

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    If you’ve been stressing out a bit over the potential labor problems the NHL and NHLPA could have in a couple of years, it’s probably best to take a breath and relax. In the meantime, you can get worked up over the NHL and the NHL Officials Association not having a new agreement squared away.…

  16. Looking back at the 'Almost Season' for the Washington Capitals

    Sep 10, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

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    As you know, only one team can win a championship (with the occasional exception in college football, maybe?). Some absolutists will say that anything less is a failure, but really, there are only a few teams in each sport every year that should really kick themselves and wonder “what if?” as they look back. Some…

  17. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Coyotes sign Martin Hanzal to two-year, $3.6M contract

    Sep 10, 2010, 5:50 PM EDT

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    The Phoenix Coyotes solved their largest remaining on-ice issue today, wrapping up 6’5″ forward Martin Hanzal to a two-year deal that ESPN’s EJ Hradek reports will be worth $1.5 million during the 2010-11 season and $2.1 million in 11-12. That deal will register a $1.8 million annual salary cap hit. Hanzal hovers around 30-something points…

  18. Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay says Dustin Byfuglien will begin camp as defenseman

    Sep 10, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    We touched on the possibility of Dustin Byfuglien moving back to his “natural” defensive position earlier this summer when GM Rick Dudley expressed a preference to do so, but now it’s nearly confirmed as Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay expressed an interest to do the same. That means that Byfuglien, Dudley and Ramsay all would prefer…

  19. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Colorado signs Peter Mueller to two-year, $4M deal

    Sep 10, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Peter Mueller looked like a totally different player – more specifically, the kind of player who is a top 10 draft pick – once he was traded from the Phoenix Coyotes to the Colorado Avalanche. He scored more points in 15 games in Colorado (20) than he produced in 54 contests as a Coyote (17).…

  20. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Oilers sign speedy center Andrew Cogliano to one-year, $1M deal

    Sep 10, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

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    It seems like the Edmonton Oilers roster can be split into three general categories: the new young (such as Taylor Hall), the old young (such as Sam Gagner) and … the old and broken (Nikolai Khabibulin). The team signed one of their “old young” today, as they inked speedy center Andrew Cogliano to a one-year,…

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