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  1. The PHT Nightcap: Friday, August 13th

    Aug 13, 2010, 11:55 PM 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. The…

  2. The Sporting News pulls the plug on its hockey-centric blog 'The Grinder'

    Aug 13, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

    There’s no denying that the hockey blogosphere – and any other platform featuring hockey writers – can be a competitive place. Sometimes that’s a bad thing, especially when it encourages certain people to falsify rumors – or even worse – claim that they got a scoop that originated from somewhere else. Other times, it results…

  3. 2010 NHL Free Agency: What about … Patrick O'Sullivan?

    Aug 13, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

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    At this point in free agency, the focus shifts from the gems to flawed guys who can still bring some skill to the table. So, going forward, we’ll spotlight individual players who are flying under the radar. Previous Entries: Slava Kozlov, Alex Frolov, Willie Mitchell, Lee Stempniak, Maxim Afinogenov Today’s entry: Patrick O’Sullivan Name: Patrick…

  4. Crosby, Ovechkin, Miller rank highest on The Hockey News Top 10 NHL Players list

    Aug 13, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    People love lists … that’s just science, folks. The Hockey News released its annual yearbook this week, and Mark Stepneski of ESPN Dallas was nice enough to share the top 10 of the well-known publication’s top 50 players list.   The top ten players on The Hockey News’ list are: 1. Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh…

  5. Golden oldies: The best seasons for players above the age of 35

    Aug 13, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

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    I discussed NHL.com’s list of the best teenage debuts yesterday, so it only makes sense that the site’s master historian/genius filler creator John Kreiser came up with the polar opposite post today. He listed the best seasons for players above the age of 35, something that player agents may someday want to point to when…

  6. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly discusses the NHL's 'line in the sand' regarding contracts

    Aug 13, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    By now you may be well-versed in the reasoning behind the rejection of Ilya Kovalchuk’s 17-year, $102 million contract with the New Jersey Devils. To review, his deal stuck out as especially bad considering that his deal had six unrealistic salaried years at the end, the deal would take him to age 43 and those…

  7. Tomas Kaberle scuttlebutt: Burke expects offers to heat up, what about Tampa Bay's Malone?

    Aug 13, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

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    Perhaps it’s a testament to the team’s post-lockout struggles that a good-but-by-no-means-transcendent defenseman like Tomas Kaberle has been the source of trade rumors as regularly as the Toronto Maple Leafs disappoint their fans. In case you haven’t been keeping up with the latest slew of conjecture, the imaginary (and maybe tangible) offers for the offensive…

  8. Not-so stunning news: Peter Forsberg not optimistic about returning to pro hockey

    Aug 13, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    It’s pretty amazing that in a what’s been a busy summer (sarcasm alert!) we’ve been able to squeeze in talk about a guy who last played in the NHL back in 2007-2008, but here we are in the summer of 2010 and former Avalanche/Flyer/Predator Peter Forsberg keeps finding a way  to grab some headlines. While…

  9. Patrick Kane's day with the Stanley Cup gets stuck in a fire truck crane

    Aug 13, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT

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    We just knew that Patrick Kane’s day with the Cup in Buffalo was going to be interesting, but we didn’t expect that it would turn into a high-wire act. As Kane took the Cup around his home town today, one stop he made was to visit with the fire department in Buffalo who took Kane…

  10. Blues enforcer Cam Janssen sounds off about baseball "fights"

    Aug 13, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

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    “I went to the fights and a hockey game broke out.” We’ve all heard the that tired old line before, but you never hear it said about baseball and with good reason: baseball fights stink. When the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals decided to play the 40-man feud the other night in Cincy, it…

  11. Bob Probert's family agrees to publish his memoirs

    Aug 13, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

    The death of former enforcer extraordinaire Bob Probert saddened and surprised many an NHL fan. What fans may not have known is that the former Red Wings and Blackhawks pugilist was working on writing a book to talk about his days in the NHL. Today, Probert’s family announced that they will go ahead with the…

  12. Panthers loan goalie Alexander Salak to Swedish Elite League

    Aug 13, 2010, 12:51 PM EDT

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    When you think of teams ripe with goaltending talent, we’re betting the Florida Panthers don’t immediately come to mind. They should though. Sure you know about the league’s most underrated goalie Tomas Vokoun and his backup Scott Clemmensen would be recalled by Devils and Boston College fans alike. What you don’t know is that their…

  13. Could Dave Steckel be the Caps player to be traded?

    Aug 13, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

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    The recent fun with the drama surrounding Eric Belanger’s impending re-signing with the Washington Capitals is that it’s created the more intriguing stir about what move the Capitals are going to make to help Belanger better fit into the fold. While initial rumor mongering suggested that Tomas Fleischmann could be the guy heading out of…

  14. Internet-borne trade rumor destroyed by Kings beat reporter it was wrongly attributed to

    Aug 13, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

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    One of the unfortunate side effects of the summer starting to get a bit long for hockey fans is that while there’s no major news to keep us satiated, it makes many fans more open and susceptible to overreacting to any and all trade and signing rumors that appear on the Internet. With the use…

  15. The free agent market proves to be unfriendly to veteran NHL talent

    Aug 13, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    This off-season’s free agent market, in case you haven’t noticed, hasn’t been all that friendly to those veterans seeking new employment in the NHL. Both superstars and role players alike are finding out that the job market in the NHL is almost as difficult as the job market is for regular Americans and Canadians alike.…

  16. Be prepared Buffalo: Friday is Patrick Kane's day with the Stanley Cup

    Aug 12, 2010, 10:50 PM EDT

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    For the duration of the summer while each of the Chicago Blackhawks got their day with the Cup, I’m not sure there was a more highly anticipated day than the one that’s upon us now. Tomorrow is Patrick Kane’s day with the Cup. John Vogl of the Buffalo News has the potentially hilarious task of following…

  17. News Corp. will not make a bid to buy the Dallas Stars

    Aug 12, 2010, 8:47 PM EDT

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    The bidding for the Dallas Stars is apparently back to just two interested parties. While we reported a while back that News Corp., the company that owns Fox Broadcasting, was interested in purchasing the Dallas Stars, it turns out things have changed. Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News breaks the news on Fox stepping…

  18. NHL research and development camp roster loaded with 2011 draft potential

    Aug 12, 2010, 8:06 PM EDT

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    The NHL’s research and development camp is coming next week and while we’ve run down what they’ll be testing out rules-wise in Toronto and raised our eyebrows when appropriate, what we didn’t know was just who amongst next year’s NHL draft prospects would be out on the ice to test things out. We can wonder…

  19. The NHL's greatest teen sensations include Gretzky, Lemieux, Crosby

    Aug 12, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

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    Since the NHL finally allowed speed and skill to usurp groping and grinding after the lockout, the league has seen wave after wave of instant sensations straight from the draft. From Sidney Crosby to Alex Ovechkin to Drew Doughty and beyond, it almost seems like hockey players are hitting their primes the second their skates…

  20. Georges Laraque says it's not safe for a gay hockey player to come out of the closet just yet

    Aug 12, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    After Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke marched in honor of his late son Brendan in a gay rights parade, it only seemed natural to wonder how long it might take for a professional hockey player to “come out of the closet.” That’s never happened – not even for a retired player – in hockey,…

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