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  1. Today’s starting goalies – October 12

    Oct 12, 2010, 6:05 PM EDT

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    Whether you’re interested for fantasy hockey reasons or just want to know which goalie your team is playing in a given day, we thought it might be helpful to share our best guesses (based on various previews from newspapers and Web sites plus our own instincts) on who might start each day. Only two games…

  2. Andy Sutton expected to miss 6-8 weeks with fractured right thumb

    Oct 12, 2010, 5:51 PM EDT

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    Bad news for the miserable Anaheim Ducks: the team announced that big, tough defenseman Andy Sutton will miss six to eight weeks. Sutton needed surgery after fracturing his right thumb Friday against the Detroit Red Wings. The Ducks won’t be able to blame their problems on Sutton’s absence, but his large presence will be missed…

  3. Florida Panthers hit the 10,000 season ticket holder mark for first time since 2001

    Oct 12, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

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    Sometimes I wonder how some teams make any money – or at least why some of them aren’t making a bigger fuss over losing a ton of it. The Florida Panthers are one of those teams, as they haven’t made the playoffs (read: been relevant) in ages. The addition of Chicago Blackhawks GM Dale Tallon…

  4. Ottawa Senators hope for the best as Daniel Alfredsson gets his ‘lower body injury’ re-evaluated

    Oct 12, 2010, 5:07 PM EDT

    Ottawa Senators v Washington Capitals

    It’s already been a pretty tough start for the Ottawa Senators, as the team went 0-3 in their first three games so far this season. Things could get quite a bit worse if they lose their captain Daniel Alfredsson, though. The high-scoring Swede left Monday’s game against Washington with the always vague “lower-body injury” and…

  5. Niklas Hjalmarsson faces disciplinary hearing regarding hit on Jason Pominville

    Oct 12, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    Jason Pominville

    Niklas Hjalmarsson reportedly participated in a hearing with the NHL via a 1pm ET conference call with NHL head of discipline/guy who decides on suspensions Colin Campbell, according to TSN. While the hearing probably already took place, the league might not have a decision regarding a possible suspension until earlier today or perhaps even tomorrow.…

  6. Update on Brian Rafalski: Red Wings D to miss 3-4 weeks after knee surgery

    Oct 12, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

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    As we discussed earlier today, Brian Rafalski had surgery on his knee today and now we have a better idea of how much time he will miss after getting it scoped. TSN reports that the 37-year-old Detroit Red Wings defenseman will miss three to four weeks recovering from the arthroscopic knee surgery procedure. Red Wings…

  7. New Jersey Devils, GM Lou Lamoriello receives harsh criticism for dressing less than 18 players

    Oct 12, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

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    Maybe it was salary cap circumventing deals such as Marian Hossa’s with the Chicago Blackhawks. Perhaps instead it was the fact the New Jersey Devils keep winning the Atlantic Division only to get kicked out of the first or second round of the playoffs. Or it could just be that GM Lou Lamoriello saw the…

  8. Toronto Maple Leafs waive Jeff Finger, deny ‘burying’ his salary cap hit

    Oct 12, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

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    Scott Hartnell, Jeff Finger

    In most situations when a team wildly overpays a hockey player, the reaction is usually “They gave him that much?” Yet when it came to the Toronto Maple Leafs handing a four-year, $14 million deal to Jeff Finger, the most common reaction was: “Who?” It was a deal that was indicative of how direction-less the…

  9. Detroit Red Wings news: Maltby retires while Rafalski, Ericsson and Draper are injured

    Oct 12, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

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    There’s a bunch of Detroit Red Wings-related injury/retirement news via Ansar Khan of MLive.com today and last night. Let’s take a look. Kirk Maltby is set to announce his retirement today. The grinder has been a fixture in Detroit for most of his 16-year NHL career and Khan points out that he’s one of only…

  10. Around the Rink – October 12

    Oct 12, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

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    After a busy stretch of games to begin the 2010-11 season, it seems like the NHL’s catching its breath a bit. There are only two games on the schedule and for fastidious hockey fans, it’s a nice situation because watching both is a distinct possibility. Let’s take a look at today’s two contests. (Start times…

  11. Vancouver Canucks edge Florida Panthers 2-1

    Oct 12, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

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    Vancouver 2, Florida 1 You have to wonder if there was at least a small part of Roberto Luongo that felt bad for opposing goalie Tomas Vokoun. After all, just a few years ago, Luongo was the ace Florida Panthers goalie who saw more rubber than a busy highway game after game and stopped most…

  12. Should Niklas Hjalmarsson be suspended for his hit on Jason Pominville?

    Oct 12, 2010, 1:00 AM EDT

    Jason Pominville

    In case you haven’t heard, Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson was ejected from tonight’s game against the Buffalo Sabres after driving a prone Jason Pominville into the boards. As we noted earlier, Pominville left the ice on a stretcher and was diagnosed with a concussion, but also showed signs of consciousness and did not need…

  13. Regular season recaps – October 11

    Oct 12, 2010, 12:08 AM EDT

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    Note: We’ll cover the late Florida-Vancouver game tomorrow morning. New York Islanders 6, New York Rangers 4 The Rangers took a 4-3 lead late in the third period but the Islanders came storming back. Their resurgence was a little misleading because one of those goals was an empty-netter, but it was still a pretty impressive…

  14. Los Angeles Kings keep ‘Lucky’ Luc Robitaille in front office with contract extension

    Oct 11, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT

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    Jim Gregory; Luc Robitaille

    As a player, Luc Robitaille was a big part of the Los Angeles Kings’ greatest moments, especially in the ’90s. While “Lucky Luc” won’t score another goal for the franchise, the Kings still find him to be a valuable asset. It’s just that now he’s a member of the team’s front office rather than a…

  15. Jason Pominville diagnosed with concussion, but doesn’t go to hospital

    Oct 11, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    Jason Pominville

    The Buffalo Sabres provided a little bit of good news and bad news in regard to Jason Pominville’s status. The good news: not only did Pominville show signs of consciousness when he was carted off the ice on a stretcher, but he reportedly won’t need to go to the hospital. At least not according to…

  16. Jason Pominville leaves game on stretcher; Niklas Hjalmarsson ejected

    Oct 11, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

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    Jason Pominville left the ice on a stretcher but was conscious. Niklas Hjalmarsson was ejected from the game and received a five-minute major penalty. Read more about the hit and tell us if you think it’s suspension-worthy.

  17. Taking a look at the Anaheim Ducks’ miserable start

    Oct 11, 2010, 7:36 PM EDT

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    Judging a team by its first three games is incredibly hasty in an 82-game season, but the Anaheim Ducks are making it pretty difficult to refrain from “fire and brimstone” talk. They haven’t just gone 0-3, they’ve been absolutely decimated. Most people assumed that their defense would be a weakness thanks to the retirement of…

  18. Today’s Starting Goalies – October 11

    Oct 11, 2010, 6:32 PM EDT

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    Whether you’re interested for fantasy hockey reasons or just want to know which goalie your team is playing in a given day, we thought it might be helpful to share our best guesses (based on various previews from newspapers and Web sites plus our own instincts) on who might start each day.

    Because of a quirky schedule, three of the seven games today already began/happened. If you want to know who’s going to play in the net for the remaining for games, though, we’ve got you covered.

  19. Welcome to the new look Pro Hockey Talk

    Oct 11, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

    It’s been in the works for a little while now but we’re happy to show off our new look here at Pro Hockey Talk. We look nicer, we move around a little faster, we’re easier to access and show off to all your friends. Towards the top of the page you’ll see headers for our…

  20. James Wisniewski shows Sean Avery what he thinks of him

    Oct 11, 2010, 5:54 PM EDT

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    Ever get the feeling that the life of Sean Avery is never dull? You better believe it. During today’s Rangers 6-4 loss to the Islanders, early in the game Avery ran afoul of Islanders defenseman James Wisniewski and the two had an enlightened chat after the whistle. Wisniewski shared his thoughts of Avery by greeting…

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