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  1. Bobby Ryan's position shuffle moves him back to left wing

    Oct 1, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

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    Bobby Ryan’s preseason of intrigue takes yet another turn, this time a predictable one. While Ryan was being tried out at center to attempt to give the Ducks three strong centers with Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan, and Saku Koivu, it appears that head coach Randy Carlyle didn’t like the way things were going and will move…

  2. 2010-2011 NHL season preview: Chicago Blackhawks

    Oct 1, 2010, 1:49 AM EDT

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    Last season: (52-22-8, 112 points, 1st in Central Division, 2nd in Western Conference) The Blackhawks had themselves a good season. Winning the Central Division was good but winning the franchise’s first Stanley Cup since 1961 — ending the longest-active drought in the NHL — was a whole lot better. After getting the playoffs off to…

  3. Preseason quick recaps – September 30th

    Sep 30, 2010, 11:55 PM EDT

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    Here’s the quick recap of tonight’s preseason action. If you’re a Minnesota Wild fan, you may want to look away. Again. Buffalo 5 – Montreal 3 Plus: Prospect Luke Adam had two goals for Buffalo in looking good for the Sabres there. He likely won’t make the team, but he’s at least giving them something…

  4. Backup goalie jobs decided in Dallas and Nashville

    Sep 30, 2010, 11:27 PM EDT

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    While other jobs are still being figured out as training camp plugs along, a couple of them have been decided already in goal. The Dallas Stars race for backup goalie will go to Andrew Raycroft as the team put Brent Krahn on waivers. It was an outside shot for Krahn to make the team and…

  5. Player-turned-analyst Michael Peca crushes Jay Bouwmeester's game, Flames upset

    Sep 30, 2010, 10:46 PM EDT

    If you know anything about former NHL star Michael Peca, you know that he’s a guy that played his tail off each and every night. He played tough, he played smart, and he played physical. Now that he’s working as an analyst for TSN in Canada, he’s bringing that same sort of mentality to television…

  6. For Ducks prospect Cam Fowler, is the future now?

    Sep 30, 2010, 9:05 PM EDT

    While we haven’t exactly gone gangbusters here to discuss it, there’s a movement going on in Anaheim in the form of a definitive youth movement on the blue line.  Today the Ducks waived defensemen Brett Festerling and Danny Syvret, leaving outsiders wondering if, perhaps, 2010 first round pick Cam Fowler as well as perpetual prospect…

  7. Hurricanes forward Sergei Samsonov placed on injured reserve

    Sep 30, 2010, 7:54 PM EDT

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    Carolina Hurricane’s forward Sergei Samsonov’s season is already off to a rough start. After taking a scary spill head-first into the boards the other night, he’ll be starting his season on injured reserve. Making the timing even more difficult for Samsonov is the fact the Hurricanes will be starting the season off in Russia with…

  8. Alexander Ovechkin's CCM Hockey ad produces nightmare fuel for an eternity

    Sep 30, 2010, 7:33 PM EDT

    Who wants some nightmare fuel? Oh, everyone does? Excellent. The NHL is doing their part to get seen more in ads and what’s a better way to be seen than to give the people something that they’ll never be able to un-see. Welcome to the world of CCM Hockey starring Alexander Ovechkin’s maniacally laughing floating…

  9. Tonight's preseason schedule – September 30th

    Sep 30, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

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    Let’s take a look at tonight’s four preseason games. (All in Eastern Time.) 7:30 pm Buffalo Sabres @ Montreal Canadiens (Live on NHL Network) 8:00 pm Chicago Blackhawks @ St. Louis Blues Columbus Blue Jackets @ Minnesota Wild (Tape Delayed on NHL Network at 11:00 pm) 8:30 pm Colorado Avalanche @ Dallas Stars

  10. Wade Redden is saying all the right things about his AHL demotion, Hartford assignment

    Sep 30, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

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    We all know that Wade Redden’s contract is one of the biggest albatrosses in a long stream of bad contracts handed out by New York Rangers Glen Sather. As you may know, the team shipped him to the Hartford Wolf Pack (who will soon become the Connecticut Whale, actually) to clear up his enormous $6.5…

  11. Jordan Staal might be out 'well into' the 2010-11 season

    Sep 30, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    When it comes to the injury Jordan Staal suffered in last year’s playoffs, it’s been a slow trickle of bad news for the two-way center and the Pittsburgh Penguins. He probably came back a little too soon after P.K. Subban’s skate cut a tendon in one of his feet, getting surgery and hastily returning during…

  12. 2010-11 NHL season preview: Los Angeles Kings

    Sep 30, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

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    Last season: (46-27-9, 101 points, 3rd in Pacific Division, 6th in Western Conference) Last season was a big step forward for the Kings. They went from one of the worst teams in the West to the sixth seed. Drew Doughty burst onto the scene and became a Norris Trophy candidate while Jonathan Quick managed a…

  13. 2010-11 NHL season preview: Phoenix Coyotes

    Sep 30, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Last season: (50-25-7, 107 points, 2nd in Pacific Division, 4th in Western Conference) Only the most optimistic, pie-in-the-sky Coyotes fans expected the team to be so successful last season. Amid ownership squabbles and the hasty addition of new coach Dave Tippett, the Coyotes nearly took the Pacific Division before pushing the Detroit Red Wings to…

  14. Report: Edmonton Oilers waive Sheldon Souray and Martin Gerber

    Sep 30, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    A wide variety of sources (including NHL.com) claim that the Edmonton Oilers placed Sheldon Souray and Martin Gerber on waivers today. Waiving Souray was more or less a formality after the team didn’t even invite him to training camp. With his $5.4 million annual salary cap hit and history of injury problems, it’s unlikely any…

  15. Can Ville Leino follow up a great playoff run with a productive season?

    Sep 30, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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    The Philadelphia Flyers went from a solid team to a dangerously deep group in large part because injuries thrust lower line players (and even guys who were often healthy scratches) into bigger roles during the playoffs. Danny Briere ended up being the leader in playoff points even though many in the hockey world gave up…

  16. Nicklas Lidstrom tops list of top 10 penalty killing defensemen

    Sep 30, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Many people find Norris Trophy voting to be a flawed process because it overvalues offense (since assists and points in general are the easiest stats to track) while overlooking the most important job of any defenseman, namely protecting their goalie and playing their best in their own end. Let’s not throw hockey writers under the…

  17. 2010-11 NHL season preview: San Jose Sharks

    Sep 30, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Last season: (51-20-11, 113 points, 1st in Pacific Division,1st in Western Conference) The Sharks had another fantastic regular season. After fighting off the pesky Avalanche and the tired Red Wings in the playoffs, the Chicago Blackhawks swept them away in the Western finals. It’s always embarrassing to lose a series 4-0, but the games against…

  18. Take a look at the Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup rings

    Sep 30, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    It’s almost time to start the 2010-11 season, but the Chicago Blackhawks continued the celebration of this summer’s Cup victory by displaying their new championship rings last night. Team owner Rocky Wirtz shared two photos of the team’s opulent (I’m sure you want me to throw the word “bling” in there, you scamps) Cup rings.…

  19. The PHT Nightcap: Wednesday, September 29th

    Sep 30, 2010, 2:10 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. Brian…

  20. Preseason quick recaps: September 29th

    Sep 30, 2010, 1:10 AM EDT

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    While the hockey world wasn’t treated to a Panthers-Hurricanes game thanks to a tropical storm, there were eight other games that only mattered a little bit tonight. Let’s take a look at them. Nashville 4, Atlanta 3 Plus: It was a great night for the two teams’ power plays, as all but one connected for…

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