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  1. Isles prospect Kirill Kabanov oversleeps again, earns bag skate and criticism

    Sep 22, 2010, 8:19 PM EDT

    New York Islanders 2010 third round pick Kirill Kabanov is having a training camp to forget. On the first day of rookie camp, Kabanov over-slept and was held off the ice from workouts. Now with the rest of the NHL vets in place and working out, Kabanov has done it again and over-slept causing him…

  2. Ron Wilson and Brian Burke won't 'dumb down' games by resorting to a neutral zone trap

    Sep 22, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

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    If there are three constants of the Ron Wilson-Brian Burke Era, they would be chaos, defeat and a mind numbing amount of goals allowed. Some might lay all the blame at the feet of beleaguered former goalie Vesa Toskala, but chances are that we’ll look back at the Finnish netminder as a scapegoat who received…

  3. Calgary Flames announce that Matt Stajan will be out indefinitely with a separated shoulder

    Sep 22, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

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    The Calgary Flames have been weak at center for ages, but things might get downright ugly for the team’s pivots to begin the 2010-11 season. We already passed along reports that the outlook is not very good for gritty two-way forward Daymond Langkow, but the team shared some disconcerting news about their other top center,…

  4. Sergei Kostitsyn tries to turn his career around with the Nashville Predators

    Sep 22, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

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    One of the lessons people can take away from professional sports such as hockey is that raw skill alone doesn’t make someone successful. The game’s greatest players are often highly driven, courageous, hard-working and consistent. If all that mattered was his blinding speed and impressive puck skills, Sergei Kostitsyn would at least be a useful…

  5. Is it 'only a matter of time' until the Washington Capitals win a Stanley Cup?

    Sep 22, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Swagger is a great – if intangible – thing for a sports team to have. It’s not just a clever marketing slogan to sell Old Spice. Still, there’s a fine line between being confident and laughably puffing out your chest. You’d think the Washington Capitals would learn to bite their tongues a little bit more…

  6. Tyler Myers isn't worried about a sophomore slump

    Sep 22, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Going into last season, the odds-on favorite for the Calder Trophy seemed to be John Tavares. Though he had a solid year, he didn’t even earn one of the top three nominations for the award as Jimmy Howard, Matt Duchene and Calder winner Tyler Myers earned that honor. Many didn’t see Myers coming … figuratively,…

  7. Washington Capitals sign G Michal Neuvirth to a two-year contract extension

    Sep 22, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    The Washington Capitals decided to pass on the free agent goalie market this summer, opting to go with two young system goalies in Michal Neuvirth and Semyon Varlamov. Varlamov might be the more accomplished of the two goalies – at least from an NHL experience standpoint – but the Capitals decided to extend Neuvirth’s contract…

  8. Contract years will affect last year's top scorers

    Sep 22, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

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    We all have different philosophies about what drives success and results in sports. One thing that always dominates my predictions is contract years. Going by the Gordon Gekko principle of “Greed is good,” I often assume that a great player will be even better with that financial carrot dangling. It’s not always true (just look…

  9. The AHL adopts NHL's rule changes on tiebreakers, hits to the head

    Sep 22, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

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    One of the great things about the AHL – and minor league hockey, in general – is how different the games can be from the ones you’ll see in the NHL. That being said, one would prefer the large group of potential NHLers to play by as many of the same rules as possible. NHL.com…

  10. Preseason Schedule for Wednesday, Sept. 22

    Sep 22, 2010, 10:40 AM EDT

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    Tuesday opened up the preseason schedule with nine games, but today’s slate of games isn’t a pushover either. Let’s take a look at who’s playing today, beginning with which contests will appear on the U.S. version of NHL Network. The full U.S. NHL Network schedule can be found here. (All times listed as ET) (actual…

  11. Your morning moment of zen: Jay Rosehill pounds Zack Smith

    Sep 22, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Pre-season NHL action isn’t usually something to get overly excited about. Sure, we’ve got you covered with quick recaps of last night’s action but what else is better to get you in the mood for hockey season than a good ‘ol fashioned slobberknocker. Thankfully, the Maple Leafs and Senators obliged us by having Toronto heavyweight…

  12. Flames' Matt Stajan leaves game with apparent shoulder injury

    Sep 22, 2010, 2:03 AM EDT

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    Matt Stajan has had a rough couple of days. First, he complained about being one of the “other guys” in the Dion Phaneuf trade saying so much as he was sick of hearing about Phaneuf from Toronto media. Tonight, Stajan left tonight’s game against the Canucks with a shoulder injury. Flames assistant GM Jay Feaster…

  13. Pre-season quick recaps – September 21st

    Sep 22, 2010, 12:53 AM EDT

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    Since it’s just the pre-season, we’re going to keep this really simple and not get too excited about things. Cut us some slack here though folks, the season is fast approaching and this is our first taste of the year. Pre-season hockey is our really crappy appetizer that we totally love despite how unhealthy it…

  14. Tyler Seguin to play against Montreal on Wednesday night

    Sep 22, 2010, 12:11 AM EDT

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    Gratuitous hype alert everyone! Buckle up and get ready for it… Tyler Seguin will be on the ice tomorrow night in Montreal for the Bruins first pre-season game of the year against the Montreal Canadiens. With Marc Savard out for an indeterminate amount of time, this is the start of Seguin’s chance to seize the…

  15. Former Virginia chiropractor who treated members of the Caps pleads guilty to steroid charges

    Sep 21, 2010, 10:53 PM EDT

    File this news away as something to remember in the future. The Virginia chiropractor who treated a number of current and now former Caps players plead guilty to steroid possession charges today. A spokesman for the state attorney in Polk County, Fla., says Douglas Nagel was sentenced to three years of probation after pleading guilty…

  16. Isles owner Charles Wang commits to staying in Long Island through 2015

    Sep 21, 2010, 9:11 PM EDT

    It may officially be time to put the “Islanders moving from Long Island” rumors to bed for a while. Islanders owner Charles Wang addressed the media in New York today to say that he’s more than happy to commit to staying in Nassau Coliseum until 2015 while also working to get a deal done for…

  17. Report: Marc Savard could miss the season; Bruins deny everything

    Sep 21, 2010, 8:10 PM EDT

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    Bruins forward Marc Savard certainly isn’t lacking intrigue. After being held off of the ice during the start of training camp due to lingering effects from post-concussion syndrome, worry grew about just what Savard’s condition actually was. After all, he came back seemingly early to rejoin the Bruins in the playoffs last season and now…

  18. New York Islanders sign 2010 fifth overall pick Nino Niederreiter

    Sep 21, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

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    The New York Islanders announced that they signed first round pick Nino Niederreiter to an entry-level contract today. Financial details haven’t been revealed yet, but there’s a rookie maximum anyway, so there are limitations on the kind of money that can be thrown around. Here is more about Niederreiter from the Islanders. The Islanders selected…

  19. Patrice Cormier pleads 'not guilty' to charges related to a hit he delivered last season

    Sep 21, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    While Jason Smith pleaded not guilty for charges that allegedly happened off ice, Atlanta Thrashers prospect Patrice Cormier faces a trial for something that happened on the ice. Cormier pleaded not guilty as well, according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Thrashers prospect Patrice Cormier pleaded not guilty of assault causing injury on Monday,…

  20. Jason Smith pleads 'not guilty' to assault charges, faces Nov. 12 trial

    Sep 21, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Earlier this month, we shared the sad news that former NHL defenseman Jason Smith was arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife and daughter. The Calgary Herald has an update on that story, including the fact that Smith is pleading not guilty and will face a November 12 trial. Former National Hockey League star Jason Smith…

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