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  1. When keeping it real goes wrong: Dan Ellis' bad night on Twitter

    Sep 7, 2010, 8:54 AM EDT

    Sometimes when you’re having a tough night and want to sound off to an always-willing-to-listen audience it helps to be aware of who makes up your audience. Last night, Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Dan Ellis was getting down about how much money he and other players in the NHL lose out on because of escrow…

  2. A healthy mule: Johan Franzen excited about the Wings' season

    Sep 7, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    Last season saw the Detroit Red Wings deal with a host of injuries. Coming off of back-to-back seasons reaching the Stanley Cup Finals, it’s understandable that players could get tired and hurt as well and on a team that lost 40-goal scorer Marian Hossa, losing any kind of offense makes living a bit rough. Losing…

  3. Rumor time: Ottawa to host the 2012 All-Star Game?

    Sep 6, 2010, 11:47 PM EDT

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    Who doesn’t love a good, juicy rumor? No, I said rumor, not hamburger. Everyone loves a juicy hamburger too, so I guess that point is moot. Anyhow, there’s speculation out of Ottawa today that Gary Bettman is coming to town on September 15th to meet with Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and GM Bryan Murray. Bruce…

  4. Body of QMJHL owner found in northern Quebec lake

    Sep 6, 2010, 9:46 PM EDT

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    The story we brought you yesterday about the owner of the QMJHL Chicoutimi Sagueneens, Gervais Munger, going missing while boating unfortunately will not have a pleasant ending. Authorities in Quebec have announced that the body they found in a lake north of Quebec City is that of Munger. Dominique Savard said police divers found his…

  5. Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheets: Shot blockers

    Sep 6, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    While Pro Hockey Talk doesn’t specialize in fantasy hockey (our Rotoworld cousins do, though), we still think that there are areas where we can help you, the budding imaginary general managers. For that reason, we’re going to discuss different philosophies, strategies and cheat sheets as fantasy drafts begin to increase around North America. Previous entries:…

  6. Which teams are the most likely candidates to 'break through' in 2010-11?

    Sep 6, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Late last week Mike Chen of From the Rink gave his three picks for possible “breakout” teams for the 2010-11 season. I personally agree that the Tampa Bay Lightning and Atlanta Thrashers show some promise, but while it cannot get much worse for the Columbus Blue Jackets, they don’t scream “breakout” to me. (Then again,…

  7. Return of Quebec Nordiques rumors heat up as politicans discuss building a new arena

    Sep 6, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Sports history has seen its fair share of cruel moments in franchise re-locations. One can only imagine how many Cleveland Browns fans felt sick to their stomachs when Art Model raised the Lombardi Trophy as his newly moved Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl. Few re-locations dealt such an immediate blow as the Quebec Nordiques…

  8. Members of the 'Apatowverse' begin casting for a new hockey movie 'Goon'

    Sep 6, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

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    Earlier this summer, we discussed Kevin Smith’s potential new hockey movie “Hit Somebody.” Say what you will about the often-vulgar creator of Jay and Silent Bob, it was intriguing to hear that an occasionally deft hand was being put to work on a hockey movie. Not to be outdone, it sounds like a few celebrity…

  9. Video game critics give 'NHL 2K11' middling reviews

    Sep 6, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    As excited as many people are for the opportunity to veg out today, my guess is a lot of hockey fans are eagerly awaiting midnight. That’s because game stores (might) be open for midnight sales, which means that video game enthusiasts and puckheads alike will gain their first chance to purchase NHL ’11 (and the…

  10. Watch Dave Bolland and Duncan Keith butcher 'Take me out to the ballgame'

    Sep 6, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

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    The Chicago Blachawks are still enjoying the perks of winning the Stanley Cup in the summer as Duncan Keith threw out a first pitch at Wrigley Field recently. He was then joined by fellow hard worker Dave Bolland in a charmingly horrendous rendition of “Take me out to the ballgame.” (Warning: this video starts off…

  11. The most 'laborious' jobs in hockey

    Sep 6, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Ah, Labor Day. Unlike most other national holidays, you don’t saddle us with guilt for being couch potatoes instead of war heroes. You don’t give us too much incentive to injure ourselves with illegal fireworks, force us to eat overcooked turkey with family members we don’t get along with or buy overpriced greeting cards. Nope,…

  12. The PHT Nightcap: Sunday, September 5th

    Sep 5, 2010, 11:50 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. Owen…

  13. Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheets: Hits leaders

    Sep 5, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

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    While Pro Hockey Talk doesn’t specialize in fantasy hockey (our Rotoworld cousins do, though), we still think that there are areas where we can help you, the budding imaginary general managers. For that reason, we’re going to discuss different philosophies, strategies and cheat sheets as fantasy drafts begin to increase around North America. Previous entries:…

  14. Poll results: PHT readers think John Tortorella is the coach most likely to be fired

    Sep 5, 2010, 9:15 PM EDT

    A couple days ago, I reacted to a piece about NHL coaches who might be in danger of being fired. Often times in these situations, I like to take the temperature of PHT readers. So I asked the audience whose job they thought might be in the most trouble. Here are the results. (click to…

  15. Jaroslav Halak's farewell autograph session raises $22K for Montreal charity

    Sep 5, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    Jaroslav Halak will never get a chance to produce an encore performance with the Montreal Canadiens after he impressively lead the team’s run to the Eastern Conference finals. You cannot blame some Habs fans for getting a little attached to the goalie who seemed impregnable through two rounds of the playoffs against the Penguins and…

  16. Quebec City police search for Gervais Munger, missing co-owner of a QMJHL team

    Sep 5, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

    There’s some scary news out of Quebec City this weekend, as police search for Gervais Munger, co-owner of Quebec Major Hockey League team the Chicoutimi Sagueneens. Here is more about the troubling situation from the Toronto Sun. The search for the popular owner of a Quebec junior hockey team who went missing in a boating…

  17. Ilya Kovalchuk speaks out about his contract ordeal with the NHL

    Sep 5, 2010, 5:01 PM EDT

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    We’ve heard from just about everyone close to or involved in the Ilya Kovalchuk situation. We’ve heard from Lou Lamoriello, we’ve heard from his teammates but we haven’t heard from Ilya Kovalchuk himself. Until now. The always on the spot when it comes to Russian NHLers Dmitry Chesnokov from Yahoo’s Puck Daddy gets the exclusive…

  18. Blue Jackets' transition to new style will require patience

    Sep 5, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

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    Transition years can be a bear to go through. They can bring about a lot of hope, but they’re almost meant to be difficult by nature. One such team looking at a change of pace transitioning from one style of play to another are the Columbus Blue Jackets. Aaron Portzline of Puck Rakers took a…

  19. 2010 NHL free agency: Thrashers sign Fredrik Modin

    Sep 5, 2010, 1:53 PM EDT

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    Yesterday we told you about a Swedish report saying that former Leafs/Kings/Lightning/Blue Jackets forward Fredrik Modin was going to be signing with the Atlanta Thrashers. Today, it appears that that report is true and Kevin Allen of USA Today tweeted the contract details with the Thrashers. Modin’s contract with Atlanta pays him 800k, plus modest…

  20. More aimless Travis Zajac trade speculation

    Sep 5, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

    If you’ve not made time to spend with your grain of salt lately, perhaps it’s time you got reacquainted. As we know, now that the Devils officially have Ilya Kovalchuk back in the fold, the Devils are under a bit of a salary cap crunch. The Devils have any number of moves they can make…

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