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  1. Despite two surgeries in a short period of time, Jordan Staal is still bothered by foot injury

    Aug 26, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    While his brother Marc’s contract situation is more of a metaphorical pain in a metaphorical body part to the New York Rangers, Jordan Staal’s aches are a little more tangible for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He had a second surgery on his foot in June after going under the knife during the playoffs, but the Pittsburgh…

  2. Patrice Brisebois copes with retirement by racing in NASCAR

    Aug 26, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Patrice Brisebois was once given the derisive nickname “Breeze by.” It seems that nickname has come full circle, as the 18-year NHL veteran found a new passion in life after retirement: race car driving. The Montreal Gazette captures his experiences as Brisebois transitions from racing Ferraris to the competitive world of NASCAR. “Give those guys…

  3. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly shoots down Donald Fehr-related 'armageddon' talk

    Aug 26, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

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    While it’s hasty to say that Donald Fehr becoming the head of the NHL PA = lockout/doomsday, it didn’t stop people like me from making jokes about 2012 and storing water in bomb shelters. Despite what people on Twitter and Internet forums might have you believe, negativity over the hiring isn’t universal. NHL deputy commissioner…

  4. NHL teams look to restrict blogger access in certain locker room situations

    Aug 26, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    This is an issue that might only be relevant to a small segment of readers out there (likely the ones who have their own blogs), but it’s been the talk of the Virtual Hockey Town this morning so I thought it would be prudent to pass along the story. Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski discussed the…

  5. Report: Pittsburgh Penguins fans should wave goodbye to Bill Guerin

    Aug 26, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

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    When the Pittsburgh Penguins traded peanuts for Bill Guerin during the ’09 trade deadline, I must admit that I barely batted an eye. After all, if Guerin couldn’t get it done with Joe Thornton passing to him in a previous trade deadline, why would he be productive with an even grayer beard? Instead, Guerin was…

  6. Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheets: Sources for Penalty Minutes (or 'PIM')

    Aug 26, 2010, 11:15 AM 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. Today’s post:…

  7. The PHT Nightcap: Wednesday, August 25th

    Aug 26, 2010, 1:50 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. Canucks…

  8. SJ Sharks GM Doug Wilson fires down Antti Niemi, Owen Nolan rumors

    Aug 25, 2010, 11:40 PM EDT

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    Now that the San Jose Sharks lost out to the Los Angeles Kings in the Willie Mitchell Sweepstakes, the rumors switch back to former captain Owen Nolan and Cup winning goalie Antti Niemi. Great Sharks beat writer David Pollak shot down both rumors in a post tonight. 2) Never say never, but do not expect…

  9. KHL president Alexander Medvedev appears confident in improving relationship with NHL

    Aug 25, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

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    Most of the 2010 World Hockey Summit news we’ve been focusing on centers on confrontations. Whether it involves the IIHF president saying he would “fight like hell” to stop the NHL from expanding into Europe or Brian Burke making a passionate explanation for why the NHL faces a tough choice with the 2014 Sochi Olympics,…

  10. Brian Burke explains why NHL has its doubts about going to 2014 Olympics during Summit

    Aug 25, 2010, 8:40 PM EDT

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    The World Hockey Summit might not be heavy in actual, tangible news but it has provided some puck-based emotional outbursts. Take, for instance, IIHF president’s stance that he would “fight like hell” to stop the NHL from expanding in Europe, even though that idea is probably not on the horizon any time soon. When you’re…

  11. Report: Donald Fehr accepts offer to be head of NHL Players Association

    Aug 25, 2010, 7:25 PM EDT

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    While it hasn’t been confirmed just yet, it sounds like the rumors are finally true: former MLB players association head Donald Fehr reportedly accepted the post as the head of the NHLPA. Some might cue “Taps” for the 2012-13 season upon hearing the news. Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal broke this news. Former…

  12. A breakdown of the Versus 2010-11 NHL TV Schedule

    Aug 25, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Earlier today, our own Joe Yerdon did a great job of breaking down the NBC schedule. You can bet that we’ll be ready to give you extensive coverage of the NHL all year round, but there’s no doubt that those NBC games will be special. Since we want to cover hockey from all angles, I…

  13. Bettman denies refusing second Kovalchuk contract, KHL offer remains on the table

    Aug 25, 2010, 6:14 PM EDT

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    The main rule from now on when it comes to dealing with Ilya Kovalchuk and his ongoing saga with the New Jersey Devils is to expect nothing and to be ready for everything. Today proved to be ripe with information surrounding the league apparently shooting down the framework to a second contract between Kovalchuk and…

  14. 2010 NHL free agency: Lightning sign defenseman Randy Jones

    Aug 25, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

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    If you were going to cast your vote for Executive of the Year right now, you’d have to think that Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman would be a unanimous selection at this point. Ever the perfectionist, Yzerman continues to add to the Lightning roster, today signing former Kings defenseman Randy Jones. We’ve talked enough here…

  15. AHL releases their 2010-2011 schedule

    Aug 25, 2010, 4:39 PM EDT

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    If the excitement of getting the NHL’s national television schedule this year isn’t your cup of tea, then perhaps you’ll want to scope out the AHL’s schedule. The NHL’s minor league affiliates are all squared away with their schedule of games and if you’re looking to see who is kicking around in your favorite team’s…

  16. 2010 NHL free agency: Kings sign Willie Mitchell, 2 years $7 million

    Aug 25, 2010, 4:07 PM EDT

    The Willie Mitchell saga is finally at an end and the winner of the pursuit is a team that finally isn’t playing the part of bridesmaid this summer. The Los Angeles Kings signed the big defenseman today to a two-year $7 million deal, working out to be mathematically neat $3.5 million cap hit the next…

  17. NHL on NBC Game of the Week 2011 schedule

    Aug 25, 2010, 2:32 PM EDT

    This is it. This is what you’ve been waiting for all summer long, you’re first real warning signal that yes, hockey is back. Today the NHL released their national television schedule and part of that, of course, means sharing with you all what NBC will be covering this year. This year, NBC is doing things…

  18. NHL on NBC TV schedule due out this afternoon

    Aug 25, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

    We just wanted to remind everyone that for the fourth straight year, NBC will be bringing you the Game of the Week and later on today we’ll have the schedule for which games we’ll be covering this season. Once again, we’ll be using the “flex schedule” to determine which games will be covered. What that…

  19. Will Roberto Luongo still be the captain of the Canucks this season?

    Aug 25, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

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    Lots of fans thought it was a curious decision last year when the Vancouver Canucks elected to make goaltender Roberto Luongo the captain. After all, the league doesn’t exactly enjoy this, even to the point where they won’t allow goalies to wear the captain’s “C” on their jerseys. After the Canucks bowed out in their…

  20. 2010 NHL free agency: Lightning re-sign Steve Downie

    Aug 25, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

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    Tampa Bay’s great summer continues to roll right along. TSN’s Bob McKenzie tweets this morning that the Lightning have come to terms with restricted free agent Steve Downie on a two-year deal. RFA Steve Downie has agreed to terms on two-year, $3.7M deal with Tampa. Cap hit is $1.85M. For the better part of last…

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