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  1. Ilya Kovalchuk considered Russia as an option, but eager to get started in New Jersey

    Sep 17, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    Ilya Kovalchuk’s wild summer is over and he’s in training camp ready to go. Of course, arriving at training camp for the first time means having to answer some questions about just how stressful the summer was. Thankfully, Tom Gulitti was there to get the word from the Devils superstar about how he handled the…

  2. Pat Burns laughs in the face of erroneous reports of his death

    Sep 17, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    While Chuck Norris might be an inspiration to goalies and Internet memes around the world, one guy who’s managed to be tougher than everyone is former head coach Pat Burns. While Burns is struggling with terminal lung cancer and reported to be in worsening condition, it seems that some are in a hurry to be…

  3. Marc Savard still feeling effects of post-concussion syndrome

    Sep 17, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    After the Bruins incredible exit from the playoffs last year it was assumed that center Marc Savard was healthy following his return to the team during the playoffs after suffering a concussion at the hands of Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke. As it turns out, that may not be all too correct as Savard is still dealing with…

  4. Mike Babcock looks into shuffling his defensive pairs around

    Sep 17, 2010, 12:54 PM EDT

    With the Red Wings not having won the Stanley Cup the last two seasons, head coach Mike Babcock is looking to tweak things with his defensive pairings. The Freep’s Helene St. James finds out that Babcock is going to shuffle things around defensively having Nick Lidstrom pair up with Niklas Kronwall and Brian Rafalski team…

  5. 2010 NHL free agency: Hurricanes sign forward Patrick O'Sullivan

    Sep 17, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

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    The Carolina Hurricanes have made a late addition to their roster that could help figure out their dearth of talent up the middle. Former Kings and Oilers centerman Patrick O’Sullivan has signed a one-year, two-way contract worth $600,000 with the Hurricanes. Chip Alexander of Canes Now grabs some quotes. “He can win a spot,” Rutherford…

  6. Kari Lehtonen, Texas Ranger? No, that's just Chuck Norris on his mask

    Sep 17, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Kari Lehtonen doesn’t sleep. He waits. It doesn’t quite have the same ring to it that it does with Chuck Norris, does it? That’s all right because Lehtonen is summoning the aura of cinema’s favorite B-level martial artist with his new goalie mask with the Dallas Stars. In an effort to become the Internet’s favorite…

  7. IIHF changes format for the World Championships starting in 2012

    Sep 17, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    We know it’s not all that well known or, ahem, respected by most North American hockey fans, but the IIHF is changing the format of their annual World Championships. The old format, which will be used for the last time in 2011 in Slovakia, had four groups of four teams play a round-robin style within…

  8. Devils defenseman Anssi Salmela still months away from playing

    Sep 17, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

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    With the Devils eventually having to shuffle players around to get under the salary cap, having injuries to players that will be counted on to play bigger minutes in the meantime is a killer. In the case of defenseman Anssi Salmela, his wait to get back on the ice could be a bit longer than…

  9. Rumored Gionta captaincy leads Quebec party leader to say that the Habs aren't French-Canadian enough

    Sep 17, 2010, 10:06 AM EDT

    The funny part of being the Montreal Canadiens is that sometimes, just being a successful hockey team isn’t enough when you’re in Quebec. While the team on the ice often has its own problems to contend with, the politicians in the Province of Quebec can get a bit anxious about things. No, they’re not passing…

  10. Sean Avery spills the beans on new Rangers third jersey

    Sep 17, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    New York Rangers agitator/fashion mogul Sean Avery had a surprise for everyone on his website blog recently. (Update: The post has been removed from his page. Apparently the Rangers didn’t care for this surprise).   Yes, that’s Avery posing seemingly awkwardly in a pair of glasses not seen since Buddy Holly’s days rocking out in…

  11. Legendary coach Pat Burns' health worsens

    Sep 16, 2010, 11:58 PM EDT

    The health of former NHL head coach Pat Burns has taken a turn for the worse. According to a report out of Canada, the three-time Jack Adams award winner’s struggles with terminal lung cancer are becoming more dire and those close to him are fearing the worst. Former NHL coach Pat Burns has taken a…

  12. Arguing with the head coach got Keith Ballard traded from Florida

    Sep 16, 2010, 11:05 PM EDT

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    Keith Ballard’s seemingly mysterious trade out of Florida this summer came out of the blue without much rumor or warning. Ballard was sent to Vancouver in exchange for Steve Bernier, Michael Grabner, and the 25th overall pick in the 2010 draft giving the Panthers some much needed forward depth while giving the Canucks a more…

  13. 2010 NHL free agency: Ducks sign defenseman Paul Mara

    Sep 16, 2010, 8:52 PM EDT

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    With training camps about to start, the last of the signings are being finalized and one late signing today by the Ducks comes at the perfect time. The Ducks have signed defenseman Paul Mara to a one-year deal worth $750,000 to help add experience and depth to their blueline corps. Mara struggled with injury last…

  14. 2010 NHL free agency: Stars re-sign James Neal and Matt Niskanen for two years

    Sep 16, 2010, 7:41 PM EDT

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    The final two restricted free agents left in the pool are now signed. The Dallas Stars announced the signings of forward James Neal and defenseman Matt Niskanen to two-year contracts. Neal will make $5.75 million over the next two years while Niskanen will make $3 million. Neal’s cap hit comes to $2.875 million while Niskanen’s…

  15. Training Camp Battles: Pacific Division

    Sep 16, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

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    With training camps starting late this week or early next, we at Pro Hockey Talk couldn’t help but wonder: what are the biggest position battles going in? To give you the most specific answers possible, we asked team bloggers to give their take. After all, these men and women follow their teams almost as much…

  16. Vancouver Canucks go down memory lane, hand Brendan Morrison a tryout

    Sep 16, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

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    While the group is a faded memory for many, chances are that the principle characters of the Marc Crawford era Vancouver Canucks – Markus Naslund, Todd Bertuzzi, Brendan Morrision and the coach himself – must look back at that time with a wistful eye. Once things fell apart and they disbanded, each person bounced around…

  17. Former hockey player discusses steroid use in the sport

    Sep 16, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Maybe it’s because I’ve never been a big baseball fan – or perhaps it’s because I’ve been lightly brainwashed by the fascinating documentary “Bigger, Stronger, Faster” – but at some point, the steroid issue started making my eyes glaze over in most sports. Looking at the size of some baseball, basketball or football players, I…

  18. Chicago Blackhawks primed to sign coach Joel Quenneville to three-year extension

    Sep 16, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    I’ve long been a proponent (but also a naysayer) when it comes to the psychological impact of a contract year on an athlete, but let’s not forget that coaches and general managers aren’t immune to that either. When it comes to bargaining power, you cannot get much better than winning a Stanley Cup. Joel Quenneville…

  19. SJ Sharks give Andreas Lilja a chance to make team via training camp tryout

    Sep 16, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    His decision to pass on a $1 million offer from the Detroit Red Wings wasn’t Vesa Toskala-passing-on-any-NHL-deal bad, but let’s not doubt that Andreas Lilja was kicking himself this summer. He might be able to make lemonade out of free agency lemons, though, as reports indicate that the defense-poor San Jose Sharks will give Lilja…

  20. Sami Salo to miss 'at least' five months, LTIR might solve Vancouver's salary cap woes

    Sep 16, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    With the Vancouver Canucks adding a substantial amount of cash to their already jam-packed blueline in the form of Keith Ballard and Dan Hamhuis this off-season, the question seemed to be: who needs to go? That problem might solve itself thanks to a very … mysterious off-season injury. The Canucks are about $3.15 million above…

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