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  1. So far, the World Hockey Summit provides little more than idle talk

    Aug 24, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

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    There was plenty of discussion during Monday’s session of the World Hockey Summit. Issues in women’s hockey were brought up much like we wrote about earlier, with Canadian women’s national team captain Hayley Wickenheiser pointing out the troubling fact that Russia only has six rinks where females can play hockey. Steve Yzerman similarly mentioned a…

  2. Joffrey Lupul could miss training camp, beginning of season due to back infection

    Aug 24, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Most injury reports are fairly mundane. They’re generally full of tweaks and scopes and strains and tears. Every once and a while, though, you stumble on an ailment that sounds downright scary. Take, for instance, the case of Joffrey Lupul. News broke that the goal scoring winger will miss the opening of training camp and…

  3. The PHT Nightcap: Monday, August 23rd

    Aug 24, 2010, 12:30 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. Skepticism…

  4. Poll results: Readers want the NHL to remain involved with the Olympics

    Aug 23, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

    With the World Hockey Summit starting today, one of the biggest topics was how the NHL would handle future Olympic competitions, particularly the not-so-convenient 2014 Sochi Games. A couple days ago, I asked PHT readers what they thought about the possible return of the World Cup tournament and whether the NHL should continue participating in…

  5. MSG Network hires Butch Goring to take Billy Jaffe's spot in Islanders broadcast booth

    Aug 23, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    About a month ago, we discussed the rather surprising decision by MSG Network to let announcer Billy Jaffe walk because the New York Islanders thought he was “too critical” of the team. Chris Botta reports that Jaffe’s replacement has been found in beloved former Islander Butch Goring. Butch Goring has been hired by MSG Network…

  6. Cristobal Huet's agent claims he would've renegotiated his contract to stay in NHL

    Aug 23, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

    As Joe discussed earlier today, Cristobal Huet will more or less be smuggled off the Chicago Blackhawks’ salary cap to a foreign league team. That last move will alleviate the team’s biggest remaining cap problems, all for the low-low price of $5.625 million. One interesting subplot is that Huet would have been willing to renegotiate…

  7. After struggling with problems last season, Niklas Kronwall's knee issues continue

    Aug 23, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT

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    While his hits often (in my opinion) straddle the line of charging, there’s really little doubt that Niklas Kronwall is an impact player. (He even has a very cool last name that some choose to turn into a verb, in a good way.) Beyond those game-changing body checks, Kronwall also brings a nice bit of…

  8. Report: Kovalchuk and Devils meet with NHL, contract signing imminent?

    Aug 23, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

    Over the weekend, rumors abounded that the Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk were coming close to an agreement on a new contract, one that ideally wouldn’t be shot down by the NHL like their previous effort on a 17-year, $102 million deal that was nixed by the league. Today, ESPN’s EJ Hradek tweeted something of a…

  9. NHL's success in Europe grows as league increases pre-season presence there

    Aug 23, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

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    The NHL will once again be closing out part of the pre-season and starting the regular season in Europe this year and while some fans in North America may grumble a bit about their favorite teams starting off so far from home, the effect it’s having in Europe is becoming far more pronounced. If you…

  10. Even Michael Bublé is taking shots at the Calgary Flames

    Aug 23, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    What kind of summer have the Calgary Flames had? It’s been the kind of summer that allows for crooners to crack jokes on your team in your own building. Noted Canadian singer and Vancouver Canucks fan, Michael Bublé was recently in Calgary to make the ladies go crazy for his song stylings and apparently his…

  11. St. Louis Blues search for new investors going slowly

    Aug 23, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    We’ve seen this summer get dominated with talk about the search for owners in Phoenix and Dallas but there’s another team that’s in search of new financial blood and they’re finding that their search could drag on for a while. The St. Louis Blues lead investment group TowerBrook Capital Partners, a group with as much…

  12. 2010 NHL free agency: Red Wings re-sign Justin Abdelkader for two years

    Aug 23, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

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    The Red Wings summer of free agency appears to be just about complete. The team announced that they’ve signed the last of their restricted free agents, Justin Abdelkader, to a two-year contract. The financial details of Abdelkader’s deal aren’t immediately known but once they’re discovered we’ll update this post with that information. (UPDATE: Craig Custance…

  13. Report: Blackhawks goalie Cristobal Huet to play in Switzerland

    Aug 23, 2010, 11:08 AM EDT

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    The arduous journey of Blackhawks goaltender Cristobal Huet is nearly at an end. Lyle Richardson of Spector’s Hockey discovers a report from Swiss news site 20 Minutes Online reporting that Huet will be loaned to Fribourg-Gotteron next season. This is just a report for now, and while we know that Huet will not be playing…

  14. 2010 NHL free agency: Thrashers re-sign Bryan Little

    Aug 23, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

    If only free agency could work easy like this all the time. On Friday we told you about how Thrashers restricted free agent forward Bryan Little was close to re-signing with team and today, Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos is reporting that Little has a deal done and has re-signed with the Thrashers on a three-year contract…

  15. Skepticism surrounds the World Hockey Summit in Toronto

    Aug 23, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

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    Some of the big news of the week is going to surround the World Hockey Summit going on in Toronto. About the only thing that can stop people from talking about that this week would be Ilya Kovalchuk signing and we haven’t heard from him in a few weeks.  The World Hockey Summit brings together…

  16. The PHT Nightcap: Sunday, August 22nd

    Aug 22, 2010, 11:30 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. Even when we have…

  17. Taking a look at the agenda for next week's World Hockey Summit

    Aug 22, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

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    A ticket to the World Hockey Summit is a big expenditure even for the most well-off hockey fan at a resounding $450. Instead of selling a kidney or stiffing your roommate for rent, how about you follow along with us as we follow the stories of the event, which starts Monday? (For the record, neither…

  18. Cam Janssen challenges Krys Barch to a fight via Twitter

    Aug 22, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT

    People set up plenty of things with each other on the Internet. Sometimes, a timid couple will plan a first date through winky emoticons and instant messages. Maybe someone will find a job on Craig’s List. But rarely will you hear about people setting up a fight, especially two guys who aren’t hiding behind some…

  19. Leafs GM Brian Burke testified against the Ilya Kovalchuk contract with New Jersey

    Aug 22, 2010, 6:09 PM EDT

    As if you needed another piece of drama from the Ilya Kovalchuk contract grievance, Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun drops a little nugget of information that will tweak out just about anyone involved. Little known fact: Among those who took the witness stand to support the NHL’s case against invalidating the Ilya Kovalchuk contract…

  20. Analyzing what 3-on-3 overtime could bring to the NHL

    Aug 22, 2010, 5:39 PM EDT

    The great part about the NHL’s research and development camp is that it’s sparked debate amongst anyone with a vested interest in the game. Of the many things experimented and tweaked through the two days of the camp, one of the more intriguing ones was how settling games that go to overtime is handled. Of…

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