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  1. Dismiss Alex Ovechkin at your own peril

    Sep 19, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    Rather than looking at his outstanding stats in the playoffs (10 points in 7 games against Montreal; 40 in 28 in his career overall), many people take the same, lazy formula for judging Alex Ovechkin: “Ovechkin plays in the game + Capitals lose = Ovechkin let his team down.” Hockey is a team sport, through…

  2. Tyler Seguin gets his chance to play center while Marc Savard is out

    Sep 19, 2010, 5:56 PM EDT

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    With every bad turn, something good must come from it. In Boston, with Marc Savard sidelined dealing with post-concussion-like symptoms, this offers the opportunity for the team’s other talented centers to step up and prove their worth in camp. For 2010 first round pick Tyler Seguin, it offers him the chance to show the Bruins…

  3. Sather: Talent, not contracts, will decide Rangers roster

    Sep 19, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

    One NHL GM that has his hands full with roster wrangling during training camp is the Rangers Glen Sather. Sather, often the focus of derision from Rangers fans and haters alike, is under the gun to make the right decision(s) to get the Rangers under the salary cap before the season starts. While the leading…

  4. Laviolette: Flyers forwards will need to be prepared to switch positions at any time

    Sep 19, 2010, 3:04 PM EDT

    If you’re a head coach in the NHL and you’re going to get creative with your players and have them try out new things, training camp is the place to do it. For Peter Laviolette and the Philadelphia Flyers, he’s got a host of guys that are naturally centers that have played on the wing…

  5. Rumor time: Columbus interested in swapping Mike Commodore for Sheldon Souray?

    Sep 19, 2010, 1:07 PM EDT

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    With the Columbus Blue Jackets dealing with a mild injury to defenseman Kris Russell (out 2-4 weeks with a knee sprain) it appears there are discussions being had in Columbus about acquiring a big-name defenseman to help the team out. While the Blue Jackets missed out on acquiring Toronto’s Tomas Kaberle and Kevin Bieksa from…

  6. Senators' Filip Kuba out five-to-six weeks with broken leg

    Sep 19, 2010, 12:09 PM EDT

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    The leg injury suffered by Senators defenseman Filip Kuba during training camp yesterday has been diagnosed and the news isn’t good for Ottawa. General manager Bryan Murray announced that Kuba has a broken leg and will be out at least five-to-six weeks. Kuba is a key player on the Sens blueline in that he’s got a…

  7. Truculence not needed here: Tampa Bay coach stresses "no fighting" in training camp

    Sep 19, 2010, 11:37 AM EDT

    While the Toronto Maple Leafs are becoming the poster boys for “truculence” another NHL team doesn’t want to see anyone dropping the gloves during training camp at all. Damian Cristodero tells us about Lightning head coach Guy Boucher’s wishes to see his team work on things other than punching each other in the face during…

  8. Jason Arnott and Patrick Elias happy to be reunited once again in New Jersey

    Sep 19, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

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    In New Jersey, \it’s time to break out the Peaches and Herb song, “Reunited” for the kind of nostalgic thing going on with Patrick Elias and Jason Arnott. The pairing clicked together amazingly well ten seasons ago in New Jersey, even teaming up together on the Devils Stanley Cup-winning goal in 2000. In those playoffs,…

  9. Why Caps GM George McPhee didn't do more in the off-season

    Sep 18, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

    A lot of fans and observers around the NHL are going to be watching the Washington Capitals with a curious eye this season. After a shockingly disappointing playoff exit in the first round at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens, many thought that this off-season would bring changes to the Capitals lineup in the form…

  10. Terry Murray: Jonathan Quick is my number one goalie this year

    Sep 18, 2010, 10:15 PM EDT

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    The fun part of training camp each year is that sometimes there’s going to be goalie controversy. You go into camp having a couple of players that are about equal and then try to judge what’s best for your team based around those couple of weeks of action. One such team that was poised for…

  11. Carey Price matures, takes his responsibility as Montreal's #1 goalie seriously

    Sep 18, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

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    Being the starting goalie for the Montreal Canadiens could be viewed as one of the toughest jobs in the NHL. There’s pressure to be the absolute best in the world game in and game out or else you’ll be run out of town like a witch would in Colonial America. For a guy like Carey…

  12. Ducks forward Bobby Ryan to get tried out at center during training camp

    Sep 18, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT

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    Ducks forward Bobby Ryan’s summer was one that was a bit distracted by contract negotiations and discussion over whether or not he might be traded because of said negotiations. Now that he’s signed on for the next five years and ready to go, the Ducks and GM Bob Murray have a new challenge in store…

  13. Sid the Kid grows up and moves out of Mario Lemieux's house

    Sep 18, 2010, 7:57 PM EDT

    It looks like the NHLs biggest superstar is finally all grown up. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has decided to leave the nest of Pens owner/legend Mario Lemieux and scored a pad of his own to live in. From the moment he joined the Penguins organization, Crosby has called Lemieux’s home his home as well, basically…

  14. Despite expiring contract, Patrice Bergeron hopes to remain in Boston after this season

    Sep 18, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

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    A few seasons before it was reasonably common for an 18-year-old player to make an immediate jump to the NHL, Patrice Bergeron accomplished that task in the 2003-04 season, scoring 39 points in 71 games. It’s honestly hard to believe that the six-year veteran is only 25 years old, especially when you consider the bumpy,…

  15. Andrei Markov's knee problems keep him out of training camp; no time frame for return

    Sep 18, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

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    When healthy, Andrei Markov has been one of the best offensive defensemen in the NHL. Unfortunately, injuries greatly hampered the Montreal Canadiens blueliner last season. He only played 45 games in 09-10 and then a Matt Cooke hit caused his current knee problems. The Montreal Gazette caught up with Markov, who still isn’t ready to…

  16. 'Leg' injury pulls Ottawa Senators D Filip Kuba out of training camp

    Sep 18, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

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    This already was a not-so-great summer for Ottawa Senators defenseman Filip Kuba. Though he’s never been much more than a decent powerplay quarterback, Kuba was useful (especially in fantasy leagues) because the Senators had few other options in that role since they lost Zdeno Chara and (don’t laugh) Wade Redden. Erik Karlsson was an impressive…

  17. Buffalo Sabres news: Marc-Andre Gragnani sprains knee, Mark Parrish gets a tryout

    Sep 18, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Some minor Buffalo Sabres news this weekend, as one younger player went down with an injury while an old NHL face surfaced on a tryout basis. TSN reports that Marc-Andre Gragnani will miss four-six weeks thanks to a sprained knee that he suffered in a rookie scrimmage on Friday. Coach Lindy Ruff provided the update…

  18. Training Camp Battles: Atlantic Division

    Sep 18, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    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…

  19. Discussing NHL.com's list of fantasy hockey 'sleepers'

    Sep 18, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

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    In the season premiere of the solid fantasy football focused comedy “The League,” one character’s adorable wife wants to be a part of the league very badly. Her husband fears her knowledge and eventually keeps her out, but her knowledge of “sleepers” is used against her spouse. A sleeper is, quite simply, a player who…

  20. Buffalo Sabres confirm new road and third jersey designs

    Sep 18, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    We actually discussed this possibility on September 8, but the Buffalo Sabres will officially sport new road jerseys as well as a new third jersey during the 2010-11 season. Here is a shot of the new road uniform, via the Sabres PR staff. (click to enlarge) That’s an awfully sharp, if not particularly surprising “new”…

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