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  1. Can Sidney Crosby hit the 50-goal mark again next season?

    Sep 3, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    During his first four seasons, Sidney Crosby was transparently pass-first. That’s not a bad thing in many ways since setting up teammates is a naturally selfless act and Crosby is one of the NHL’s most gifted playmakers. Still, when you consider how much the Pittsburgh Penguins depend on his production, opposing teams might have benefited…

  2. Tampa Bay hires former NHL forward Steve Thomas as player development consultant

    Sep 3, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    The Tampa Bay Lightning added another piece to their new front office puzzle today as the team signed former forward Steve Thomas as a player development consultant, TSN reports. Thomas will monitor and oversee all of the Lightnings prospects. Thomas played 1235 games in the NHL, scoring 421 goals over 20 seasons. He played for…

  3. Which coaches are in the greatest danger of being fired?

    Sep 3, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Being a head coach in professional sports is often a risky proposition but the NHL is a particularly cruel place for a bench boss. Aside from outright anomalies in Buffalo (Lindy Ruff) and Nashville (Barry Trotz), hockey coaches experience about as much job security as college football coaches show loyalty. ESPN’s Scott Burnside released his…

  4. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Penguins sign Mike Comrie (Mr. Hillary Duff) to one-year, 500K deal

    Sep 3, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

    After all these years, the Pittsburgh Penguins finally added some real star power. I mean, sure, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin could occasionally light up a scoreboard and Marc-Andre Fleury provides the occasional highlight reel save. But when, exactly, were those guys going to pop up in US Weekly? Expect a few more tabloids to…

  5. Don't be shocked if the deadline to rule on Kovalchuk's contract gets postponed again

    Sep 3, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Some deadlines are more legitimate than others. Don’t be surprised if the postponed-but-now-rapidly-approaching deadline to reject or approve the second contract between the New Jersey Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk gets pushed back again. We will keep our eyes on the proceedings in case there is a decision by the alleged 5pm ET deadline, but much…

  6. The PHT Nightcap: Thursday, September 2nd

    Sep 3, 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. Mario…

  7. Sean Avery hopes to be a thorn in the side of opponents instead of his own team next season

    Sep 2, 2010, 11:15 PM EDT

    Few hockey players speak their mind and establish themselves as interesting people – but love him or hate him – Sean Avery is one of the NHL’s biggest personalities. That being said, Avery distinguishes himself from the Terrell Owens/Chad Ochocinco-types by falling short of star status when the games actually take place. Sure, people are…

  8. New Columbus coach thinks he can turn things around for Steve Mason, Nikita Filatov

    Sep 2, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

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    The Columbus Blue Jackets are hoping for an improved output in 2010-11 after a horrific 09-10 campaign, even though they haven’t added much in terms of talent. The Blue Jackets are pinning their hopes on the internal improvement that could come from adding new head coach Scott Arniel. The question is, can Arniel save the…

  9. Nashville Predators ownership group gives William 'Boots' Del Biaggio the boot

    Sep 2, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

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    The history of sports is littered with swaggering, more-talk-than-walk owners, especially in the not-always-financially-stable NHL. Old money guys might not be the most PR-savvy or exciting, but aside from the occasional breakthrough in the form of Mark Cuban, most of the attention-seekers tend to fall on their faces (see: the Tampa Bay Lightning’s former owners…

  10. Ken Hitchcock helps others nab a shoplifter, makes headlines in process

    Sep 2, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT

    These moments don’t come along every day, but it seems like they follow a similar script: A minor crime is committed OR someone is in peril. Sports semi-celebrity intervenes. People blow that intervention out of proportion. It happened when Brooks Laich helped a stranded motorist, when broadcaster Ron MacLean had a Good Samaritan moment and…

  11. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Colorado re-signs Chris Stewart to two-year, $5.75M extension

    Sep 2, 2010, 7:55 PM EDT

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    If there were two “Cinderella” teams in the NHL last season, my votes would go to the Phoenix Coyotes and Colorado Avalanche. Both teams were nearly-universal picks for the Western Conference basement, with little in name recognition and new coaches behind the bench. While the Coyotes saw big losses (defenseman Zbynek Michalek) and significant additions…

  12. How Antero Niittymaki, Thomas Greiss feel about Sharks adding Antti Niemi

    Sep 2, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

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    There are a few basic schools of thought regarding the San Jose Sharks’ signing of Antti Niemi, but ultimately I think you could group fan and writer reactions into two sides. On one side, people who especially believe in Thomas Greiss might think that the Sharks’ are guilty of goalie overkill. That being said, others…

  13. The NHLPA drags its feet, doesn't approve or reject Donald Fehr's bid to lead players union

    Sep 2, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

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    Some things never change (or if they do, those changes take ages to happen). One of the sad constants in hockey is that the NHL Players Association cannot seem to avoid tripping over its own feet. Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports that the player representatives somehow failed to take a vote to…

  14. Basebrawler Nyjer Morgan used to be a Regina Pat, teammate of Derek Boogaard

    Sep 2, 2010, 6:07 PM EDT

    In case you hadn’t heard around the Internet today, baseball player and Washington Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan caused a bit of a stir last night against the Florida Marlins by charging the mound and then getting his clock cleaned by Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez while charging after pitcher Chris Volstad. While we’re certainly not…

  15. 2010 NHL free agency: Canadiens re-sign Carey Price

    Sep 2, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

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    Montreal’s week-long nightmare is at an end. The Canadiens announced today that they’re re-signed restricted free agent goalie Carey Price to a two-year contract. The rumored worth of the deal is believed to be worth $5.5 million according to Renaud Lavoie of RDS in Montreal. That’s good for a cap hit of $2.75 million. This…

  16. 2010 Lester Patrick Award winners announced

    Sep 2, 2010, 4:06 PM EDT

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    This year’s Lester Patrick Award winners have been announced and if you’re not familiar with the award, it’s given out to those who have made significant contributions to hockey in the United States. This year, the city of Boston has a lot to be proud of considering who will be honored. Hockey Hall of Famer…

  17. Marc Savard's agent: We'll sue if NHL voids Savard's contract

    Sep 2, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Apparently Marc Savard’s agent isn’t too pleased with the NHL taking a stand against long-term money-juggling contracts. While we mentioned it in passing in our story about Chris Pronger’s contract getting the official OK from the NHL, we figured that this deserves some attention of its own. Savard’s agent Larry Kelly was on the Team…

  18. Jordan Staal will miss training camp recovering from foot injury

    Sep 2, 2010, 1:52 PM EDT

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    Some tough news out of Penguins camp today as the team announced that center Jordan Staal will miss all of training camp recovering from a foot injury suffered during the playoffs. Penguins GM Ray Shero commented on Staal: “The fact that Jordan came back and played with this injury during the playoffs is a testament…

  19. NHL making waves and winning fans over through social media

    Sep 2, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

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    The relationship between players and fans has always been one of a curious nature. Back in the day, the only way fans could interact with players was either from their seat at a game and yelling to/at them or waiting for them after the game to grab an autograph. The times, they are a-changing. With…

  20. NHL apparently gives approval to Chris Pronger's seven-year contract extension

    Sep 2, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    While we’re here today splitting hairs over whether or not we consider the differences between “ultimatum” and “negotiation” regarding the situation between the NHL and NHLPA over the Ilya Kovalchuk situation, the originator of the report, Larry Brooks of the New York Post, hits us with some new information. While the NHL rounded up a…

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