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  1. How did your favorite team come up with their nickname?

    Sep 21, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

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    Picture, if you will, a world where the NHLs most popular team in northern California would hit the ice being introduced as, “Your San Jose Rubber Puckies!” That sounds rather insane, I know, but it almost came to be. Of course, they also might’ve been known as the San Jose Salty Dogs or the San…

  2. It's "put up or shut up" time for Habs' Benoit Pouliot

    Sep 21, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

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    When Benoit Pouliot was traded by the Minnesota Wild to the Montreal Canadiens for Guillaume Latendresse, it was viewed as a deal that sent team headaches going in each direction. For a while afterward, it looked like it was a great deal for both teams as the issues each player had in their old cities…

  3. Flyers enforcer Jody Shelley was apparently born to be a Flyer

    Sep 21, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    If you thought that the easiest way to make friends with the fans in Philadelphia as a member of the Flyers was to punch players on the opposing team in the face you’d be completely right. For newest Flyers enforcer Jody Shelley, he’s going above and beyond the call of duty to endear himself to…

  4. Flames forward Matthew Stajan is tired of hearing about Dion Phaneuf

    Sep 20, 2010, 11:44 PM EDT

    As it turns out, being one of “the other guys” in a blockbuster trade featuring one major star isn’t quite as glamorous as you’d think. Last season, the Toronto Maple Leafs sent a package of players to the Calgary Flames to obtain defenseman Dion Phaneuf. Matthew Stajan, Niklas Hagman, and Ian White all headed to…

  5. Return of the Hartford Whalers… Sort of

    Sep 20, 2010, 11:14 PM EDT

    Like a long dead television franchise or a band that broke up long ago that is looking to cash more checks, the Hartford Whalers will rise again. Before you get too excited and dust off that green Kevin Dineen jersey with “Pucky” the Whale on the shoulders, let’s just stress that this isn’t about the…

  6. Leafs' Mikhail Grabovski being sued for punching Habs fan and wife in the face

    Sep 20, 2010, 9:33 PM EDT

    Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski could be in some trouble off the ice. If law suits and allegations are to be believed, you could say that Grabovski’s still got some bad feelings about his past days as a Montreal Canadiens forward who sparred with the Kostitsyn brothers. A man from British Columbia claims that…

  7. Martin Gerber's return from the KHL sees battle with goalies rather than henchmen

    Sep 20, 2010, 8:25 PM EDT

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    When a player takes off the KHL from the NHL, they usually go away to never be heard from again aside from the occasional “What ever happened to…?” profile pieces. In an effort to prove that you can go home again, so to speak, former Hurricanes/Leafs/Senators goalie Martin Gerber is back trying to win a…

  8. U.S. NHL Network reveals its 35-game preseason TV schedule

    Sep 20, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    Starting tomorrow (Tuesday, September 21), the U.S. version of the NHL Network will begin televising 35 preseasons games, according to the network’s press release. For picture quality snobs like myself, you’ll be happy to find out that 33 out of those 35 contests will be in fancy pants HD. (Hopefully the other two will be…

  9. The sad story of Mark Wells selling his 'Miracle on Ice' gold medal

    Sep 20, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Although there are occasions such as Reggie Bush and O.J. Simpson losing trophies for off-the-field issues, you’ll rarely see an athlete give up the symbol of their greatest achievements easily. Usually, it’s the exclamation point at the end of a very sad story. Life hasn’t been easy for Mark Wells since he helped the U.S.…

  10. Training Camp Battles: A PHT Feature

    Sep 20, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

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    While we are comfortable discussing all 30 NHL teams here at Pro Hockey Talk, sometimes we ask for a little guidance from people who watch their team’s every move. That’s exactly what we did with our “training camp battles” feature in which we asked a blogger from all 30 teams to describe the positions that…

  11. TV producer who withheld replays of a Flyers goal will return to Penguins telecasts this season

    Sep 20, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    There were a lot of goal review debates last year, but only one in which a television producer became the lightning rod for controversy. That happened when FSN Pittsburgh producer Lowell MacDonald, Jr. withheld a replay that would have revealed that the Philadelphia Flyers scored a goal on the Pittsburgh Penguins. The TV producer was…

  12. Brad Richards donates $500K to a children's hospital

    Sep 20, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Despite having a refreshingly productive 09-10 season in which he racked up 91 points despite the fact that the Dallas Stars missed the playoffs, it’s difficult to escape contract talk with Brad Richards. He signed a bloated five-year, $39 million deal after he won the Conn Smythe during the Tampa Bay’s catching-Lightning-in-a-bottle Cup run, which…

  13. Columbus Blue Jackets ink Steve Mason to two-year extension despite sophomore slump

    Sep 20, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

    There’s some slightly surprising news out of Columbus today: the Blue Jackets extended goalie Steve Mason’s contract for two years. The deal will be worth $2.6 million in 2011-12 and $3.2 million in 2012-13 for an annual cap hit of $2.9 million, according to TSN’s Bob MacKenzie. This allows both sides to avoid restricted free…

  14. Training Camp Battles: Northwest Division

    Sep 20, 2010, 2:40 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…

  15. Pittsburgh Penguins sign GM Ray Shero to 5-year extension; A look at his biggest moves

    Sep 20, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    The Pittsburgh Penguins announced that they signed GM Ray Shero to a five-year extension today. The Penguins and Shero have agreed on a five-year contract extension that ensures the team’s 2009 Stanley Cup champion architect will remain in Pittsburgh through the 2015-16 season. “I’d like to thank Mario Lemieux, Ron Burkle and the ownership group…

  16. NY Rangers report that a broken finger will keep captain Chris Drury out four weeks

    Sep 20, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    The New York Rangers just announced that captain and highly paid center Chris Drury broke “a finger” during a Monday morning scrimmage and will miss a month. #NYR captain Chris Drury broke a finger in this morning’s scrimmage and will miss 4 weeks of action It’s nearly impossible to discuss anything about Drury without mentioning…

  17. Broken wrist will force Predators prospect Roman Josi to miss 4-6 weeks

    Sep 20, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

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    While the games and practices might not “count” in the grand scheme of things, body checks and other in-game pains still register just as clearly as they do in regular season games. Quite a few players are suffering from mild-to-considerable injuries in training camp so far. The latest person to add to that list is…

  18. Could this season be the first time Patrick Kane hits the 100-point mark?

    Sep 20, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

    Every sport seemingly has its benchmarks for the kind of season that marks a “true” star, even though those numbers can change thanks to eras (thanks to factors such as expansion, improved fitness, etc.). Some random numbers that jump out for sports athletes: a great homerun hitter will aim for 50 in a season, people…

  19. NHL's video emphasizes rule changes regarding hits to the head

    Sep 20, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    About a week ago, we tried to translate the NHL’s listed rule book changes into plain English. Luckily, the league is being a bit more proactive as the 2010-11 season rapidly approaches, as you can see from this video that was sent to all 30 teams. (I guess someone in the league office is still…

  20. The PHT Nightcap: Sunday, September 19th

    Sep 19, 2010, 11:50 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. Enjoy, hockey fans. Jason…

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