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  1. Introducing Knights Marian Hossa and Tomas Kopecky …

    Aug 8, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    I already discussed the fact that Marian Hossa and Tomas Kopecky brought the Stanley Cup to Slovakia, but sometimes it’s difficult to contextualize how big of a deal the coolest trophy in sports is to other countries. Well, if this video is any indication, it’s a fairly significant thing to the people of Slovakia. Introducing…

  2. 2010 NHL free agency: Sabres sign goalie David Leggio

    Aug 8, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

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    The Buffalo Sabres added a little bit of goaltending depth today signing 2010 IIHF World Championships Team USA member David Leggio to a one-year, two-way contract. Leggio, a standout at Clarkson University during his years in college, played last year for TPS in SM-Liiga, the Finnish Elite League, helping the team win the league title.…

  3. The Rangers salary problems with Wade Redden and Marc Staal

    Aug 8, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

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    This summer for the New York Rangers has been a relatively quiet one. With Glen Sather in charge and always in the mix on free agents and trades, the lack of big moves out of Manhattan for a team that missed the playoffs last year is a bit curious. The team brought back Vinny Prospal…

  4. One week left to trade Tomas Kaberle, seven teams supposedly interested

    Aug 8, 2010, 3:43 PM EDT

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    While we’ve been feasting on free agent rumors all summer and trade rumors for some players (like Marc Savard and Tim Thomas) the be-all, end-all icon of trade rumors for the last year or so has been Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle. While last year he was protected by a no-trade clause, this summer on…

  5. Did Maxim Afinogenov deserve another shot in the NHL?

    Aug 8, 2010, 1:51 PM EDT

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    The news of Maxim Afinogenov leaving the NHL to sign a five-year deal with SKA St. Petersburg in the KHL was met with a resounding, “meh” from a lot of fans in the hockey world. It was the case of another talented player who had a hard time finding instant interest from NHL teams getting…

  6. Could the Wings be looking at Lukas Krajicek for defensive help?

    Aug 8, 2010, 12:26 PM EDT

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    While the buzz around signing Mike Modano in Detroit has appropriately died down, attention now turns to other needs in the Motor City. While they’re still working on a contract for restricted free agent Justin Abdelkader, the Wings are in the market for another experienced defenseman to play on the third pairing with Jonathan Ericsson.…

  7. Would Paul Kariya be a good signing for Anaheim?

    Aug 8, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

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    On Friday, we told you about how Teemu Selanne told a Finnish magazine that he was looking forward to coming back to the NHL and the Anaheim Ducks for one more year. Part of that discussion was about how he was working on bringing back his old friend Paul Kariya with him to play in…

  8. Chicago GM Stan Bowman planned all along for post-season fire sale

    Aug 7, 2010, 11:32 PM EDT

    If you haven’t noticed, this summer has been pretty tough on Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman. After the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in June, it wasn’t long after that that the dismantling of a championship team began. Their moves have been high profile and roundly criticized by many people, questioning Bowman’s ability to keep a…

  9. The success and failure of potentially overworked goalies

    Aug 7, 2010, 9:25 PM EDT

    About a week ago I was struck with an idea to investigate how goalies who had a heavy workload during the regular season fared in the playoffs. After all, with the new trend going towards inexpensive goalies, it’s worth taking a look at goalies in general seeing as how those inexpensive goalies that have been…

  10. Cristobal Huet's agent seeks a European team for Huet to play for

    Aug 7, 2010, 7:18 PM EDT

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    If you’ve been asleep the last few weeks, you might not know that Cristobal Huet’s future with the Chicago Blackhawks is in a bit of trouble. After the team walked away from Antti Niemi’s $2.75 million arbitration award and signed free agent goalie Marty Turco, the handwriting was on the wall. Huet’s future as an…

  11. Goalies who will suffer from 'form fitting' equipment changes the most

    Aug 7, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Today’s focus has been on the league’s plans to force goalies to wear “form fitting”/proportional pads next season. I touched on the rule change on a general level here and then got into the deeper details of just why it’s different (and confusing) in another post. It blows my mind a bit that the larger…

  12. How the NHL will regulate 'form fitting' goalie pads during 10-11 season

    Aug 7, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Earlier today, I discussed the fact that the NHL plans on forcing goalies to wear more “form-fitting” pads during the 2010-11 season. The natural reaction is to assume that all goalies would be affected negatively by this change but after picking the brain of The Goalie Guild, it turns out that the changes will be…

  13. The Detroit Red Wings' newest 'intern' is … Chris Chelios

    Aug 7, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

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    While he probably won’t fetch coffee or fix the copier, 48-year-old Chris Chelios seems like he’ll go from aged defenseman to over-the-hill intern with with the Detroit Red Wings. Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press has the story. “I don’t have a title for him, but he’s going to do a little player…

  14. Preferred nomenclature: The 'best' first names in hockey

    Aug 7, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Two powerful Mikes (Modano and Ilitch) I’m one of those people who believe that a name can often shape someone’s life/attitude/personality. Naturally, it doesn’t dictate everything, but chances are your kid might have the deck stacked against them if they have to answer to “Apple” or “Chastity” on the first day of school. (For some…

  15. NHL goalies will have to switch to more 'form-fitting' equipment in 2010-11 season

    Aug 7, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

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    When you look back at classic sports clips, every league looks a little different. Basketball players wore hilariously short shorts. NFL players went from insanely skimpy helmets to ones that are almost like today’s standard. Baseball players … well, let’s just say many of them were a lot, um, smaller. For hockey, the most glaring…

  16. The PHT Nightcap: Friday, August 6th

    Aug 7, 2010, 1:13 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. Blackhawks…

  17. Marian Hossa brings the Stanley Cup to Slovakia

    Aug 6, 2010, 11:55 PM EDT

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    Today has been a rough one for unimaginative hockey humorists. (I know I’m struggling, personally.) If you haven’t heard already, we’ll be forced to find a new target for old man jokes, as 48-year-old defenseman Chris Chelios finally decided to hang up his skates. Perhaps it makes sense, then, that Chelios decided to retire today…

  18. Tim Thomas says he is 'ahead of schedule' after May 21 hip surgery

    Aug 6, 2010, 11:15 PM EDT

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    While he was usurped by Finnish sensation Tuukka Rask, I think that Tim Thomas was better during the 2009-10 season than most people gave him credit for. Or, perhaps more precisely, he wasn’t quite as bad as people thought. His save percentage was down to 91.5 last season, but that’s nicely above 90 percent, generally…

  19. 2K Sports will release Wii-exclusive 'NHL 2K11' two weeks early, on August 24

    Aug 6, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

    In case you haven’t heard, Electronic Arts’ NHL series dominance over 2K Sports’ own NHL 2K games reached so far that 2K’s upcoming “NHL 2K11″ will only appear on Nintendo’s Wii console. In many ways, it seemed like a move inspired by the fact that EA never made a hockey game for the Wii before;…

  20. Phoenix Coyotes claim that season tickets sales are 'significantly higher' than previous reports

    Aug 6, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    A few days ago, I passed along reports that the Phoenix Coyotes only managed to sell about 1,800 season tickets for next season, so far. That number seemed ridiculously low – even for a team with as many problems as the Yotes – and the team refutes that number. Here’s more from the Phoenix Business…

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