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  1. Hartford Whalers fan fest brings back memories, raises questions

    Aug 15, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    There was a heaping dose of hockey nostalgia this weekend surrounding a team that hasn’t been in the NHL since 1997. For the fans of what once were the Hartford Whalers this weekend provided a time to come together to celebrate not just the past glory of the Whalers but also to praise one of…

  2. A grim view of the NHLPA and where the NHL is headed

    Aug 15, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

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    If you haven’t gotten to following the New York Post’s Larry Brooks by now, it’s tough to say you’re keeping tabs on the NHL very closely. Ever since the NHL stepped up to challenge the NHLPA over Ilya Kovalchuk’s contract, Brooks has been the lone voice amongst team scribes to express what a dire situation…

  3. Mike Comrie and Hillary Duff are married

    Aug 15, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

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    If you’re waking up on this Sunday morning and felt that little twinge in your heart it could be from the wedding bells of yet another NHL celebrity couple. Free agent centerman Mike Comrie finally tied the knot with one-time Disney star and singer/actress Hillary Duff. Don’t you feel enlightened already? Just wait, your bizarro…

  4. Four teams reportedly seriously interested in Tomas Kaberle

    Aug 15, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Brian Burke’s platter is going to be full today. With today being the last day he’s got to try and trade defenseman Tomas Kaberle, it’s looking like he’ll be going down to the wire at midnight tonight to try and send Kaberle packing elsewhere and free the Maple Leafs of his $4.25 million salary this…

  5. Patrick Kane seeks personal improvement by reading "Twilight" books

    Aug 15, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Leave it to Patrick Kane to be perhaps the most fascinating NHL superstar of the summer. After scoring the Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Chicago Blackhawks, he’s been mesmerizing to watch in the public eye. From his on-ice interviews after winning the Cup, to his obviously intoxicated behavior throughout the Blackhawks Stanley Cup parade, to…

  6. Marc Savard "hurt" by Bruins' efforts to trade him

    Aug 14, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

    While things have calmed down on the Marc Savard trade market as far as we can tell, that doesn’t necessarily mean that all is well with Marc Savard. For the better part of the last two months, rumors have swirled around about the possibility of the Bruins dealing one of their top point producers over…

  7. Time ticks away on Tomas Kaberle's trading window

    Aug 14, 2010, 8:54 PM EDT

    Our summer of free agency started and still continues with the Ilya Kovalchuk saga, but in the meantime, for just this weekend, we’ve got the Tomas Kaberle saga and tomorrow could see things come to a head with he and the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs have until midnight tomorrow to work a trade for…

  8. Canadian under-18 team shuts out the U.S. to take third straight Ivan Hlinka Memorial gold medal

    Aug 14, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

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    The Canadian under-18 team won its third straight Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament today, beating the U.S. team 1-0 in Piestany, Slovakia. NHL.com has more on that. Canada made it a hat trick of gold medals at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, topping the U.S., 1-0, in the final, played at Zimny Stadion in Piestany, Slovakia.…

  9. Mandi Schwartz's fight with cancer takes a sad turn

    Aug 14, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    After receiving some promising news not too long ago, Mandi Schwartz faces another sad setback in her battle with cancer. NHL.com reports that the sister of St. Louis Blues first round pick Jaden Schwartz will need to undergo more chemo therapy after her cancer resurfaced for a third time. Schwartz, who was scheduled for a…

  10. Washington Capitals take top spot on Sports Illustrated's off-season power rankings

    Aug 14, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Despite the fact that they ran away with the Presidents Trophy last season, it’s almost refreshing to see a media member sing the praises of the Washington Capitals. Sports Illustrated’s Allan Muir did just that, placing the apple of Ted Leonsis’s eye No. 1 in his off-season power rankings. Here is what he said about…

  11. Who will lead the offensively challenged Nashville Predators in scoring?

    Aug 14, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    It’s unfair to judge teams “on paper,” but sometimes those paper rosters/lists can be awfully telling. Take, for instance, this poll at On The Forecheck that asks the simple question: “Who will be the Nashville Predators leading scorer next season?” Here are a few of the names (and descriptions) from that post. J.P. Dumont He…

  12. The PHT Nightcap: Friday, August 13th

    Aug 13, 2010, 11:55 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. The…

  13. The Sporting News pulls the plug on its hockey-centric blog 'The Grinder'

    Aug 13, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

    There’s no denying that the hockey blogosphere – and any other platform featuring hockey writers – can be a competitive place. Sometimes that’s a bad thing, especially when it encourages certain people to falsify rumors – or even worse – claim that they got a scoop that originated from somewhere else. Other times, it results…

  14. 2010 NHL Free Agency: What about … Patrick O'Sullivan?

    Aug 13, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

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    At this point in free agency, the focus shifts from the gems to flawed guys who can still bring some skill to the table. So, going forward, we’ll spotlight individual players who are flying under the radar. Previous Entries: Slava Kozlov, Alex Frolov, Willie Mitchell, Lee Stempniak, Maxim Afinogenov Today’s entry: Patrick O’Sullivan Name: Patrick…

  15. Crosby, Ovechkin, Miller rank highest on The Hockey News Top 10 NHL Players list

    Aug 13, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    People love lists … that’s just science, folks. The Hockey News released its annual yearbook this week, and Mark Stepneski of ESPN Dallas was nice enough to share the top 10 of the well-known publication’s top 50 players list.   The top ten players on The Hockey News’ list are: 1. Sidney Crosby, C, Pittsburgh…

  16. Golden oldies: The best seasons for players above the age of 35

    Aug 13, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

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    I discussed NHL.com’s list of the best teenage debuts yesterday, so it only makes sense that the site’s master historian/genius filler creator John Kreiser came up with the polar opposite post today. He listed the best seasons for players above the age of 35, something that player agents may someday want to point to when…

  17. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly discusses the NHL's 'line in the sand' regarding contracts

    Aug 13, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    By now you may be well-versed in the reasoning behind the rejection of Ilya Kovalchuk’s 17-year, $102 million contract with the New Jersey Devils. To review, his deal stuck out as especially bad considering that his deal had six unrealistic salaried years at the end, the deal would take him to age 43 and those…

  18. Tomas Kaberle scuttlebutt: Burke expects offers to heat up, what about Tampa Bay's Malone?

    Aug 13, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

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    Perhaps it’s a testament to the team’s post-lockout struggles that a good-but-by-no-means-transcendent defenseman like Tomas Kaberle has been the source of trade rumors as regularly as the Toronto Maple Leafs disappoint their fans. In case you haven’t been keeping up with the latest slew of conjecture, the imaginary (and maybe tangible) offers for the offensive…

  19. Not-so stunning news: Peter Forsberg not optimistic about returning to pro hockey

    Aug 13, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    It’s pretty amazing that in a what’s been a busy summer (sarcasm alert!) we’ve been able to squeeze in talk about a guy who last played in the NHL back in 2007-2008, but here we are in the summer of 2010 and former Avalanche/Flyer/Predator Peter Forsberg keeps finding a way  to grab some headlines. While…

  20. Patrick Kane's day with the Stanley Cup gets stuck in a fire truck crane

    Aug 13, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT

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    We just knew that Patrick Kane’s day with the Cup in Buffalo was going to be interesting, but we didn’t expect that it would turn into a high-wire act. As Kane took the Cup around his home town today, one stop he made was to visit with the fire department in Buffalo who took Kane…

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