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  1. Web site hits, TV ratings, general sales up across the board for 2010 playoffs

    Jun 14, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    While it’s probably a long-shot for the NHL to ever leapfrog the NBA for more than a few scattered evenings, that shouldn’t overshadow the fact that hockey is on a hot streak. Naturally, the fantastic Vancouver Olympics were a huge draw but the playoffs and Winter Classic also made a huge impact. NHL.com features an…

  2. Free Agent All-Star team: Restricted

    Jun 14, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    In the last post, I put together a First All-Star team of unrestricted free agents. Though restricted free agents tend to attract less attention, there could be some intriguing situations. While I broke down the last list of players into forward positions (left wing, center, right wing), this time I’ll just choose three forwards, plus…

  3. Free Agent All-Star team: Unrestricted

    Jun 14, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    For some hockey fans, reality might have set in late Wednesday last week or perhaps last Thursday morning. But it might not truly set in until the Monday of the first full week of the off-season. So, as we gather ourselves on this bittersweet day, preparation for the 2010-11 season is already underway. To tackle…

  4. Flyers bolster goalie depth by signing Johan Backlund to 2-year extension

    Jun 14, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    He’s not a big name goalie and he contributed little to their unexpected run to the Stanley Cup finals, but Johan “don’t call me Bob” Backlund – not Michael Leighton – is the latest goalie to sign with the Philadelphia Flyers. TSN reports that the Flyers extended the contract of the Swedish goalie (who managed…

  5. Dallas Stars sale down to two Canadian businessmen

    Jun 14, 2010, 1:29 AM EDT

    Dallas Stars fans, start rejoicing. The time when Tom Hicks is no longer the owner of the Stars is drawing ever closer, which can only be a relief during a time in which the team is completely handcuffed financially. Hicks Sports Group, the holding company that owns the Stars, is locked in a financial battle…

  6. Ozzie Guillen says the White Sox parade was better

    Jun 13, 2010, 6:38 PM EDT

    Maybe he didn’t mean for it to come across the way it did. Then again, I doubt that Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen really cares about how his comments are perceived. Before tonight’s game at Wrigley Field, where the Chicago Blackhawks will be honored before the Cubs and White Sox crowd, Guillen made this…

  7. Blackhawks coming to terms with the coming changes

    Jun 13, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    It’s unfortunate that the Chicago Blackhawks haven’t been able to just sit back and enjoy their Cup win. Oh, I’m sure they’ve been enjoying themselves individually. From what I’ve heard, the players have torn the city of Chicago upside down since their Wednesday night victory and I don’t doubt that the young superstars have had…

  8. Forsberg was offered chance to play for Flyers

    Jun 13, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Per TSN, and according to the Swedish newspaper Expressen, Peter Forsberg was offered the chance to sign with the Philadelphia Flyers on March 2nd. “Yeah, it’s true,” Forsberg told Expressen. “But I felt that I wasn’t in good enough shape to go.” “Obviously it would’ve been cool since I know so many of those guys…

  9. Todd Bertuzzi on his way out of Detroit?

    Jun 13, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Chris McCosky of The Detroit News has an interesting column up about the Detroit Red Wings and their attempt to re-sign Todd Bertuzzi. It seems that while it might have been thought Bertuzzi would be easy to sign – perhaps for a bit of a paycut — it turns out that it appears Bertuzzi is…

  10. Dion Phaneuf expected to be named Leafs captain on Monday

    Jun 13, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Two bits of good news coming tomorrow for the Maple Leafs: first, the Leafs will be announcing and unveiling a new team sweater, because we all know those traditional Leafs jerseys need an updating. Then the team is expected to announce Dion Phaneuf as the new team captain, the team’s first since Mats Sundin in…

  11. Chris Chelios wants to stay in Detroit

    Jun 13, 2010, 11:25 AM EDT

    Chris Chelios hasn’t officially retired, but judging by his words yesterday it’s just about a foregone conclusion that the legendary defenseman will be hanging up the skates for good this season. From George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press: “Hockey’s been in my life so long, I can’t see myself not being in hockey the…

  12. Jay Cutler is happy for the Blackhawks

    Jun 13, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    Chicago’s favorite NFL quarterback weighed in on the Blackhawks’ Cup victory, after absolutely destroying “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” yesterday at Wrigley Field. From Fred Mitchell: “I know a few of those (Blackhawks) guys and I am happy for them. It is very hard to win something like that of that status,” he said.…

  13. The Chicago Blackhawks are headed to Wrigley

    Jun 13, 2010, 12:30 AM EDT

    Hey, it’s Chicago Blackhawks night here on Pro Hockey Talk. But since they went and won the Stanley Cup, I guess it’s only natural they’ll dominate the headlines for at least 11 days or so. Expect a big, rousing ovation tomorrow for the Hawks when a number of players and the team will be honored…

  14. Patrick Kane explains his post-parade remarks

    Jun 12, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

    It’s easy to forget that what was supposed to be a promising season for the Chicago Blackhawks didn’t start off all that great. First, Dale Tallon’s fax machine broke, and the team was forced to sign a couple of players to long-term contracts or else lose them to free agency. The mixup cost Tallon his…

  15. Coach Quenneville still cleaning up the mess

    Jun 12, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    The fans in Chicago were thrilled to finally see the Stanley Cup finally back in the Blackhawks’ hands. After all, there’s a good chance that a high number of Hawks fans weren’t alive the last time the Hawks won the Stanley Cup — it’s understandable then why they were so pumped. So pumped, in fact,…

  16. Marian Hossa suffered sprained MCL in Cup finals

    Jun 12, 2010, 7:59 PM EDT

    Everyone knew that Andrew Ladd was playing with a bum shoulder – which turned out to be fractured — and it certainly looked like he was playing injured at times. There were times I noted while watching Ladd after he returned that he just appeared to be laboring, unwilling to get into the corners at…

  17. Mark Hardy resigns as Kings assistant coach

    Jun 12, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

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    We haven’t really covered this much on PHT, as I prefer to focus on the actual hockey, but as expected Mark Hardy has resigned as assistant coach of the Los Angeles Kings. Hardy is facing felony fourth-degree sexual abuse, a charge than involves a family member. I’m not going to get into the details of…

  18. Blackhawks will send ex-GM Dale Tallon a Stanley Cup ring

    Jun 12, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    While Stan Bowman was the Chicago Blackhawks’ official GM during the 2009-10 season, there’s no doubt that former GM (and recently hired Florida Panthers GM) Dale Tallon’s fingerprints were all over that Cup winning team. Of course, a negative Nancy would say that he is also responsible for the ticking time bomb that is their…

  19. Rob Niedermayer wants to return to New Jersey Devils; What about his brother Scott?

    Jun 12, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

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    Rob Niedermayer might not be anywhere near as talented as his brother Scott, but he’s been a player who can play a specialized role on a hockey team. As Earl Sleek of Battle of California said of Rob when he was a member of Anaheim Ducks, he’s an “All-Star” in tight areas – particularly against…

  20. Hershey Bears take 3-2 series lead over Texas Stars in 2010 Calder Cup finals

    Jun 12, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

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    With the World Cup tournament kicking into high gear while the Stanley Cup finals concluded on Wednesday, there’s one other Cup being fought over right now. That other tournament would be the AHL’s Calder Cup championship. Last night, the Hershey Bears took a 3-2 series lead over the Texas Stars thanks to a 2-1 overtime…

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