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  1. Tonight's preseason schedule – September 25th

    Sep 25, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Tonight’s hot preseason action features 14 games and 26 teams in action. Fuzzy math, right? No, the Coyotes and Sharks have a split-squad affair going on in San Jose and Phoenix later tonight. As for the other games, here’s your taste of tryout greatness. All times are Eastern because we’ve got an insufferable eastern bias.…

  2. Islanders' Mark Streit injures shoulder during scrimmage

    Sep 25, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

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    What was shaping up to be an intriguing year for the New York Islanders might be getting off to the worst start possible. During today’s scrimmage, defenseman Mark Streit left the game with an apparent shoulder injury. As for how it happened, TSN shares the awkward details. New York Newsday is reporting that Isles’ All-Star…

  3. Flyers goalie Michael Leighton hurts back, time to worry in Philadelphia?

    Sep 25, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    Lost in last night’s game action, Flyers goalie Michael Leighton left last night’s preseason game against the Maple Leafs after playing 65 minutes worth of game action with a strained back. With Leighton having played through most of the game, missing out only on the shootout, speculation is picking up amongst Flyers faithful about how…

  4. Cristobal Huet and Michael Nylander also waived in cost-cutting moves

    Sep 25, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    While Wade Redden was the first of the notable waiver victims today, there are two others that were placed on waivers this afternoon to help their teams legally lose some money off of the salary cap. If you think that these names will be surprising, then I don’t know what to tell you. Chicago placed…

  5. Wild's Josh Harding has torn ACL/MCL, likely out for the year

    Sep 25, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

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    The Wild have an update on goaltender Josh Harding’s condition after leaving last night’s game against St. Louis with an injury and it’s not good news. Harding has a torn ACL and a torn MCL and will likely be out for the season. For Harding, it’s a brutal blow in what was due to be…

  6. Marc Savard speaks out about dealing with post-concussion syndrome

    Sep 25, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    Boston Bruins star Marc Savard took time out this morning to speak with media about the lingering effects of post-concussion syndrome that he’s dealing with.  Savard being sidelined comes as a surprise to most fans because he returned to the Bruins lineup during the playoffs, yet now he’s not even skating with the team and…

  7. Rangers place Wade Redden on waivers, free up $6.5 million cap hit

    Sep 25, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    Today marks an interesting day for NHL transaction watchers as the freeze on placing players on waivers is lifted once again and the New York Rangers aren’t wasting any time. The Rangers announced today that they’ll be placing high-priced defenseman Wade Redden on waivers with the likelihood of having him sent down to the AHL…

  8. Alex Kovalev seeks to impress one more time to earn a new contract

    Sep 25, 2010, 10:13 AM EDT

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    If you asked ten fans what they thought of current Senators star Alex Kovalev, you’d likely get ten different takes on him. In his career as a Ranger, Penguin, Hab, and Senator he’s found ways to both dazzle and frustrate the hometown fans. As he begins his 18th season in the league coming off of…

  9. Pre-season quick recaps – September 24th

    Sep 25, 2010, 1:58 AM EDT

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    Here’s your recap of tonight’s pre-season action. Get the foil on because things got a bit rambunctious tonight, especially in San Jose. Detroit 3 – Chicago 2 Plus: Detroit’s stars took care of business. Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and an assist while Tomas Holmstrom added a goal and Jimmy Howard played well in a…

  10. Wild goalie Josh Harding leaves game against Blues injured

    Sep 25, 2010, 12:00 AM EDT

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    If you’re a Minnesota Wild fan, tonight’s game with the Blues had added nausea for you. Not only did the Wild lose their pre-season bout 5-0 but backup goalie Josh Harding left the game after a collision with Blues forward Brad Boyes. Harding was playing in his first game since having surgery to repair a…

  11. With Peter Mueller out, could Devils and Avalanche talk trade?

    Sep 24, 2010, 8:25 PM EDT

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    With the news coming yesterday that Avalanche forward Peter Mueller would be out indefinitely thanks to receiving a concussion during a pre-season game the other night, the Avs are potentially in the hunt for a replacement. While there’s not too much left going on with the free agent wire, scouting for trade possibilities could be…

  12. Dennis Wideman seeks redemption in Florida after tough year in Boston

    Sep 24, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

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    It can be tough to be traded as it’s always a major disruption in a player’s life and his career. For a guy like Dennis Wideman, it may have come as a blessing in disguise. Last year, the offensively-talented Wideman had some growing pains dealing with the playoff-anxious Bruins. Bruins fans were about as bi-polar…

  13. Would the NHL be better off with one less official on the ice?

    Sep 24, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Back when Brendan Shanahan organized a research and development camp this summer, there were all sorts of different experimental rule changes and tweaks being tested. One possible alteration included the interesting idea of taking a referee off the ice and placing that official on a platform overlooking the ice (to provide a different vantage point…

  14. Potential risks and rewards to the Ducks playing Bobby Ryan on the power play point

    Sep 24, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

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    It doesn’t take an expert to figure out that it’s been a strange and busy summer for Bobby Ryan. First, he waited months to reach a five-year, $25.5 million deal to stay with the Anaheim Ducks. Then Joe passed along word that the winger might end up moving to the center position this season. The…

  15. Organizers hope to preserve the arena in which 'The Miracle on Ice' took place

    Sep 24, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    You know an event was special when even the creative by-products of those moments provide an incredible experience. From Disney’s feature film “Miracle” to HBO’s fantastic documentary “Do you believe in Miracles?” all the way down to the sorely under-appreciated book “The Boys of Winter,” I just cannot get enough retrospectives on the 1980 U.S.…

  16. NHL suspends Nick Boynton for Blackhawks' season opener for making 'cutthroat' motion

    Sep 24, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Ah, the “cutthroat” or throat-slashing gesture. It’s been a time-(dis)honored hand motion that makes me nostalgic for the days when a wrestling pay-per-view was the pinnacle of entertainment for my eight year old self. Apparently the NHL’s disciplinary decision makers aren’t big professional wrestling fans, though. The league just announced that the Chicago Blackhawks defenseman…

  17. Should the Maple Leafs be more patient with prospect Nazem Kadri?

    Sep 24, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Pressure can bring out the best in an athlete, but it can also be a very negative thing too. Especially for a young player still trying to learn how to adjust to all of the challenges that come with making the jump to the professional level. You cannot find a bigger pressure cooker for a…

  18. The Goalie Guild explains why 'deeper is better' for Roberto Luongo

    Sep 24, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Last night I shared my doubts about the Vancouver Canucks’ strategy to adapt Roberto Luongo’s style, specifically asking him to play deeper in his crease and challenge shooters less often. Since I’m far from a goaltending guru, though, I thought it might be wise to ask someone who knows his or her stuff. I reached…

  19. Habs coach says Andrei Markov will return in October, Roman Hamrlik may resume skating

    Sep 24, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    About a week ago, we discussed the fact that a knee injury would keep Andrei Markov out of training camp and that there was no timetable for his return. Well, it sounds like there is at least a month-long window for his return, as Renaud Lavoie reports that Markov will be back in October, at…

  20. Reactions to the NHL's confirmed changes to locker room access policies for bloggers

    Sep 24, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    (Just throwing up this disclaimer once again: this is all about blogging and access, so it might not be of much interest to many of you. Fair warning.) We discussed the NHL’s plans to allow visiting teams to ban bloggers from their locker rooms in late August, and now it sounds like that rumor is…

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