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  1. These Flyers vs. the 'Broadstreet Bullies'

    May 26, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    In the last post, I discussed how the current Chicago Blackhawks compare to the last Chicago team that won the Cup. It’s been ages since the Flyers last won a Cup, too. After winning two straight Cups in the Broadstreet Bullies era (last in ’75), the team has been on a serious championship drought. The league…

  2. How the current Blackhawks compare to the 60-61 team

    May 26, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    It’s been a long, long time since the Chicago Blackhawks won a Stanley Cup. Almost 50 years, actually, as the last time they raised it was the 1960-61 campaign. With the team four wins away from a championship, it seems reasonable to compare the 2009-10 Blackhawks to their predecessors, something that Vintage Leaf Memories did today.…

  3. Ottawa Senators sign Mike Brodeur to 1-year, two-way deal

    May 26, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

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    The Ottawa Senators signed the “other” Brodeur, Mike Brodeur, to a new deal according to TSN. The contract is a one-year, two-way contract, meaning the team is free to send him to the minors and call him up to the professional club whenever it needs to. The 27-year old spent the majority of the 2009-10 season with…

  4. Why they're the Chicago Blackhawks, not 'Black Hawks'

    May 26, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

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    A lot of times, I feel a little strange writing “Chicago Blackhawks.” Something doesn’t seem quite right about it. It’s sort of like spelling an old junior high favorite band, Soundgarden. Is it Soundgarden or “Sound Garden”? It boggles the mind, really. (It’s Soundgarden, though.) Joe Pelletier of Greatest Hockey Legends shares a history lesson on…

  5. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: Don't expect the same 'Hawks next year

    May 26, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    Back in March, I took an in-depth look at the looming Chicago Blackhawks cap crisis. The actual cap commitments are the same, as you can see in this breakdown of the 2010-11 scenario. (Numbers from CapGeek.com) Chicago’s 2010-11 cap commitments (some cap hits rounded up for simplicity): Forwards (9 of 12 spots covered): Toews (6.3); Kane…

  6. Philadelphia won the Pronger trade now … but what about later?

    May 26, 2010, 11:25 AM EDT

    During last year’s draft, the Anaheim Ducks traded Chris Pronger to the Philadelphia Flyers for what seemed like a bounty of picks and players. In all, the Ducks received two first round draft picks, a conditional third round pick, a Flyers first-rounder in Luca Sbisa and streaky sniper Joffrey Lupul. When the trade went down,…

  7. Clips worth seeing again: Mike Richards' amazing effort

    May 26, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

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    I’m just about certain that Brandon or Joe already posted this video (or a similar video of this moment) already, but it’s already been – gah! – two days without hockey and counting today, there will be three more. (How … how are we going to cope with the fact that there are only 4-7…

  8. The PHT Nightcap – Tuesday, May 25

    May 26, 2010, 12:01 AM EDT

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    In a given day, we put up a lot of content here at Pro Hockey Talk. To give you a chance to keep up with all of it, we’ll put all the posts together in what we like to call The PHT Nightcap. Enjoy. Reports: Steve Yzerman to be named Lightning GM: Could the Lightning…

  9. Roundup of opinions on Lightning hiring Steve Yzerman

    May 25, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

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    After reading a ton of takes regarding the Tampa Bay Lightning hiring Red Wings legend Steve Yzerman as their new GM, Hoosier Hockey’s stance is the closest to my own. While Yzerman was probably the best available candidate left on the market, I am slightly nervous about the prospect of someone without prior GM experience running the…

  10. Poll and analysis: How much should Bobby Ryan make?

    May 25, 2010, 10:15 PM EDT

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    During the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, all eyes were on the super-duper hyped Sidney Crosby. For some time, one had to wonder if No. 2 pick Bobby Ryan would be a mere footnote in the league’s draft history. Or, worse yet, maybe Ryan would go down as the NHL’s version of Darko Milicic, the infamous…

  11. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: Which players have the most to gain (and lose)

    May 25, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    In my last post, I discussed how long it’s been since either the Flyers or Blackhawks won a Cup and that both teams shouldn’t assume they’ll be back again any time soon. To wrap up a general two-part series regarding “what’s at stake” for both teams, I thought I’d also look at individual players in…

  12. 2010 Stanley Cup finals: What this series means for both teams

    May 25, 2010, 7:45 PM EDT

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    Once the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins were ousted from the second round of the playoffs, it became clear that this year’s Stanley Cup finals would not have a “been there, done that” feeling. The Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers ensure that whoever wins the Cup will end a long drought for a historic…

  13. Red Wings hoping Nicklas Lidstrom makes retirement decision soon

    May 25, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

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    The Detroit Red Wings are hoping that legendary defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom decides whether or not to retire before the June 25-26 NHL Entry Draft, reports Ansar Khan of MLive.com. The story indicates that the genius Swede will at least make his choice before the first day of unrestricted free agency, which is July 1. Most in…

  14. 2010 Stanley Cup Finals: Flyers took unlikely road to finals

    May 25, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

    Certain games, goals, shots and hits stand out during the course of a season as turning points, times when the season’s outcome can be defined. Perhaps it’s a time when the team overcomes an injury to a major player or how a backup goaltender stepped up and gave his team playoff hopes. For the Philadelphia…

  15. Adam Foote signs one-year contract with Colorado

    May 25, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Adam Foote will spend one more season in the NHL and one more year with the Colorado Avalanche, as Adrian Dater is reporting he has signed a one-year contract with the Avs worth $1 million base salary, plus incentives. Foote is about as far from the new breed of “offensive defensemen” as you can get,…

  16. 2010 Stanley Cup Finals: Who's the Conn Smythe favorite?

    May 25, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

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    As we gear up for the Stanley Cup finals, we start the incredibly premature breakdowns looking at which players might be the early favorites for the Conn Smythe. The Chicago Blackhawks and the Philadelphia Flyers have each had players step it up and take their game to the next level, providing the edge each team…

  17. Halak not concerned with contract status

    May 25, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

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    As soon as teams are eliminated after a deep playoff run, there are two questions that are asked of players the next day. The first kind are the reflections on the series loss, the season past and rumination on what went wrong. The next are saved for the pending free agents. Hey, the season has…

  18. Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson might not be ready for NHL just yet

    May 25, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

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    The Edmonton Oilers are poised for a fresh start this season. After all, there’s only one way to go from where there are now and that’s up. They currently have the top pick in this season’s draft — unless they choose to trade it away — and should be set to draft Taylor Hall. He’ll…

  19. Dan Boyle content with Sharks' effort this year

    May 25, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Last season, in what was almost certainly a big ‘choke job’ by the San Jose Sharks in the playoffs, Dan Boyle was as outspoken as ever against his team. He was upset with the lack of effort from the players, with the coaching staff’s preparations and just about frustrated with everything in general when it…

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