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  1. Columnist Larry Brooks unloads on Gary Bettman and NHLPA over Kovalchuk contract squabble

    Jul 25, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT

    Today’s must-read piece on the Ilya Kovalchuk contract squabble between the NHL and the NHLPA comes from the New York Post’s Larry Brooks. While many people familiar with Brooks’ NHL writing might find him to be a bit polarizing and some may enjoy when he gets chewed out by a coach during post-game interviews, one…

  2. 2010 NHL free agency: Lightning sign forward Chris Durno

    Jul 25, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

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    The Lightning are at it again. It might be a Sunday morning in late July but that isn’t stopping Steve Yzerman from helping the Lightning fill out ranks on the team as the team announced the signing of forward Chris Durno today to a one-year, two-way contract. The six-foot-four 205-pounder had four goals and eight…

  3. 2010 NHL free agency: Blackhawks sign former first round pick Hugh Jessiman

    Jul 24, 2010, 11:12 PM EDT

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    Thanks to a tidbit of information from SBN’s Oilers blog Copper And Blue, we’ve found out (via CapGeek) that former 2003 first round pick of the New York Rangers, Hugh Jessiman, has landed a one-year, two-way contract with the desperate for depth Chicago Blackhawks. Even more amazing than reading the name “Hugh Jessiman” was reading…

  4. Derek Boogaard believes NHL teams value enforcers, Red Wings question that belief

    Jul 24, 2010, 10:31 PM EDT

    I don’t know anyone who would ever want to get in an argument with Derek Boogaard. In fact, I’m a bit scared to even write about the guy. He’s an intimidating human both on and off the ice so when he says that he feels there’s still a role for enforcers in the NHL, I’m…

  5. What are Chicago's goaltending options if they don't keep Antti Niemi?

    Jul 24, 2010, 9:17 PM EDT

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    While the Blackhawks continue to try and work out a contract agreement with goaltender Antti Niemi before his arbitration hearing on July 29th, it’s not the worst idea in the world for Blackhawks fans to start taking a look around elsewhere for potential new goaltenders. After all, if Niemi does go to arbitration and lands…

  6. College hockey opts not to adopt controversial rule change

    Jul 24, 2010, 7:18 PM EDT

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    A while back we mentioned how the NCAA rules committee was looking into instituting a new rule where teams would not be allowed to ice the puck when on the penalty kill. The NCAA, instead, wanted to penalize teams killing penalties further by calling icing on those teams thus leading to a face-off back in…

  7. Fake Steve Yzerman Facebook account goes missing

    Jul 24, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    You’d think that Steve Yzerman would be pretty busy, what with his new job as the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning and all the activity that entails. Yet, there he seemed to be to many on Facebook … accepting friends and sharing status updates one might expect to see from an NHL GM.…

  8. Why not put the NHL All-Star game in the preseason?

    Jul 24, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Thinking up cockamamie ideas about improving the NHL is a hobby for hockey nerds such as myself. So when I heard that the league plans to unveil the 2011 All-Star Game logo, I couldn’t help but think of ways to improve that glorified exhibition game. During the GM meetings, I brought up the fascinating if…

  9. PHT's 2010-11 'breakout' player list

    Jul 24, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Earlier today, I took a look at NHL.com’s seven candidates for a “breakthrough” season. Since this is a slackertastic Saturday, I thought I’d provide my own list of players who could make a big difference in 2010-11. Feel free to lampoon my choices in the comments. John Tavares, NY Islanders The most obvious choice since…

  10. NHL.com's seven 'breakthrough players' for 2010-11

    Jul 24, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

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    Last season, Steven Stamkos went from a disappointing rookie to a sophomore sensation, tying Sydney Crosby for the most goals in the NHL. His breakthrough season inspired NHL.com to name its seven candidates for a breakout season in 2010-11. Here’s the list, plus a few selected paragraphs and some commentary. Jonathan Bernier, LA Kings If…

  11. A look at agent Eustace King and the NHL's slow growth in diversity

    Jul 24, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    When you picture a hockey player, you probably envision a pasty Canadian guy … potentially with a killer mustache and/or a flowing mullet. It’s no doubt that the game is far behind other North American sports when it comes to diversity, although I think the climate is a lot friendlier than it was it the…

  12. Jeremy Roenick: Mike Keenan 'scared him' into the player he became

    Jul 24, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    When Jeremy Roenick finally decided to hang up his skates, it seemed like he ushered in the end of an era in the NHL It appeared that the days of brash, outspoken and ultra-skilled hockey players were over. (At least from an “on the record” standpoint, as my guess is that most NHL players are…

  13. Beware of the fan poll: How each NHL team received its name

    Jul 24, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    I’m a sucker for origin stories. While it’s fairly certain that the world doesn’t need to know why Batman fights crime anymore, I find that one of the most interesting questions to ask is “How did we get here?” So it’s no surprise that I was delighted to read this story from the Palm Beach…

  14. The PHT Nightcap: Friday, July 23rd

    Jul 24, 2010, 12:10 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. Henrik…

  15. Fan attendance, knowledge during Bruins development camp 'wows' Tyler Seguin

    Jul 23, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

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    While I don’t fault new hockey fans for struggling with the nuances of the game, it’s pretty easy to spot a newbie. Take a typical fantasy hockey draft, for insistence; you know someone isn’t fully aware when they draft Nikolai “Ka-bib-ulin” as one of their goalies. Boston Bruins fans impressed their first round draft pick…

  16. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Oilers forward Gilbert Brule could get a big raise in arbitration

    Jul 23, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

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    Despite fancy mathematical tools, it’s more or less impossible to truly measure grit or hustle. Going further, modern stats like Corsi ratings are probably not being uttered in salary arbitration cases. Instead, I’d imagine that the proceedings are dominated by simple stats such as points and maybe time on ice. For that reason, hockey people…

  17. Predators GM Poile on signing team's first Tennessee player, growing hockey in Nashville

    Jul 23, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

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    When the Nashville Predators signed solid college performer Blake Geoffrion, I couldn’t help but focus on the rich “Boom Boom” heritage of his hockey family. One other interesting thing to note, though, is that Geoffrion is the first Tennessee native the team ever drafted, as an NHL.com story points out. While they lack the deep…

  18. Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos will unveil 2011 NHL All-Star Game logo on Monday

    Jul 23, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

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    For whatever reason, next week will be a week of official NHL event announcements. As we told you yesterday, the league will hold an official press conference regarding the 2011 Winter Classic at Heinz Field on Tuesday. Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos released a statement saying today saying that the logo for the 2011 NHL…

  19. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Updates on restricted free agents Ryan, Neal and Grossman

    Jul 23, 2010, 9:40 PM EDT

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    Let’s take a look at three restricted free agent contract talks in limbo at this point. Bobby Ryan’s agent says that he wants to stay in Anaheim and the Ducks want to keep him, too. From the sound of that talk, it comes down to finding a compromise on the term of the contract. Here…

  20. The Tampa Bay Lightning's latest signings, hirings and firings

    Jul 23, 2010, 8:10 PM EDT

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    Steve Yzerman and the Tampa Bay Lightning keep making changes on and off the ice (and behind the bench). In the first bit of news, the team announced the firing of Norfolk coach Jim Johnson and “roving” goalie coach Cap Raeder according to Damian Cristodero. In the latest bit of housecleaning from the previous regime,…

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