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  1. Poll: Who will win the Atlantic Division?

    Oct 2, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    It’s always divisive, it’s never the same each year it seems, and it’s pretty clear everyone doesn’t like each other in some way. The race for the playoffs always starts within the division and the Atlantic Division and the defending champion Devils will be gunning for the title again. Is that who you think will…

  2. The PHT Nightcap: Friday, October 1st

    Oct 2, 2010, 2:45 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. Bobby…

  3. Preseason quick recaps: October 1st

    Oct 2, 2010, 2:00 AM EDT

    There were 10 games tonight, so no time for silly introductions. Carolina 2, Atlanta 1 (OT) Plus: Brandon Sutter scored both of Carolina’s goals. Both Cam Ward and Ondrej Pavelec put together very nice games. Minus: You have to wonder about the goal scoring depth of both teams next season. Games like these justify such…

  4. 2010-11 NHL season preview: Tampa Bay Lightning

    Oct 2, 2010, 12:50 AM EDT

    Last season: (34-36-12, 80 points, 4th in Southeast Division, 12th in Eastern Conference) The Lightning have been a mess more or less since they won the Stanley Cup before the lockout. Almost universally bad personnel and front office decisions will do that to you. Really, Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos were the only bright…

  5. 2010-11 NHL season preview: Washington Capitals

    Oct 1, 2010, 11:50 PM EDT

    Last season: (54-15-13, 121 points, 1st in Southeast Division, 1st in Eastern Conference) Capitals fans will cringe at this statement, but if one more season goes like the 2009-10 campaign did, those ‘San Jose Sharks East’ jokes will have a lot more validity. The team put together an astounding regular season, finishing nine points higher…

  6. Report: Minnesota Wild buy some backup goalie insurance by signing Jose Theodore

    Oct 1, 2010, 10:55 PM EDT

    I cannot say that I’ve been his biggest supporter over the years, but it was still pretty surprising to see Jose Theodore go jobless for so long despite putting together a fairly impressive regular season with the Washington Capitals. It seemed like the former Vezina and Hart Trophy winner would be sitting on the sidelines…

  7. Marc Savard makes 'baby steps' in concussion recovery

    Oct 1, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

    Anyone expecting Marc Savard to suit up for the Boston Bruins sometime soon (even during the month of October, I would guess) probably shouldn’t hold their breath, but GM Peter Chiarelli said that the talented-but-concussion-plagued center is making “baby steps” in the recovery process. Here’s Kevin Paul Dupont’s brief update on Savard’s tortoise-speed progress. “It’s…

  8. European relocation seems likely for Kyle Wellwood after Coyotes pass on his services

    Oct 1, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

    Put your fat jokes aside (or save them for someone else, like Martin Brodeur maybe) because it sounds like it will be a while before Kyle Wellwood plays in the NHL again. The Associated Press reports that the Phoenix Coyotes released him after the pudgy play maker failed to impress them sufficiently during a pro…

  9. Sheldon Souray clears waivers, so what's next?

    Oct 1, 2010, 8:10 PM EDT

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    To the surprise of just about no one, expensive and wayward “Edmonton Oilers” defenseman Sheldon Souray cleared waivers, according to the Ottawa Sun and various other sources. Now that this formality is out of the way, we move to the $5.4 million question: what’s next? Here are a few of those most realistic possibilities for…

  10. Should the Florida Panthers send Erik Gudbranson to the minors or keep him in NHL?

    Oct 1, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    When it comes to high-profile draft picks such as Taylor Hall, deciding whether or not to send him to the minors is more complex than choosing between development and preserving entry-level contract years vs. immediate team needs. When it comes to someone like the Florida Panthers’ No. 3 pick Erik Gudbranson, it might be a…

  11. Tonight's preseason schedule – October 1st

    Oct 1, 2010, 6:47 PM EDT

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    Here’s the preseason schedule tonight. OMG it’s October! Hey, wait a minute, these games still don’t count. I want a refund! Anyway, here’s tonight’s schedule and, yeah, one game is already over because the Hurricanes have to leave the country to go to Europe. All times listed are Eastern because we’re like that. Carolina 2…

  12. 2010-2011 NHL season preview: St. Louis Blues

    Oct 1, 2010, 6:06 PM EDT

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    Last season: (40-32-10, 90 points, 4th in Central Division, t-9th in Western Conference) A terrible start derailed the Blues’ chances at making the playoffs. The team got in such a hole that despite their furious play in the second half of the season, they weren’t able break into the playoffs the way they did two…

  13. 2010-2011 NHL season preview: Nashville Predators

    Oct 1, 2010, 4:27 PM EDT

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    Last season: (47-29-6, 100 points, 3rd in Central Division, 7th in Western Conference) Each and every year, people try to count out the Predators and each and every year they seem to make the playoffs. For a team that’s gotten the runaround when it comes to rumors about being moved and talk of financial instability,…

  14. NHL players pick Quebec City as city they'd like NHL to move to

    Oct 1, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    While we’ve gotten caught up on what a big deal it is now for Quebec City to look into getting an NHL team back there, what with their desire to build a new arena and the “Blue March” to rally support for the old days of the Nordiques, it turns out the NHL players might…

  15. Agitator extraordinaire Darcy Tucker announces his retirement

    Oct 1, 2010, 1:08 PM EDT

    Love him or hate him, Darcy Tucker has made an impact on your NHL fandom. From the Canadiens, to the Lightning, to the Maple Leafs, to the Avalanche, Tucker has left his mark on the NHL and not generally for things that leave a good taste in the fans’ mouths. With a history of dirty…

  16. 2010-2011 NHL season preview: Detroit Red Wings

    Oct 1, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Last season: (44-24-14, 102 points, 2nd in Central Division, 5th in Western Conference) The Red Wings’ season was a definitive roller coaster year. Injuries kept the lineup from playing at max power each night, Chris Osgood’s poor play kept Jimmy Howard in net most of the season while the team battled to stay in the playoff…

  17. Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador out indefinitely with concussion

    Oct 1, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

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    Bad news this morning for the New Jersey Devils. Devils GM Lou Lamoriello updated the injury status of defenseman Bryce Salvador and he’ll be out indefinitely with a concussion. Fire & Ice’s Tom Gulitti also reports that no decision has been made as to whether or not Salvador will be placed on the long term…

  18. 2010-2011 NHL season preview: Columbus Blue Jackets

    Oct 1, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Last season: (32-35-15, 79 points, 5th in Central Division,14th in Western Conference) To put it bluntly, the Blue Jackets were not good. They fired Ken Hitchcock halfway through the season and let Claude Noel ride things out the rest of the way. They were disjointed, they were bad defensively and they couldn’t score a lick. At…

  19. Bobby Ryan's position shuffle moves him back to left wing

    Oct 1, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

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    Bobby Ryan’s preseason of intrigue takes yet another turn, this time a predictable one. While Ryan was being tried out at center to attempt to give the Ducks three strong centers with Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan, and Saku Koivu, it appears that head coach Randy Carlyle didn’t like the way things were going and will move…

  20. 2010-2011 NHL season preview: Chicago Blackhawks

    Oct 1, 2010, 1:49 AM EDT

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    Last season: (52-22-8, 112 points, 1st in Central Division, 2nd in Western Conference) The Blackhawks had themselves a good season. Winning the Central Division was good but winning the franchise’s first Stanley Cup since 1961 — ending the longest-active drought in the NHL — was a whole lot better. After getting the playoffs off to…

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