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  1. Shane O'Brien trashes Canucks coach Alain Vigneault after being traded

    Oct 6, 2010, 11:04 PM EDT

    While yesterday’s trade involving Vancouver and Nashville sending defenseman Shane O’Brien to the Predators may not have made waves around the league, Shane O’Brien would not go quietly away from Vancouver just yet. O’Brien, while being quizzed by reporters following the trade got a chance to open up about Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault. Iain…

  2. Thrashers start the season without team captain, opt for three alternates

    Oct 6, 2010, 9:54 PM EDT

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    It’s a rarity in the NHL but on occasion a team will sometimes go without a team captain. The Minnesota Wild went without a permanent one for years before choosing Mikko Koivu. The Montreal Canadiens last year went without a captain in the wake of former captain Saku Koivu leaving the team. This year, the…

  3. Former coach Pat Burns continues to laugh over false reports of his death

    Oct 6, 2010, 9:02 PM EDT

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    Many folks while stricken with life-threatening illness will sometimes be morose or downbeat about things going on in their lives. It’s understandable to do so, so when you see former three-time Jack Adams Award winning coach Pat Burns yukking it up and having fun at the expense of those seemingly eager to report on his…

  4. Opening night roster choices in Vancouver, New Jersey, LA, and Philly cause a stir

    Oct 6, 2010, 8:19 PM EDT

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    With teams setting their final rosters for the start of the season, some of the teams with salary cap issues are making what appear to be curious moves but may ultimately prove to be nothing more than paper shuffling for the bookkeepers. In Vancouver, the Canucks recalled defenseman Lee Sweatt while sending goalie Cory Schneider…

  5. Nino Niederreiter makes the New York Islanders' opening day roster

    Oct 6, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

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    It’s not surprising that No.1 pick Taylor Hall will make the Edmonton Oilers as a rookie, but as you go deeper into the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, it becomes less expected. So I was a little surprised to hear that Nino Niederreiter, the fifth pick of the draft, made the cut…

  6. Doctors tell Ian Laperriere to retire because of concussion problems

    Oct 6, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Incredibly sad news broke today, as it appears that a shot to the face during the 2010 playoffs ended Ian Laperriere’s career. NHL.com shares the story that doctors are asking Laperriere to retire because of post-concussion syndrome and nerve damage to his right eye. A Pittsburgh neurologist on Friday confirmed a Philadelphia doctor’s opinion that…

  7. Czech-born forward Petr Prucha helps Phoenix Coyotes defeat Dinamo Riga 3-1 in Latvia

    Oct 6, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    The Phoenix Coyotes played the last of the NHL’s exhibition games against foreign hockey clubs today, so let’s take a look at the results from that game. Phoenix Coyotes 3, Dinamo Riga 1 Plus: The Coyotes’ all-Czech line delivered in this one, as Petr Prucha scored a game winning power-play goal in the second period…

  8. NHL Center Ice package offers a free preview from October 7-24

    Oct 6, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    Keeping with their tradition of offering a “free preview” of the service for last few years, the NHL Center Ice package will be available for free from October 7-24 according to the NHL. From Oct. 7-24, fans will be able to watch up to 40 out-of-market games per week, as well as see the numerous…

  9. Edmonton Oilers 'loan' Sheldon Souray to the AHL's Hershey Bears

    Oct 6, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

    Sheldon Souray is such an unpopular guy within the Edmonton Oilers organization, they don’t even want him to play for their minor league affiliate. Rather than having skate with the Oklahoma City Barons in the AHL, the Oilers reportedly “loaned” him to the Washington Capitals’ affiliate the Hershey Bears according to Hockey Night in Canada’s…

  10. Vancouver Canucks trades Darcy Hordichuk to Florida Panthers for Andrew Peters

    Oct 6, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

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    A day after shipping defenseman Shane O’Brien to Nashville for Ryan Parent, the Vancouver Canucks continued their low-level shuffling by trading well-liked grinder Darcy Hordichuk to the Florida Panthers for Andrew Peters, according to TSN. The Vancouver Canucks have traded forward Darcy Hordichuk to the Florida Panthers in exchange for winger Andrew Peters, TSN has…

  11. Flyers injury updates: Chris Pronger might miss opener, Michael Leighton won't be on LTIR

    Oct 6, 2010, 2:05 PM EDT

    We passed along word that Chris Pronger had “minor” knee surgery in August, but hadn’t heard much about his status since then. Apparently the menacing defenseman is still working his way back into playing form as Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inqurier reports that Pronger was “coy” about playing in Thursday’s opener against the Pittsburgh…

  12. Carey Price, Andrei Markov might miss Montreal's season opener against Toronto

    Oct 6, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

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    There are many telltale signs that hockey season – and cold weather time – is approaching. Unfortunately, one of those signals happens to be an increase in flu symptoms among players and people alike. The Canadian Press reports that Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price might miss Thursday’s regular season opener against the Maple Leafs in…

  13. Edmonton Oilers name Shawn Horcoff their new captain

    Oct 6, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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    There are a few NHL teams who are still without a captain, but the Edmonton Oilers named their franchise’s 13th captain today. The team decided to name veteran center Shawn Horcoff their captain, according to the team. The Edmonton Oilers have named Shawn Horcoff as their new captain, making him the 13th player to wear…

  14. Yesterday's waivers go un-claimed, Matt Lashoff and Nathan Paetsch are sent down today

    Oct 6, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Sometimes no news is good news. Today’s non-news is probably good for teams and half-good for players, as everyone demoted to the minors yesterday will remain with those organizations at that level. TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that no one placed on waivers yesterday was claimed today while the Toronto Maple Leafs put Matt Lashoff and…

  15. Jonathan Cheechoo returns to the Sharks … only these ones play in Worcester

    Oct 6, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    What happens when your career or life goes just short of full circle? Jonathan Cheechoo knows how that feels, as the 30-year-old winger will return to the Sharks … only this time, he’ll be suiting up in Worcester instead of San Jose. Here is the story from Bill Ballou. Jonathan Cheechoo, with 170 NHL goals…

  16. The PHT Nightcap: Monday, October 5th

    Oct 6, 2010, 1:00 AM EDT

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    While the season won’t actually start until Thursday, 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…

  17. Linus Omark blames 'politics' for his demotion from Edmonton Oilers to AHL

    Oct 5, 2010, 11:15 PM EDT

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    Getting cut from an NHL roster must be like being chosen last in a pickup game of basketball or losing in some reality show, although injuries and good minor league play can change things in ways that video-taped testimonials cannot. By that analogy, Edmonton Oilers prospect Linus* Omark is the busty reality show diva who…

  18. Alex Pietrangelo, Tyson Strachan make the cut for the St. Louis Blues

    Oct 5, 2010, 10:45 PM EDT

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    The St. Louis Blues decided to keep top prospect Alex Pietrangelo and Tyson Strachan on their NHL roster, according to Jeremy Rutherford. Defenseman Ian Cole and forward Nicholas Drazenovic were sent down to the AHL to make space for the two players. Rutherford captured the reactions of both Pietrangelo and Strachan. First, Pietrangelo discusses the…

  19. Florida Panthers fail to reach an entry-level agreement with first rounder Erik Gundbranson

    Oct 5, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    While we were discussing the merits of the Florida Panthers keeping first round pick Erik Gudbranson at the NHL-level or not, we seemed to overlook one important detail: that the two sides might not even make a deal. The Florida Sun Sentinel’s Harvey Fialkov reports that the Panthers and Gudbranson did indeed fail to reach…

  20. Patrice Bergeron and Antoine Vermette power their teams past foreign foes in exhibitions

    Oct 5, 2010, 9:15 PM EDT

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    As the regular season rapidly approaches, NHL teams are presenting their product in exhibition games against foreign league teams, often on their turf. Today’s slate featured two of those games, with the NHL going 2-0. Let’s take a quick look at both of them. Boston Bruins 7, Liberec 1 Plus: The Bruins survived “White Hell”…

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