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  1. 2010-2011 NHL season preview: Ottawa Senators

    Sep 27, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Last season: (44-32-6, 94 points, 2nd in Northeast Division, 5th in Eastern Conference) If anyone thought the Senators would be fifth in the East at the start of last season, we all would’ve happily called them liars and been done with it. Instead, the Sens took advantage of well-timed win streaks and rode the goaltending hot…

  2. Preseason quick recaps – September 26th

    Sep 27, 2010, 2:16 AM EDT

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    It was a light night in preseason action and somehow the Toronto Maple Leafs didn’t make an appearance. Tonight’s big game occurred in Edmonton. Big being a relative term considering it’s a preseason game. Detroit 5 – NY Rangers 3 Plus: Brian Rafalski pretended like it was the Olympics once again scoring a goal and…

  3. Islanders invite five players to camp on tryouts

    Sep 27, 2010, 1:39 AM EDT

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    While the Islanders are busy dealing with how to handle Mark Streit’s shoulder injury that will keep him out for up to six months, they’ve added a few players to their training camp roster on professional tryouts. NHL veterans Manny Legace, Dean McAmmond, Anders Eriksson, as well as minor leaguers Krys Kolanos and Joel Martin.…

  4. 2010-2011 NHL season preview: Montreal Canadiens

    Sep 27, 2010, 1:02 AM EDT

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    Last season: (39-33-10, 88 points, 4th in Northeast Division, 8th in Eastern Conference) In what was a highly frustrating regular season for fans, edging into the playoffs in the final days of the season turned into a miraculous run through the playoffs to the conference finals. Head coach: Jacques Martin begins his second season with…

  5. Brian Burke: It's not automatic Jeff Finger will be sent down for salary space

    Sep 26, 2010, 11:20 PM EDT

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    A few teams have some salary cap issues to address before the season starts. The Rangers have already gotten a jump on things by putting Wade Redden on waivers. Other teams, like the Toronto Maple Leafs, still have some questions of their own to answer as far as what they’ll do to get under the…

  6. 2010-2011 NHL season preview: Buffalo Sabres

    Sep 26, 2010, 9:36 PM EDT

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    Last season: (45-27-10, 100 points, 1st in Northeast Division, 3rd in Eastern Conference) The Sabres played above their heads and thanks to Team USA hero Ryan Miller, they were able to win the Northeast. The team’s lack of consistent scoring came back to bite them in the rear, losing to the Bruins in six games…

  7. Turns out the NHLPA stood up for Devils regarding Kovalchuk punishment

    Sep 26, 2010, 8:44 PM EDT

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    I know what you’re thinking when you see the headline. “Oh hell no, not more of this stuff!” That’s a fine, fair and normal reaction but for those of you thinking that the NHLPA rolled over when the NHL punished the New Jersey Devils for circumventing the salary cap on their first contract offer for…

  8. Thus ends the Jonathan Cheechoo experiment, cut by Dallas Stars

    Sep 26, 2010, 7:41 PM EDT

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    The Jonathan Cheechoo experiment in Dallas is over. The Stars announced their list of cuts today and Cheechoo’s name was on it. The former 50-goal scorer was getting a tryout with the Stars this year to see if he could recapture his scoring touch that once made him the big man in San Jose, but…

  9. 2010-2011 NHL season preview: Boston Bruins

    Sep 26, 2010, 7:18 PM EDT

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    Last season: (39-30-13, 91 points, 3rd place in Northeast Division, 6th in Eastern Conference) After manhandling Buffalo in the first round and getting out to a 3-0 series lead against the Flyers in the second round, Boston folded up shop and lost in seven games. What turned into a feel-good season after some early struggles…

  10. Why Vincent Lecavalier would win comeback player of the year award, if it existed

    Sep 26, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

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    My knowledge of trophies in other sports isn’t cumulative, but I’d still be willing to wager that the Lady Byng is the least respected award in sports that hasn’t been made up by a snarky blog or something of that nature. Obviously, having a trophy with the word “lady” on it doesn’t fly in the…

  11. Mathieu Dandenault officially retires from the NHL

    Sep 26, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

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    I must admit, I thought he already retired, but rugged defenseman/winger Mathieu Dandendault officially announced his retirement from the NHL today. Here’s a press release from the NHL Players Association. Mathieu Dandenault, a veteran of 13 NHL seasons and a three-time Stanley Cup winner, officially announced his retirement from the National Hockey League today. “It…

  12. Mark Streit will miss six months with shoulder injury

    Sep 26, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Brutal news for the New York Islanders today: defenseman Mark Streit will miss six months because of a shoulder injury he suffered during a team scrimmage yesterday, according to New York Newsday’s Katie Strang. According to multiple sources, Islanders defenseman Mark Streit is out six months with an injured left shoulder and will likely require…

  13. Poll shows that Canadians want their teams to fill 'quota' of Canadian-born players

    Sep 26, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

    When you look at the wide variety of nations that produce hockey talent, it’s quite possible that NHL is truly the most “worldwide” of sports leagues. We could debate that point, but there should be little doubt that the mixture of European and North American players benefits the game as a whole on a profound…

  14. Preseason Schedule for Sunday, Sept. 26

    Sep 26, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Today’s preseason schedule cannot compare to the mammoth 14-game slate we saw on Saturday. That doesn’t mean it won’t be any less worthy of your attention (if you’re into that whole preseason thing). Let’s take a look at Sunday’s schedule of games, beginning with the contests that will be shown on the U.S. NHL Network.…

  15. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli admits team might put Marc Savard on long term injured reserve

    Sep 26, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

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    For much of the off-season, it seemed like the Boston Bruins would pull a “Wade Redden/Cristobal Huet” and sneak Michael Ryder’s approximate $4 million cap hit under the radar. Yet with Marc Savard’s issues with post-concussion syndrome becoming very public, it seems like the cap “solution” might be to put the talented-but-injury-ravaged pivot on the…

  16. Ilya Kovalchuk didn't make a 'cutthroat' motion toward Sean Avery

    Sep 26, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    One of the stranger stories that took place during last night’s surprisingly jam-packed night of interesting preseason action came during a heated exchange between Ilya Kovalchuk of the New Jersey Devils and Sean Avery of the New York Rangers. Some people – including Rangers GM Glen Sather – wondered if Kovalchuk made a “cutthroat” motion…

  17. Is it already time to panic about Carey Price?

    Sep 26, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    The most important thing to remember – even if it slightly defeats the point of this exercise – is that none of this really matters. After all, Carey Price’s actual numbers are just the same as every other goalie in the regular season: zeroes across the board. But that being said, there are two other…

  18. Inside the Evgeni Malkin-Rick Nash fight

    Sep 26, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

    (Image via Nicole Shuster, originally found at The Pensblog.) During the Calgary Flames magical playoff run that brought them within one win of a Stanley Cup, Jarome Iginla made a name for himself by scoring a ton of the team’s goals but also made waves by fighting just about anyone. It was a rare moment…

  19. Preseason quick recaps: September 25th's late games

    Sep 26, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

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    Last night, we covered the first 10 Saturday games here. There was quite the flurry of activity, with Evgeni Malkin fighting Rick Nash, Carey Price self-destructing (irrelevantly) again and so on. Did the remaining four later games bring some fireworks too? Let’s recap those games right now. Calgary 5, Tampa Bay 4 (SO) Plus: Ales…

  20. The PHT Nightcap: Saturday, September 25th

    Sep 26, 2010, 12:30 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. Alex…

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