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  1. Rumored Gionta captaincy leads Quebec party leader to say that the Habs aren't French-Canadian enough

    Sep 17, 2010, 10:06 AM EST

    The funny part of being the Montreal Canadiens is that sometimes, just being a successful hockey team isn’t enough when you’re in Quebec. While the team on the ice often has its own problems to contend with, the politicians in the Province of Quebec can get a bit anxious about things. No, they’re not passing…

  2. Sean Avery spills the beans on new Rangers third jersey

    Sep 17, 2010, 9:45 AM EST

    New York Rangers agitator/fashion mogul Sean Avery had a surprise for everyone on his website blog recently. (Update: The post has been removed from his page. Apparently the Rangers didn’t care for this surprise).   Yes, that’s Avery posing seemingly awkwardly in a pair of glasses not seen since Buddy Holly’s days rocking out in…

  3. Legendary coach Pat Burns' health worsens

    Sep 16, 2010, 11:58 PM EST

    The health of former NHL head coach Pat Burns has taken a turn for the worse. According to a report out of Canada, the three-time Jack Adams award winner’s struggles with terminal lung cancer are becoming more dire and those close to him are fearing the worst. Former NHL coach Pat Burns has taken a…

  4. Arguing with the head coach got Keith Ballard traded from Florida

    Sep 16, 2010, 11:05 PM EST

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    Keith Ballard’s seemingly mysterious trade out of Florida this summer came out of the blue without much rumor or warning. Ballard was sent to Vancouver in exchange for Steve Bernier, Michael Grabner, and the 25th overall pick in the 2010 draft giving the Panthers some much needed forward depth while giving the Canucks a more…

  5. 2010 NHL free agency: Ducks sign defenseman Paul Mara

    Sep 16, 2010, 8:52 PM EST

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    With training camps about to start, the last of the signings are being finalized and one late signing today by the Ducks comes at the perfect time. The Ducks have signed defenseman Paul Mara to a one-year deal worth $750,000 to help add experience and depth to their blueline corps. Mara struggled with injury last…

  6. 2010 NHL free agency: Stars re-sign James Neal and Matt Niskanen for two years

    Sep 16, 2010, 7:41 PM EST

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    The final two restricted free agents left in the pool are now signed. The Dallas Stars announced the signings of forward James Neal and defenseman Matt Niskanen to two-year contracts. Neal will make $5.75 million over the next two years while Niskanen will make $3 million. Neal’s cap hit comes to $2.875 million while Niskanen’s…

  7. Training Camp Battles: Pacific Division

    Sep 16, 2010, 7:00 PM EST

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    With training camps starting late this week or early next, we at Pro Hockey Talk couldn’t help but wonder: what are the biggest position battles going in? To give you the most specific answers possible, we asked team bloggers to give their take. After all, these men and women follow their teams almost as much…

  8. Vancouver Canucks go down memory lane, hand Brendan Morrison a tryout

    Sep 16, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

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    While the group is a faded memory for many, chances are that the principle characters of the Marc Crawford era Vancouver Canucks – Markus Naslund, Todd Bertuzzi, Brendan Morrision and the coach himself – must look back at that time with a wistful eye. Once things fell apart and they disbanded, each person bounced around…

  9. Former hockey player discusses steroid use in the sport

    Sep 16, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

    Maybe it’s because I’ve never been a big baseball fan – or perhaps it’s because I’ve been lightly brainwashed by the fascinating documentary “Bigger, Stronger, Faster” – but at some point, the steroid issue started making my eyes glaze over in most sports. Looking at the size of some baseball, basketball or football players, I…

  10. Chicago Blackhawks primed to sign coach Joel Quenneville to three-year extension

    Sep 16, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

    I’ve long been a proponent (but also a naysayer) when it comes to the psychological impact of a contract year on an athlete, but let’s not forget that coaches and general managers aren’t immune to that either. When it comes to bargaining power, you cannot get much better than winning a Stanley Cup. Joel Quenneville…

  11. SJ Sharks give Andreas Lilja a chance to make team via training camp tryout

    Sep 16, 2010, 2:10 PM EST

    His decision to pass on a $1 million offer from the Detroit Red Wings wasn’t Vesa Toskala-passing-on-any-NHL-deal bad, but let’s not doubt that Andreas Lilja was kicking himself this summer. He might be able to make lemonade out of free agency lemons, though, as reports indicate that the defense-poor San Jose Sharks will give Lilja…

  12. Sami Salo to miss 'at least' five months, LTIR might solve Vancouver's salary cap woes

    Sep 16, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

    With the Vancouver Canucks adding a substantial amount of cash to their already jam-packed blueline in the form of Keith Ballard and Dan Hamhuis this off-season, the question seemed to be: who needs to go? That problem might solve itself thanks to a very … mysterious off-season injury. The Canucks are about $3.15 million above…

  13. Canadiens D Roman Hamrlik to miss 2-3 weeks, likely all of training camp

    Sep 16, 2010, 12:40 PM EST

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    The Montreal Canadiens face quite the challenge this season after overachieving their way to the Eastern Conference finals in the playoffs. To at least approach that level of success, they must put goalie Carey Price in the best possible position to succeed. For that to happen, the Habs will need their defense to play at…

  14. Two sad Penguins news bits: Jordan Staal to miss start of season, Igloo will be demolished

    Sep 16, 2010, 12:20 PM EST

    The Pittsburgh Penguins received a double-shot of sad news this morning, with their past, present and future taking a bit of a blow. Most importantly, comes the present and future: the team already announced that defensive center Jordan Staal would miss all of training camp, but now the Penguins are saying that he will not…

  15. Training Camp Battles: Northeast Division

    Sep 16, 2010, 11:15 AM EST

    With training camps starting late this week or early next, we at Pro Hockey Talk couldn’t help but wonder: what are the biggest position battles going in? To give you the most specific answers possible, we asked team bloggers to give their take. After all, these men and women follow their teams almost as much…

  16. How Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Magnus Paajarvi fared in their 'Oilers debut'

    Sep 16, 2010, 10:00 AM EST

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    The San Jose Sharks beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in Wednesday night’s game in the Young Stars tournament, but just about anyone will tell you that wasn’t the real story. Nope, it was all about the “debut” of the Oilers three big prospects: No. 1 overall pick Taylor Hall, clever forward Jordan Eberle and Magnus…

  17. The PHT Nightcap: Wednesday, September 15th

    Sep 16, 2010, 1:00 AM EST

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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. Eric…

  18. Gary Bettman says the NHL won't get involved in Quebec arena politics

    Sep 15, 2010, 11:40 PM EST

    Funding expensive arenas like the new $400 billion building the Edmonton Oilers want to construct almost naturally brings about some politicking. Big wigs in the Quebec area are trying to drum enough federal and local support to build a new arena in part to bring the NHL back to the region after losing their beloved…

  19. Tyler Seguin tallies two assists, Nino Niederreiter gets in first fight during Bruins-Islanders rookie game

    Sep 15, 2010, 11:00 PM EST

    While the Traverse City Prospects Tournament wrapped up tonight, there were other rookie competitions of note. We’ll cover the big three Edmonton prospects’ debut in the Young Stars Tournament tomorrow, but the Boston Bruins and New York Islanders also had a rookie game that caused quite a stir. NHL.com captures the scene that included much…

  20. Traverse City Prospects Tournament results: Minnesota beats Detroit 3-1 for title

    Sep 15, 2010, 10:35 PM EST

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    (Note: We’ll have results of the night’s other prospects game – Edmonton vs. San Jose in the Young Stars Tournament – tomorrow morning.) The Traverse City Prospects Tournament concluded tonight, with four games deciding the team’s final standings in the exhibition of young talent. Here are the results, beginning with the “gold medal” game all…

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