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  1. One thing that should be added, subtracted from NHL '11 (Part I)

    Jun 19, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    No doubt about it, one of the best ways to get through the hockey-free summer is to play (and wait for upcoming) hockey video games. The most popular series is EA’s “NHL” games with NHL ’11 coming in September. As we await its release, I thought I’d discuss some features I’d like to see in…

  2. An increase in the NHL salary cap far from a sure thing

    Jun 19, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    With all of this talk about teams making trades for salary cap purposes and the hand wringing that is taking place over a team’s salary situation, it’s important to note a few things. First, we get all over our salary information from, what I feel is the best source for cap information that can…

  3. Flyers aim to sign Hamhuis before the NHL draft

    Jun 19, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Tim Panaccio of is reporting that negotiations between the Flyers and Dan Hamhuis’ agent will start right away on Monday with the intention of getting a contract worked out in time for next week’s NHL draft. Says agent Wade Arnott: “We had some discussion, albeit in its infancy stage,” Arnott told “We decided…

  4. Just the beginning: Expect flurry of trades over the next week

    Jun 19, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    The Nashville Predators and their two big trades today likely broke the ice for the NHL as we gear up for the NHL draft next weekend and then the start of free agency right after that. With the free agency pool not as good as it’s been in the past, many are speculating that this…

  5. Not done yet: Predators trade Jason Arnott to the New Jersey Devils

    Jun 19, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    This afternoon has suddenly turned busy. Just hours after trading the negotiating rights for Dan Hamhuis to the Philadelphia Flyers, the Nashville Predators have traded their Jason Arnott to the New Jersey Devils. From the team’s press release: Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has sent captain…

  6. In order to pay Hamhuis, Flyers will have to make more moves

    Jun 19, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Now that the Philadelphia Flyers have acquired the negotiating rights to Dan Hamhuis, the question is now whether they’ll be able to sign him or not. According to, the Flyers currently sit just over $8 million under the $56 million salary cap for next season with 17 players under contract. The Flyers have 11…

  7. Flyers trade Ryan Parent to Nashville for rights to Dan Hamhuis

    Jun 19, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

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    Dan Hamhuis was a popular name at the trade deadline, as the Nashville Predators fielded a number of offers to trade the talented defenseman. In the end though, no offer was good enough and the Predators stuck with him, knowing there was a chance that they would lose Hamhuis for nothing this summer in free…

  8. The PHT Nightcap: Friday, June 18

    Jun 18, 2010, 11:04 PM 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. More…

  9. Video: Rob Blake's 'greatest hits'

    Jun 18, 2010, 10:15 PM EDT

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    Many in the hockey world were aware that Rob Blake was planning to announce his retirement about a week ago, but he made it official today. (Read the PHT story here.) Blake provided a healthy combination of hits and offensive acumen throughout his long and impressive career. Here are some of his all-time best hits,…

  10. PHT's First and Second All Under-25 All-Star teams

    Jun 18, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    In the previous post, I discussed the fact that the Sporting News named Sidney Crosby the best athlete in all of sports under the age of 25. While I found that to be a reasonable (if debatable) accolade, I listed some of the elite players in that age range and found that most of the…

  11. Sporting News names Sidney Crosby best athlete under 25, but NHL has plenty more

    Jun 18, 2010, 8:20 PM EDT

    So, the Sporting News named Sidney Crosby the best athlete under the age of 25. Athletes were judged on major stats; championships to which they’d made major contributions; buzz factor; and age. Crosby, who is 22 years old, was ranked No. 1, followed by Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic (24); Kevin Durant of the…

  12. Predators sign Francise Bouillon to two-year contract extension

    Jun 18, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    The Nashville Predators announced that they have signed veteran defenseman Francis Bouillon to a two-year contract extension worth $2.7 million. He has spent most of his career in Montreal, with the exception of playing four games in Nashville in 2002 before signing with the Predators in 2009. He appeared in 81 games last season, scoring…

  13. Rob Blake formally announces his retirement

    Jun 18, 2010, 4:09 PM EDT

    After weeks of knowing this was coming, Rob Blake sat before the media today in San Jose and formally announced his retirement from the game of hockey. Courtesy of David Pollack of the San Jose Mercury News: “It was a dream,” he said of the chance to compete in the NHL, “and I can sit…

  14. NHL's competition committee proposes new headshot penalty

    Jun 18, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

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    According to The Canadian Press, the NHL’s competition committee has proposed a rule change for next season, that would have players given a penalty on the ice for intentional hits to the head. Mathieu Schneider said that the committee met on Friday, and on top of the proposed rule change also agreed on rules for…

  15. Dallas Stars negotiating to move training camp to Prince Edward Island

    Jun 18, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

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    The Dallas Stars are certainly in a state of flux lately, as the team struggles with a restrictive internal budget as they work to transition to Joe Nieuwendyk’s and Marc Crawford’s new system. With the team in he midst of a sale, it’s also unlikely that the team is able to use that cap space…

  16. Chris Mason surprised by the Jaroslav Halak trade

    Jun 18, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

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    Yesterday’s trade that sent Jaroslav Halak to the St. Louis Blues sent shockwaves throughout the hockey world. After all, Halak was the promising young goaltender that the Canadiens have been looking for and the one that carried the Habs on his back past the Capitals and the Penguins. Yet Pierre Gauthier made it known that…

  17. Joe Sakic hoping for management position with Avalanche

    Jun 18, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Adrian Dater of the Denver Post is reporting that Joe Sakic is hoping to break into the NHL front office business, and is looking to do so with the Colorado Avalanche. “You can’t just jump in and start at the top. I would go in knowing I’d have to learn all parts of the business…

  18. Sergei Fedorov facing foreclosure on two Detroit homes

    Jun 18, 2010, 11:07 AM EDT

    According to an AP report, former Detroit Red Wings great Sergei Fedorov is facing foreclosure on two homes in the Detroit area. The PrivateBank and Trust Co. says Fedorov owes more than US$2 million. The Oakland County Treasurer’s Office says he also owes more than $51,000 in property taxes. The Detroit News reports Friday that…

  19. More on the Boston-Columbus trade rumor

    Jun 18, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Our story yesterday on the rumored trade proposal between Columbus and Boston caused a bit of stir and if nothing else left people scratching their heads a bit. Before writing up the story, I double checked with my source on the information he was giving me and then posted the proposed trade that would leave…

  20. Is John MacLean the right coach for the Devils?

    Jun 17, 2010, 10:15 PM EDT

    The Devils took a route most expected was coming, promoting John MacLean from coach of the Lowell (Albany) Devils to be the next head coach in New Jersey. MacLean is young and should have a new approach that will do the team good, after a number of years of coming up disappointingly short in the…

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