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  1. The PHT Nightcap: Saturday, September 4th

    Sep 4, 2010, 11:50 PM 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. Ilya…

  2. Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheets: Shots on Goal leaders

    Sep 4, 2010, 11:00 PM EST

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    While Pro Hockey Talk doesn’t specialize in fantasy hockey (our Rotoworld cousins do, though), we still think that there are areas where we can help you, the budding imaginary general managers. For that reason, we’re going to discuss different philosophies, strategies and cheat sheets as fantasy drafts begin to increase around North America. Previous entries:…

  3. Ty Conklin, B.J. Crombeen ride a tandem bicycle in the name of charity

    Sep 4, 2010, 9:50 PM EST

    I really can’t get enough stories about athletes becoming actively involved in community service. Any player can throw some money at a problem to give off the appearance that they care, but it’s another thing when they sacrifice that cash and their time. When you throw in hockey players riding a tandem bike with a…

  4. 2010 NHL Free Agency: What about … Marek Svatos?

    Sep 4, 2010, 9:00 PM EST

    At this point in free agency, the focus shifts from the gems to flawed guys who can still bring some skill to the table. So, going forward, we’ll spotlight individual players who are flying under the radar. Previous Entries: Slava Kozlov, Alex Frolov, Willie Mitchell, Lee Stempniak, Maxim Afinogenov, Patrick O’Sullivan Today’s entry: Marek Svatos…

  5. Report: Atlanta Thrashers to sign Fredrik Modin to one-year deal

    Sep 4, 2010, 7:40 PM EST

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    Ah, Google translator … it’s not just for desperate, sweat-on-the-brow English-to-Spanish translations to complete essays for college classes anymore!* * – Uh, not that the author of this piece ever resorted to such childish measures to pass mandatory language classes or anything. (Cough) While Pension Plan Puppets power-bombed the Toronto Sun for (allegedly) stealing an…

  6. Caps owner Ted Leonsis sounds off at Toronto Star columnist Damien Cox

    Sep 4, 2010, 6:38 PM EST

    While others have said their piece about the Ilya Kovalchuk contract resolution, sometimes the fallout from that can be that words get exchanged between interested parties. Take Toronto Star columnist Damien Cox. Cox’s response to the resolution declares that the resolution has pitted owners against other owners when discussing the monster deals signed by the…

  7. Jaroslav Halak draws a massive crowd to say good-bye to Montreal, benefit children's hospital

    Sep 4, 2010, 4:55 PM EST

    While you could argue all day about who the biggest star in the 2010 NHL Playoffs was, it’s clear that one guy’s legacy is well recognized by the fans in the city he used to play in. Current Blues goalie and former Habs playoff hero, Jaroslav Halak, got a chance to say his official good-bye…

  8. Patrice Bergeron wants to stay a Boston Bruin

    Sep 4, 2010, 2:17 PM EST

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    Now that this Bruins off-season is settled after hearing that they won’t be trying to trade Marc Savard, the Bruins are trying to make sure that next off-season won’t be quite so dramatic. With key players Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara set to become unrestricted free agents at the end of the season, it’s possible…

  9. Jonathan Cheechoo to get a tryout with the Dallas Stars

    Sep 4, 2010, 12:03 PM EST

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    The long and winding road that is the career of former 50-goal scorer Jonathan Cheechoo takes another turn today. The Dallas Stars announced that Cheechoo will get a tryout with the team during training camp. Cheechoo, who won the Rocket Richard Trophy in 2005-2006 with the Sharks after scoring 56 goals has seen his career…

  10. Reactions around the league to the Ilya Kovalchuk signing

    Sep 4, 2010, 11:46 AM EST

    With Ilya Kovalchuk signed and the NHL and NHLPA agreeing to amend the collective bargaining agreement, this morning brings about statements from everyone surrounding the situation. Here’s a summation of what folks are saying this morning. Devils GM Lou Lamoriello makes a statement on the Devils website. “We have been advised today that the NHL…

  11. Yzerman and Stamkos not worried about a contract extension just yet

    Sep 4, 2010, 10:57 AM EST

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    While we’ve paid more than enough attention to the players that are restricted free agents this year, next year one of the biggest names in the NHL is set to become a restricted free agent. Steven Stamkos of the Lightning is in the final year of his entry-level contract and after scoring 51 goals last…

  12. Boston GM Peter Chiarelli: Marc Savard will not be traded

    Sep 4, 2010, 9:15 AM EST

    While one player’s saga comes to an end, it would’ve been fitting if another’s off-season of rumors and possibilities continued to rage on. Instead, the summer that featured trade rumors of all kinds and contract-destroying possibilities involving Bruins center Marc Savard, today is going to feel like Christmas for Savard. First, the NHL and NHLPA…

  13. 2010 NHL free agency: Devils sign Ilya Kovalchuk (For real this time)

    Sep 4, 2010, 8:21 AM EST

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    After a night and early morning of pushing back deadlines, we can now say it’s official. Ilya Kovalchuk is once again a member of the New Jersey Devils. Kovalchuk’s 15-year, $100 million contract was registered and approved by the NHL. Meanwhile, the NHL and NHLPA came together on an agreement to amend the collective bargaining…

  14. Ducks have started informal talks with RFA Bobby Ryan

    Sep 3, 2010, 11:44 PM EST

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    Now that Ilya Kovalchuk and his contract are out of the way, we can now spend the rest of our summer speculating on when restricted free agents are going to sign. Wait, it’s September now? All right, fine. It’s September but that doesn’t mean we still can’t speculate on those RFAs. One guy who has…

  15. Former Canucks goalie Kirk McLean lands job as Avalanche goalie coach

    Sep 3, 2010, 9:59 PM EST

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    If there’s a random joy in hockey that I like it’s seeing players that I grew up watching get coaching jobs. Sure, it’s got that special side effect of saying, “Dude, you’re getting so old now,” but seeing names and faces from your formidable years as a hockey fan is great. Case in point, the…

  16. This will be Teemu Selanne's last year in the NHL

    Sep 3, 2010, 8:55 PM EST

    When Teemu Selanne decided to come back for another year with the Anaheim Ducks, many folks speculated that this year could be his last year in the NHL. While Selanne looked to Paul Kariya to join him for another go-round in southern California (which won’t happen) the motivation is now pretty clear why he tried.…

  17. NHL and NHLPA CBA amendments in the wake of the Kovalchuk signing

    Sep 3, 2010, 7:22 PM EST

    Now that the New Jersey Devils, Ilya Kovalchuk and the NHL have all come together on an agreement to make things work out, the focus turns to just how the collective bargaining agreement will be amended to in order to “fix” things from this point on until it expires in 2012. While Kovalchuk’s deal and…

  18. Now that Kovalchuk is a Devil, who might be on their way out of New Jersey?

    Sep 3, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    It took two months and two days – and it felt like two years – but Ilya Kovalchuk finally got his way. The Russian winger saw the nine figures he wanted, receiving a 15-year, $100 million contract that will cost the New Jersey Devils a satanic annual salary cap hit of $6.66* million. * –…

  19. Blackhawks prospect Kyle Beach hopes to benefit from Chicago's salary cap exodus

    Sep 3, 2010, 5:15 PM EST

    The reports of the Chicago Blackhawks’ demise as a Stanley Cup contender are greatly exaggerated. Sure, they lost some valuable pieces. Dustin Byfuglien was a jumbo-sized headache for goalies like Roberto Luongo and Evgeni Nabokov. Kris Versteeg could provide the occasional jolt of goal scoring energy while Ben Eager and Andrew Ladd were quality character…

  20. Andreas Lilja admits he made a mistake when he turned down Detroit's $1M offer

    Sep 3, 2010, 4:25 PM EST

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    Self-awareness isn’t a particularly common trait in society, but it’s even less prevalent in the world of professional sports. After all, these are grown men playing a child’s game for a ridiculous amount of money and they are paid that handsome sum to believe in their abilities to the fullest. Perhaps it is a savvy…

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