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  1. NHL fears message sending once again

    Apr 13, 2010, 11:13 PM EDT

    In another effort that Colin Campbell can flex his muscles as he sees fit as the NHL disciplinarian, he’s stepped up once again to say that incidents in pre-game warm-ups will not be tolerated. The threat of any confrontation in the pre-game warmup is of particular concern to the league.  To the point, Campbell warned…

  2. Ranking out the playoff goalies

    Apr 13, 2010, 10:45 PM EDT

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  3. Oilers win the NHL Draft lottery

    Apr 13, 2010, 8:58 PM EDT

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    It’s only fair that a team that was beset by injuries all year long comes away with the top pick in the draft and that’s exactly what happened as the Edmonton Oilers came away the winners of the NHL Draft lottery.  There were no surprises as everything held to form for the lottery and the…

  4. NHL Draft lottery live blog

    Apr 13, 2010, 8:07 PM EDT

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    Are you ready for some draft lottery?! Yes, there’s a fair bit of drama to this year’s lottery, mostly thanks to the Phil Kessel trade and what will happen with Toronto’s pick that belongs to the Boston Bruins.  If you’ve missed any of our coverage from the past week, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered…

  5. Marc Savard could be ready by second round

    Apr 13, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli stunned some folks saying that injured forward Marc Savard could be ready to play by the time the second round of the playoffs comes around. Of course, this could be wishful jumping to conclusions here as the quotes mentioned don’t say that explicitly, especially those…

  6. Players and EA Sports predict the Cup winner

    Apr 13, 2010, 6:49 PM EDT

    According to 31% of the 272 players polled by Sports Illustrated, they believe the Washington Capitals will win the Stanley Cup. 27% of the players felt that the Chicago Blackhawks would be the Cup winners this year, something that pleased members of the Hawks. “That’s the best respect you can get from anybody is when…

  7. Phaneuf to be next captain of the Maple Leafs

    Apr 13, 2010, 5:09 PM EDT

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    Thanks to James Mirtle of the Globe & Mail and The Fan 590 out of Toronto, we found out from Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson that he’s got his eyes on a captain for next year’s Maple Leaf squad and it’s none other than Sean Avery’s favorite zinger target, Dion Phaneuf. “We wanted to…

  8. Watch these free-agents-to-be in the East

    Apr 13, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    One of my nerdy hockey (and sports) obsessions is to study the breakthroughs an athlete will experience in a contract year. Just look at Fernando Pisani’s fluke playoff run or last year’s Boston Bruins. My question is, which players could turn a great playoff run into a husky pay day? Now let’s take a look…

  9. Watch these free-agents-to-be in the West

    Apr 13, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

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    One of my nerdy hockey (and sports) obsessions is to study the breakthroughs an athlete will experience in a contract year. Just look at Fernando Pisani’s fluke playoff run or last year’s Boston Bruins. My question is, which players could turn a great playoff run into a husky pay day? First, let’s take a look…

  10. Pat Quinn to Sheldon Souray: 'Get the hell out'

    Apr 13, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Is it me, or does everyone hate Sheldon Souray right now? Crusty old Pat Quinn had some candid words for the oft-injured defenseman’s trade request. Here are some choice quotes from the Edmonton Sun. “It’s been no secret here. He’s made it clear for a long time (that he wants a trade),” said Quinn, who spoke…

  11. Can a Canadian team win the Cup?

    Apr 13, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    (Great comic by Earl Sleek of BoC. Check out this hysterical post for more goodness.) Oh, Canada. You haven’t won a Cup since 1993 when Patrick Roy lead the Montreal Canadiens to their last of a billion (rough estimate) Stanley Cups. The last Canadian team to make the Stanley Cup finals were the Ottawa Senators,…

  12. Blurry crystal ball: Judging playoff predictions

    Apr 13, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Every pre-season, pundits throw out wild guesses that they like to call “predictions.” Since it’s always a fun exercise to mock your past self (“Gosh, idiot me from October. What were you thinking?” *gunshot*), I thought I’d share my predictions from last year. Thankfully, I’ll spare you the posts that featured photos of morbidly obese…

  13. Tomas Plekanec trash talks Capitals' goalies

    Apr 13, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    People often speak about how dangerous it is to give another team “bulletin board material.” If that idea holds any salt, then the already over-matched Montreal Canadiens might be in some serious trouble. Habs forward Tomas Plekanec bashed the Capitals’ goaltending in a story relayed by TSN. “It’s not as though we are facing (Martin) Brodeur…

  14. Are the San Jose Sharks really chokers?

    Apr 13, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    One of my instincts is to question conventional wisdom. (After all, if I didn’t then I would have just crumbled in high school as people laughed at my clothes and mountain scent. I was raised by wolves.) If there’s one common refrain for hockey fans, it’s that “the Sharks choke in the playoffs.” Certainly, there’…

  15. Quick hits: Turco will need a new team

    Apr 13, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Here are some (really) quick hits as the league gears up for the first games that really matter. (Sorry, Rangers-Flyers, but that was just pathetic.) Turco will NOT be a Dallas Star next season Defending Big D relays various reports that the once-franchise goalie will definitely be wearing a new sweater next season. Want to know possible…

  16. 2010 NHL playoffs: Western Conference first round predictions

    Apr 13, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    This is what everyone loves to do as we gear up for the first of four rounds of playoff hockey: throw a dart at the wall and hope we can come close to predicting the outcomes of each series. So we are, Pro Hockey Talk’s predictions for 2010 NHL Western Conference Quarterfinals predictions (Eastern Conference…

  17. Capitals name Jose Theodore playoff starter

    Apr 13, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

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    Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau named Jose Theodore the team’s starting goalie for the playoffs, according to a Tarik El-Bashir Tweet. This doesn’t come as a huge surprise since Theodore has been the hotter of the two goalies lately (not to mention the fact that Theodore is more experienced).  Still, as I mentioned in this…

  18. 2010 NHL playoffs: Ranking the goaltenders

    Apr 13, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    As we head into the 2010 NHL Playoffs, every series we break down always comes back to one thing: goaltending. Even the most offensively gifted team in the playoffs needs exceptional goaltending to get through four rounds of hockey; just ask the Pittsburgh Penguins how important Marc-Andre Fleury was to them last season. It’s no…

  19. The Masterton Trophy nominees update II

    Apr 13, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Thanks to James Mirtle over at the Globe and Mail, we have a running tally over each team’s nominee for the Masterton Trophy, given to the player who displays “qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.” Here are the nominees that we have so far (we’re only missing Dallas, Edmonton and the NY Islanders):…

  20. Brian Elliott looking forward to facing the Penguins

    Apr 13, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

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    Last night we wrote about how the Ottawa Senators are confident in their ability to handle the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round, even hinting at our thoughts that the Senators actually do have a decent shot. The main reason why, beside their defense? Brian Elliott. Elliott saved the Senators from the laugh-fest that is…

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