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  1. NHL Center Ice package offers a free preview from October 7-24

    Oct 6, 2010, 4:10 PM EST

    Keeping with their tradition of offering a “free preview” of the service for last few years, the NHL Center Ice package will be available for free from October 7-24 according to the NHL. From Oct. 7-24, fans will be able to watch up to 40 out-of-market games per week, as well as see the numerous…

  2. Edmonton Oilers 'loan' Sheldon Souray to the AHL's Hershey Bears

    Oct 6, 2010, 3:35 PM EST

    Sheldon Souray is such an unpopular guy within the Edmonton Oilers organization, they don’t even want him to play for their minor league affiliate. Rather than having skate with the Oklahoma City Barons in the AHL, the Oilers reportedly “loaned” him to the Washington Capitals’ affiliate the Hershey Bears according to Hockey Night in Canada’s…

  3. Vancouver Canucks trades Darcy Hordichuk to Florida Panthers for Andrew Peters

    Oct 6, 2010, 3:20 PM EST

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    A day after shipping defenseman Shane O’Brien to Nashville for Ryan Parent, the Vancouver Canucks continued their low-level shuffling by trading well-liked grinder Darcy Hordichuk to the Florida Panthers for Andrew Peters, according to TSN. The Vancouver Canucks have traded forward Darcy Hordichuk to the Florida Panthers in exchange for winger Andrew Peters, TSN has…

  4. Flyers injury updates: Chris Pronger might miss opener, Michael Leighton won't be on LTIR

    Oct 6, 2010, 2:05 PM EST

    We passed along word that Chris Pronger had “minor” knee surgery in August, but hadn’t heard much about his status since then. Apparently the menacing defenseman is still working his way back into playing form as Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inqurier reports that Pronger was “coy” about playing in Thursday’s opener against the Pittsburgh…

  5. Carey Price, Andrei Markov might miss Montreal's season opener against Toronto

    Oct 6, 2010, 1:20 PM EST

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    There are many telltale signs that hockey season – and cold weather time – is approaching. Unfortunately, one of those signals happens to be an increase in flu symptoms among players and people alike. The Canadian Press reports that Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price might miss Thursday’s regular season opener against the Maple Leafs in…

  6. Edmonton Oilers name Shawn Horcoff their new captain

    Oct 6, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

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    There are a few NHL teams who are still without a captain, but the Edmonton Oilers named their franchise’s 13th captain today. The team decided to name veteran center Shawn Horcoff their captain, according to the team. The Edmonton Oilers have named Shawn Horcoff as their new captain, making him the 13th player to wear…

  7. Yesterday's waivers go un-claimed, Matt Lashoff and Nathan Paetsch are sent down today

    Oct 6, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

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    Sometimes no news is good news. Today’s non-news is probably good for teams and half-good for players, as everyone demoted to the minors yesterday will remain with those organizations at that level. TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that no one placed on waivers yesterday was claimed today while the Toronto Maple Leafs put Matt Lashoff and…

  8. Jonathan Cheechoo returns to the Sharks … only these ones play in Worcester

    Oct 6, 2010, 11:30 AM EST

    What happens when your career or life goes just short of full circle? Jonathan Cheechoo knows how that feels, as the 30-year-old winger will return to the Sharks … only this time, he’ll be suiting up in Worcester instead of San Jose. Here is the story from Bill Ballou. Jonathan Cheechoo, with 170 NHL goals…

  9. The PHT Nightcap: Monday, October 5th

    Oct 6, 2010, 1:00 AM EST

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    While the season won’t actually start until Thursday, 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…

  10. Linus Omark blames 'politics' for his demotion from Edmonton Oilers to AHL

    Oct 5, 2010, 11:15 PM EST

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    Getting cut from an NHL roster must be like being chosen last in a pickup game of basketball or losing in some reality show, although injuries and good minor league play can change things in ways that video-taped testimonials cannot. By that analogy, Edmonton Oilers prospect Linus* Omark is the busty reality show diva who…

  11. Alex Pietrangelo, Tyson Strachan make the cut for the St. Louis Blues

    Oct 5, 2010, 10:45 PM EST

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    The St. Louis Blues decided to keep top prospect Alex Pietrangelo and Tyson Strachan on their NHL roster, according to Jeremy Rutherford. Defenseman Ian Cole and forward Nicholas Drazenovic were sent down to the AHL to make space for the two players. Rutherford captured the reactions of both Pietrangelo and Strachan. First, Pietrangelo discusses the…

  12. Florida Panthers fail to reach an entry-level agreement with first rounder Erik Gundbranson

    Oct 5, 2010, 10:00 PM EST

    While we were discussing the merits of the Florida Panthers keeping first round pick Erik Gudbranson at the NHL-level or not, we seemed to overlook one important detail: that the two sides might not even make a deal. The Florida Sun Sentinel’s Harvey Fialkov reports that the Panthers and Gudbranson did indeed fail to reach…

  13. Patrice Bergeron and Antoine Vermette power their teams past foreign foes in exhibitions

    Oct 5, 2010, 9:15 PM EST

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    As the regular season rapidly approaches, NHL teams are presenting their product in exhibition games against foreign league teams, often on their turf. Today’s slate featured two of those games, with the NHL going 2-0. Let’s take a quick look at both of them. Boston Bruins 7, Liberec 1 Plus: The Bruins survived “White Hell”…

  14. Poll: Who will win the Western Conference?

    Oct 5, 2010, 8:10 PM EST

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    We’ve reviewed which teams PHT readers think will win each division (along with our own predictions and previews) and moments ago asked which team will win the Eastern Conference. Now let’s take a look at which team PHT readers think will win the Western Conference Will it be the defending Stanley Cup champions the Chicago…

  15. Poll: Who will win the Eastern Conference?

    Oct 5, 2010, 7:15 PM EST

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    During the weekend, we asked PHT readers which teams will win their given divisions. You can study the results here. To take it further, why not ask you all who will win each conference? First, let’s take a loot at the Eastern Conference. There are the favorites such as the Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia…

  16. Atlanta Thrashers sign 2010 first rounder Alex Burmistrov to entry-level deal

    Oct 5, 2010, 6:40 PM EST

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    The Atlanta Thrashers signed their 2010 first round pick (and the eighth pick overall) Alex Burmistrov to a three-year entry-level deal, according to the team. Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the deal is worth $870K per year and includes a $270K signing bonus. Here are more details about Burmistrov from the Thrashers.…

  17. Devils may start season with just 20 players thanks to salary cap crunch

    Oct 5, 2010, 4:46 PM EST

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    We all know that the Devils have some cap issues to deal with by now. They’ve also got some injury problems as well and both fortunately and unfortunately for them, they can use those two issues to help themselves out of a bit of a mess. Defensemen Bryce Salvador and Anssi Salmela are expected to…

  18. Maple Leafs name alternate captains, Tomas Kaberle not among them

    Oct 5, 2010, 4:05 PM EST

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    It wouldn’t be a Maple Leafs season without a little bit of controversy, right? Today, the Leafs announced who would be serving as the team’s alternate captains to team captain Dion Phaneuf. Not surprisingly, two defensemen were chosen. Surprisingly, one of them wasn’t a guy who served as an alternate captain in previous Leafs seasons…

  19. Rangers rookie Derek Stepan hoping to stick around NHL for a while

    Oct 5, 2010, 3:14 PM EST

    The preseason for the New York Rangers has provided a fair bit of intrigue. From the Wade Redden-to-Hartford situation, to captain Chris Drury breaking his finger, Vinny Prospal having knee issues, to today’s action on waivers with Tim Kennedy and Todd White there’s been more than enough drama for everyone in the organization and their…

  20. Today's waiver wire madness: Isles claim Grabner, Lightning snag Ritola

    Oct 5, 2010, 1:33 PM EST

    After the last few days of waiver wire action went quietly with players being placed on waivers and then unclaimed to be sent to the minors, today brought some action. Yesterday saw the Panthers put Michael Grabner on waivers for the purpose of sending him to Rochester in the AHL. He won’t be heading to…

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