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  1. Rangers place Wade Redden on waivers, free up $6.5 million cap hit

    Sep 25, 2010, 10:31 AM EST

    Today marks an interesting day for NHL transaction watchers as the freeze on placing players on waivers is lifted once again and the New York Rangers aren’t wasting any time. The Rangers announced today that they’ll be placing high-priced defenseman Wade Redden on waivers with the likelihood of having him sent down to the AHL…

  2. Alex Kovalev seeks to impress one more time to earn a new contract

    Sep 25, 2010, 10:13 AM EST

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    If you asked ten fans what they thought of current Senators star Alex Kovalev, you’d likely get ten different takes on him. In his career as a Ranger, Penguin, Hab, and Senator he’s found ways to both dazzle and frustrate the hometown fans. As he begins his 18th season in the league coming off of…

  3. Pre-season quick recaps – September 24th

    Sep 25, 2010, 1:58 AM EST

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    Here’s your recap of tonight’s pre-season action. Get the foil on because things got a bit rambunctious tonight, especially in San Jose. Detroit 3 – Chicago 2 Plus: Detroit’s stars took care of business. Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and an assist while Tomas Holmstrom added a goal and Jimmy Howard played well in a…

  4. Wild goalie Josh Harding leaves game against Blues injured

    Sep 25, 2010, 12:00 AM EST

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    If you’re a Minnesota Wild fan, tonight’s game with the Blues had added nausea for you. Not only did the Wild lose their pre-season bout 5-0 but backup goalie Josh Harding left the game after a collision with Blues forward Brad Boyes. Harding was playing in his first game since having surgery to repair a…

  5. With Peter Mueller out, could Devils and Avalanche talk trade?

    Sep 24, 2010, 8:25 PM EST

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    With the news coming yesterday that Avalanche forward Peter Mueller would be out indefinitely thanks to receiving a concussion during a pre-season game the other night, the Avs are potentially in the hunt for a replacement. While there’s not too much left going on with the free agent wire, scouting for trade possibilities could be…

  6. Dennis Wideman seeks redemption in Florida after tough year in Boston

    Sep 24, 2010, 7:20 PM EST

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    It can be tough to be traded as it’s always a major disruption in a player’s life and his career. For a guy like Dennis Wideman, it may have come as a blessing in disguise. Last year, the offensively-talented Wideman had some growing pains dealing with the playoff-anxious Bruins. Bruins fans were about as bi-polar…

  7. Would the NHL be better off with one less official on the ice?

    Sep 24, 2010, 6:15 PM EST

    Back when Brendan Shanahan organized a research and development camp this summer, there were all sorts of different experimental rule changes and tweaks being tested. One possible alteration included the interesting idea of taking a referee off the ice and placing that official on a platform overlooking the ice (to provide a different vantage point…

  8. Potential risks and rewards to the Ducks playing Bobby Ryan on the power play point

    Sep 24, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

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    It doesn’t take an expert to figure out that it’s been a strange and busy summer for Bobby Ryan. First, he waited months to reach a five-year, $25.5 million deal to stay with the Anaheim Ducks. Then Joe passed along word that the winger might end up moving to the center position this season. The…

  9. Organizers hope to preserve the arena in which 'The Miracle on Ice' took place

    Sep 24, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

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    You know an event was special when even the creative by-products of those moments provide an incredible experience. From Disney’s feature film “Miracle” to HBO’s fantastic documentary “Do you believe in Miracles?” all the way down to the sorely under-appreciated book “The Boys of Winter,” I just cannot get enough retrospectives on the 1980 U.S.…

  10. NHL suspends Nick Boynton for Blackhawks' season opener for making 'cutthroat' motion

    Sep 24, 2010, 3:45 PM EST

    Ah, the “cutthroat” or throat-slashing gesture. It’s been a time-(dis)honored hand motion that makes me nostalgic for the days when a wrestling pay-per-view was the pinnacle of entertainment for my eight year old self. Apparently the NHL’s disciplinary decision makers aren’t big professional wrestling fans, though. The league just announced that the Chicago Blackhawks defenseman…

  11. Should the Maple Leafs be more patient with prospect Nazem Kadri?

    Sep 24, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

    Pressure can bring out the best in an athlete, but it can also be a very negative thing too. Especially for a young player still trying to learn how to adjust to all of the challenges that come with making the jump to the professional level. You cannot find a bigger pressure cooker for a…

  12. The Goalie Guild explains why 'deeper is better' for Roberto Luongo

    Sep 24, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    Last night I shared my doubts about the Vancouver Canucks’ strategy to adapt Roberto Luongo’s style, specifically asking him to play deeper in his crease and challenge shooters less often. Since I’m far from a goaltending guru, though, I thought it might be wise to ask someone who knows his or her stuff. I reached…

  13. Habs coach says Andrei Markov will return in October, Roman Hamrlik may resume skating

    Sep 24, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

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    About a week ago, we discussed the fact that a knee injury would keep Andrei Markov out of training camp and that there was no timetable for his return. Well, it sounds like there is at least a month-long window for his return, as Renaud Lavoie reports that Markov will be back in October, at…

  14. Reactions to the NHL's confirmed changes to locker room access policies for bloggers

    Sep 24, 2010, 12:15 PM EST

    (Just throwing up this disclaimer once again: this is all about blogging and access, so it might not be of much interest to many of you. Fair warning.) We discussed the NHL’s plans to allow visiting teams to ban bloggers from their locker rooms in late August, and now it sounds like that rumor is…

  15. Preseason Schedule for Friday, Sept. 24

    Sep 24, 2010, 11:40 AM EST

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    Let’s begin with the games that are televised on the U.S. version of NHL Network. The actual start times are listed in bold after the times they will air on NHL Network. Want the full list of games covered by the channel? Click here. (All times listed as ET) Format: Date, Visitor, Home team, Time,…

  16. The PHT Nightcap: Thursday, September 24th

    Sep 24, 2010, 2:00 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. Wild…

  17. Preseason quick recaps: September 23rd

    Sep 24, 2010, 1:00 AM EST

    Earlier tonight, we touched on the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. If you need a Cliff’s Notes version of that recap, here it is: Taylor Hall was good, Magnus Paajarvi was even better and the Lightning … well, they had some Dan Ellis Problems. Anyway, in case you want to know…

  18. Bob Probert's family donates his brain to researchers studying concussions

    Sep 24, 2010, 12:20 AM EST

    Enforcers can be some of the most fearsome athletes in all of sports, yet many of them are/were gentle giants off the ice. Bob Probert’s death shook up many people beyond his family as the somewhat troubled but widely beloved pugilist touched many lives. Perhaps his biggest impact could come in a somewhat queasy, but…

  19. Magnus Paajarvi's hat trick steals the show in Taylor Hall's preseason debut

    Sep 23, 2010, 11:45 PM EST

    While tonight’s Lightning-Oilers game was trumpeted as the preseason debut of Taylor Hall – the top pick of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft – another top Edmonton prospect stole the show. Magnus Paajarvi* took over tonight’s exhibition, scoring a hat trick and adding an assist on an Andrew Cogliano goal to help the Oilers win…

  20. Are the Canucks making a bad gamble by tweaking Roberto Luongo's style?

    Sep 23, 2010, 10:10 PM EST

    It’s one thing to tweak the way a hitter swings a baseball bat or to ask a basketball player to stop chucking ill-advised three-point shots, but it’s a whole other beast to ask someone to fundamentally change the way they function when they’ve operated that way up to the professional level. Just look at when…

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