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  1. Ron Wilson wishes Leafs went younger, sooner

    Apr 12, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

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    Two months ago I was a bit bullish on Brian Burke. I wasn’t too enthused with his selections for the USA hockey team for the Olympics, and his team wasn’t exactly setting the world on fire up in Toronto. He had been hailed as the savior for the Leafs and I, along with others, weren’t…

  2. Kozlov unhappy with Thrashers coaching

    Apr 12, 2010, 8:06 PM EDT

    The Atlanta Thrashers had a chance to make the playoffs, when the teams above them in the Eastern Conference started faltering down the stretch. The team never seemed to be able to step up to the challenge, losing several big games that would have put them into a playoff position. Some are saying it’s just…

  3. Flames won't part ways with GM Darryl Sutter

    Apr 12, 2010, 7:35 PM EDT

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    Well, color me surprised. Although I really shouldn’t be. The Calgary Flames held a press conference today, and at a time when nearly everyone in the media was expecting for general manager Darryl Sutter to get the ax, team president Ken King stood by his man. It wasn’t just a matter of the Flames sticking…

  4. Dallas Stars' source of frustration

    Apr 12, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

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    Every now and then, Pro Hockey Talk will ask for insight from some of the best team bloggers out there. For this feature, we asked a simple question: “Who is your team’s most frustrating player?” Just for fun, I decided to throw my guess in the hat, too. First, here is my guess for the…

  5. Mike Modano part of official Stars ownership group

    Apr 12, 2010, 5:53 PM EDT

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    Last week we reported on what turned out to be an erroneous report that Mike Modano was involved with a potential ownership group with Wayne Gretzky and Brett Hull. Modano responded by calling the report “bullsh*t”, and it seemed that the original story was mainly based on speculation and maybe a blind hope and a…

  6. Consol Energy Center wows touring bloggers

    Apr 12, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    This past Friday, various Pittsburgh-centric bloggers were given the chance to take a tour of the Penguins’ 2010-11 home, the Consol Energy Center. Still in the construction process, the arena is the successor to the near-50-years-old Mellon Arena. Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (one of the invitees) wrote this in his great Empty Netters blog.…

  7. A few tips if #ThrowTheSnake becomes a reality

    Apr 12, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Obviously, I’ve had plenty of fun with the red-hot #ThrowtheSnake meme today, as you can see from this post and my brief history of odd things fans enjoy throwing on the ice. But – as much of an uncontrollable locomotive of a meme monster as its become – I have to admit that much of what I was…

  8. Craig Anderson: Best free agent addition of 09-10

    Apr 12, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

    It was supposed to be Marian Hossa. Or, maybe, Jay Bouwmeester. Instead, after looking at the 2009-10 season, is there really any doubt that the Colorado Avalanche’s choice to sign Craig Anderson stands as the best move in last July’s free agent spree? The Denver Post reports that the former Florida Panthers backup broke Patrick Roy’s…

  9. Sex objects, octopuses and other things fans throw

    Apr 12, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    In the previous post, I commented on the thoroughly amusing and bizarre #ThrowTheSnake meme on Twitter. Naturally, such silly things might only live in the imaginations of creative hockey fans. That being said, it got me to thinking: what are some of the most notable traditions when it comes to people throwing debris onto the ice…

  10. #ThrowtheSnake poisons Twitter's puck talk

    Apr 12, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

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    My lord, Twitter, you’ve done it again. I know it’s weird and inaccurate to personify a non-thinking social network that more or less serves as a glorified Facebook Status Update Web site, but sometimes it’s difficult to process the oddness that the Internet can offer. Odd is exactly how I’d describe the currently-building #ThrowtheSnake movement. Forgive…

  11. Atlanta Thrashers should fire Don Waddell

    Apr 12, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    General manager Don Waddell expects to remain with the Atlanta Thrashers and so does once-beleaguered forward Maxim Afinogenov, according to a story and Tweet by Austin Journal-Constitution reporter Chris Vivlamore. (Late note as I was compiling this post: Bird Watcher’s Anonymous notes that Waddell might be elevated to the team president level. Doesn’t change my general message that he…

  12. Matt Duchene likely in, Peter Mueller out for Avs' game 1

    Apr 12, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    The Colorado Avalanche are likely to see rookie forward Matt Duchene return, but Peter Mueller’s concussion problems might force him to miss some playoff time according to a story in the Denver Post. Duchene finished as Colorado’s third-leading scorer with 55 points (24 goals) and is expected return to the lineup when the Avs open the…

  13. Lightning fire Rick Tocchet, Brian Lawton

    Apr 12, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

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    The Tampa Bay Lightning fired head coach Rick Tocchet and general manager Brian Lawton today, according to a TSN report. This completes a transformation from the Barrie-Koules era: in a single season (heck, in 2010) the team changed its owner, head coach and general manager. Really, the impressive Rocket Richard Trophy run of Steven Stamkos –…

  14. Save of the Night: Henrik Lundqvist

    Apr 12, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

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    It’s a shame that the Rangers couldn’t muster the same overall effort that Henrik Lundqvist did in the final game of the season. He gave everything he had to keep his team in the game and give them a chance.>

  15. Goals of the Night: Crosby and Stamkos

    Apr 12, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Steven Stamkos really, really, really wanted this goal. He knew he needed it to tie Sidney Crosby for the Rocket Richard Trophy, and while it wasn’t as exciting as Ovechkin’s it still had some emotion behind it. Here are Crosby’s goals from today as well. </p>

  16. 2010 NHL Entry Draft: Draft lottery information

    Apr 12, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

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    With one half of the NHL moving on the postseason, and focusing on their hopeful playoff success the rest of the losers NHL will turn their collective minds to the NHL Entry Draft. The first step in this in the draft lottery, to determine the final draft position of the bottom 14 teams. It gives…

  17. Blues have decision to make with Chris Mason

    Apr 12, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

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    The St. Louis Blues have a tough decision to make this summer when it comes to the goaltending position, but in Chris Mason’s eyes he’s earned the right to keep his spot as the starting goaltender. From Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “I don’t think I had a point where I bottomed out,…

  18. Will Teemu Selanne retire this summer?

    Apr 12, 2010, 7:30 AM EDT

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    It’s bee a season of goodbye’s and possible farewells. Keith Tkachuk is hanging up the skates, and we’re facing the distinct possibility of Mike Modano retiring this summer as well. What about Teemu Selanne? The future hall of fame forward has spent the majority of his career with the Anaheim Ducks, after starting with the…

  19. Sheldon Souray: "I want a trade."

    Apr 12, 2010, 6:00 AM EDT

    The Edmonton Oilers finished their season in somewhat expected fashion Sunday, falling to Anaheim in the final game of the 7-2. The team looked wholly disinterested and seemed to be more concerned with just finishing the season and heading out to the golf course, then attempting to close out the season with any form of…

  20. NBC's coverage of the Conference quarterfinals

    Apr 11, 2010, 10:59 PM EDT

    NBC will carry two (with possible four) games of the NHL conference quarterfinals, as we finally get a national look at Ryan Miller and the Buffalo Sabres and Ilya Bryzgalov and the Phoenix Coyotes. We could also get a look at the Chicago and Nashville series, if they go past four games. Which they most…

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