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  1. Could four extra inches behind the net open up 'Gretzky's office' again?

    Sep 12, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    In Oliver Stone’s otherwise middling football move “Any Give Sunday,” Al Pacino gives a great and typically over-the-top speech about the sport (and life) being a “game of inches.” If hockey is the same way, a small change could pay dividends for the NHL’s most clever players. The Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa discussed the NHL’s…

  2. NHL releases its rule book changes, we try to translate them to English

    Sep 12, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

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    The NHL released alterations to the league’s rule book this weekend and a lot of it reads like, well, legal speak. (Click here to see a detailed list of all the changes.) That being said, I thought I’d point out some of the most interesting changes, even if we covered many of them throughout the…

  3. Should the game's greatest defensive forwards receive more Hall of Fame attention?

    Sep 12, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

    In many sports – particularly baseball – it seems like just about any action and tactic can be chronicled with a hard number statistic. Sure, you cannot put a number on chemistry, desire, heart and – let’s face it – the greed that can sometimes be the driving force behind sporting success, but it seems…

  4. Drew Doughty offers Willie Mitchell No. 8, gains his admiration

    Sep 12, 2010, 2:20 PM EST

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    The Los Angeles Kings didn’t land the big fish (Ilya Kovalchuk) this summer, but they might be better off if Willie Mitchell can actually stay healthy this season. Mitchell admitted that one of the most significant draws (besides the sexy weather, I’m guessing) was the possibility of playing alongside – or at least on the…

  5. Blues' young forwards happy to play without 'glass ceiling' provided by Tkachuk, Kariya

    Sep 12, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

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    The St. Louis Blues more or less completed their transition from a mixed bag of veterans and newbies to one of the youngest teams in the NHL thanks to the retirement of Keith Tkachuk and the near-retirement of Paul Kariya this off-season. Some might wonder if this will harm the team’s chemistry, but the Blues…

  6. Carolina Hurricanes give Rod Brind'amour wacky title 'Director of Forwards Development'

    Sep 12, 2010, 12:20 PM EST

    The man known as “Rod the Bod” may soon be known as “Rod the Suit.” The beaten-up former face of the Carolina Hurricanes franchise (after Ron Francis) was given a funky title today, as GM Jim Rutherford announced that the team named Rod Brind’amour its “Director of Forwards Development.” Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager…

  7. Joe Nieuwendyk reflects on James Neal negotiations, Bobby Ryan and Marc Staal also in limbo

    Sep 12, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

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    Many of the biggest restricted free agent chips have fallen in the last month or so, with tough-to-compare cases such as Patric Hornqvist’s coming to satisfying conclusions in their negotiations. Still, there are a few scenarios that could linger beyond training camp, with New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal and Dallas Stars power forward James…

  8. Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Alex Grant released from hospital

    Sep 12, 2010, 11:20 AM EST

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    After spending the night in the hospital after taking a hit into the boards by Senators prospect David Dziurzynski during Saturday’s rookie competitions, Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Alex Grant was released from the hospital. Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette broke the news. Defenseman Alex Grant, injured Saturday during a prospects-tournament game in London, Ontario, has…

  9. The PHT Nightcap: Saturday, September 11th

    Sep 12, 2010, 1:00 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. Joe’s…

  10. Rookie tournaments recap: Saturday, Sept. 11

    Sep 11, 2010, 11:50 PM EST

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    For some people, the NHL season won’t really begin until the regular season starts on Thursday, October 7. Still, hockey nuts will lap up every little bit of puck-based competition they can get, and the first sample is in the rookie tournaments taking place in three areas. Let’s take a look at the results from…

  11. After stinking for years, will this season's Edmonton Oilers pass the 'smell test'?

    Sep 11, 2010, 10:00 PM EST

    I cannot help but be intrigued when an NHL general manager provides a look behind the curtain, whether the public perception is that he’s a wizard or a dunce. So it only seems natural that I found David Staples of the Cult of Hockey’s look at Edmonton Oilers GM-turned-team president Kevin Lowe’s “smell test” quite…

  12. Aces Mark – the horse named in honor of two fallen scouts – places second in race today

    Sep 11, 2010, 9:10 PM EST

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    A lot of lives were impacted on that horrible day on September 11, 2001. Two prominent hockey figures died on that day as scouts Mark Bavis and Garnet “Ace” Bailey were part of the Boston flight that crashed into the South Tower at the World Trade Center. An Ottawa Senators scout named a thoroughbred horse…

  13. Are simulation style video games such as NHL '11 too complicated?

    Sep 11, 2010, 8:30 PM EST

    I haven’t written a review of NHL ’11 just yet for a simple reason: it’s enormous. From the tweaks EA Sports made to the team building aspects of its old modes to the changes in physics and gameplay to the newly added Hockey Ultimate League and its wacky trading card system, there’s a lot to…

  14. Why Nathan Horton might (or might not) make a big impact as a Boston Bruin

    Sep 11, 2010, 7:00 PM EST

    When you ask many Boston Bruins fans (and hockey fans in general) about the team’s biggest transactions – or lack thereof – this off-season, they’d probably mention drafting Tyler Seguin or not trading Marc Savard or Tim Thomas. Yet when it all comes down to it, the biggest impact move might be landing talented-but-often-injured forward…

  15. Rangers bring veteran defensemen Semenov and Exelby into camp on tryouts

    Sep 11, 2010, 5:24 PM EST

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    We told you about the Rangers bringing Ruslan Fedotenko into training camp yesterday and today’s informal skate at Rangers camp revealed that there are a couple more NHL veterans getting a chance to make the team as well. Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants has the details on the two defensemen looking to land a spot…

  16. Pens prospect Alex Grant taken to hospital after hit in first game of London, Ontario Prospects Tournament

    Sep 11, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

    With rookie camps already underway with rookie tournaments underway in Penticton, BC,  London, ON and Traverse City, Michigan involving many teams, it’s only right that we keep you posted with what’s going on. Travis Hughes at SB Nation has a solid informational quick hit post on where to find plenty of info surrounding all three…

  17. NHLPA officially endorses Donald Fehr as next head of the union, players vote to approve awaits

    Sep 11, 2010, 2:02 PM EST

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    The possibility of having Donald Fehr take over as the leader of the NHL Players Association just got one step closer to happening today. The NHLPA announced that they’ve endorsed Fehr to the members of the union and now it’ll be put to a vote as to whether or not to approve and appoint him…

  18. Former Minnesota Mr. Hockey Darby Hendrickson named Wild assistant coach

    Sep 11, 2010, 11:55 AM EST

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    Growing up as a kid in Minnesota and going on to play pro hockey for the pro team in Minnesota helps a guy like Darby Hendrickson evolve into be a sort of folk hero. Something else that helps that status is becoming the assistant coach of the same team later on in your career. Kent…

  19. Kings prospect Brayden Schenn has no structural damage in his knee

    Sep 11, 2010, 10:37 AM EST

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    We told you a couple days ago about the injury to Kings prospect Brayden Schenn and Helene Elliott of the LA Times has the update on his condition. Feel free to breathe easier Kings fans. The best news that might emerge from the Kings’ rookie camp arrived Friday, before the first prospect took the ice…

  20. Horse named in honor of Kings scouts killed in 9/11 tragedy makes its first start today

    Sep 11, 2010, 9:48 AM EST

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    With today marking the 9th anniversary of the terrible events on September 11, 2001 the hockey world reflects on two of their own that were lost in the events of that day. Garnet “Ace” Bailey and Mark Bavis were on United Airlines flight 175, one of two planes that crashed into the World Trade Center.…

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