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  1. NHLPA approves modified rule for hits to head

    Mar 25, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

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    It’s been an awfully bumpy road to get to this spot, but at least the NHL got somewhere when it comes to its head shot epidemic. TSN reports that the NHLPA approved the proposed modifications to the league’s rules regarding hits to the head. The temporary rule will give league disciplinarian Colin Campbell the power to hand out…

  2. NHL Playoffs update: Don't blame Carey Price

    Mar 25, 2010, 12:04 AM EDT

    There were a few big games tonight in the NHL, and the games were just as entertaining as you’d hoped they would be. What’s even more interesting is the immediate, knee jerk reactions you see after some of these games by fans (and sometimes the media). No, Carey Price should not be buried for tonight’s…

  3. League gives NHLPA time to approve rule change

    Mar 24, 2010, 9:29 PM EDT

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    Nearly 24 hours after it seemed the NHL and the Player’s Association would get locked in an ugly political battle over what in reality is a needed and simple rule change, both sides have come to their senses and the new rule should be in place by tomorrow. From Ira Podell of the Associated Press:…

  4. Season over for Tuomo Ruutu, Cam Ward set to return

    Mar 24, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

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    Years ago when much of the energy I currently spend blogging was once spent obsessing over fantasy hockey, Tuomo Ruutu was very much on my radar as a Chicago Blackhawk. The hype was that Ruutu had that rare blend of power (aka the ability to take a lot of penalties, which is good in the…

  5. Tonight's games: Caps and Pens meet again

    Mar 24, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

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    Boy, I wish there was at least one game with some kind of panache. I mean, really, what a boring slate of — oh yeah. Washington vs. Pittsburgh is tonight. I guess that game, you know, has a tiny bit of relevance … right? Maybe. Today’s Best Pittsburgh Penguins (42-25-6, 90 pts) at Washington Capitals (48-14-10,…

  6. Ovechkin could learn from 'Rocky IV'

    Mar 24, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    When I heard about the Washington Capitals’ most recent headaches revolving around steroid investigations at the team’s training facility, I didn’t immediately assume that some of their players were up to no good. Instead, I couldn’t help but whimsically compare Alex Ovechkin to Dolph Lundgren’s Ivan Drago from “Rocky IV.”* This was the first image…

  7. Magic or Bird? Elvis or the Beatles? Ovechkin or Crosby?

    Mar 24, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Over the last few years, I’ve tried to find a great comparison for the Sidney Crosby-Alex Ovechkin rivalry. For quite some time I went to basketball and flip-flopped between Kobe-Lebron and Magic-Bird (personally, I prefer Magic-Bird since both players came in the league at the same time, although Russia doesn’t exactly equate to French Lick,…

  8. Quick hits: Penguins-Red Wings generates high ratings

    Mar 24, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    A few news items for people who are especially interested in how (and what) the sport is doing on TV. Apparently, Monday’s Penguins-Red Wings game is the highest rated regular season game Versus ever carried and the highest rated U.S. cable game since 2004. Here’s a little more from a press release on the subject.…

  9. Was Gagne justified in snapping on Volchenkov?

    Mar 24, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    If you asked me to describe last night’s Ottawa-Philadelphia’s game, I would probably choose the word “brutal.” Simply put, the Senators survived the game by sheer toughness and a brilliant shutout by Brian Elliott. It’s always an odd sight when a delicate star like Simon Gagne loses his cool. Sometimes it can be especially embarrassing,…

  10. Playoff update: The fittest survive

    Mar 24, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

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    Tuesday night seemed like a day in which “the establishment” put down a few puck-based insurgencies. The Boston Bruins won their second game a row against their biggest bubble threat, the Ottawa Senators widened what was once a shrinking lead for fifth place in the East and the San Jose Sharks seemed to reestablish reason…

  11. Boston signs Andrew Ference to three year extension

    Mar 24, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

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    ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reported on Twitter that the Boston Bruins extended Andrew Ference’s contract with the team for three years and $6.75 million (or a $2.25 million annual cap hit). This makes Ference the third defensemen who will be under contract with the team going through next season. You cannot say that Ference will ever set…

  12. NHL tells players to buzz off over rule change

    Mar 24, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

    On Monday, we learned that the NHLPA would submit a ‘band aid solution’ to the NHL’s proposed head-shot rule, which would make blind-sided hits the head illegal. Some felt that the NHLPA’s attempt at delaying an immediate rule change was a big ‘up your’s’ to the league that is tied to disputes between the league…

  13. The PHT Nightcap – Tuesday, March 23rd

    Mar 24, 2010, 12:15 AM EDT

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    We put a lot of content on this blog each day, and we understand it can be a bit tough to keep track of everything. So at the end of the day we’ll put up a nightly recap of all of that day’s news. Presenting the Pro Hockey Talk Nightcap: Goal of the Night: T.J.…

  14. Shutouts are the story of tonight's big games

    Mar 23, 2010, 11:50 PM EDT

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    All three of the games I targeted as “the best games of the night” ended up in some hard-fought shutouts. Two of them came from Finnish goalies and all of them came from guys who may have been expected to be backups (but are looking likely to usurp their “superiors”) this season. For the Chicago…

  15. Vote for Bertuzzday III: Shame with a Vengeance

    Mar 23, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

    For the first time since I started handing out the Bertuzzday award, there isn’t really a “hot button” issue at hand. Sure, there have been some questionable (at best) hits, but not on the atom bomb scale of Matt Cooke or Alex Ovechkin’s transgressions. That doesn’t mean that I’m just going to roll over and…

  16. Quick hits: Should the Ducks move Ryan for D?

    Mar 23, 2010, 9:45 PM EDT

    Some assorted news from the NHL today, mainly focusing on two teams who are preparing for a summer full of margaritas and golf. I was glancing at the league standings today and I noticed something that gave me “forgot someone’s birthday” type guilt; I must belatedly congratulate the Oilers for being the first team to…

  17. Alex Ovechkin wins Bertuzzday award #2

    Mar 23, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    Matt Cooke won the first ever Bertuzzday award in an absolute landslide. That’s not surprising because his hit on Marc Savard was reprehensible (though, I guess, “legal”) and he didn’t even receive a slap on the wrist from the NHL. This week’s race was much, much closer. My guess is that Alex Ovechkin’s star power combined…

  18. After Tucker suspension, should NHL switch to no touch icing?

    Mar 23, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

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    Word from the NHL is that Colorado’s Darcy Tucker will receive a one game suspension for a raucous hit he put on Los Angeles Kings’ defenseman Matt Greene. The league recently added a penalty for excessively rough checks on icing plays, possibly because Kurtis Foster suffered a near-catastrophic injury in such a situation. Take a…

  19. Tonight's (biggest) games: Could Phoenix be #1?

    Mar 23, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    There are ten games tonight and most of them will affect the playoff races to some degree. However, for the sake of everyone’s sanity, I’ll just take a look at the three that might be the most impactful. Boston Bruins (32-27-12, 76 pts) at Atlanta Thrashers (32-29-11, 75 pts) 7:00 PM ET This game could…

  20. Has Ovechkin's reputation suffered after suspension?

    Mar 23, 2010, 6:05 PM EDT

    Bruce Boudreau was on 93.7 The Fan earlier today in advance of tomorrow night’s EPIC matchup between the Penguins and Capitals, and among a wide variety of topics he discussed the reputations of both Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin. Specifically, he was asked whether Ovechkin’s suspensions have tarnished his reputation at all. Via Dan Steinberg’s…

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