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  1. Leafs blog Pension Plan Puppets claims Toronto Sun plagiarized their translations, again

    Aug 21, 2010, 11:50 AM EST

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    Yesterday, Joe touched on the escalating allegations of plagiarism between Maple Leafs blog Pension Plan Puppets and newspaper The Toronto Sun. In case you aren’t up to speed on the subject, the blog put up a translated interview from a Czech source, only to notice that the Sun published a translation that seemed curiously similar.…

  2. How should the NHL handle the Olympics and/or World Cup?

    Aug 21, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

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    It seems like the decision is in the very distant future; after all, a lot can happen between now and 2014 (you know, like a *shudder* lockout). Yet discussion about the pros and cons of the NHL resurrecting its World Cup format – maybe or maybe not to replace participation in the Olympic Games –…

  3. The PHT Nightcap: Friday, August 20th

    Aug 21, 2010, 12:30 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. Alex…

  4. Which teams (and players) are the best (and worst) at shootouts?

    Aug 20, 2010, 11:00 PM EST

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    It’s more than a mild understatement to say that shootouts aren’t popular with hardcore hockey fans. That being said, I think that we often take our distaste for the “glorified skills competition” too far. At least in one area: analysis. Rarely do you hear a player touted for his penalty shot kills, unless it’s to…

  5. Well, at least Dustin Byfuglien fastened the Stanley Cup's seatbelt …

    Aug 20, 2010, 9:45 PM EST

    People throw around the word “unique” a lot these days, almost to the point that the description is losing its meaning. Yet, when it comes to NHL players, few qualify for that classification quite like Dustin Byfuglien. (After all, I haven’t tried valiantly to make his nickname “Buffy the Hamburger Slayer” for nothing.) I already…

  6. Tempers flare between Carrie Underwood, Mike Fisher as couple squabbles over living situation

    Aug 20, 2010, 9:00 PM EST

    Celebrity weddings are always weird. It’s like two alien species coming together with little more than hormonal urges and shared oddness being their bond.* * One flippantly assumes. Yet, in the case of Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher, it almost seems a little bit sad that they’re having some … logistical issues. Now, when you…

  7. The best minds in women's hockey will try to improve their status at World Hockey Summit

    Aug 20, 2010, 8:20 PM EST

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    While I didn’t get to see as many games as I would have liked, I came away with a few lasting impressions from watching women’s hockey during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. The two biggest ones were: “Despite following (and revering) Jaromir Jagr during his Flowing Mullet Years, it’s still an odd sight to witness a…

  8. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Penguins add more sandpaper to forward group with Arron Asham

    Aug 20, 2010, 7:40 PM EST

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    The Pittsburgh Penguins added a little bit more sandpaper to a forward group that – beyond Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin – is actually sneakily rugged by signing Arron Asham today. TSN reports that they nabbed the ex-Philadelphia Flyers depth player to a one-year, $700K contract. Asham joins a group of forwards who are versatile…

  9. Panthers GM Dale Tallon sees a lot of the Blackhawks in his current team

    Aug 20, 2010, 6:27 PM EST

    Even though Dale Tallon wasn’t there to enjoy it, last season’s Blackhawks championship had his finger prints all over it. He was the guy who signed or drafted a great number of the players that helped the Blackhawks end their 49-year Stanley Cup drought and now he finds himself in Florida as GM of the…

  10. Thrashers forward Bryan Little close to re-signing with the team

    Aug 20, 2010, 5:19 PM EST

    The roster changing summer the Atlanta Thrashers have had is coming to an end but not before they can get some o their own taken care of first. Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal Constitution says that the team is close to reaching a deal with restricted free agent forward Bryan Little. I talked to…

  11. Tomas Kaberle's father figures he'll be traded this year, sparks Internet firestorm over plagiarism

    Aug 20, 2010, 3:57 PM EST

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    If you haven’t had enough of Tomas Kaberle this summer, buckle up because the Kaberle soap opera has found a new way to get interesting. Czech website hokej.cz scored an interview with Tomas Kaberle’s father Frantisek to find out his thoughts about how things have been handled with his son in Toronto. To say the…

  12. Alex Burrows' return from shoulder surgery up in the air

    Aug 20, 2010, 2:55 PM EST

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    The breakout season Alex Burrows of the Vancouver Canucks had in 2009-2010 was a revelation for the team. Success in the NHL sometimes comes at a price and for Burrows that price was having to undergo shoulder surgery back in June. The prognosis for his return to the Canucks lineup, however, means he might not…

  13. Henrik Lundqvist is realistic about the Rangers chances this season

    Aug 20, 2010, 12:19 PM EST

    Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist can almost always be best described as being the main reason the Rangers stay in any kind of contention each season. He’s one of the league’s best goalies and he’s also the guy who ends up suffering the most at the hands of the inconsistent Rangers offense. He’s become a bit…

  14. 2010 NHL free agency: Canucks sign forward Bill Sweatt

    Aug 20, 2010, 11:05 AM EST

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    The wacky saga of Bill Sweatt is at an end. The former Blackhawks second round draft pick who was traded this summer in the Kris Versteeg deal to the Toronto Maple Leafs is now a member of the Vancouver Canucks after signing a three-year entry-level deal with the team. Sweatt, a top player at Colorado…

  15. Caps forward Alexander Semin in car accident in Russia, is fine

    Aug 20, 2010, 9:35 AM EST

    Very early this morning, Yahoo’s Dmitry Chesnokov reported that Washington Capitals forward Alexander Semin was involved in a car accident  in Russia. Capitals Russian blog Global Caps Fans shared the news with everyone and don’t worry Caps fans, Semin appears to be just fine (translated link). Here’s the rough translation from the site. Hockey player…

  16. The PHT Nightcap: Thursday, August 19th

    Aug 20, 2010, 12:20 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. Dallas…

  17. Trade rumor: Caps may move Fleischmann to Edmonton for Souray or Vancouver for Bieksa

    Aug 19, 2010, 11:30 PM EST

    Most armchair GMs insist that the Washington Capitals need a defenseman. They say: “Sure, the team won the Presidents Trophy but what about that first round playoff loss? Clearly, the current roster isn’t the answer. They need more defense.” Now, it’s important that you note that this is a rumor which is why this is…

  18. 'The Golden Brett' will get the statue treatment as the Blues honor Hull

    Aug 19, 2010, 10:30 PM EST

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    It seems pretty clear that the St. Louis Blues like to honor their past heroes with statues. (Either that, or John Davidson is a descendant of Jabba the Hutt.) Jeremy Rutherford of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the team will make Brett Hull their third player to receive such an honor, joining Bernie Federko…

  19. Brendan Shanahan closes up R&D camp impressed with prospects, hockey minds

    Aug 19, 2010, 9:30 PM EST

    So the two-day NHL research and development camp wrapped up and – without actually being there – it seems like it was a wise idea for the league. For one thing, it seems like Gary Bettman is using at least some of the strategies he may have soaked in from being NBA commissioner David Stern’s…

  20. Vincent Lecavalier gets an arena re-named in his honor

    Aug 19, 2010, 7:50 PM EST

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    Nirvana once said that they knew they “made it” when one of their songs was parodied by “Weird Al” Yankovic. When it comes to sports athletes, the barometer might be: a) appearing on a show like Saturday Night Live or b) something being named after them. Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vincent Lecavalier qualified for choice…

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