Daily Links for Thursday, June 17

The cover for NHL 11 will look something like this except, you know, with an 11.

For those unaware, this is the week of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the biggest week of the year for video games. In honor of E3, we've got news, screenshots, and trailers of this year's crop of hockey titles. Check out all the info after the break - oh, and we still have regular-type hockey stuff too.

Nathan Horton: Trade possibly on horizon for Panther - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com
The agent for Panthers winger Nathan Horton believes he could be traded soon...to Buffalo?!

Overall pool may be weak, but goaltenders will be available - ESPN
Many of us want Enroth to ascend to the (not really all that) pivotal role of Ryan Miller's backup. But what about a UFA? Like Martin Biron?

NHL News:

Red Wings officially re-sign Todd Bertuzzi, 2yrs, $3.875 million - MLive.com
Great news from the Free Press's Helene St. James: the Red Wings have re-signed Todd Bertuzzi to a 2-year, $3.875 million deal.

Red Wings extend GM Ken Holland, assistant Jim Nill - NHL.com
Red Wings extend GM Ken Holland, assistant Jim Nill for five years.

AHL announces division alignment for 2010-11 - NHL.com
AHL announces its division alignment for 2010-11 now that they have an all-time high 30 teams playing.

 

Video Games:

From Conn Smythe to 'NHL 11' cover boy for Jonathan Toews - Puck Daddy
In addition to Toews on the cover, NHL 11 introduces a new physics engine to make every hit different, broken sticks (and playing without a stick), a new faceoff engine, and user-controlled celebrations. First trailer also included that shows Craig Rivet getting upended twice.

NHL '11 preview: EA makes faceoffs more realistic with help from Jarret Stoll - ProHockeyTalk
Check out the video included here that shows how LA Kings center Jarret Stoll helped the development team improve its faceoff mechanics.

EA Sports Brings NHL Slapshot, Mini-Hockey Sticks, to Wii - Kotaku
The Toronto Sun reported today that EA Sports' upcoming NHL game for the Wii will be called NHL Slapshot, and it will be completely different from the 360/PS3 game. It will also ship with a mini-hockey stick peripheral, and a super creepy photo of Wayne Gretzky playing with your children.

NHL 2K Isn't Dead, It's Just Resting - Kotaku
Take-Two Interactive CEO Ben Feder sheds some light on NHL 2K's absence from the company's PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 line-up, explaining that the series is on hiatus this year in order to come back stronger with NHL 2K12. The Wii version will also have to compete against EA Sports' new NHL game.

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