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James O’Brien

  1. Maple Leafs re-sign Tyler Bozak to discount two-year, $1.95M deal

    Jul 6, 2011, 12:28 AM EDT

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    Tyler Bozak, Martin Brodeur

    The Maple Leafs had a productive Tuesday, capping the Clarke MacArthur signing by re-upping Tyler Bozak to a two-year, $1.95 million deal that is a big discount from his previous deal.

  2. Ales Hemsky tests his surgically repaired shoulders, hopes for healthy 2011-12 season

    Jul 5, 2011, 11:24 PM EDT

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    Bruins Oilers Hockey

    After years as cellar dwellers, the Oilers hope to begin their turnaround next season. A healthy Ales Hemsky would help improve their chances, but he needs to recover from two shoulder surgeries to make that happen.

  3. Beefing up: Senators add Zenon Konopka, Predators sign Zack Stortini

    Jul 5, 2011, 10:14 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Islanders

    The Predators and Senators got a little bigger and tougher today as the two teams signed enforcers to one-year contracts. Zack Stortini signed with Nashville while Zenon Konopka might make Ottawa the “toughest team in the NHL.”

  4. Countdown to awkwardness? Dubinsky, Callahan and Purcell among 22 players filing for arbitration

    Jul 5, 2011, 9:06 PM EDT

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    Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky

    Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan and Teddy Purcell were among the biggest names who filed for salary arbitration today. PHT breaks down some of the most interesting cases in the list of 22 players.

  5. Blue Jackets keep paying big, avoid arbitration with Marc Methot for 4-years, $12M

    Jul 5, 2011, 7:58 PM EDT

    St. Louis Blues v Columbus Blue Jackets

    The Blue Jackets aren’t content to gaze at their shoes as other teams vie for the big dance any longer. They paid big once again today, signing defensive defenseman Marc Methot to a four-year, $12 million contract extension.

  6. Sigh of relief: Leafs, Clarke MacArthur avoid arbitration with two-year, $6.5M compromise

    Jul 5, 2011, 7:26 PM EDT

    Mikhail Grabovski; Nikolai Kulemin; Clarke MacArthur

    The Maple Leafs and Clarke MacArthur can breathe a sigh of relief as they avoided the awkward salary arbitration process by agreeing to a two-year, $6.5 million deal.

  7. Poll: Who is the best active American hockey player?

    Jul 4, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Tim Thomas, Phil Kessel

    With patriotism and the smell of barbecued meat in the air, we couldn’t help but ask: who is the best active American hockey player? Let us know by voting in the poll.

  8. Greatest goalie generation? Why this is a special time for American netminding

    Jul 4, 2011, 3:51 PM EDT

    Boston Bruins Victory Parade

    With America on the brain during this holiday, we must ask: has there ever been a better time for U.S. born goaltenders?

  9. More minor moves: Coyotes add McElhinney, Oilers re-up Peckham, Flames close in on Babchuk

    Jul 4, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Curtis McElhinney

    Here are a few more minor moves from around the NHL today.

  10. Small holiday signings: Capitals ink Richmond, Sabres lock up Weber

    Jul 4, 2011, 12:55 PM EDT

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    Daniel Carcillo, Mike Weber, Ryan Miller

    The Capitals signed Danny Richmond while the Sabres agreed to terms with Mike Weber during this holiday afternoon.

  11. Another Wild trade: Sharks deal Dany Heatley to Minnesota for Martin Havlat

    Jul 3, 2011, 11:45 PM EDT

    San Jose Sharks v Los Angeles Kings - Game Six

    The Sharks and Wild shocked the hockey world by making their second big trade in a month tonight. This time around, the Wild received the immediate upgrade by nabbing Dany Heatley for Martin Havlat. Read all about the impact for both teams in this post.

  12. Flyers’ summer of zaniness continues as rumors float that Max Talbot’s deal violates the CBA

    Jul 3, 2011, 11:01 PM EDT

    Maxime Talbot

    You’d think that Christian Ehrhoff or Brad Richards’ big, front-loaded deals would be the most obvious violations of the NHL’s CBA this summer. Instead it’s the Flyers’ relatively modest five-year, $9 million deal with Max Talbot that might be voided.

  13. Appraising the new-look Florida Panthers after a busy free agent weekend

    Jul 3, 2011, 10:08 PM EDT

    Dale Tallon

    The Panthers might be the most dramatically different team in the NHL once the 2011-12 starts. But have they dramatically improved their team in the process? PHT takes an in-depth look at the team’s biggest additions.

  14. Better bring your cup to training camp: Penguins sign Boris Valibik to two-year deal

    Jul 3, 2011, 7:40 PM EDT

    Boris Valabik, Shean Donovan

    Sidney Crosby and Boris Valabik might have an awkward reunion at Penguins training camp after the team signed the defenseman to a one-year, two-way contract.

  15. Should the NHL be upset with the structure of Brad Richards’ new contract?

    Jul 2, 2011, 5:56 PM EDT

    bradrichardsgetty

    The NHL probably won’t contest Brad Richards’ new contract with the Rangers, but in a way, it pretty much perpetuates the same cap-circumventing loophole work that made the league come down hard on the Devils’ first contract with Ilya Kovalchuk. This post compares those deals to show that the Richards deal should get through, but carries the same spirit.

  16. Red Wings hope to reduce impact of Brian Rafalski’s retirement with Ian White

    Jul 2, 2011, 5:03 PM EDT

    Jonathan Ericsson, Ian White

    The Red Wings hope to replace some of Brian Rafalski’s production by committee. Signing former Sharks defenseman Ian White could help them do that.

  17. Flyers West? Los Angeles Kings shrewdly sign Simon Gagne to two-year, $7M deal

    Jul 2, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT

    Simon Gagne

    The Kings continued their transformation into the Flyers of the West with the addition of Simon Gagne. His health makes him a risk, but this post details why his two-year, $3M contract might be the best bargain of free agency so far.

  18. Brad Richards consolation prize? Maple Leafs sign Tim Connolly for two years, $9.5M

    Jul 2, 2011, 3:51 PM EDT

    Tim Connolly, Ondrej Pavelec

    The Maple Leafs fell short of getting Brad Richards, settling for Tim Connolly at two-years, $9.5 million. Will injury-prone Connolly be worth the shorter-term risk?

  19. Jaromir Jagr explains why he signed with the Philadelphia Flyers

    Jul 2, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

    Tomas Rolinek, Jaromir Jagr

    Jaromir Jagr explains why he chose the Philadelphia Flyers over the Pittsburgh Penguins and other suitors … and he claims it’s not all about money.

  20. Rob Niedermayer will play in Switzerland next season

    Jul 2, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

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    Alex Ovechkin, Rob Niedermayer

    Rob Niedermayer will play in Switzerland next season.

  21. Lightning sign Matt Gilroy to one-year, $1M deal

    Jul 2, 2011, 12:41 PM EDT

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    Matt Gilroy, Mathieu Garon

    The Lightning now have eight defensemen after signing Matt Gilroy to a one-year, $1 million contract.

  22. Rangers spend big again, land Brad Richards with 9-year, $60M blockbuster

    Jul 2, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    Brad Richards,  Patrick Sharp

    Maybe we should have seen this coming the whole time: the Rangers spend huge again to land a free agent, as Brad Richards accepted their gaudy nine-year, $60 million offer. This post examines the pros and cons of that deal.

  23. Relocation experts: Oilers acquire Andy Sutton from Ducks for Kurtis Foster

    Jul 1, 2011, 5:09 PM EDT

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    Andy Sutton

    Andy Sutton (and all the “Are you an expert?”) jokes will follow him to Edmonton after the Ducks traded him to the Oilers for Kurtis Foster.

  24. Canadiens add another American after handing Erik Cole a four-year, $18M deal

    Jul 1, 2011, 4:29 PM EDT

    Martin St. Louis, Erik Cole

    The Canadiens added another American to their lineup, locking up Erik Cole to a four-year, $18 million deal.

  25. Capitals try to add playoff toughness by signing Joel Ward and Roman Hamrlik

    Jul 1, 2011, 3:56 PM EDT

    Nashville Predators v Vancouver Canucks - Game Five

    After adding Joel Ward and Roman Hamrlik, the Capitals took another step toward being the playoff-proven team that critics demand.

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