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James O’Brien

  1. Oilers sign defenseman Ladislav Smid to two-year, $4.5M deal

    Jun 30, 2011, 3:24 PM EDT

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    Coyotes Oilers Hockey

    The Chris Pronger deal was rough for the Oilers, but they ultimately got Jordan Eberle and Ladislav Smid out of the deal. Both seem to have a future in Edmonton after Smid signed a two-year, $4.5 million deal today.

  2. Predators add J.P. Dumont to the buyout bin

    Jun 30, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

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    Predators Ducks Hockey

    The Predators bought out the final season of forward J.P. Dumont’s contract after an abysmal 19-point season, giving the free agent market a slight boost in the process.

  3. Hurricanes hand Jussi Jokinen a three-year, $9M extension

    Jun 30, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

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    Henrik Lundqvist, Jussi Jokinen

    The Hurricanes answered another of their free agent questions before July 1, signing forward Jussi Jokinen to a three-year, $9 million deal.

  4. Avalanche will retire Peter Forsberg’s No. 21 with the Red Wings in town

    Jun 30, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT

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    The Avalanche will retire Peter Forsberg’s No. 21 in a ceremony on opening night. The best part might be that it will take place before a game against the Red Wings.

  5. Todd Marchant ends his NHL career after 17 seasons, joins Ducks’ front office

    Jun 29, 2011, 11:56 PM EDT

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    Anaheim Ducks v Dallas Stars

    Todd Marchant retired after his 17th season in the NHL, leaving behind a legacy as an underrated defensive forward … and, at one point, a guy whose speed made him a borderline star in the world of video games.

  6. Sabres send Steve Montador’s rights to Chicago; Christian Ehrhoff signing on the horizon?

    Jun 29, 2011, 11:26 PM EDT

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    Buffalo Sabres v New York Islanders

    The Sabres sent Steve Montador’s negotiating rights to the Blackhawks for a seventh rounder in 2012 or 2013. Is this a sign that they are close to signing Christian Ehrhoff?

  7. Alberts, Asham, Jones and Weber comprise Wednesday’s minor signings

    Jun 29, 2011, 11:11 PM EDT

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    Vancouver Canucks v Colorado Avalanche

    Here is a roundup of some of the smaller moves from around the NHL today, highlighted by David Jones signing a one-year deal with the Colorado Avalanche.

  8. ‘Jagr watch’ continues: Jaromir Jagr won’t determine his new team tonight

    Jun 29, 2011, 10:43 PM EDT

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    Tomas Rolinek, Jaromir Jagr

    Were you anxiously awaiting the end of Jagr Watch tonight? Sorry, you’ll have to keep waiting at least a little bit longer.

  9. Why chasing Steven Stamkos could be an ‘exercise in futility’ for Flyers, rest of NHL

    Jun 29, 2011, 9:56 PM EDT

    stamkosrfagetty

    The Flyers might be mulling over the idea of sending an offer sheet for Steven Stamkos, but the Lightning claim that they will match any offer sheet for their young star. If that’s true, it really might be an ‘exercise in futility.’

  10. Semyon Varlamov’s Russian agent bashes the Washington Capitals

    Jun 29, 2011, 9:04 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Kings v Washington Capitals

    Semyon Varlamov’s Russian agent won’t say which KHL team his client is leaning toward, but he wasn’t shy about bashing the Washington Capitals.

  11. Christian Ehrhoff: the next Dan Hamhuis? Islanders trade his rights to Buffalo for fourth rounder

    Jun 29, 2011, 8:09 PM EDT

    Chicago Blackhawks v Vancouver Canucks - Game Seven

    After realizing they couldn’t sign Christian Ehrhoff, the Islanders sent the German defenseman’s negotiating rights to Buffalo for a fourth rounder in 2012.

  12. Another big question answered: Lightning hand Dwayne Roloson one-year deal worth $3M

    Jun 29, 2011, 7:25 PM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game Six

    The Lightning still have a lot of questions to answer this off-season, but they crossed off one of the biggest ones by re-signing top goalie Dwayne Roloson to a one-year, $3 million deal.

  13. Hurricanes lock up top defenseman Joni Pitkanen for three years, $13.5M

    Jun 28, 2011, 5:26 PM EDT

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    The Hurricanes handed their top defenseman Joni Pitkanen to a three-year, $13.5 million contract extension today.

  14. 2011 Hall of Fame talk: The biggest snub and 2012’s staggering class of eligible players

    Jun 28, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

    Joe Sakic

    Now that we know the 2011 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees, the natural next question is: who was the biggest snub? Moving forward, the next wave of eligible players will make it tough for those scorned hopefuls to be part of the 2012 class.

  15. Ed Belfour, Doug Gilmour, Mark Howe and Joe Nieuwendyk are 2011 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees

    Jun 28, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    belfourgetty

    The 2011 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees are Ed Belfour, Doug Gilmour, Mark Howe and Joe Nieuwendyk.

  16. Belfour, Nieuwendyk, Gilmour and Oates generate most votes in 2011 PHT Hall of Fame voting

    Jun 28, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

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    belfourgetty

    Ed Belfour, Joe Nieuwendyk, Doug Gilmour and Adam Oates received the most theoretical Hockey Hall of Fame votes among PHT staffers, hockey bloggers and media experts.

  17. Wild place Cam Barker on waivers, is a buyout on the way?

    Jun 28, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT

    Minnesota Wild v Boston Bruins

    The Wild put struggling defenseman Cam Barker on waivers today, the first part of the process that might end with a buyout.

  18. Montreal police want to have a word with Zdeno Chara about hit on Max Pacioretty

    Jun 28, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    Max Pacioretty, Zdeno Chara

    Montreal police want to speak with Zdeno Chara about his controversial hit on Max Pacioretty.

  19. Hockey bloggers share their 2011 Hockey Hall of Fame ‘ballots’

    Jun 28, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Seven hockey bloggers share their four hypothetical picks for induction into the 2011 Hockey Hall of Fame.

  20. Lightning retain Marc-Andre Bergeron and Adam Hall; bigger questions await

    Jun 28, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game Three

    The Lightning made some small decisions today, bringing back Marc-Andre Bergeron and Adam Hall.

  21. Penguins re-sign Pascal Dupuis to two-year, $3M deal

    Jun 28, 2011, 11:22 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Islanders

    Who would have thought that Pascal Dupuis would be the player left standing from the deal that brought Marian Hossa to Pittsburgh? He signed his second contract with the Penguins today: a two-year deal worth $3 million.

  22. The PHT staff reveals their 2011 Hockey Hall of Fame choices

    Jun 28, 2011, 10:43 AM EDT

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    Joe Nieuwendyk

    Who should be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011? Each PHT staffer shares their picks.

  23. Are they qualified? A list of players who did and didn’t receive qualifying offers

    Jun 27, 2011, 11:10 PM EDT

    Left Wing Dan Carcillo

    Having trouble following the team-by-team moves based on qualifying offers? Check out a (nearly) comprehensive list of players who did and didn’t receive qualifying offers in this post.

  24. 2011 free agents list: The restricted version

    Jun 27, 2011, 10:22 PM EDT

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    stamkoswebergetty

    Earlier today, we shared the most relevant unrestricted free agents. Now let’s take a look at the top restricted ones.

  25. Diving back in: Canucks re-sign pest Maxim Lapierre to two-year, $2M deal

    Jun 27, 2011, 9:25 PM EDT

    Vancouver Canucks v Boston Bruins - Game Six

    Re-signing top unrestricted free agent Kevin Bieksa wasn’t the only thing on Canucks’ GM Mike Gillis’ agenda today. He also brought back polarizing pest Maxim Lapierre with a two-year deal worth $2 million.

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