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James O’Brien

  1. Steve Sullivan’s days with the Nashville Predators are over

    Jun 27, 2011, 9:07 PM EDT

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    Anaheim Ducks v Nashville Predators - Game Three

    It looks like Steve Sullivan’s inspiring run with the Nashville Predators is over.

  2. Penguins bits: Crosby and Malkin make progress, team doesn’t give Kennedy qualifying offer

    Jun 27, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

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    Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malki

    The future is looking brighter for Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin’s return, but Tyler Kennedy’s familiar face will probably be missing from the Penguins locker room. Kennedy’s absence only fuels more rumors of Jaromir Jagr’s return to Pittsburgh.

  3. Blackhawks send forward Tomas Kopecky to Panthers for seventh rounder

    Jun 27, 2011, 7:23 PM EDT

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    Florida Panthers v Chicago Blackhawks

    Panthers GM Dale Tallon continues to stock up on Chicago Blackhawks cast-offs, trading for Tomas Kopecky just days after adding Brian Campbell to the Florida mix.

  4. 2011 free agents list: The unrestricted version

    Jun 27, 2011, 9:57 AM EDT

    Calgary Flames v Dallas Stars

    2011 free agency is almost upon us. Here are the top 100 forwards, 50 defensemen and 20 goalies available as unrestricted free agents.

  5. Semyon Varlamov’s future with Capitals, NHL remains uncertain

    Jun 26, 2011, 4:27 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Kings v Washington Capitals

    Things could change, but rumors indicate that pending restricted free agent Semyon Varlamov is unlikely to re-sign with the Washington Capitals.

  6. Did we witness the death of the ‘untradeable contract’ this weekend?

    Jun 26, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT

    Brian Campbell

    After a flurry of big-time trades, it’s time to wonder if there is such thing as an “untradeable contract” anymore.

  7. The next audition: Kirk Muller expected to become new head coach of Predators’ AHL affiliate

    Jun 26, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

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    Kirk Muller

    Kirk Muller was a red-hot prospect for one of the NHL’s coaching vacancies but fell just short. Muller’s loss looks to be the Predators’ gain as it sounds like Muller will coach their AHL affiliate in Milwaukee.

  8. Oilers finally acquire Ryan Smyth from Kings for Colin Fraser, seventh round pick

    Jun 26, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

    Ryan Smyth

    After struggling to make a deal work for two days, the Ryan Smyth deal is finally done. The Kings send Smyth back to Edmonton for Colin Fraser and a seventh round pick in 2012.

  9. Some interesting stats from the 2011 NHL Entry Draft

    Jun 26, 2011, 12:51 AM EDT

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    2010 NHL Entry Draft - Day 2

    Want a little more information about the 2011 NHL Entry Draft? Check out these interesting (and sometimes obscure) stats.

  10. Magnus Hellberg was the first goalie drafted in 2011 (by Nashville in Round 2)

    Jun 26, 2011, 12:09 AM EDT

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    Pekka Rinne, Anders Lindback

    For the third time in the last five years, a goalie didn’t go in the first round of the draft. The Predators made Magnus Hellberg the first goalie selected by choosing him in the second round (38th overall).

  11. Family ties: Hurricanes draft Kevin Lowe’s son Keegan, add their third Sutter

    Jun 25, 2011, 9:32 PM EDT

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    Brandon Sutter, Ondrej Pavelec

    If you look at Carolina’s Day 2 moves, you might wonder if their draft board looked more like a family tree.

  12. Capitals ship their 2011 first round pick to Chicago for Troy Brouwer

    Jun 24, 2011, 9:36 PM EDT

    Troy Brouwer, Maxim Lapierre

    The Capitals sent their 2011 first round pick (26th overall) to the Blackhawks for gritty forward Troy Brouwer.

  13. Winnipeg Jets make their first pick and name official; No sight of new uniforms yet

    Jun 24, 2011, 8:43 PM EDT

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    NHL in Winnipeg

    It’s official: the Winnipeg Jets are back. Sure, they did it in a rather anticlimactic way at the 2011 Entry Draft … but they’re back.

  14. Reunited after all: Kings reportedly send Ryan Smyth back to the Oilers

    Jun 24, 2011, 8:09 PM EDT

    Ryan Smyth, Nikolai Khabibulin

    The Oilers avoided the disaster of the Flames nabbing their former player by reportedly sending Gilbert Brule and a fourth round pick to the Kings for Ryan Smyth.

  15. Maple Leafs acquire defenseman John-Michael Liles from Avalanche for second rounder

    Jun 24, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    John-Michael Liles

    A deal that almost went down at the trade deadline happened today: the Maple Leafs traded their second round pick in 2012 to Colorado for offensive defenseman John-Michael Liles.

  16. AHL approves Sabres owner Terry Pegula’s purchase of Rochester Americans

    Jun 24, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

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    Terry Pegula

    The AHL approved Terry Pegula’s purchase of the Rochester Americans, which reunites the minor league franchise with its former long-time NHL team, the Buffalo Sabres.

  17. Moving on from Atlanta: Dudley joins Maple Leafs staff, Ramsay talks with Babcock

    Jun 24, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

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    Two executives move on from bad luck with the Atlanta Thrashers: former GM Rick Dudley will be one of Brian Burke’s assistant GMs in Toronto while former head coach Craig Ramsay seemingly had an interview to be an assistant coach for Mike Babcock in Detroit.

  18. With Ryan Smyth trade pending approval, Kings could own off-season throne after two days of work

    Jun 24, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

    ryansmythap

    The Kings might see an off-season’s worth of shrewd moves in just two days if they complete a Ryan Smyth trade after nabbing Mike Richards.

  19. Claude Noel: The official head coach of the unofficial Winnipeg Jets

    Jun 24, 2011, 2:38 PM EDT

    Claude Noel, Kevin Cheveldayoff

    It’s official: Claude Noel will be the new head coach of the Winnipeg team that will reportedly soon be named the Jets.

  20. Lightning re-sign Eric Brewer to hefty four-year deal worth almost $16 million

    Jun 24, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

    Victor Hedman, Eric Brewer

    The Lightning rewarded their leader in 2011 playoff ice time by giving Eric Brewer a four-year contract worth a little less than $16 million. Previous injury issues could make this deal Steve Yzerman’s first major mistake as Tampa Bay’s GM.

  21. Winnipeg’s team name announcement should come today; Reports indicate it will be the Jets

    Jun 24, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

    FRASER ZHAMNOV

    True North is expected to announce the new Winnipeg team’s name some time before they make their first pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft tonight.

  22. Flames ask Robyn Regehr to waive no-movement clause, complete deal with Sabres

    Jun 24, 2011, 11:18 AM EDT

    Robyn Regehr, Scott Hartnell

    Trading Robyn Regehr to Buffalo would open up cap space for the Flames and give the Sabres a much-needed presence on the blueline. It all comes down to Regehr waiving his no-movement clause to make it happen, though.

  23. Highlights and key dates from the newly announced 2011-12 NHL schedule

    Jun 23, 2011, 2:24 PM EDT

    Boston Bruins Victory Parade

    The NHL released the 82-game regular season schedules for all 30 teams today. This post features highlights of the schedule plus the date of the home opening games for every team.

  24. Report: Winnipeg chooses Claude Noel as their new head coach

    Jun 23, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

    Claude Noel, Chris Clark, Derek Brassard

    Claude Noel will reportedly be Winnipeg’s new head coach.

  25. Ottawa Senators add Dave Cameron, Mark Reeds to coaching staff

    Jun 23, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    Paul MacLean

    The Senators added Dave Cameron and Mark Reeds to their coaching staff as assistants to Paul MacLean.

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