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  1. Hedging their bets? Blackhawks invite Ray Emery to training camp for tryout

    Jul 27, 2011, 6:26 PM EST

    Patric Hornqvist, Ray Emery, Scott Cherrey

    The Blackhawks reportedly invited Ray Emery to training camp on a tryout basis, a low-risk move that could provide the team with valuable goalie insurance in case Alexander Salak flops as a backup.

  2. Commodore 64 no more: Mike Commodore will wear No. 22 instead

    Jul 27, 2011, 4:12 PM EST

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    Columbus Blue Jackets v Atlanta Thrashers

    Sorry video game fans: Mike Commodore won’t wear No. 64 during the 2011-12 season.

  3. Rangers avoid arbitration, sign Ryan Callahan to three-year deal worth $12.825 million

    Jul 27, 2011, 3:02 PM EST

    Ryan Callahan

    Rangers fans can breathe one last sigh of relief as the team signed Ryan Callahan to a three-year deal, avoiding salary arbitration. Reports indicate that the deal is worth “just under” $13 million.

  4. Phoenix Coyotes add goalie depth by signing Justin Pogge to one-year, two-way deal

    Jul 27, 2011, 1:52 PM EST

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    Justin Pogge

    The Coyotes probably hope that he doesn’t play at the NHL level, but they added some depth to their goalie group by signing Justin Pogge to a one-year, two-way contract.

  5. Could AEG’s plans to build an NFL stadium in LA crush Kansas City’s NHL dreams?

    Jul 27, 2011, 1:13 PM EST

    Sprint Center

    AEG’s plans to build an NFL stadium in LA could make Kansas City’s chances of getting a NBA or NHL tenant for its Sprint Center quite grim.

  6. Is it wrong to touch the Stanley Cup if you didn’t ‘earn’ it?

    Jul 27, 2011, 12:15 PM EST

    Zdeno Chara

    Is it wrong to touch the Stanley Cup if you didn’t play on the winning team or “earn” it in some other way? Tell us how you feel after reading over this post’s discussion of that subject.

  7. Mike Richards responds to all the hubbub surrounding ‘Dry Island’

    Jul 27, 2011, 11:21 AM EST

    richardslaviolette

    Here’s a shocking development: Mike Richards said that “Dry Island” wasn’t that big of a deal. Click “Read more” to find out some other details from Richards and Peter Laviolette’s responses.

  8. Can Nikolai Khabibulin get his career back together?

    Jul 27, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Nikolai Khabibulin

    Can Nikolai Khabibulin turn things around after some low moments both on and off the ice during the last two seasons?

  9. Are Helm, Eaves and Miller the Red Wings’ closest thing to a new ‘Grind Line’?

    Jul 27, 2011, 12:46 AM EST

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    Darren Helm, Drew Miller, Patrick Eaves

    Many Red Wings fans are probably saddened by Kris Draper’s retirement, but four younger forwards should make that defensive transition easier. In fact, they already started it.

  10. With negotiatons stalling, Luke Schenn’s agent says that new contract might be an ‘August issue’

    Jul 26, 2011, 11:40 PM EST

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    Luke Schenn; Jeff Carter

    There hasn’t been much progress in contract talks between the Maple Leafs and Luke Schenn, leading his agent to imply that it will take until August. That being said, he should remain in Toronto for at least the short-term future.

  11. Alexei Yashin on Islanders, other options: ‘There’s not any rush to make a decision’

    Jul 26, 2011, 8:58 PM EST

    alexyashingetty

    Alexei Yashin says there’s “not any rush” regarding his decision to return to the NHL with the Islanders or stay overseas. This post addresses a question Yashin brought up, as well: can he be effective with the Islanders? PHT explains that it’s all about keeping reasonable expectations, which rarely happens with Yashin.

  12. Aaron Boogaard made first appearance in court but did not enter a plea today

    Jul 25, 2011, 5:44 PM EST

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    boogaardatmemorial

    Aaron Boogaard fulfilled the first part of his obligations stemming from last week’s charges related to his involvement in his brother Derek Boogaard’s prescription drug-related death by appearing in Minneapolis court today. Aaron didn’t enter a plea during that first Monday court date, according to the Associated Press. Aaron Boogaard is accused of providing the…

  13. Gary Bettman received $7.5 million for 2009-10 season (and why that’s a reasonable wage)

    Jul 25, 2011, 4:31 PM EST

    Gary Bettman

    The Sports Business Journal reports that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman made $7.5 million during the 2009-10 season, representing a four percent increase for the league’s top executive.

  14. Blues backup battle will come down to Ben Bishop vs. Brian Elliott

    Jul 25, 2011, 4:10 PM EST

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    Calgary Flames v St. Louis Blues

    With Ty Conklin gone, the Blues backup job comes down to over-sized prospect Ben Bishop or experienced (but flawed) free agent Brian Elliott.

  15. No pressure, kid: 15-year-old Nathan MacKinnon called ‘second coming’ of Sidney Crosby

    Jul 25, 2011, 2:19 PM EST

    Sidney Crosby

    It might seem unfair to compare 15-year-old prospect Nathan MacKinnon to Sidney Crosby, but he’s clearly following in some of Crosby’s footsteps.

  16. Report: Red Wings’ Web site caption reveals that Kris Draper will announce retirement on Tuesday

    Jul 25, 2011, 1:16 PM EST

    Colin Wilson, Kris Draper

    A caption on a Kris Draper photo reveals that the grinding forward will probably announce his retirement on Tuesday.

  17. Rangers re-sign defenseman Steve Eminger to one-year, $800K deal

    Jul 25, 2011, 12:45 PM EST

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    Tim Stapleton, Steve Eminger

    The Rangers wrapped up another bit of business, re-signing defenseman Steve Eminger to a one-year, $800K contract.

  18. Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and the ‘Dry Island': Two unnamed Flyers blame duo’s departure on partying

    Jul 25, 2011, 12:09 PM EST

    Philadelphia Flyers v Buffalo Sabres - Game Three

    Two unnamed Flyers blamed Mike Richards and Jeff Carter’s supposed hard-partying ways for their departure. The most interesting details of that report revolve around the team’s “Dry Island” initiative and the club’s continued issues with keeping its own secrets, though.

  19. Official benefits: How NHL teams have been drawing and taking penalties since the lockout

    Jul 24, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    Tuomo Ruutu, Joe Corvo, Bryan Rodney, Ray Whitney, Niklas Backstrom

    Want to know how officials have treated all 30 NHL teams since the lockout? This post takes a look at which teams enjoyed the best and worst disparities in power plays and penalties during the last six seasons. (Apologies to any conspiracy theories this might weaken.)

  20. The NHL’s best and worst special teams units during the 2010-11 season

    Jul 24, 2011, 12:12 AM EST

    Henrik Sedin,Daniel Sedin,Christian Ehrhoff,Alexander Edler,Ryan Kesler

    The Vancouver Canucks’ dominant 2010-11 season is reflected in Special Teams Plus/Minus stats, but find out how the other 29 teams fared. Following that, put on your tin foil hats and take a look at which teams enjoyed far more (or far less) power plays than penalties.

  21. Which teams’ penalty kill units were the best and worst last season? (Penalty kill +/- in 2010-11)

    Jul 23, 2011, 11:05 PM EST

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    Boston Bruins v Toronto Maple Leafs

    Now that we shared which teams featured the best and worst PP units, we’ll give shorthanded squads the same treatment with the 2010-11 Penalty Kill Plus/Minus stats.

  22. Which teams really had the best and worst power plays last season? (Power play +/- in 2010-11)

    Jul 23, 2011, 10:22 PM EST

    Derek Mackenzie

    The power play percentage stat might seem like a good indicator of the best units in the NHL, but it doesn’t factor in the total amount of PP goals scored or the shorthanded goals allowed. That’s why we like to take a look at “Power Play Plus/Minus” to see which power plays were really the best and worst.

  23. Hope in the desert? Phoenix Coyotes’ season ticket sales, renewals show promise

    Jul 23, 2011, 8:35 PM EST

    Detroit Red Wings v Phoenix Coyotes

    There hasn’t been a lot of good news for the Phoenix Coyotes the past few years, but ticket sales increases give them a little hope. Read about the rather promising boost in sales and renewals in this post.

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