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  1. Patrick Sharp remains willing to adjust to assignments; Blackhawks hope to re-sign him

    Jul 18, 2011, 12:39 PM EST

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    Chicago Blackhawks v Toronto Maple Leafs

    The Blackhawks tend to move Patrick Sharp all over the place, but more than anything else, they hope that he stays in Chicago after the 2011-12 season.

  2. Could we see the NHL return of … Alexei Yashin?

    Jul 18, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

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    Now that it’s clear he won’t be back with SKA St. Petersburg, we cannot help but ask an out-there question: could Alexei Yashin return to the NHL?

  3. Blackhawks convention brings laughs, some insight regarding Daniel Carcillo’s addition

    Jul 17, 2011, 10:14 PM EST

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    NHL All Star Player Media Availability

    The Blackhawks Convention brought some moments of comedy, while the team explained the benefits of adding polarizing pest Dan Carcillo to the mix.

  4. OHL teammates Nail Yakupov, Alexander Galchenyuk could be in debate for No.1 pick of 2012 draft

    Jul 17, 2011, 9:17 PM EST

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    Nail Yakupov and Alexander Galchenyuk are teammates on the OHL’s Sarnia Sting, but they might go toe-to-toe in the eyes of scouts in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

  5. Nathan Horton Stanley Cup update: It wasn’t airline’s fault after all; parade goes on without it

    Jul 17, 2011, 7:40 PM EST

    Boston Bruins Victory Parade

    As it turns out the airlines should get off the hook for all the headaches Nathan Horton went through during his day with the Stanley Cup.

  6. Could Ryan Ellis skip the usual AHL time and earn a roster spot with the Predators?

    Jul 16, 2011, 4:50 PM EST

    2011 IIHF World U20 Championship - Day One

    Only three Predators draft picks made the jump to the NHL before playing in the AHL, but some wonder if stud defenseman Ryan Ellis might be primed to pull that rare feat off.

  7. Simon Gagne expects to enjoy successful reunion with Mike Richards in Los Angeles

    Jul 16, 2011, 3:11 PM EST

    Simon Gagne, Mike Richards

    Mike Richards scored a career-high 80 points while Simon Gagne scored 34 goals when they played together as Flyers in 2008-09. Gagne thinks they can regain that strong chemistry in Los Angeles.

  8. Blue Jackets look to free agent market, other routes to replace Kristian Huselius

    Jul 16, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    Jonathan Quick, Kristian Huselius

    With Kristian Huselius likely out until sometime between November to January, the Blue Jackets either need to find a free agent or trade to help cover the hole left in the lineup.

  9. Niklas Hagman could be odd man out after Flames re-sign Brendan Morrison

    Jul 16, 2011, 12:05 PM EST

    Jimmy Howard, Niklas Hagman

    With a logjam at the forward position, a report indicates that the Flames might need to part ways with struggling winger Niklas Hagman.

  10. Dan Bylsma, Dave Tippett will be coaches for 2011 Research Development and Orientation Camp

    Jul 16, 2011, 11:23 AM EST

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    Dan Bylsma, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Matt Cooke

    Dan Bylsma and Dave Tippett will be the coaches for the 2012 NHL Research Development and Orientation Camp. Click “Read More” for more details.

  11. Ryan Miller responds to critics of his former teammate Tim Connolly

    Jul 16, 2011, 12:07 AM EST

    Ryan Miller, Tim Connolly

    Tim Connolly left Buffalo with critics and his signing with Toronto brought some dissent as well, but Ryan Miller is adamant about defending his former teammate.

  12. Steve Yzerman expects to re-sign Teddy Purcell, whether he goes to salary arbitration or not

    Jul 15, 2011, 10:49 PM EST

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    Teddy Purcell

    While he’s not sure if the Lightning can re-sign him before salary arbitration, Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman believes that Teddy Purcell will play for the Bolts in 2011-12.

  13. Winnipeg Jets round out coaching staff with Tony Borgford, Wade Flaherty and Charlie Huddy

    Jul 15, 2011, 9:32 PM EST

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    Claude Noel, Kevin Cheveldayoff

    The Jets added three people to its coaching staff: Charlie Huddy, Wade Flaherty and Tony Borgford.

  14. Another big turnover: Chris Campoli won’t be back with the Blackhawks next season

    Jul 15, 2011, 8:40 PM EST

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    Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman revealed that Chris Campoli won’t be back with Chicago, regardless of the results of his salary arbitration. That means that his legacy with the team might boil down to that regrettable turnover in Game 7 of their series against the Canucks.

  15. Calgary Flames retain Brendan Morrison with one-year, $1.25M deal

    Jul 15, 2011, 7:38 PM EST

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    NHL Heritage Classic - Montreal Canadiens v Calgary Flames

    The Flames brought back Brendan Morrison with a reasonable one-year, $1.25 million deal. PHT takes a quick look at this move in relation to the team’s shaky overall structure.

  16. New Panthers coach Kevin Dineen could make or break Florida’s renovation

    Jul 14, 2011, 6:46 PM EST

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    Kevin Dineen

    Panthers GM Dale Tallon made a flurry of moves – many of which seem questionable – but new head coach Kevin Dineen could be the one who decides if those moves end up looking good or not.

  17. Mike Commodore 64: Commodore USA president would be ‘ecstatic’ if it happened

    Jul 14, 2011, 6:13 PM EST

    Mike Commodore, Eric Fehr

    Who knows if the Mike Commodore 64 situation will come to fruition, but the people at Commodore USA would be ‘ecstatic’ if it did.

  18. Can Brad Richards revive Marian Gaborik’s career in New York?

    Jul 14, 2011, 5:04 PM EST

    New York Rangers v New Jersey Devils

    Can Brad Richards revive Marian Gaborik’s career? The Rangers are gambling almost $20 million next season that they can work it out.

  19. Quick hits: Mike Keane might join Jets staff, Brouwer on the LTIR and NHL’s most disappointing teams

    Jul 14, 2011, 2:53 PM EST

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    Troy Brouwer, Roberto Luongo

    Quick hits from around the NHL: Mike Keane might join the Jets’ coaching staff, Troy Brouwer might go on the LTIR in Washington and Forbes lists the teams that disappoint their fans the most and least.

  20. Small moves: Senators re-sign Bobby Butler, Flames trade for goon and Matt Smaby joins Ducks

    Jul 14, 2011, 1:54 PM EST

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    Cam Janssen, Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond

    Two small moves so far today: the Senators re-signed solid young forward Bobby Butler while the Flames sent a fifth round pick to the Devils for Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond. (Update: the Ducks also added Matt Smaby.)

  21. Bad role models: Danick Paquette compares himself to … Matt Cooke?

    Jul 14, 2011, 1:22 PM EST

    Columbus Blue Jackets v Atlanta Thrashers

    New Capitals prospect Danick Paquette made a curious decision to compare himself to hated Penguins forward Matt Cooke today. But does the shoe fit?

  22. Money matters: Canadiens win tax squabble with Montreal, Alberta won’t fund Oilers’ new arena

    Jul 14, 2011, 12:33 PM EST

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    Philadelphia Flyers v Montreal Canadiens - Game Four

    The Canadiens got some tax breaks for the Bell Centre while the Oilers might not get much governmental help as they try to build a new arena.

  23. Max Pacioretty reacts to playing first game since injury: ‘It just felt weird’

    Jul 14, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

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    NHL Heritage Classic - Montreal Canadiens v Calgary Flames

    Max Pacioretty took a big step forward by participating in a charity hockey event, the “most competitive outing” he’s had since that scary Zdeno Chara hit. When asked about the experience of skating in the charity game, Pacioretty said ” … it just felt weird.”

  24. Capitals owner Ted Leonsis thinks team’s Stanley Cup window will be open for ’10-15 years’

    Jul 14, 2011, 11:32 AM EST

    Ted Leonsis

    The Capitals are wise to resist the urge to “blow things up” after a few disappointments, as owner Ted Leonsis points out that their window to win a title could be open for “10-15 years.”

  25. Anxious to find out who will coach the Devils? You won’t find out this week

    Jul 12, 2011, 6:10 PM EST

    New Jersey Devils Introduce John MacLean As Head Coach

    Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said he won’t name a new head coach this week.

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