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  1. Avalanche avoid arbitration hearings by giving Ryan Wilson, Kevin Porter one-year deals

    Jul 9, 2011, 8:53 PM EDT

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    Avalanche Oilers Hockey

    The Avalanche avoided arbitration by signing Ryan Wilson and Kevin Porter to one-year contracts.

  2. The sad fall of Angelo Esposito, who was traded to Florida for Kenndal McArdle today

    Jul 9, 2011, 8:14 PM EDT

    Jared Knight, Kenndal McArdle

    Few players in recent draft history have seen a fall from grace quite like Angelo Esposito, who went from a possible top pick in 2007 to the 20th overall pick by the Pittsburgh Penguins … and it only got worse from there. He was traded to Florida for Kenndal McArdle (pictured) today.

  3. Steve Yzerman expects talks with Steven Stamkos, Teddy Purcell to resume Monday

    Jul 9, 2011, 7:05 PM EDT

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    Teddy Purcell, Simon Gagne, Steven Stamkos

    Expecting some big details on Lightning free agent forwards Steven Stamkos and Teddy Purcell? Don’t expect many during this weekend.

  4. Wild sign former Lightning defenseman Mike Lundin to one-year, $1M deal

    Jul 9, 2011, 6:32 PM EDT

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    Mike Lundin, Scottie Upshall

    The Wild hope to slightly improve their quietly lousy play in their own zone by adding puck-moving defenseman Mike Lundin with a one-year, $1 million deal.

  5. Former Texas Rangers CEO Chuck Greenberg becomes latest name attached to Dallas Stars sale

    Jul 8, 2011, 6:17 PM EDT

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    chuckgreenberggetty

    Well-founded rumors indicate that former Texas Rangers CEO Chuck Greenberg might be part of a group that will bid to own the Dallas Stars.

  6. Jettisoning salary: Washington sends Eric Fehr to Winnipeg for prospect, 2012 4th rounder

    Jul 8, 2011, 5:38 PM EDT

    Eric Fehr, Brian Elliott

    The Capitals got rid of some salary today by sending Eric Fehr to the Jets for Danick Paquette and Winnipeg’s fourth round pick in 2012. Read this post for analysis of the deal.

  7. Mike Modano says he expects to answer retirement question in 2-3 weeks

    Jul 8, 2011, 4:37 PM EDT

    Mike Modano

    Mike Modano said that he will probably decide whether or not to retire in the next two to three weeks, but who knows how long he’ll really take (or how many teams would be interested in bringing him in).

  8. Another arbitration avoided: Alec Martinez signs two-year deal with Kings

    Jul 8, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

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    San Jose Sharks v Los Angeles Kings

    The list of players waiting for salary arbitration went down to 20 after the Kings signed defenseman Alec Martinez to a two-year contract extension today.

  9. Red Wings name Blashill, Peters as assistants; pressure builds for ‘Commodore 64′ to happen

    Jul 8, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

    Mike Cvik, Mike Commodore

    In serious Red Wings news, the team announced two new assistant coaches: Jeff Blashill and Bill Peters. In not-so serious news, the pressure mounts for Mike Commodore to satisfy nostalgic video games by donning No. 64 in Detroit.

  10. Let the countdown(s) begin: NHL releases schedule for salary arbitration hearings

    Jul 8, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

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    Shea Weber

    The NHL released the salary arbitration hearing dates for restricted free agents including Shea Weber, Zach Parise and Brandon Dubinsky today. Find out where those players’ dates fall in the July 20-August 4 range by reading this post.

  11. Rangers avoid arbitration with Michael Sauer, lock up Artem Anisimov

    Jul 8, 2011, 1:23 PM EDT

    mcdonaghanisimovcallahansauer

    The Rangers still have some free agent messes to clean up, but they simplified their summer by re-signing Michael Sauer and Artem Anisimov to two-year contract extensions.

  12. Predators sign Sergei Kostitsyn to one-year, $2.5M deal

    Jul 8, 2011, 12:55 PM EDT

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    Sergei Kostitsyn

    The Predators continue to move on from their embarrassing qualifying offer struggles, reportedly signing Sergei Kostitsyn to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million. Is this a good move by Nashville? Click “Read More” for some discussion.

  13. More minor moves: Leafs sign two players, Mark Parrish joins Senators’ system

    Jul 8, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

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    The Maple Leafs re-signed Matt Lashoff and added Philippe Dupuis while the Senators inked Mark Parrish to a two-way deal.

  14. NHL agrees with KHL on ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ for next season

    Jul 8, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT

    nhllogo

    The NHL and KHL agreed to a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ that will respect each others’ player contracts through June 30, 2012.

  15. Red Wings expected to name Western Michigan coach Jeff Blashill as one of their assistants

    Jul 8, 2011, 11:23 AM EDT

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    Mike Babcock, Drew Miller

    Western Michigan coach Jeff Blashill left his post today to become an assistant coach for Mike Babcock (pictured) and the Red Wings.

  16. Tomas Kaberle took his brother’s advice by signing with Carolina

    Jul 6, 2011, 6:04 PM EDT

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    Boston Bruins v Vancouver Canucks - Game Seven

    Tomas Kaberle received the kind of money he wanted to join the Hurricanes, but he also received some positive feedback about Carolina from his brother (and former Canes defenseman) Frantisek.

  17. Guy Carbonneau: Your latest rumored Devils head coaching target

    Jul 6, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

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    New Jersey Devils Introduce John MacLean As Head Coach

    The rumors of Guy Carbonneau becoming the next Devils head coach seem founded on reasonable logic, but they remain just that: rumors.

  18. Panthers renovation continues as they re-sign Mike Santorelli, add Craig Ramsay to staff

    Jul 6, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

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    Mike Santorelli

    The Panthers re-signed Mike Santorelli and added Craig Ramsay to their coaching staff today.

  19. Today’s minor signings: Lightning land Tom Pyatt, Columbus signs Radek Martinek and more

    Jul 6, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    Jeff Tambellini, Adam McQuaid

    Here are a handful of Wednesday’s minor signings. Stay tuned for more from today in a later post.

  20. Matthew Barnaby must serve 500 hours of community service to drop charges

    Jul 6, 2011, 2:42 PM EDT

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    BARNABY

    Matthew Barnaby will need to serve 500 hours of community service to drop charges related to domestic incident in May.

  21. 2018 Winter Olympics awarded to Pyeongchang, South Korea; Tough break for hockey fans?

    Jul 6, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    123rd IOC Session Durban - 2018 Olympics Announcement

    The 2018 Winter Olympics were awarded to Pyeongchang, South Korea. What impact might this have on hockey fans?

  22. Blues sign veterans Jason Arnott, Jamie Langenbrunner to one-year deals

    Jul 6, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Buffalo Sabres v New Jersey Devils

    The financial details haven’t been revealed just yet, but the Blues have reportedly agreed to one-year deals with veteran forwards Jamie Langenbrunner and Jason Arnott. Update: each deal appears to be worth $2.5 million with performance incentives that could push them to $2.8 million.

  23. Brian Burke warns James Reimer about instant success, won’t chase Steven Stamkos

    Jul 6, 2011, 12:13 PM EDT

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    Brian Burke

    The Leafs are making nice progress this season, but two questions remain: 1) will James Reimer fail to maintain his progress from last season? and 2) will Toronto swing for the fences with a big offer sheet? If you ask Brian Burke, the ideal answer to both questions is “No.”

  24. Salary Capitals: Washington goes over the ceiling with Troy Brouwer’s deal

    Jul 6, 2011, 11:12 AM EDT

    Vancouver Canucks v Chicago Blackhawks

    If the 2011-12 season began today, the Capitals might have a little trouble getting under the salary cap ceiling after today’s two-year, $4.7 million deal for Troy Brouwer.

  25. 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.

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