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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

    Jun 24, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

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    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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Does the hockey world need to judge Norris and Selke Trophy candidates differently?

    Jun 23, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Nicklas Lidstrom

    Are voters looking at the wrong stats when they decide which player will win (and should be nominated for) the Norris and Selke Trophies?

  12. Numerous awards cannot take away the Stanley Cup sting for the Canucks

    Jun 23, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Vancouver Canucks - Game Seven

    The Canucks took home a nice amount of trophies/awards during the 2011 NHL Awards, but they couldn’t fill the gap left by a squandered Stanley Cup opportunity.

  13. Admitted gamer Steven Stamkos will be the cover star for NHL ’12

    Jun 22, 2011, 11:30 PM EDT

    NHL Award Nominee Media Availability

    Steven Stamkos will be the cover star for NHL ’12, which must be a thrill for someone who was once a “big gamer.”

  14. Nicklas Lidstrom wins the 2011 Norris Trophy

    Jun 22, 2011, 7:29 PM EDT

    Nicklas Lidstrom

    Nicklas Lidstrom was awarded the 2010-11 Norris Trophy at the NHL Awards tonight.

  15. PHT makes the case for the Hart Trophy finallists

    Jun 22, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

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    The PHT staff makes a case for the three Hart Trophy finalists: Corey Perry, Daniel Sedin and Martin St. Louis.

  16. PHT makes the case for the Norris Trophy finalists

    Jun 22, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Honda NHL SuperSkills

    The PHT staff debates the merits of all three Norris Trophy finalists: Zdeno Chara, Nicklas Lidstrom and Shea Weber.

  17. PHT makes the case for the Jack Adams Trophy finalists

    Jun 22, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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    The PHT staff makes a case for each of the three Jack Adams finalists.

  18. NHL BOG changes wording of Rules 41 and 48 to target questionable hits

    Jun 21, 2011, 8:18 PM EDT

    Logan Couture, Ryane Clowe, Ben Eager

    The NHL’s Board of Governors approved a few changes to Rule 41 (boarding) and Rule 48 (illegal hits to the head). How long before the wording confuses every single player and fan around the league?

  19. NHL Board of Governors officially approve Atlanta Thrashers’ relocation to Winnipeg

    Jun 21, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

    NHL in Winnipeg

    As expected, the NHL’s Board of Governors approved the relocation of the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg, making True North Sports and Entertainment their new owners.

  20. Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke plans on being aggressive during 2011 NHL Entry Draft

    Jun 20, 2011, 3:27 PM EDT

    Brian Burke

    With two picks low in the first round and an ever-present willingness to make big deals, Brian Burke said that the Toronto Maple Leafs “do not intend to be an idle bystander” on draft day or July 1.

  21. Maple Leafs shuffle assistant coaches; Is Ron Wilson on thin ice?

    Jun 20, 2011, 12:22 PM EDT

    Ron Wilson

    With his assistant coaching staff receiving a facelift and no contract extension in the works, many people wonder if Ron Wilson’s days with the Toronto Maple Leafs might be numbered.

  22. Montreal Canadiens re-sign Max Pacioretty to two-year deal reportedly worth $3.25M

    Jun 20, 2011, 11:27 AM EDT

    Max Pacioretty, Zdeno Chara

    The Montreal Canadiens are showing that they’re confident Max Pacioretty will bounce back from that notorious Zdeno Chara bit signing the winger to a two-year deal reportedly worth $3.2 million.

  23. Report: 2011-12 salary cap will include $64M ceiling, $48M floor

    Jun 20, 2011, 11:06 AM EDT

    Calgary Flames v Philadelphia Flyers

    TSN reports that the 2011-12 salary cap ceiling will be $64 million while the floor should be $48 million. This post expands on that by revealing the five teams who are closest to the ceiling as of this time and the five teams who need to spend the most money to reach the floor.

  24. Red Wings announce that Nicklas Lidstrom will be back for one year at $6.2M

    Jun 20, 2011, 10:35 AM EDT

    Nicklas Lidstrom

    Detroit Red Wings need not fear anymore: Nicklas Lidstrom will come back for one more year, according to the team. Update: the one-year deal will reportedly pay him $6.4 million, the same salary he received in 2010-11.

  25. Steven Stamkos, Lightning should lean toward Crosby’s contract rather than Ovechkin’s deal

    Jun 19, 2011, 10:16 PM EDT

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    Steven Stamkos

    The Lightning and Steven Stamkos are in an unusual contract situation. That being said, if they’re going to try to duplicate any other star’s deal, they should lean toward Sidney Crosby’s contract rather than Alex Ovechkin’s lengthy pact.

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