Skip to content

James O’Brien

  1. Report: NHL rejects Ilya Kovalchuk's front-loaded contract

    Jul 20, 2010, 10:45 PM EDT

    Apparently “Loophole Lou” might have gotten in the way of the loophole-manipulating contract that Ilya Kovalchuk signed with his New Jersey Devils. An AP report indicates that the NHL rejected the 17-year, $102 million contract the Russian winger was offered to stay in Newark. Keep in mind this isn’t quite “official” just yet, but it…

  2. Taking a look at the NHL's 'unbreakable' records

    Jul 20, 2010, 10:20 PM EDT

    Comments Off

    Now that some of the biggest news is done with, it’s time for some fun stuff. NHL.com’s John Kreiser is one of the go-to sources for such amusement and today is no exception. He listed some of the NHL’s most “unbreakable” records. Here are some of my favorite tidbits from the article. Most points, career:…

  3. 2010 NHL Free Agency: The Sutter family stays together in Calgary, other small signings

    Jul 20, 2010, 9:45 PM EDT

    Comments Off

    Here is a roundup of today’s small-time signings. Some might call it a dysfunctional one considering last season’s failed attempt at a playoff berth, but the Sutter clan is represented well by the Calgary Flames franchise. They can cover the GM (Daryl), coach (Brent) and player (Brett) if the youngster can be a regular on…

  4. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Anton Stralman's salary arbitration could cause a mess in Columbus

    Jul 20, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    While the Chicago Blackhawks (salary cap purging), Detroit Red Wings (simply re-gaining Jiri Hudler) and St. Louis Blues (adding Halak) made waves in the Central division this summer, it’s been disappointing to see GM Scott Howson and the Columbus Blue Jackets stand pat. It’s often the sign of a cash-strapped club to do just that,…

  5. Pittsburgh Penguins to honor Mario Lemieux's comeback from retirement with a statue

    Jul 20, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

    December 27, 2000 was like a bonus Christmas present for Pittsburgh Penguins fans. On that day, franchise savior Mario Lemieux began what would be an incredible return to the game with a great performance against the Toronto Maple Leafs. His first year was such a great success that he ended up being one of the…

  6. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Rangers confident they can re-sign RFA Marc Staal

    Jul 20, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    It’s been a nice summer for unrestricted free agents. While I know that the so-called “frenzy” often involves some chronic overspending, players such as Paul Martin and Dan Hamhuis received contracts that were at least a little startling. I can’t help but wonder how much restricted free agent defensemen will garner in a market that…

  7. LA Kings might regret missing out on Gagne more than Kovalchuk

    Jul 19, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    For many people, the Los Angeles Kings will seem like “losers” because they didn’t land Ilya Kovalchuk today. Some might say that they weren’t willing to pay enough to get him, others will say that their history of losing factored in. Optimistic folks will point out that this will make it much easier for them…

  8. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Calgary Flames sign big defenseman Matt Pelech

    Jul 19, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Comments Off

    The Calgary Flames’ last few seasons have been littered with some rather big mistakes. From overpaying Jay Bouwmeester to the puzzling signing of Olli Jokinen and getting next to nothing for fallen star Dion Phaneuf, it seems like the team can’t get out of its own way. At least they know how to get “big”…

  9. Was the LA Kings reported 15-year, $80M offer for Kovalchuk good enough?

    Jul 19, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    Comments Off

    We’ll wait on more official news about the exact details of the Ilya Kovalchuk deal (latest rumors are that it was a 17-year, $102 million deal with varying reports regarding how much its front-loaded nature could slap realism in the face). In the mean time, there are also reports about the failed offer. That would…

  10. Bobby Ryan, Anaheim Ducks contract talks hit a snag because of term, not dollar amounts

    Jul 19, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Now that the Ilya Kovalchuk saga is (more or less) complete, we can move on to some other contract negotiations. Take, for instance, the somewhat public troubles the Anaheim Ducks have undergone while trying to sign restricted free agent Bobby Ryan. Some more details regarding what, exactly, is slowing down the talks surfaced today. It…

  11. Tampa Bay trades for Simon Gagne, Flyers receive Matt Walker, fourth-rounder

    Jul 19, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Here’s an update on the story from earlier: the Tampa Bay Lightning received Simon Gagne in a trade from the Philadelphia Flyers for 30-year-old defenseman Matt Walker and a fourth round draft pick. (Frank Seravalli had that news, too.) On the Flyers side: The last couple moves mean that the Flyers essentially added Nikolai Zherdev…

  12. Report: Lightning on the verge of trading for Flyers forward Simon Gagne

    Jul 19, 2010, 2:25 PM EDT

    Comments Off

    When word spread that Ilya Kovalchuk re-signed with the New Jersey Devils, some immediately thought of the other names bandied about this summer. One of them was Simon Gagne, who the Flyers reportedly traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning moments ago. Frank Seravalli broke the news. In an earlier Tweet, Seravalli passed along word that…

  13. Those 'lifetime' contracts aren't as fool-proof as they seem

    Jul 19, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Who can forget the howls of derision from just about every corner of the hockey globe when people got wind of the 15-year, $67.5 million contract the New York Islanders handed to then-franchise goalie Rick Dipietro? Surely, much of that mockery came because of their history of dumb deals (just look at Alexei Yashin’s still-ridiculous…

  14. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Edmonton's loss is Carolina's gain as Canes sign Riley Nash

    Jul 19, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    The Carolina Hurricanes signed former 2007 Edmonton Oilers draft pick Riley Nash to a three-year entry-level contract today. Not to be confused with Columbus Blue Jackets winger Rick Nash, Riley played with his sibling Brendan during a successful college hockey career at Cornell. The Hurricanes have more on the signing. Jason Karmanos, Vice President and…

  15. 2010 NHL Free Agency: NJ Devils report that they re-signed Ilya Kovalchuk

    Jul 19, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    It looks like our long hockey nightmare is over. Less than an hour after Ilya Kovalchuk’s agent Jay Grossman said the winger would make his decision “for sure this time” today, the New Jersey Devils’ official Twitter account announced that he would be a member of their team. Here’s a screen capture of the Tweet…

  16. Ilya Kovalchuk's agent says he'll make his choice today, 'For sure this time'

    Jul 19, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Comments Off

    We’ve all been lead astray by claims that Ilya Kovalchuk would end what I’ve now deemed “Ilyawn Watch” for quite some time now. It’s difficult not to be a little bit sardonic about it, to be honest. However, such rumors gain a little more steam when his agent Jay Grossman makes a claim. Now, that…

  17. Atlanta Thrashers fans gladly pass on Kovalchuk 'drama'

    Jul 19, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Comments Off

    At the 18 day mark, we may just run out of thesaurus entries for the word “exhausting” when describing the Ilya Kovalchuk saga. Dare someone use the headline “Ilyawn” at this point? The give-and-take between the Russian winger and the Los Angeles Kings/New Jersey Devils has been drawn out beyond well-worn boundaries, not unlike the…

  18. When NHL teams defy draft day conventions

    Jul 19, 2010, 10:40 AM EDT

    Comments Off

    Picking players in a typical NHL Entry Draft is akin to choosing your child’s future college by throwing a dart at a globe blindfolded. Rarely are such important decisions made with such little genuine, quantifiable information. I stumbled across some interesting reads on the subject of players falling in the draft this morning. As you…

  19. The PHT Nightcap: Sunday, July 18th

    Jul 18, 2010, 11:50 PM EDT

    Comments Off

    Even in the depressingly hockey-free summer, we expect to be a productive bunch here at Pro Hockey Talk. Sometimes it might be difficult to follow our pace. We understand that. For that reason, whenever we can, we’ll put all of the day’s stories in one convenient post called the PHT Nightcap. Enjoy, hockey fans. Paul…

  20. Atlanta Thrashers rebuild in the image of their imposing new GM Rick Dudley

    Jul 18, 2010, 11:10 PM EDT

    There’s something really appealing about sports teams who forge distinct identities. Off the top of my head, the Detroit Red Wings have earned a reputation for being ahead of the back when it comes to European flair since the Russian-packed 90′s. The Washington Capitals and NBA’s Phoenix Suns are often criticized – but also admired…

  21. Duncan Keith's day with the Stanley Cup

    Jul 18, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    Comments Off

    Duncan Keith might be the only Chicago Blackhawk whose 2009-10 campaign was as eventful as that of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. In one hockey year, Keith shined on a gold medal winning Canadian Olympic team, lost a bunch of teeth in the playoffs, earned his first career Norris Trophy and (of course) a Stanley…

  22. Tampa Bay's new regime wants to remember the past, particularly the '04 Cup

    Jul 18, 2010, 8:10 PM EDT

    When you look at the list of the last 10-or-so Stanley Cup champions, there are two teams who stick out for the wrong reasons: the Carolina Hurricanes and Tampa Bay Lightning. Pardon the pun, but the two squads seemed like they just caught lightning in a bottle for a summer when they won their championships.…

  23. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Kings wrap up three more forwards: Elkins, Clune and Lewis

    Jul 18, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Comments Off

    We’ve already covered the signings of Marc-Andre Cliche and Brad Richardson earlier this weekend, but the Los Angeles Kings wrapped up five forwards overall this weekend. TSN reports that the team re-signed Corey Elkins, Rich Clune and Trevor Lewis as well. Clune earned two assists and 26 penalty minutes in 14 regular season games with…

  24. Is Ilya Kovalchuk holding out for a deal that trumps Alex Ovechkin's contract?

    Jul 17, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    When Alex Ovechkin was entering the league as a rookie, I thought it was unfair when people compared him to Ilya Kovalchuk. Ultimately, the comparisons weren’t fair … to Ilya. At this point, you’d have to be Kovalchuk, one of his family members or maybe his agent to think that he is on the same…

Featured video

Detroit must exploit Boston's young D
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. T. Oshie (4440)
  2. M. Duchene (3811)
  3. E. Malkin (3404)
  4. B. Bishop (3050)
  5. D. Backes (2750)
  1. H. Zetterberg (2606)
  2. O. Palat (2599)
  3. S. Mason (2448)
  4. R. Getzlaf (2437)
  5. V. Tarasenko (2406)