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  1. Columbus Blue Jackets hope casinos might fix their money woes

    Jul 17, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    For a while, casinos seemed like they might have been the “answer” for the Pittsburgh Penguins when they were struggling to keep their team together many moons ago. Now it looks like at least a few people hope that they might help the Columbus Blue Jackets stop their considerable financial bleeding. The Columbus Dispatch has…

  2. The NHL has plenty of talent among its youngest and oldest players

    Jul 17, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Earlier this summer, a article that nominated Sidney Crosby as the best athlete in all sports under 25 years old sparked further discussion about the league’s incredible amount of talent in that age group. NHL.com produced two articles that shows the great players in the two largest age extremes in the league. First, NHL.com took…

  3. 2010 NHL Free Agency: LA Kings re-sign Brad Richardson

    Jul 17, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    The Los Angeles Kings re-signed spirited forward Brad Richardson to a one-year, $900K contract according to Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider. This allows the Kings and Richardson to avoid the often-painful salary arbitration process. Richardson had a career year in 09-10, benefiting from occasional spot duty alongside Anze Kopitar and Wayne Simmonds. He scored…

  4. 2010 NHL Free Agency: What about … Lee Stempniak?

    Jul 17, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

    At this point in free agency, the focus shifts from the gems to flawed guys who can still bring some skill to the table. So, going forward, we’ll spotlight individual players who are flying under the radar. Previous Entries: Slava Kozlov, Alex Frolov, Willie Mitchell Today’s entry: Lee Stempniak Name: Lee StempniakHeight: 6-0 Weight: 195Position:…

  5. The PHT Nightcap: Friday, July 16th

    Jul 16, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

    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. Is…

  6. Sources say Ilya Kovalchuk-LA Kings talks are heating up, again. Supposedly.

    Jul 16, 2010, 10:40 PM EDT

    We’ve heard scuttlebutt about the talks heating up between Ilya Kovalchuk and the Los Angeles Kings before. At this point, it’s like Cold War-era kids getting ready for a fire drill; you know what to do. Take everything with a grain of salt. The latest rumor is that the Kings and Kovalchuk are boiling things…

  7. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Oilers sign Ryan O'Marra

    Jul 16, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

    The Edmonton Oilers signed forward Ryan O’Marra to a one-year deal today, according to TSN. The Tokyo, Japan native was originally drafted by the New York Islanders in the 1st round, 15th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by Edmonton in 2007 with Robert Nilsson and a 1st round pick in…

  8. Los Angeles Kings forward Justin Williams hopes to shake the injury bug

    Jul 16, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    You know what they say: age is just a number. Yet, in the realm of sports, you can seem old even if you’re not yet 30. Take a look at Patrice Bergeron, a 24-year-old player who seemingly experienced a career’s worth of highs and lows already. Los Angeles Kings forward Justin Williams is only 28…

  9. Montreal Canadiens hire new assistant GM Larry Carrière

    Jul 16, 2010, 8:10 PM EDT

    While Steve Yzerman and the Tampa Bay Lightning announced the signing of new assistant GM Julian BriseBois, the Montreal Canadiens also brought on a new right-hand man for Pierre Gauthier. The team appointed Larry Carrière, formerly of the Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres, as their new assistant general manager today. Larry Carrière was a member…

  10. KHL team UHC Dynamo hires Alex Ovechkin as an advisor

    Jul 16, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    Starting in July, Alex Ovechkin became an official member of KHL team UHC Dynamo. Is this the NHL/Washington Capitals’ worst nightmare? No, not exactly, because he won’t be playing for the team. Instead, Puck Daddy’s Dmitry Chesnokov reports that the Russian superstar will work in an advisory role with the offspring club of Moscow Dynamo.…

  11. The PHT Nightcap: Thursday, July 15th

    Jul 15, 2010, 11:15 PM EDT

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    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. Canadiens…

  12. Edmonton Oilers forward Gilbert Brule makes biggest impact off the ice

    Jul 15, 2010, 10:45 PM EDT

    While Gilbert Brule struggles to distinguish himself on the ice, he’s standing out when it comes to his charitable efforts. The Edmonton OIlers forward cut his vacation short and donated a considerable amount of money (and time) to help a two-year-old boy named Maddox Flynn in his fight against lymphatic cystic hydroma. The blog Hey…

  13. Mother of dead soldier objects to lake being named after Jonathan Toews

    Jul 15, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

    When we first heard that the Province of Manitoba would name one of its many lakes after local star Jonathan Toews on July 7, it seemed harmless (and amusing) enough. What we didn’t know was that the region has a tradition of naming lakes after fallen soldiers, a tradition that apparently was infringed upon –…

  14. 2010 NHL Free Agency: What about … Willie Mitchell?

    Jul 15, 2010, 9:40 PM EDT

    At this point in free agency, the focus shifts from the gems to flawed guys who can still bring some skill to the table. So, going forward, we’ll spotlight individual players who are flying under the radar. Previous Entries: Slava Kozlov, Alex Frolov Today’s entry: former(?) Vancouver Canucks defenseman Willie Mitchell. Name: Willie MitchellHeight: 6-3…

  15. Report: Chris Bourque set to depart NHL, father's shadow for the KHL

    Jul 15, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    One photo depicts Chris Bourque’s NHL career quite sadly (and accurately). Most of the time, I think of the KHL as a place for talented Russians to make more money and for aging, marginal players from the general area to seek refuge from hard-driving NHL coaches. Sure, that’s the general pattern, but let’s not forget…

  16. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Bruins hand Gregory Campbell a two-year, $2.2M deal

    Jul 15, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT

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    With all of the rumors about the Boston Bruins pondering a Marc Savard salary dump, you’d think they become a little careful with their money. Instead, the team continues its tradition of overpaying just about everyone (except Savard), as they signed depth forward Gregory Campbell to a two-year, $2.2 million contract. (Jimmy Murphy of ESPN…

  17. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Minnesota hands Mikko Koivu richest deal in Wild franchise history

    Jul 15, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Mikko Koivu is one of the NHL’s most underrated players, but you won’t be able to call him one of the league’s most underpaid scorers much longer. Michael Russo reports that the Finnish center signed a seven-year, $47.25 million contract extension with Minnesota, the richest deal in Wild history. Sources: Koivu’s deal is 7 years,…

  18. Looking back at the most scandalous offer sheet dramas in NHL history

    Jul 14, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

    I’ve stated this quite a bit the last few days, but it’s surprising NHL teams are so reluctant to send promising players offer sheets. I imagine there’s a lot of “Golden Rule” justification for staying away (“What if I’m in their shoes?,” general managers would shout), but … wouldn’t Bobby Ryan be worth a few…

  19. Nikolai Zherdev claims that he is now a 'two-way player'; Is water no longer wet?

    Jul 14, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

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    During a conference call today, Nikolai Zherdev referred to himself as a “two-way player.” In other news from Bizarro Land, I condemn puns, hate bacon and find Madonna interesting. All joking aside, the talented Russian winger claims that he’s improved in one of the areas that once made Ken Hitchcock and John Tortorella pitch fits.…

  20. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Minnesota brings back backup goalie Josh Harding for one year

    Jul 14, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    Apparently, the Minnesota Wild saw my post* about the players who might be worth an offer sheet this summer. The team announced that they signed Josh Harding to a one-year contract, although financial terms have not been disclosed by the team. Update: Michael Russo reports that the Wild signed Harding to a one-year, $1.2 million…

  21. Scary, unsubstantiated rumor of the day: Could the salary cap ceiling drop to $48M in 2012?

    Jul 14, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Now, the most important thing to note is that this is a rumor. I thought I’d get that out of the way immediately. The thing is, this rumor comes from one of the most respected, stable and trusted writers in hockey (Lyle “Spector” Richardson, to be exact). With all the Donald Fehr talk, it’s natural…

  22. Simon Gagne's agent confirms rumors of a possible (though not 'imminent') trade

    Jul 14, 2010, 3:50 PM EDT

    There have been plenty of rumors about Simon Gagne being traded by the Philadelphia Flyers, but it’s one thing to hear an anonymous source say it and other to hear it straight from the horse’s/agent’s mouth. So, yes, it’s not startling to hear that the Flyers are allowing Gagne to discuss a future contract with…

  23. Report: Donald Fehr will stay with NHLPA but won't be executive director (yet)

    Jul 14, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

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    While lockout-wounded hockey fans probably still tremble at the name Bob Goodenow, Donald Fehr is the name bandied about as the player’s union figurehead during Major League Baseball’s hugely damaging strike. So seeing that (in)famous name connected to the NHL Players Association is like a professional wrestler hearing The Undertaker’s music. I’m not sure if…

  24. Teemu Selanne isn't ready to make his retirement decision just yet

    Jul 14, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

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    It’s become a summer tradition like sundresses and sweat-stained T-shirts. Teemu Selanne is once again needing some time to do some soul-searching regarding his retirement decision. You can’t call him Brett Favre because – even when he sat out some games – he still came back and never actually retired. Still, the creeping possibility of…

  25. 2010 NHL Free Agency: What about … Alexander Frolov?

    Jul 14, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    At this point in free agency, the focus shifts from the gems to flawed guys who can still bring some skill to the table. So, going forward, we’ll spotlight individual players who are flying under the radar. Yesterday’s entry: Vyacheslav “Slava” Kozlov. Today, I’ll take a look at Alexander Frolov. Name: Alexander FrolovHeight: 6-2 Weight:…

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