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  1. Ducks GM Bob Murray may take a different approach to signing RFA Bobby Ryan

    Aug 9, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

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    We didn’t get the closure many were expecting on the big Ilya Kovalchuk contract situation, but another big-time scorer is still on the outs with his team. That would be restricted free agent Bobby Ryan, a player who is still at an impasse with the team who drafted him, the Anaheim Ducks. Rather than being…

  2. Report: NHL has 'no plans' to fine NJ Devils for Kovalchuk contract, at least at this moment

    Aug 9, 2010, 8:10 PM EDT

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    While the New Jersey Devils could hash out a new, easier-to-ratify deal without too much of a headache, the Ilya Kovalchuk contract rejection could have meant more than just a hassle for the team. Let me point you to something Joe touched on earlier today. As for the Devils, there’s a possibility that they could…

  3. How the rejected Kovalchuk deal was different and similar to other 'fishy' contracts

    Aug 9, 2010, 7:45 PM EDT

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    There are two basic sides in the argument for or against the decision to invalidate Ilya Kovalchuk’s contract with the New Jersey Devils. Many of the people who side with Kovalchuk and the NHLPA point to other curious contracts handed out, like the one Marian Hossa signed with Chicago (that will bring him into his…

  4. The PHT Nightcap: Sunday, August 8th

    Aug 9, 2010, 2:15 AM 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. Would…

  5. Why Team USA should (and shouldn't) win back-to-back gold medals at the 2011 WJC

    Aug 9, 2010, 12:20 AM EDT

    Despite the fact that home ice advantage may largely be nixed because Buffalo is so close to Canada, many believe that Team USA will be mild favorites for a repeat gold medal performance in the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championships. If they accomplished that goal, they’d only be the fourth team to win back-to-back golds…

  6. Players who made an impact during World Junior Hockey Championships' evaluation camps

    Aug 8, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

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    Being that it only lasts one week, it’s dangerous to read too much into the development camps for next year’s World Junior Hockey Championships. Still, these evaluation sessions can be crucial for teams to make certain roster decisions, or at least put some players on their radar. It can also be an interesting sample for…

  7. Stats leaders for the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championships' development camp scrimmages

    Aug 8, 2010, 9:40 PM EDT

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    With the development camps for the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championships finished yesterday, I thought it might be worthwhile to take a look at some of the interesting stories from the camps tonight. First things first, I thought some out there might be interested to find out which players excelled the most in the very…

  8. Sidney Crosby and Roger Federer meet for first time; No word on if they ate any birthday cake

    Aug 8, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

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    Hockey and tennis are two wildly different sports. One is a team based game that requires considerable physical sacrifice and features plenty of violence. The other is a sport of one-on-one competition in which you can only really blame yourself for defeat (aside from maybe a few quibbles with line judges). Still, they are both…

  9. Introducing Knights Marian Hossa and Tomas Kopecky …

    Aug 8, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    I already discussed the fact that Marian Hossa and Tomas Kopecky brought the Stanley Cup to Slovakia, but sometimes it’s difficult to contextualize how big of a deal the coolest trophy in sports is to other countries. Well, if this video is any indication, it’s a fairly significant thing to the people of Slovakia. Introducing…

  10. Goalies who will suffer from 'form fitting' equipment changes the most

    Aug 7, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Today’s focus has been on the league’s plans to force goalies to wear “form fitting”/proportional pads next season. I touched on the rule change on a general level here and then got into the deeper details of just why it’s different (and confusing) in another post. It blows my mind a bit that the larger…

  11. How the NHL will regulate 'form fitting' goalie pads during 10-11 season

    Aug 7, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Earlier today, I discussed the fact that the NHL plans on forcing goalies to wear more “form-fitting” pads during the 2010-11 season. The natural reaction is to assume that all goalies would be affected negatively by this change but after picking the brain of The Goalie Guild, it turns out that the changes will be…

  12. The Detroit Red Wings' newest 'intern' is … Chris Chelios

    Aug 7, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

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    While he probably won’t fetch coffee or fix the copier, 48-year-old Chris Chelios seems like he’ll go from aged defenseman to over-the-hill intern with with the Detroit Red Wings. Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press has the story. “I don’t have a title for him, but he’s going to do a little player…

  13. Preferred nomenclature: The 'best' first names in hockey

    Aug 7, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Two powerful Mikes (Modano and Ilitch) I’m one of those people who believe that a name can often shape someone’s life/attitude/personality. Naturally, it doesn’t dictate everything, but chances are your kid might have the deck stacked against them if they have to answer to “Apple” or “Chastity” on the first day of school. (For some…

  14. NHL goalies will have to switch to more 'form-fitting' equipment in 2010-11 season

    Aug 7, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

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    When you look back at classic sports clips, every league looks a little different. Basketball players wore hilariously short shorts. NFL players went from insanely skimpy helmets to ones that are almost like today’s standard. Baseball players … well, let’s just say many of them were a lot, um, smaller. For hockey, the most glaring…

  15. The PHT Nightcap: Friday, August 6th

    Aug 7, 2010, 1:13 AM 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. Blackhawks…

  16. Marian Hossa brings the Stanley Cup to Slovakia

    Aug 6, 2010, 11:55 PM EDT

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    Today has been a rough one for unimaginative hockey humorists. (I know I’m struggling, personally.) If you haven’t heard already, we’ll be forced to find a new target for old man jokes, as 48-year-old defenseman Chris Chelios finally decided to hang up his skates. Perhaps it makes sense, then, that Chelios decided to retire today…

  17. Tim Thomas says he is 'ahead of schedule' after May 21 hip surgery

    Aug 6, 2010, 11:15 PM EDT

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    While he was usurped by Finnish sensation Tuukka Rask, I think that Tim Thomas was better during the 2009-10 season than most people gave him credit for. Or, perhaps more precisely, he wasn’t quite as bad as people thought. His save percentage was down to 91.5 last season, but that’s nicely above 90 percent, generally…

  18. 2K Sports will release Wii-exclusive 'NHL 2K11' two weeks early, on August 24

    Aug 6, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

    In case you haven’t heard, Electronic Arts’ NHL series dominance over 2K Sports’ own NHL 2K games reached so far that 2K’s upcoming “NHL 2K11″ will only appear on Nintendo’s Wii console. In many ways, it seemed like a move inspired by the fact that EA never made a hockey game for the Wii before;…

  19. Phoenix Coyotes claim that season tickets sales are 'significantly higher' than previous reports

    Aug 6, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    A few days ago, I passed along reports that the Phoenix Coyotes only managed to sell about 1,800 season tickets for next season, so far. That number seemed ridiculously low – even for a team with as many problems as the Yotes – and the team refutes that number. Here’s more from the Phoenix Business…

  20. Video: Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch welcomes Mike Modano to Detroit

    Aug 6, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT

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    If you’re a Dallas Stars fan, I apologize, but here is a video of Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch welcoming Mike Modano into the fold.   Want a little more regarding Modano’s move to Michigan? Check out Joe’s story regarding Willa Ford wanting him to “stick it to” is former team in Dallas.

  21. Chris Chelios officially retires from hockey, will join Detroit Red Wings front office

    Aug 6, 2010, 8:05 PM EDT

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    People who love making generic old jokes might be as sad as Stars fans will be watching Modano play as a Red Wing right now. While I must admit that I already thought this happened months ago, it appears that the 48-year-old Chris Chelios officially retired from hockey today according to ESPN’s EJ Hradek. Chelios…

  22. Evgeni Nabokov, Denis Grebeshkov discuss leaving NHL for SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL

    Aug 6, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    While his career decisions didn’t create an Ilya Kovalchuk-type stir, it’s not crazy to say that Evgeni Nabokov might have been the biggest unrestricted free agent of the summer. Sure, he’s had his fair share of struggles when the spotlight intensifies – whether that’s a fault of the Russian Olympic team’s spotty defense or the…

  23. How Alex Radulov's defection from the Predators to the KHL created 'The Russian Factor'

    Aug 5, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

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    It’s a distant memory for most hockey fans who don’t swear an allegiance to the Nashville Predators, but Alex Radulov’s defection to the KHL – right in the middle of his entry-level deal with the Predators – was at one time an anomaly. OK, it still is to some extent because most defectors wait until…

  24. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Sabres sign D Marc-Andre Gragnani to one-year deal

    Aug 5, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

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    The Buffalo Sabres re-signed 2005 third round draft pick Marc-Andre Gragnani to a one-year contract. The team did not disclose financial details regarding how much they paid the defenseman. Gragnani has only played six games in two seasons with the big club, combining for a goose egg across the board (0 goals, 0 assists, 0…

  25. 15-year-old fan wins contest to design the art on Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom's mask

    Aug 5, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

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    (Niklas Backstrom in his old, less charming goalie mask) I’ve seen goalies allow fans to design their masks before, but I only recall Calder-winner-turned-backup Andrew Raycroft doing so. The fans who submitted their artwork for Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom’s mask will likely see their labor of love a lot more often, as the Finnish…

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