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  1. After being booed by Ducks fans for years, can Paul Kariya play for Anaheim again?

    Aug 10, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Most of the discussion regarding Paul Kariya’s possible return to the team he once starred for focuses on two questions: 1) do the Anaheim Ducks want him back? and 2) does Paul Kariya even want to play hockey anymore? But people outside the California area might not realize that there are some fresh wounds to…

  2. Rick Wilson becomes the Minnesota Wild's new assistant head coach

    Aug 10, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    The Minnesota Wild added Rick Wilson to their coaching staff today, filling a gap left by departed assistant coach Mike Ramsey. Here is more from Glen Andersen of the Minnesota Wild’s Web site. After a long, hurdle-ridden process, Wilson signed his contract in the Wild’s corporate offices today, his 60th birthday. The Wild had several…

  3. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Blue Jackets re-sign Mike Blunden

    Aug 10, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

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    The Columbus Blue Jackets made a minor move today, re-signing forward Mike Blunden to a contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Blunden was originally a member of the Chicago Blackhawks organization, as the 43rd pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. The Blue Jackets acquired Blunden in a trade for Adam Pineault in…

  4. Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers sign 10-year TV deal with Rogers Sportsnet

    Aug 10, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

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    It seems like hockey players aren’t the only people getting signed to “lifetime” contracts. The Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers signed a Nicklas Backstrom-length deal for their TV coverage, making a 10-year pact with Rogers Sportsnet that will help the company launch a new 24-hour channel Rogers Sportsnet ONE. The Flames provided a little more…

  5. A mild defense of Reebok's 'Champagne' Jerseys and other 'girly' clothes for women

    Aug 10, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    From everything I’ve seen, it must not be easy being a female sports fan. Men, on a whole, feel the need to reign supreme over what we think is our ultimate dominion: sports talk. Forgive me for generalizing, but sports are often a domain in which guys can make immature jokes, high five each other…

  6. Dallas Stars president Jeff Cogen leaves post to become CEO of Nashville Predators

    Aug 10, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Now that the Texas Rangers finally left the troubled hands of former owner Tom Hicks, the next step should be to sort out the messy situation Hicks’ other struggling Texas sports franchise is going through. Simply put, the Dallas Stars are somewhere between “mired by financial restraints” and “just plain miserable” right now. So it’s…

  7. NHL releases preseason schedule; Record six teams play games overseas

    Aug 10, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

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    The NHL released its preseason schedule on Monday, so I thought I’d point out some of the highlights. First, here are a few of the things that the league pointed out. An historic number of NHL clubs playing international games highlights the National Hockey League’s 2010-11 pre-season schedule, the dates and start times of which…

  8. Canucks GM Mike Gillis confirms that the NHL is looking into Roberto Luongo's 12-year deal

    Aug 10, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Last night, I pointed out the startling revelation that the league might investigate existing contracts after Ilya Kovalchuk’s cap-circumventing deal was rejected. Still, it’s one thing to hear such conjecture and a whole other thing to hear a little bit of confirmation on the subject. The Vancouver Sun got in touch with Vancouver Canucks GM…

  9. The PHT Nightcap: Monday, August 9th

    Aug 10, 2010, 1:00 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. Oilers…

  10. A transcript of the Ilya Kovalchuk contract ruling, plus a few more details

    Aug 10, 2010, 12:00 AM EDT

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    We’ve broken down the Ilya Kovalchuk contract rejection from many different angles, but for those of you attention-to-detail types, someone finally posted a transcript of the ruling itself. Thankfully, Canadian lawyer and sports buff Eric Macramalla got his hands on a copy, which you can peruse at your leisure here. Macramalla is a Partner at…

  11. Could Ilya Kovalchuk contract rejection impact other questionable (but already signed) deals?

    Aug 9, 2010, 10:40 PM EDT

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    Perhaps the next Collective Bargaining Agreement should include a “No Takebacks” clause. One of the most prominent arguments against voiding Ilya Kovalchuk’s contract was that other, similar deals set a precedent that cap-circumventing contracts would be accepted. While discussing the broader implications of arbitrator Richard Bloch’s decision to reject the contract, The Globe and Mail’s…

  12. Devils GM Lou Lamoriello goes back to the Ilya Kovalchuk contract drawing board

    Aug 9, 2010, 9:50 PM EDT

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    This probably won’t come as much of a surprise, but reports indicate that the New Jersey Devils are in the process of drawing up a new contract for Ilya Kovalchuk after an arbitrator sided with the NHL to void the 17-year, $102 million version. Here’s more from general manager Lou Lamoriello via Rich Chere. “While…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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