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  1. Willie Mitchell is reportedly 'symptom-free' after fighting concussion problems

    Aug 2, 2010, 9:45 PM EDT

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    Of the most prominent free agents waiting for a contract, Willie Mitchell’s situation is probably the most “in his hands.” Even at a slightly advanced age, the rugged shutdown defenseman would certainly receive more attention if concussion issues didn’t bring his health into serious question. There might be good news on that front, though. Sean…

  2. Glen Metropolit leaves the NHL for EV Zug of the Swiss Elite League

    Aug 2, 2010, 8:50 PM EDT

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    Glen Metropolit is the latest NHLer to leave for a team overseas, although it’s reasonable to assume that he can be placed in the “Had Few Other Options” category rather than the “Wanted More Money” bin. Renaud Lavoie of RDS Hockey reports that Metropolit signed a two-year contract with EV Zug of the Swiss Elite…

  3. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Sabres hope Shaone Morrisonn can 'spell' their defensive core

    Aug 2, 2010, 8:10 PM EDT

    Just the other day, I was discussing the fact that the name “Sean” might have the most absurd range of spellings of any name in the world. I’m sure I’ll be corrected about this, but let there be no doubt that the list of “interpretations” is long. While the most common alternatives include Shaun and…

  4. Reports indicate Peter Forsberg wants to play for MoDo again; What about another NHL run?

    Aug 2, 2010, 7:45 PM EDT

    Like some reverse Groundhog Day, no hockey summer seems complete without at least a little bit of speculation on fragile forward Peter Forsberg. Consider his often-injured groin muscle/wonky foot to be his answer to a groundhog’s shadow; when you read about his relative health you know we’re in the thick of the slow season for…

  5. Report: Ilya Kovalchuk contract grievance hearing should take place in Boston on Tuesday

    Aug 2, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    With trade rumors cropping up as early as 2009, there were some Boston Bruins fans with dreams of Ilya Kovalchuk skating for the B’s. Well, that won’t quite come true, but if recent reports are correct his future (to some extent) will indeed be decided in Beantown. The hearing to honor or invalidate Ilya Kovalchuk’s…

  6. The PHT Nightcap: Sunday, August 1st

    Aug 2, 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. It was a pretty…

  7. Update: Marty Turco might not be a member of the Chicago Blackhawks after all

    Aug 2, 2010, 12:05 AM EDT

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    A few moments ago, we shared a report that the Chicago Blackhawks might have signed Marty Turco to a one-year, $1.75 million deal. To add some confusion to the mix, Dave Pagnotta of the Fourth Period (the person who shared WGN’s original report on Twitter) says that it might not happen after all. Being told…

  8. Report: Chicago Blackhawks allegedly sign Marty Turco; Is Antti Niemi on the way out?

    Aug 1, 2010, 11:25 PM EDT

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    It’s pretty late so there might not be an official announcement – or even other media confirmations – but at least one report from The Fourth Period indicates that the Chicago Blackhawks signed erstwhile free agent goalie Marty Turco to a one-year contract worth $1.75 million. Again, please note that this is a report and…

  9. Rob Zombie shares his love for hockey, goalie masks and more

    Aug 1, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    It’s often interesting to hear celebrities share their love for hockey. For one thing, they’re the type of people who have access to money and power and groupies, so it’s kind of cool to find out they still have some puck appreciation. Beyond that, it’s kind of refreshing to hear from someone who has a…

  10. Which NHL teams might be contenders next season?

    Aug 1, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    It’s a pretty slow night, so such evenings lend themselves to meandering little curiosities like this article regarding future contenders in the NHL. So who’s next? After adding Taylor Hall to a stockpile of offensive prospects that also includes world junior hero Jordan Eberle and skilled Swede Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson, the Oilers are being billed…

  11. Why a Marc Savard deal would (and wouldn't) make sense for the Kings and Bruins

    Jul 31, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    When the Boston Bruins chose to honor Blake Wheeler’s $2.2 million salary arbitration award, speculation began regarding how the team would clear up salary cap space. Shortly after the Bruins honored the deal, rumors began to circulate that the Los Angeles Kings might be interested in trading for playmaking center Marc Savard. Now, it’s important…

  12. Canada's Green Party names pugilist-turned-politician Georges Laraque their deputy leader

    Jul 31, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    It might be hard to believe, but one of the league’s best fighters in ages retired to a life that some might describe as cuddly. Some might even call him a “tree hugger.” Georges Laraque retired from hockey after being bought out by the Montreal Canadiens and the politically active pugilist was just named the…

  13. Report: Nashville Predators, Patric Hornqvist nearing a new deal

    Jul 31, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Casual fans might not be familiar with Patric Hornqvist, yet he is one of the highest impact players waiting for a new contract via restricted free agency. We’ve debated whether or not he’ll make good on his breakthrough 09-10 season already, but the bottom line is that he managed to score 30 goals next season.…

  14. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Alexandre Picard signs one-year, two-way deal with Habs

    Jul 31, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

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    The Montreal Canadiens signed defenseman Alexandre Picard (not to be confused with the Phoenix Coyotes version*, who is a left winger) to a one-year, two-way contract, according to Brian LeBlanc. * – Jeez, the two guys were born and drafted in the same year. I probably made identical “Star Trek” puns about them without even…

  15. Sharks GM Doug Wilson: 'Our failures are higher than most teams' successes'

    Jul 31, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    It’s one of those debates that sports fans have from time to time: is it better to root for a cellar dwelling team that never gets your hopes up or a strong team that falls short of the mark each year? Both are pretty crummy situations, but you’ll have to ask of fans of teams…

  16. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Sharks sign Devin Setoguchi to one-year deal

    Jul 31, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

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    Update: Nick Kypreos reports that Setoguchi’s deal is worth $1.8M. That means the Sharks will pay him $400K less than Boston will give Blake Wheeler. Very, very nice signing by GM Doug WIlson … As was discussed yesterday, the San Jose Sharks signed forward Devin Setoguchi to a one-year contract. The team did not share…

  17. Antti Niemi receives $2.75M arbitration award; Chicago has two days to decide what's next

    Jul 31, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    The wait to find out Antti Niemi’s salary arbitration award is over. Chris Kuc reports that the Cup-winning Finnish goalie received a one-year, $2.75 million ruling. Please note that this isn’t a binding contract, though; Niemi’s fate with the Balckhawks has not yet been decided. In case you haven’t been following arbitration situations, the Blackhawks…

  18. Pittsburgh Penguins make minor league coach Todd Reirden an assistant

    Jul 31, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

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    The Pittsburgh Penguins announced that they hired Todd Reirden as their assistant coach. Reirden was the head coach of the Penguins’ AHL team in Wilkes Barrie/Scranton before GM Ray Shero and Dan Bylsma decided to give him a promotion. Here’s more from the team. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head coach Todd Reirden, who spent the previous year and…

  19. Blackhawks should be a legit Cup contender next season, even with salary cap purge

    Jul 31, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

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    With all the Chicago Blackhawks Doomsday talk in the air, it’s easy to forget that the team still has some major talent in place. In fact, if the team is able to retain goalie Antti Niemi, you could make the argument that the core is still intact. Seriously, just take a look at who’s left.…

  20. Study: Hits only account for one-third of injuries at youth level of hockey

    Jul 31, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    While one can assume that things might be different at higher levels of the sport, the Montreal Gazette published notes on a study that concluded that hits produce only 34 percent of injuries at the youth level of hockey. The remaining 66 percent happen thanks to players getting hit by pucks, colliding into teammates or…

  21. Richard Bloch will be the arbitrator for the Ilya Kovalchuk contract grievance

    Jul 31, 2010, 10:40 AM EDT

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    While the NHL and Players Association refused to go on record regarding who, exactly, will be the arbitrator for the Ilya Kovalchuk contract dispute, someone found out anyway. has the word. The National Hockey League and its Players’ Association have agreed on an arbitrator to settle the Ilya Kovalchuk case, Sportsnet has learned. Richard…

  22. The PHT Nightcap: Friday, July 30th

    Jul 30, 2010, 11:30 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. Blackhawks…

  23. Sergei Fedorov's money troubles continue

    Jul 30, 2010, 10:45 PM EDT

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    Former Detroit Red Wings legend – and one of the first Russian hockey players to make an impact in the NHL – Sergei Fedorov made a lot of money in his storied NHL career. Unfortunately, it seems that he may have trusted the wrong people because he finds himself in serious financial trouble. In fact,…

  24. Calgary Flames hire a 'mental development coach'

    Jul 30, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

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    Yogi Berra, New York Yankees legend and expert butcher of cliches, once said that baseball is “Ninety percent physical and the other half is mental.” It appears that Calgary Flames GM Darryl Sutter – or someone within the Flames organization – took that dictum to heart and wants the team to give 180 percent. Steve…

  25. Montreal Canadiens prospect Louis Leblanc leaves Harvard to advance hockey career

    Jul 30, 2010, 9:15 PM EDT

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    As Joe speculated in June, Montreal Canadiens 2009 first round draft pick Louis Leblanc will leave Harvard University early to continue his hockey career. ESPN Boston’s Jimmy Murphy reports that the team signed Leblanc to a three-year contract. Jeff Marek notes that the prestigious university will lose Leblanc to the Montreal Juniors of the Quebec…

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