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  1. Poll results: LeBron James is more annoying than Ilya Kovalchuk

    Jul 8, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

    While LeBron James made his choice (the Miami Heat), Ilya Kovalchuk still sits on the fence. PHT readers didn’t sit on the fence, though, when we asked them which contract situation was more annoying. “King James” won by a landslide. Take a look in the poll below. (Click to enlarge.) So, chin up, Ilya. You…

  2. Nashville Predators name Shea Weber their new captain

    Jul 8, 2010, 8:35 PM EDT

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    Shea Weber is one of the best (and most underrated) defenseman in the league. After Jason Arnott was traded, the Nashville Predators needed a new captain … and it didn’t take them long to choose the towering defenseman with that powerful shot. Here’s more from the Predators and NHL.com. “In addition to being one of…

  3. Quick hits: Thrashers hire John Torchetti, Jay Feaster becomes Flames' assistant GM

    Jul 8, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

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    Let’s take a look at two moves made on the bench and in the front office today. It’s been rumored for a while, but it’s official as of Thursday: John Torchetti (seen in the picture hilariously celebrating the Chicago Blackhawks Cup win) will be Craig Ramsay’s associate coach in Atlanta. TSN has the report. John…

  4. Could Khabibulin's possible jail time bail the Edmonton Oilers out of his contract?

    Jul 8, 2010, 6:29 PM EDT

    The 2009-10 season was so rough for the Edmonton Oilers, I called it “Murphy’s Law on Ice.” One of the biggest components of that lousy campaign was Nikolai Khabibulin’s downfall, as the sporadically brilliant goalie went from Chicago’s unexpected netminding savior in 08-09 to an injury victim and the possible recipient of a DUI. (It’s…

  5. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Capitals sign Eric Fehr, Michael Nylander clears waivers

    Jul 8, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    The Washington Capitals signed forward Eric Fehr to a two-year, $4.4 million contract extension, allowing them to avoid the arduous arbitration process. Ken Campbell of The Hockey News reported the news. Fehr, who had career highs of 21 goals and 39 points in 69 games in 2009-10, made $772,000, which means he received almost a…

  6. Florida Panthers hope Lebronamania runs wild on hockey fans, too

    Jul 8, 2010, 3:50 PM EDT

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    When you’re trying to sell tickets to a fan base as stagnant as the Florida Panthers’, you sometimes have to stretch the boundaries of credibility. So don’t blame the moribund franchise for hoping that Lebronamania* will run wild on hockey fans, too. *I prefer Lebronamania to Lebronmania, simply because it evokes Hulkamania. Yes, I am…

  7. Ilya Kovalchuk, Marty Turco, other free agents could learn from Marian Hossa

    Jul 8, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    For the last couple years, Marian Hossa’s free agent path has been the source of sometimes-justified mockery. After all, the two-way forward seemed like the ultimate mercenary, jumping from contender to contender in Pittsburgh, Detroit and Chicago. Yet after finally raising the Cup and signing a cap-friendly (though risky over the long-term) contract, I might…

  8. Report: Simon Gagne hasn't waived his no-trade clause (yet, at least)

    Jul 8, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

    Contrary to earlier reports, it appears that Philadelphia Flyers winger Simon Gagne has not waived his no-trade clause. At least not yet, according to an interview with RDS. Broad Street Hockey had the news. Despite the reputation RDS has of reporting information that can be less than true, this is coming straight from Gagne himself.…

  9. Columbus Blue Jackets hope to bring back Nikita Filatov

    Jul 8, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

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    There are a few common threads hanging around this free agent summer. It’s been a bad July for goalies, at least the big-ticket guys, as players such as Dan Ellis and Chris Mason provided cheap alternatives for teams who balked at the asking price of Marty Turco and Evgeni Nabokov. From my viewpoint, it’s been…

  10. Poll: Who's more annoying, Ilya Kovalchuk or Lebron James?

    Jul 8, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    Chances are that if you’re even vaguely interested in professional sports, you’ve probably heard that Lebron James is going to make his long-awaited free agent decision tonight on live TV. If you frequent this site, you’re probably also a little beaten down by the on-again, off-again saga that is Ilya Kovalchuk’s contract negotiations. As followers…

  11. Signing Zherdev now could cost the Flyers a superior player later

    Jul 8, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    The Philadelphia Daily News backs up suspicions that a deal between flighty Russian winger Nikolai Zherdev and the Philadelphia Flyers seems highly likely (and also that such a contract would probably push out Simon Gagne). The signing of Zherdev would officially mark the end of the Simon Gagne era in Philadelphia after 10 seasons. Last…

  12. Sound the broken record: Kings, Kovalchuk fall short of a deal again

    Jul 8, 2010, 10:40 AM EDT

    It’s now been a solid week of Ilya Kovalchuk rumors, whining and (perhaps) tiresome greed.* Maybe you’re still riveted by the whole saga, but my guess is that most of the hockey world is worn out by the talk. * – And not just tiresome greed on Kovalchuk’s part, either. Watching this situation play out…

  13. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Predators roll the dice with Sergei Kostitsyn

    Jul 6, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    When the Kostitsyn brothers (sort of) burst onto the scene, Andrei was considered the better finisher/generally more talented of the two but Sergei was the “fast” one. Either way, it seemed like the two had a chance to be a solid sibling set for the Montreal Canadiens. As you may know, things fell apart for…

  14. LA Kings should not worry about luring big-time free agents

    Jul 6, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Perhaps I’m in the minority here, but I think the Los Angeles Kings are better off without Ilya Kovalchuk … at least at the kind of money and years he seems determined to receive. Los Angeles Times writer Helene Elliott seems to think it’s a sign that the team cannot lure in high-end free agents,…

  15. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Janssen, Lundin, Purcell and Drew Miller sign one-year deals

    Jul 6, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

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    Let’s take a look at a few minor signings from around the NHL. The Tampa Bay Lightning signed defenseman Mike Lundin and recently acquired forward Teddy Purcell to one-year contracts. Pierre LeBrun reports that Lundin’s contract will be worth $750K. Lundin had three goals and 10 assists for 13 points in 49 games for the…

  16. Concussion problems might force Kim Johnsson to retire

    Jul 6, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

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    While hockey players often skate through the playoffs with all kinds of grisly injuries, one of the most troubling ailments cannot be easily corrected with surgery or even rest. Concussions are a sad reality in all violent sports, affecting not only a player’s ability to function as a hockey player but also causing dire longtime…

  17. The home of the Vancouver Canucks is now Rogers Arena, not GM Place

    Jul 6, 2010, 3:23 PM EDT

    The Vancouver Canucks will no longer be playing in GM Place. OK, that’s a little misleading, as it turns out that the naming rights to the home of the ‘Nucks will now be Rogers Arena instead, according to Jeff Marek. The Globe and Mail expands on the situation. It was widely believed that the contest…

  18. Jaroslav Halak's contract: Better for Halak, the Blues … or the Habs?

    Jul 6, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

    Four years from now, we’ll look back at this summer as a turning point for both the Montreal Canadiens and St. Louis Blues. The question is: will the Habs look wise for taking Jaroslav Halak’s impressive playoff run with a grain of salt or will the Blues point to that trade (and subsequent signing) as…

  19. 2010 NHL Free Agency: St. Louis signs Jaroslav Halak to four-year, $15M deal

    Jul 6, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

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    One of the biggest restricted free agent mysteries just went solved as the St. Louis Blues signed former Montreal Canadiens playoff hero Jaroslav Halak to a four-year, $15 million contract according to Nick Kypreos. That works out to a $3.75 million cap hit for each year. I’ll expand on this soon, but I thought I’d…

  20. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Blues reportedly sign Carlo Colaiacovo to two-year, $4.25M deal

    Jul 6, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

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    To the chagrin of St. Louis copy editors and the benefit of their blueline, the Blues are reportedly on the verge of re-signing defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo to a two-year, $4.25 million deal. (Source: TSN.) Colaiacovo, an unrestricted free agent, scored seven goals and 25 assists in his first full season with the Blues. He came…

  21. Bring back the rats: Panthers add '96-era players Brian Skrudland, Gord Murphy to front office

    Jul 6, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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    For some NHL franchises, a Cinderella run to a Stanley Cup finals sweep would be a prelude of better things to come. For the great ones, it would possibly be a little bit embarrassing. For the mediocre ones, it might be a vibrant memory in a montage of occasional playoff appearances. Yet for a moribund…

  22. Poll results: PHT readers choose Parise's goal over Donovan's winner

    Jul 6, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    Almost immediately after seeing Landon Donovan’s extra time heart-stopper of a goal (which ultimately didn’t mean much), I couldn’t help but compare it to one of U.S. hockey’s more exciting moments (which ultimately didn’t mean much). It was more for the sake of experiment than anything else, but I couldn’t help but ask if Donovan’s…

  23. Bob Probert dies at age 45

    Jul 5, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Sad news out of Windsor, Ontario: George Malik reports that former tough guy Bob Probert died at the age of 45 today. The Windsor Star has some details on the unfortunate situation. Former NHL forward Bob Probert has been rushed to hospital after collapsing in a boat on Lake St. Clair Monday afternoon, AM800 CKLW…

  24. Mason Raymond, Gilbert Brule, Jeff Schultz and Andrew Ladd file for salary arbitration

    Jul 5, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    Today marks the deadline for NHL players to file for salary arbitration. While the process can often be lucrative, it’s something both players and teams would rather avoid for the simple reason that the debates on a person’s value can really wreak havoc on someone’s psyche. Just look at the tales of general managers critiquing…

  25. Simon Gagne's no longer in LA Kings' sights

    Jul 5, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    It already appears that the Los Angeles Kings fell out of the Ilya Kovalchuk sweepstakes, but now it seems that they won’t be trading for Simon Gagne either. Rich Hammond provides the report. Incidentally, something I neglected to mention in the previous post is that according to a team source, the Kings no longer consider…

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