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  1. Updated salary arbitration calendar

    Jul 28, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

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    I provided a list of the upcoming arbitration hearings on Monday and already quite a few decisions have been made. In most cases, those deals were made to avoid such an uncomfortable process. I thought I’d update that list with stories Joe and I wrote for completed contracts or decisions we’re still waiting on. Let’s…

  2. Ice Edge claims progress in Coyotes talks, report clarifies their troubles

    Jul 28, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Watching Ice Edge Holdings and certain members of the Canadian media trade barbs back and forth is about as tedious as sitting through an 11-hour tennis match. At some point you just want to see some resolution. Ice Edge is adamant that they’re making progress toward completing their attempted purchase of the Phoenix Coyotes, despite…

  3. Nikolai Khabibulin's court case pushed to August 27, will be judge-only

    Jul 28, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

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    To touch on an update Joe made last week, Nikolai Khabibulin’s extreme DUI hearing will indeed be delayed. His court date will take place on August 27 and there will only be a judge, not a jury according to the Oilers Report. Having Khabibulin’s court case in limbo must be a headache for the Oilers…

  4. Tim Kennedy, Buffalo Sabres went through salary arbitration Tuesday, currently await results

    Jul 28, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

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    In one of the increasingly rare cases of a salary arbitration hearing actually taking place, the Buffalo Sabres and forward Tim Kennedy told their sides of the story on Tuesday. The Buffalo News reports that an independent arbitrator will decide what Kennedy should earn either today or on Thursday. Here’s some conjecture regarding the amount…

  5. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Devils, Mark Fraser reach deal, will NJ utilize buyout window?

    Jul 28, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

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    In yet another move to avoid salary arbitration, the New Jersey Devils signed young defenseman Mark Fraser to a one-year, one-way contract worth $500K according to Tom Gulitti. With all due respect to Fraser, the signing might be most interesting because it gives the Devils a new 48-hour buyout window; some wonder if the team…

  6. KHL nabs another Russian NHL player as Denis Grebeskhov signs with SKA

    Jul 28, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    In a move that raised some eyebrows this morning, Puck Daddy’s Dmitry Chesnokov reports that former Nashville Predators (and Edmonton Oilers) defenseman Denis Grebeshkov signed a two-year deal with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL. While the 26-year-old blueliner’s 21 points in 09-10 might not “wow” people, he’s a very effective player when he’s healthy…

  7. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Blue Jackets, Anton Stralman agree on 'last minute' deal

    Jul 28, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

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    We’ve discussed a handful of deals that were made in the “last minute” before salary arbitration, but the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline reports that the Blue Jackets and Anton Stralman’s contract might have taken that seriously. Apparently the two sides met an hour before the 9 a.m. deadline and agreed on a one-year, $1.9 million…

  8. The PHT Nightcap: Tuesday, July 27th

    Jul 28, 2010, 12:15 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. Coyotes…

  9. Evidence that NHL officials make fewer penalty calls late in games; A list of the worst offenders

    Jul 27, 2010, 10:45 PM EDT

    During the CCPT Podcast last Sunday, we eventually discussed the thankless job of officiating. My main point during that discussion was NHL referees are human and therefore imperfect, but at least they don’t provide the kind of tinfoil-hat-wearing-fodder that plagues the NBA. Still, there’s no doubt that officials can dictate the way an NHL game…

  10. Penguins, Capitals might turn to two career AHLers to fill lineup gaps

    Jul 27, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

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    As Ray Shero discussed in a story we referenced on Sunday, NHL teams can’t stock their teams with high-end players like they did in the pre-salary cap days. Instead, general managers must look for bargains to fill out their rosters, whether that means a savvy veteran, a reclamation project or – sometimes – an AHLer.…

  11. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Capitals, Tomas Fleischmann also avoid arbitration

    Jul 27, 2010, 9:15 PM EDT

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    The trend of NHL teams narrowly avoiding salary arbitration continues tonight as the Washington Capitals and forward Tomas Fleischmann agreed to a one-year, $2.6 million deal. (Financial details via Tarik El-Bashir) Here is more regarding Fleischmann from the Caps. Fleischmann, 26, set career highs in goals (23), assists (28), points (51) and plus/minus (+9) in…

  12. Blake Wheeler's agent says arbitration hearing was 'professional'; How much is he worth?

    Jul 27, 2010, 8:10 PM EDT

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    As I mentioned yesterday, Blake Wheeler can be a tough nut to crack in negotiations, or so it seems. The young power forward in the making had his salary arbitration case with the Boston Bruins today. The arbitration award either hasn’t been made public or flat-out hasn’t been made yet – they have 48 hours…

  13. Breaking the ice: Lemieux, Crosby become first people to skate at Consol Energy Center

    Jul 27, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

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    For years, the Pittsburgh Penguins enjoyed the increasingly rare advantage of playing at home in an old arena. Rather than playing in a sterile*, impersonal new megadome the team played in crusty old Mellon Arena. As you may know, starting next season, that will change as the Penguins open the arena that Mario Lemieux, Sidney…

  14. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Oilers, Gilbert Brule avoid arbitration, agree to two-year pact

    Jul 27, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

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    The Edmonton Oilers and forward Gilbert Brule were the latest parties to avoid salary arbitration, as the two sides agreed to a two-year deal worth $3.7 million (or $1.85 million per year) according to TSN. “Gilbert made a big step last year in his development,” said Oilers’ general manager Steve Tambellini. “We are excited to…

  15. NY Islanders name ECHL's Kalamazoo Wings as a minor league affiliate

    Jul 26, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    The New York Islanders announced that they signed an affiliation agreement with the Kalamazoo Wings of the Eastern Conference Hockey League. They’ll be a part of the organization along with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the team that acts as the Islanders’ primary affiliate in the AHL. (No word on whether or not the team’s official…

  16. (Updated) Alexander Frolov update: Report claims that Frolov may sign with Rangers

    Jul 26, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Mere moments after the original post went up, Jay Gold passes along a report that Frolov might sign with the New York Rangers. Gold also notes that it’s not official, so take it with a grain of salt. Yesterday, we discussed the fact that the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings were eye-balling Alexander…

  17. Blake Wheeler, Boston Bruins hit a wall in contract talks; salary arbitration looms

    Jul 26, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    When I think of Boston Bruins forward Blake Wheeler, I think of two things. First, I look back at his unfortunate situation with the Phoenix Coyotes, as the young player left the team in favor of the Bruins. On the bright side, I also think of his impressive (if unmatched) 2008-09 season in which he…

  18. Tampa Bay Lightning select new CEO Tod Leiweke

    Jul 26, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

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    The dramatic overhaul of the Tampa Bay Lightning continued today as the team chose former Seattle Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke to be the CEO of Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment, according to TSN. Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment is apparently the parent company of both the Lightning and its arena, the St. Pete Times Forum.…

  19. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Predators sign Ryan Parent to two-year, $1.85M deal

    Jul 26, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

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    When it came down to it, the Nashville Predators basically sold the negotiation rights for Dan Hamhuis for Ryan Parent. Considering the fact that the Philadelphia Flyers didn’t even nab Hamhuis, I’d say that’s a decent takeaway. The team reportedly signed the young defenseman to a two-year, $1.85 million deal according to Kevin Allen of…

  20. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly responds to NHLPA's grievance

    Jul 26, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

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    Soon after the NHLPA filed its grievance regarding the Ilya Kovalchuk contract as expected, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly released a statement in response. Craig Custance of the Sporting News blog The Grinder shares Daly’s comment. “We have received formal notice that the NHLPA is grieving the League’s rejection of Ilya Kovalchuk’s contract with the…

  21. Take a look at the 2011 NHL All-Star Game logo

    Jul 26, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

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    As anticipated, the Carolina Hurricanes and the NHL in general unveiled the 2011 NHL All-Star Game logo today. Here it is, in all of its logotastic glory. Well that looks … fine? I don’t have much to say about it, but here’s the league’s description of the logo and a little information about how Raleigh,…

  22. The NHLPA officially files a grievance on Ilya Kovalchuk's behalf

    Jul 26, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

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    To little surprise, the NHL Players Association did indeed file a grievance on Ilya Kovalchuk’s behalf today. Here’s the NHLPA’s statement via TSN. “The NHLPA has filed a grievance disputing the NHL’s rejection of the Standard Player Contract between the New Jersey Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk. Under the terms of the CBA, the NHLPA and…

  23. PHT makes a podcast appearance on CCPT Hockey

    Jul 26, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Update: Since the embedded code made the podcast play automatically I decided to just put up a link of the show. On rare occasions, Joe and/or I will make non-PHT appearances. Thankfully for the eyesight of hockey fans, I personally won’t be doing so in visual form – at least not yet. Instead, I will…

  24. New Lightning assistant Wayne Fleming reflects on coaching in Russia, Alex Cherepanov's death

    Jul 26, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

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    I’ve stated it before – and mentioned it last night on a podcast – but the Southeast Division is transforming from “the Washington Capitals and a bunch of misfits” to possibly the most fascinating division in hockey. From the Caps will-they-or-won’t-they story to the resounding transformations of the Panthers, Thrashers and Lightning, it’s a group…

  25. After injuries forced him into retirement, Mike Van Ryn finds a coaching job in the OHL

    Jul 26, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Injuries forced defenseman Mike Van Ryn to retire from the NHL, but it didn’t take him long to find a place in the hockey workforce. Sunaya Sapurji of Yahoo Sports reports that Van Ryn will be an assistant coach with the OHL’s Niagara IceDogs (now that’s a solid name) next season. Here are some comments…

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