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James O’Brien

  1. Detroit Red Wings still in pursuit of Mike Modano

    Jul 5, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Sports fans all have their worst nightmare scenarios, particularly when it comes to a great, long-time player suiting up for a hated rival. It would be like Wayne Gretzky wearing a Calgary Flames sweater or Mario Lemieux skating for the Philadelphia Flyers. Some things just seem wrong. So Dallas Stars fans must be at least…

  2. Taylor Hall signs entry-level contract with Edmonton Oilers

    Jul 5, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    Considering all the Ilya Kovalchuk confusion, at least there’s some news that’s a little more straightforward this afternoon. Take, for instance, word that Taylor Hall signed an entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers today. James Mirtle shared the news. It’s basically a given Taylor Hall gets the max entry level salary: $900k base with another…

  3. Kovalchuk signs with the Devils? Well, not so fast …

    Jul 5, 2010, 2:07 PM EDT

    James Mirtle notes on Twitter that the New York Post recently changed the headline for its original story on Ilya Kovalchuk. At first, the indication was that the New Jersey Devils were on the verge of signing Kovalchuk to a seven-year, $60 million contract. Compare and contrast the headlines. Vs. So with that, the Ilya…

  4. Report: New Jersey Devils expected to sign Ilya Kovalchuk to seven-year, $60M deal

    Jul 5, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

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    The New York Post reports that the New Jersey Devils are expected to sign Ilya Kovalchuk to a seven-year, $60 million deal. If that is indeed the deal, Kovalchuk would generate an annual cap hit of a little more than $8.57 million per season. CapGeek.com lists the Devils’ pre-salary cap space at about $4.75 million,…

  5. NHL Slapshot trailer

    Jul 5, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

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    You can forgive 2K Sports for shaking in their boots a bit. After years of being the only licensed hockey game on all the big three consoles (Nintendo’s Wii, Microsoft’s XBox 360 and Sony’s Playstation 3), Electronic Arts announced their first-ever Wii hockey title “NHL Slapshot” while 2K decided to go Wii-only with “NHL 2K11.”…

  6. Quick hits: Kovalchuk to decide today, Chara talks begin, Versteeg's day with Cup

    Jul 5, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Here are a few quick hits from around the league. Ilya Kovalchuk’s (American) agent Jay Grossman says that the Russian winger is looking to make his decision today. That’s good news, because my l, y, and k keys have been getting an unusual amount of exercise lately. (Seriously, though, I don’t know about you ……

  7. Report: Ilya Kovalchuk more likely to stay in NHL according to Russian agent

    Jul 5, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

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    Despite the fact that he received an offer from SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL, Tom Gilutti reports that Ilya Kovalchuk’s Russian agent admits that he is more likely to stay in the NHL. In an article of the English-translated version of Russia’s Sport Express, Ilya Kovalchuk’s Russia-based agent says he is negotiating with SKA…

  8. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Nikolai Zherdev looks to return to the NHL, possibly with Leafs or Sabres

    Jul 5, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

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    Update: TSN reports that the Maple Leafs aren’t interested in Zherdev. After spending a year in the KHL with Mytishchi Atlant, Dmitry Chesnokov reports that former Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers forward Nikolai Zherdev is in serious discussions to return to the NHL. Chesnokov states that the Russian right-handed left winger is in…

  9. After being linked to Ilya Kovalchuk, is KHL team SKA after Evgeni Nabokov too?

    Jul 5, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    Could it be that the biggest “mover and shaker” in free agency this year is a team that doesn’t even play in the NHL? It seems like the KHL team SKA St. Petersburg might end up making a big splash or two, at least if rumored negotiations turn into confirmed signings. Last night I shared…

  10. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Is 2010 the 'Summer of the Pay Cut'?

    Jul 5, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

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    After years of NHL teams seemingly gorging themselves at the buffet table that is unrestricted free agency, it seems like the league is starting to exercise a little “portion control.” Jamie Fitzpatrick did a nice breakdown of the growing trend of players taking pay cuts for About.com. 20 Forwards Signed- Based on average annual salary,…

  11. The PHT Nightcap: Sunday, July 4th

    Jul 4, 2010, 11:55 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. Ryan…

  12. Report: KHL team SKA might be close to landing Ilya Kovalchuk

    Jul 4, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

    The Russian newspaper Sport-Express reports that Ilya Kovalchuk may be close to signing with a KHL team, according to a Tweet by Alexander Zaitsev of Russian Hockey Fans.com. Sport-Express is reporting that SKA has offered Kovalchuk a $36m/4-year contract. Kovy wants $40m. If SKA gives him $40m he will sign soon That’s not the type…

  13. Brian Burke marches in Toronto Pride Parade in honor of his late son, Brendan

    Jul 4, 2010, 11:15 PM EDT

    I might not always see eye-to-eye with Brian Burke when it comes to team-building, but it’s clear that he’s a man of principles. He made a promise to his son Brendan that he’d march in the Toronto Pride Parade this year, although Burke assumed that his son would still be alive to join him. Unfortunately,…

  14. In honor of the Fourth of July, the All-Time All-American team

    Jul 4, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

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    In an earlier post, I took a look at how Patrick Kane’s first three seasons stack up to the early years enjoyed by the three best American born forwards in NHL history. Being that it’s the Fourth of July, I thought I’d extend the patriotic puck-based postings by picking my All-Time All-American team. Surely there…

  15. Report: Ilya Kovalchuk insists on $100M deal

    Jul 4, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

    Earlier reports circulated that Ilya Kovalchuk and the Los Angeles Kings seem to be at an impasse after the Russian winger rejected GM Dean Lombardi’s “best shot” offer. While these rumors haven’t been confirmed by the Kings or Kovalchuk & Co., Elliotte Friedman states that the Kings went as far as they could without “jeopardizing…

  16. How Patrick Kane compares to the best American-born forwards in NHL history

    Jul 4, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

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    With the good old U.S. of A. on the minds of many, I thought I’d put together a couple posts on American hockey. Obviously, when thinking of red-white-and-blue hockey, it’s natural to think of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Looking at the roster for the ’06 Olympic team that failed to impress versus a young, scrappy…

  17. Ilya Kovalchuk rejects Los Angeles Kings' 'best shot'

    Jul 4, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    It seems that Ilya Kovalchuk’s quest to have his hockey cake and eat it too continues, even if the journey seems to be fueled by delusions. Helene Elliott reports that the Los Angeles Kings – widely considered Kovalchuk’s most logical suitors – have been turned down by the seemingly picky Russian. All signs indicate that…

  18. The PHT Nightcap: Saturday, July 3rd

    Jul 3, 2010, 11:00 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. Oilers…

  19. The six best potential 2011 UFA goalies (with a complete list)

    Jul 3, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

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    When a sports team (or group of fans) spouts the “Wait ’til next year” line, they usually mean that the next season could bring better things. Yet after a few days of the free agent frenzy, that saying might also apply to July 2011. It’s very early to look at future unrestricted free agents –…

  20. Top six potential UFA defensemen for 2011 (plus complete list)

    Jul 3, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

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    When a sports team (or group of fans) spouts the “Wait ’til next year” line, they usually mean that the next season could bring better things. Yet after a few days of the free agent frenzy, that saying might also apply to July 2011. It’s very early to look at future unrestricted free agents –…

  21. Ten most promising potential UFA forwards in 2011 (plus a complete list)

    Jul 3, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

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    When a sports team (or group of fans) spouts the “Wait ’til next year” line, they usually mean that the next season could bring better things. Yet after a few days of the free agent frenzy, that saying might also apply to July 2011. It’s very early to look at future unrestricted free agents –…

  22. Should someone make a deal with Satan? (Miroslav, that is.)

    Jul 3, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    (Yes, I know that is the most obvious headline possible. Sorry.) Now that the first few days of unrestricted free agency are just about done, it’s time to start checking out the players who are on hockey’s version of the “clearance” aisle. One of the more interesting players is Miroslav Satan – even if his…

  23. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Penguins sign Brett Sterling to one-year, two-way contract

    Jul 3, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    The Pittsburgh Penguins decided to go for expensive defense over pricey wingers this summer. While I’m not sure Paul Martin is really a $5 million per year blueliner, I think Penguins GM Ray Shero went in a wiser direction given the superior supply of D-men and the shallow pool of UFA forwards. That being said,…

  24. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Round-up of signings, including Ebbett, Winchester and Boogaard

    Jul 2, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

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    There were a handful of low-level signings in the last couple hours. Let’s take them on one-by-one. The St. Louis Blues re-signed gritty forward Brad Winchester. To go along with enforcer Derek Boogaard, the New York Rangers bolstered the grit and knuckle-throwing abilities by re-signing Brandon Prust. The Phoenix Coyotes signed small center Andrew Ebbett…

  25. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Predators sign speedy Matt Lombardi to three-year, $10.5M deal

    Jul 2, 2010, 5:11 PM EDT

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    You know it’s a shallow pool of forwards when Matthew Lombardi is one of the most promising candidates, but that is the case this summer. The Nashville Predators signed Lombardi to deal for three years, $10.5 million according to Pierre LeBrun. Lombardi’s speed and two-way play have always been there, but last year seemed like…

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