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James O’Brien

  1. 2010 NHL Free Agency: St. Louis Blues re-sign David Perron for two years

    Jul 21, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

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    While I think that the team could probably use a few more forwards who fall under the “slick” category, it’s hard not to like the St. Louis Blues’ budding group of near-to-full-on bruisers. That group includes TJ Oshie, David Backes and David Perron. The Blues announced today that they re-signed RFA Perron to a two-year…

  2. Milestone Watch: Some significant numbers players can reach during the 2010-11 season

    Jul 21, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    In the last couple days, I tackled the NHL’s most “unbreakable” records as well as ones that are “off the beaten path.” To complete that leisurely triangle of numbers posts, I thought I’d look at some more attainable feats that could be accomplished during the 2010-11 season. Here is a look at some achievable milestones…

  3. The NHL's 'off the beaten path' records, including one that Alex Ovechkin could break

    Jul 21, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Last night, I discussed the NHL.com story regarding the league’s “unbreakable” records. John Kreiser also added another wrinkle to the topic with a separate post including some of the records that are “off the beaten path.” I thought I’d take a look at some of those wacky records, too. Let’s start with one that could…

  4. Hockey in Mexico? Growing the sport in a rare location

    Jul 21, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

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    When people think of “hockey countries,” Canada jumps to the forefront followed by cold weather nations in Europe (and, for some, the U.S. too). One of the last places people think about is Mexico. In fact, many might be surprised that there are a solid amount of ice hockey rinks in the country, but NHL.com…

  5. Bob Probert's wife Dani says he 'would have been so proud' of fan, community support

    Jul 21, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    The family of Bob Probert released a heartfelt statement today, thanking hockey fans and various other people involved in the celebration of the popular pugilist’s life. Here is an excerpt of the release from Bob’s wife Dani, from the Windsor Star. In our time of need, we, the Probert family, were so humbled with the…

  6. NHL releases an official statement regarding Ilya Kovalchuk contract rejection

    Jul 21, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

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    Just in case there were any worries about the Ilya Kovalchuk contract rejection being official, the league indeed made it so. Here is the official statement from NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, via NHL.com. “The contract has been rejected by the League as a circumvention of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Under the CBA, the contract…

  7. The Ilya Kovalchuk contract rejection collection

    Jul 21, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Being that news came pretty late regarding the NHL reportedly rejecting Ilya Kovalchuk’s contract, I imagine this might be the first some people have heard of it. To make things easier on you (scrolling way down the page? For the birds.), I decided to put a small “collection” of the posts together. Each link will…

  8. Two more Kovalchuk bits: Does the NHL have a case and will the Kings try again?

    Jul 21, 2010, 12:30 AM EDT

    So, it appears that the NHL rejected the Ilya Kovalchuk contract. I discussed what might happen next, but there are two other mini-stories of moderate interest. Adrian Dater states that if the contract would go through the arbitration process, the league wouldn’t have much of a case against the Devils’ deal. Indeed, at first glance…

  9. Ilya Kovalchuk's rejected contract: So what happens next?

    Jul 20, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

    By this time, you should probably be aware that the NHL reportedly rejected Ilya Kovalchuk’s 17-year, $102 million deal with the Devils. (If not, read about it here. I’ll wait. *crosses arms, looks at watch*) While the league hasn’t made an official announcement on it yet, it seems like the Kovalchuk saga will continue yet…

  10. Report: NHL rejects Ilya Kovalchuk's front-loaded contract

    Jul 20, 2010, 10:45 PM EDT

    Apparently “Loophole Lou” might have gotten in the way of the loophole-manipulating contract that Ilya Kovalchuk signed with his New Jersey Devils. An AP report indicates that the NHL rejected the 17-year, $102 million contract the Russian winger was offered to stay in Newark. Keep in mind this isn’t quite “official” just yet, but it…

  11. Taking a look at the NHL's 'unbreakable' records

    Jul 20, 2010, 10:20 PM EDT

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    Now that some of the biggest news is done with, it’s time for some fun stuff. NHL.com’s John Kreiser is one of the go-to sources for such amusement and today is no exception. He listed some of the NHL’s most “unbreakable” records. Here are some of my favorite tidbits from the article. Most points, career:…

  12. 2010 NHL Free Agency: The Sutter family stays together in Calgary, other small signings

    Jul 20, 2010, 9:45 PM EDT

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    Here is a roundup of today’s small-time signings. Some might call it a dysfunctional one considering last season’s failed attempt at a playoff berth, but the Sutter clan is represented well by the Calgary Flames franchise. They can cover the GM (Daryl), coach (Brent) and player (Brett) if the youngster can be a regular on…

  13. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Anton Stralman's salary arbitration could cause a mess in Columbus

    Jul 20, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    While the Chicago Blackhawks (salary cap purging), Detroit Red Wings (simply re-gaining Jiri Hudler) and St. Louis Blues (adding Halak) made waves in the Central division this summer, it’s been disappointing to see GM Scott Howson and the Columbus Blue Jackets stand pat. It’s often the sign of a cash-strapped club to do just that,…

  14. Pittsburgh Penguins to honor Mario Lemieux's comeback from retirement with a statue

    Jul 20, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

    December 27, 2000 was like a bonus Christmas present for Pittsburgh Penguins fans. On that day, franchise savior Mario Lemieux began what would be an incredible return to the game with a great performance against the Toronto Maple Leafs. His first year was such a great success that he ended up being one of the…

  15. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Rangers confident they can re-sign RFA Marc Staal

    Jul 20, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    It’s been a nice summer for unrestricted free agents. While I know that the so-called “frenzy” often involves some chronic overspending, players such as Paul Martin and Dan Hamhuis received contracts that were at least a little startling. I can’t help but wonder how much restricted free agent defensemen will garner in a market that…

  16. LA Kings might regret missing out on Gagne more than Kovalchuk

    Jul 19, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    For many people, the Los Angeles Kings will seem like “losers” because they didn’t land Ilya Kovalchuk today. Some might say that they weren’t willing to pay enough to get him, others will say that their history of losing factored in. Optimistic folks will point out that this will make it much easier for them…

  17. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Calgary Flames sign big defenseman Matt Pelech

    Jul 19, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

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    The Calgary Flames’ last few seasons have been littered with some rather big mistakes. From overpaying Jay Bouwmeester to the puzzling signing of Olli Jokinen and getting next to nothing for fallen star Dion Phaneuf, it seems like the team can’t get out of its own way. At least they know how to get “big”…

  18. Was the LA Kings reported 15-year, $80M offer for Kovalchuk good enough?

    Jul 19, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

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    We’ll wait on more official news about the exact details of the Ilya Kovalchuk deal (latest rumors are that it was a 17-year, $102 million deal with varying reports regarding how much its front-loaded nature could slap realism in the face). In the mean time, there are also reports about the failed offer. That would…

  19. Bobby Ryan, Anaheim Ducks contract talks hit a snag because of term, not dollar amounts

    Jul 19, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Now that the Ilya Kovalchuk saga is (more or less) complete, we can move on to some other contract negotiations. Take, for instance, the somewhat public troubles the Anaheim Ducks have undergone while trying to sign restricted free agent Bobby Ryan. Some more details regarding what, exactly, is slowing down the talks surfaced today. It…

  20. Tampa Bay trades for Simon Gagne, Flyers receive Matt Walker, fourth-rounder

    Jul 19, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Here’s an update on the story from earlier: the Tampa Bay Lightning received Simon Gagne in a trade from the Philadelphia Flyers for 30-year-old defenseman Matt Walker and a fourth round draft pick. (Frank Seravalli had that news, too.) On the Flyers side: The last couple moves mean that the Flyers essentially added Nikolai Zherdev…

  21. Report: Lightning on the verge of trading for Flyers forward Simon Gagne

    Jul 19, 2010, 2:25 PM EDT

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    When word spread that Ilya Kovalchuk re-signed with the New Jersey Devils, some immediately thought of the other names bandied about this summer. One of them was Simon Gagne, who the Flyers reportedly traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning moments ago. Frank Seravalli broke the news. In an earlier Tweet, Seravalli passed along word that…

  22. Those 'lifetime' contracts aren't as fool-proof as they seem

    Jul 19, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Who can forget the howls of derision from just about every corner of the hockey globe when people got wind of the 15-year, $67.5 million contract the New York Islanders handed to then-franchise goalie Rick Dipietro? Surely, much of that mockery came because of their history of dumb deals (just look at Alexei Yashin’s still-ridiculous…

  23. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Edmonton's loss is Carolina's gain as Canes sign Riley Nash

    Jul 19, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    The Carolina Hurricanes signed former 2007 Edmonton Oilers draft pick Riley Nash to a three-year entry-level contract today. Not to be confused with Columbus Blue Jackets winger Rick Nash, Riley played with his sibling Brendan during a successful college hockey career at Cornell. The Hurricanes have more on the signing. Jason Karmanos, Vice President and…

  24. 2010 NHL Free Agency: NJ Devils report that they re-signed Ilya Kovalchuk

    Jul 19, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    It looks like our long hockey nightmare is over. Less than an hour after Ilya Kovalchuk’s agent Jay Grossman said the winger would make his decision “for sure this time” today, the New Jersey Devils’ official Twitter account announced that he would be a member of their team. Here’s a screen capture of the Tweet…

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