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  1. Kevin Smith discusses his hockey movie 'Hit Somebody,' choosing to film in Hockeytown

    Jul 23, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    As a hockey fan, it’s easy to have a soft spot for writer-director Kevin Smith. Both his best and worst work features the sports prominently. From rooftop hockey in “Clerks” to a reference to “The Whale” and hockey video games in “Mallrats,” Smith has been eager to show off his puck love. Smith’s career seems…

  2. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Blackhawks keep some size, re-sign bruiser Bryan Bickell

    Jul 23, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

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    The Chicago Blackhawks lost a ton of muscle this off-season. Thanks to salary cap headaches, the team purged bruisers such as Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Eager and Andrew Ladd. Those loses may not mean much in the box scores (aside from Byfuglien, I guess), but in tough battles with feisty squads such as the Vancouver Canucks,…

  3. The PHT Nightcap: Thursday, July 22nd

    Jul 22, 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. Kings…

  4. Anaheim Ducks ponder a trade with Vancouver Canucks for Kevin Bieksa

    Jul 22, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

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    With the unrestricted free agent market drying up and the list of restricted free agents dwindling, the next way to add players is by exploiting another team’s need for a salary dump. While the Anaheim Ducks are becoming known for penny-pinching ways, their threadbare blueline needs a little help. (I mean, Lubomir Visnovsky can bring…

  5. NHL to officially unveil 2011 Winter Classic during a press conference on Tuesday

    Jul 22, 2010, 9:40 PM EDT

    Word is that the NHL will officially unveil the 2011 Winter Classic via a press conference at Heinz Field on Tuesday. (Source: Inside Pittsburgh Sports.) New Year’s 2011 won’t be around very soon, although it’s kind of difficult to believe it’s almost August already. (I guess I’m getting old?) The outdoor game will take place…

  6. Islanders call Rick Dipietro car accident rumor 'a complete fabrication'

    Jul 22, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    Some might call Rick Dipietro’s trend-setting “lifetime” contract (and his many injuries) a cruel joke. Yet that doesn’t really excuse what seems like a prank call about the goalie’s health from taking place. TSN reports that the New York Islanders had to “shoot down” a rumor about the struggling goalie being in a car accident…

  7. Video: The 'wackiest' goal celebrations in NHL history

    Jul 22, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    It’s getting to that “fluffy summer time” part of the calendar, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a little frivolous hockey fun, right? NHL.com has been in the spirit lately, as today they featured some of the “wackiest goal celebrations” in the league history. Something tells me they didn’t consult Don Cherry for this…

  8. Two more Ilya Kovalchuk contract rejection tidbits

    Jul 22, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

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    We’ve covered most of the theories, options and details of the Ilya Kovalchuk contract rejection, but it appears that there are a few more tidbits floating around. Lyle “Spector” Richardson had a roundup of some of the Kovalchuk news today. There are two items that caught my eye. Here is the first one, told by…

  9. Devils GM Lou Lamoriello issues statement about Kovalchuk contract situation

    Jul 21, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    So far, we’ve shared the official statements from NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly as well as the near-non-statements from the NHL Players Association and Ilya Kovalchuk’s agent Jay Grossman. Since we went that far, let’s see what New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello had to (barely) say. Here is his statement, via the Devils…

  10. Paul Bissonnette's off-hand remarks about Kovalchuk bring his Twitter account to an end

    Jul 21, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    There isn’t much to say about Paul Bissonnette’s on-ice game. He’s a minimum-wage plugger willing to do what he can to stick with an NHL team (he’s played limited minutes for the Pittsburgh Penguins and most recently last season with the Phoenix Coyotes). If it were just for hockey, he’d be a mere blip on…

  11. NHL Players Association issues a statement on Kovalchuk contract rejection

    Jul 21, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Earlier today I shared the league’s official statement on the Ilya Kovalchuk contract rejection, so I thought I’d also give you the NHL Players Assocation’s release. Here it is, straight from NHLPA spokesperson Jonathan Weatherdon. “The NHLPA is currently analyzing the basis upon which the NHL rejected the contract between the New Jersey Devils and…

  12. Atlanta Thrashers say 'No thanks' to Clarke MacArthur's $2.4M arbitration decision

    Jul 21, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

    We’ve seen a handful of signings designed to avoid salary arbitration the last few days and with good reason; the meetings can get downright ugly. Sometimes, nobody wins. Take the case of Clarke MacArthur and the Atlanta Thrashers. Chris Vivamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Thrashers decided to walk away from the arbitrator’s…

  13. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Senators sign Nick Foligno to two-year deal

    Jul 21, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

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    The Ottawa Senators just announced that they signed forward Nick Foligno to a two-year contract, although in typical fashion, they didn’t reveal the financial details. The team provided a few details on the forward’s fragmented three season career with the big club. Foligno, 22, finished his third National Hockey League season with the Senators with…

  14. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Buffalo locks up rugged forward Patrick Kaleta to two-year deal

    Jul 21, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

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    The Buffalo Sabres signed agitating forward Patrick Kaleta to a two-year contract, according to various sources. No word yet on the financial details, but I’d imagine that he signed a pretty affordable deal (Derek Boogaard’s contract might make that last statement incorrect, though). This allows the Sabres and Kaleta to avoid salary arbitration. In 55…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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:…

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