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  1. New York Islanders, Doug Weight close to one-year deal

    Jun 15, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    The New York Islanders and Doug Weight are reportedly on the verge of agreeing to a new contract that would keep the veteran center in Long Island for at least one more year. TSN reports that Weight and Islanders GM Garth Snow are just clearing up the bonus structure of the deal, but Snow said…

  2. Jonathan Toews: Rumored cover star for EA's NHL '11 game

    Jun 15, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    While it’s far from official, there are some well-founded rumors that Jonathan Toews will be the cover star for EA Sports’ upcoming NHL ’11 video game. Puck Daddy and various other outlets caught wind of the software giant briefly putting up a page with a mockup of the game cover on its Web site, although…

  3. Hershey Bears win second straight Calder Cup after 4-0 win

    Jun 15, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

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    The Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals affiliate) beat the Texas Stars (Dallas Stars affiliate) 4-0 to win their Calder Cup series 4-2 last night. NHL.com captures the significance of the Bears’ historic 2009-10 season. The Bears became the AHL’s first repeat champions in 19 years, capping a comeback from a 2-0 series deficit with a 4-0…

  4. Jay Leno welcomes Chicago Blackhawks, Stanley Cup (video)

    Jun 15, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    I’m not sure what televises better: the Stanley Cup or those awesome red Chicago Blackhawks jerseys. (Though I would guess that the real winners are Duncan Keith’s vacant teeth and Patrick Kane’s mullet.) All four of those beauties made an appearance on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno last night. Check out this video with…

  5. Tuesday marks the start of two-week contract buyout period

    Jun 14, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    Most of the talk in the next month or so will be about teams adding players. Whether it is through the draft or free agent splurges, the majority of players leaving teams will be doing so by choice (some might say because of greed). There is, however, one big exception: buyouts. The contract buy-out window…

  6. Toronto Maple Leafs officially announce Dion Phaneuf as captain, jersey redesign

    Jun 14, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    As we expected, the Toronto Maple Leafs named Dion Phaneuf their newly minted captain during a press conference today. There was more news than that, though, as the Leafs look to be echoing their past in other ways too. Check out their “new” jerseys, which as Icethetics points out, bring back a shoulder patch used…

  7. First NHL '11 trailer

    Jun 14, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    I’m pretty sure the E3 Conference is going on right now, which is basically a magnet for video gamers, dorks and some of the world’s most deodorant-shy humans. In other words, it’s probably a lot of fun. Overall, it’s not particularly relevant to puckheads aside from one important exception: news regarding hockey games, of course.…

  8. Should the Penguins bring back Petr Sykora?

    Jun 14, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    The most exciting moments of hockey off-seasons come when a team lands a big, expensive free agent. Yet, nine times out of ten in sports, splashy deals fail miserably (see: the Dan Snyder era with the Washington Redskins). Just look at last summer; while Jay Bouwmeester made headlines when he signed with the Calgary Flames,…

  9. Donald Brashear: Worst value of the 2009-10 season?

    Jun 14, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    In the previous post, I took a look at the players who were the best bargains during the 2009-10 season. It’s important to note that the study only took into account points per dollar earned, so subjective factors like “hustle” as well as other important numbers (like time on ice) weren’t part of the experiment.…

  10. Was Rich Peverley the NHL's biggest bargain of the 2009-10 season?

    Jun 14, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    With free agency just a few weeks away, teams and fans alike are dreaming of finding the perfect match. General managers might want to attempt to track down big-name stars, but winning clubs often get by with bargains and “steals.” Capgeek.com has a list of “bargains” that is pretty interesting. Now, I want to make…

  11. Chicago Blackhawks take Stanley Cup to Wrigley Field

    Jun 14, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    While we can debate Ozzie Guillen’s claims that the 2005 Chicago White Sox World Series parade was better, there’s little doubt that the city of Chicago is going Cup crazy at the moment. The team was honored at Wrigley Field yesterday during a Cubs-White Sox contest. TSN captured some of the most interesting details. The…

  12. Web site hits, TV ratings, general sales up across the board for 2010 playoffs

    Jun 14, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    While it’s probably a long-shot for the NHL to ever leapfrog the NBA for more than a few scattered evenings, that shouldn’t overshadow the fact that hockey is on a hot streak. Naturally, the fantastic Vancouver Olympics were a huge draw but the playoffs and Winter Classic also made a huge impact. NHL.com features an…

  13. Free Agent All-Star team: Restricted

    Jun 14, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    In the last post, I put together a First All-Star team of unrestricted free agents. Though restricted free agents tend to attract less attention, there could be some intriguing situations. While I broke down the last list of players into forward positions (left wing, center, right wing), this time I’ll just choose three forwards, plus…

  14. Free Agent All-Star team: Unrestricted

    Jun 14, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    For some hockey fans, reality might have set in late Wednesday last week or perhaps last Thursday morning. But it might not truly set in until the Monday of the first full week of the off-season. So, as we gather ourselves on this bittersweet day, preparation for the 2010-11 season is already underway. To tackle…

  15. Flyers bolster goalie depth by signing Johan Backlund to 2-year extension

    Jun 14, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    He’s not a big name goalie and he contributed little to their unexpected run to the Stanley Cup finals, but Johan “don’t call me Bob” Backlund – not Michael Leighton – is the latest goalie to sign with the Philadelphia Flyers. TSN reports that the Flyers extended the contract of the Swedish goalie (who managed…

  16. Blackhawks will send ex-GM Dale Tallon a Stanley Cup ring

    Jun 12, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    While Stan Bowman was the Chicago Blackhawks’ official GM during the 2009-10 season, there’s no doubt that former GM (and recently hired Florida Panthers GM) Dale Tallon’s fingerprints were all over that Cup winning team. Of course, a negative Nancy would say that he is also responsible for the ticking time bomb that is their…

  17. Rob Niedermayer wants to return to New Jersey Devils; What about his brother Scott?

    Jun 12, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

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    Rob Niedermayer might not be anywhere near as talented as his brother Scott, but he’s been a player who can play a specialized role on a hockey team. As Earl Sleek of Battle of California said of Rob when he was a member of Anaheim Ducks, he’s an “All-Star” in tight areas – particularly against…

  18. Hershey Bears take 3-2 series lead over Texas Stars in 2010 Calder Cup finals

    Jun 12, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

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    With the World Cup tournament kicking into high gear while the Stanley Cup finals concluded on Wednesday, there’s one other Cup being fought over right now. That other tournament would be the AHL’s Calder Cup championship. Last night, the Hershey Bears took a 3-2 series lead over the Texas Stars thanks to a 2-1 overtime…

  19. Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik has sports hernia surgery, should be back for training camp

    Jun 12, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Looking for “free candy”? You might have to wait 4-6 weeks. TSN reports that Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik underwent sports hernia surgery. It’s being reported that Orpik is expected to be back in time for the Penguins’ training camp in September. Orpik has a career-high 25 points during the 2009-10 season despite playing with…

  20. Blackhawks fans, police officer hit by ATV during Blackhawks Cup parade

    Jun 12, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    It seems like details on this situation are pretty scarce, but as was reported on Puck Daddy, the relatively safe – if not serene – Chicago Blackhawks Cup parade did have at least one scary moment. Take a look at this unsettling video of an ATV (meant to provide crowd control during the massive 2…

  21. Poll: How much should Antti Niemi get paid?

    Jun 12, 2010, 11:25 AM EDT

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    (Campbell: “Ask for at least $7 million per year …”) From what I can remember, there really isn’t much precedent for Antti Niemi’s “rookie” season, when it comes to contract negotiations. The 26-year-old Finnish goalie played 39 games regular season along with 22 in the playoffs, backstopping the Chicago Blackhawks to its first Stanley Cup…

  22. 'Over 2 million' people show up for Chicago Blackhawks Cup parade

    Jun 11, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    So, it seems like that whole “Stanley Cup” thing is kind of a big deal to the people of Chicago. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the victory parade garnered more than two million screaming revelers. With a 49-year Stanley Cup drought finally over, the City of Chicago estimated over 2 million ecstatic Blackhawks fans basked…

  23. Andrew Ladd played with fractured shoulder

    Jun 11, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

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    One of the most interesting traditions that take place once a series – or the entire playoffs – ends is the series of stories that trickle through about players fighting through injuries. It’s not surprising to hear that Chicago Blackhawks winger Andrew Ladd was banged up, though, being that he missed the first three games…

  24. Rob Blake expected to announce retirement next week

    Jun 11, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

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    At 40 years old, it’s far from stunning that all signs point to Rob Blake retiring. Mark Emmons of the Mercury News reports that Blake will probably make that announcement sometime next week. The formal announcement is not expected to come until next week. On Wednesday, both the Sharks and Blake declined to comment. But…

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