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  1. Nikita Filatov scheduled to arrive in Columbus Wednesday to prepare for training camp

    Aug 3, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

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    If you ask me, the Columbus Blue Jackets didn’t do a whole lot this summer to improve a team that fell well short of making the playoffs in 2009-10. You can blame a weak free agent market or a lack of cash all you want, but the bottom line is that the team doesn’t look…

  2. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Islanders sign veteran Jon Sim to one year, two-way deal

    Aug 3, 2010, 11:45 AM EST

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    The New York Islanders signed veteran forward Jon Sim to a one-year, two-way deal according to Katie Strang of New York Newsday. Former NHL player Justin Bourne makes a good point that it must feel odd for Sim, who will have “no guarantees” that he’ll be a part of the big club even at 32-years-old.…

  3. Report: Mike Modano could announce that he'll be a Detroit Red Wing on Thursday

    Aug 3, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

    If reports are accurate, Mike Modano will officially announce that he’s a member of the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday. It’s not a done deal until the words leave his chipmunk-toothed mouth, but my guess is Dallas Stars fans will be doing some grief eating this morning anyway. Helene St. James of the Detroit Free…

  4. The PHT Nightcap: Monday, August 2nd

    Aug 2, 2010, 11:50 PM EST

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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. Rangers…

  5. Detroit Red Wings rank as highest NHL team on Forbes' Best American Sports Fans list

    Aug 2, 2010, 10:50 PM EST

    Forbes.com named “America’s Best Sports Teams” (yet included the Montreal Canadiens … although I guess they wear something resembling America’s colors) and four NHL teams made the list. These lists are often flawed because they tend to ignore history (opening the door for dreaded “bandwagon” teams). Really, judging from their write-up regarding the list’s criteria,…

  6. Willie Mitchell is reportedly 'symptom-free' after fighting concussion problems

    Aug 2, 2010, 9:45 PM EST

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    Of the most prominent free agents waiting for a contract, Willie Mitchell’s situation is probably the most “in his hands.” Even at a slightly advanced age, the rugged shutdown defenseman would certainly receive more attention if concussion issues didn’t bring his health into serious question. There might be good news on that front, though. Sean…

  7. Glen Metropolit leaves the NHL for EV Zug of the Swiss Elite League

    Aug 2, 2010, 8:50 PM EST

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    Glen Metropolit is the latest NHLer to leave for a team overseas, although it’s reasonable to assume that he can be placed in the “Had Few Other Options” category rather than the “Wanted More Money” bin. Renaud Lavoie of RDS Hockey reports that Metropolit signed a two-year contract with EV Zug of the Swiss Elite…

  8. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Sabres hope Shaone Morrisonn can 'spell' their defensive core

    Aug 2, 2010, 8:10 PM EST

    Just the other day, I was discussing the fact that the name “Sean” might have the most absurd range of spellings of any name in the world. I’m sure I’ll be corrected about this, but let there be no doubt that the list of “interpretations” is long. While the most common alternatives include Shaun and…

  9. Reports indicate Peter Forsberg wants to play for MoDo again; What about another NHL run?

    Aug 2, 2010, 7:45 PM EST

    Like some reverse Groundhog Day, no hockey summer seems complete without at least a little bit of speculation on fragile forward Peter Forsberg. Consider his often-injured groin muscle/wonky foot to be his answer to a groundhog’s shadow; when you read about his relative health you know we’re in the thick of the slow season for…

  10. Report: Ilya Kovalchuk contract grievance hearing should take place in Boston on Tuesday

    Aug 2, 2010, 6:45 PM EST

    With trade rumors cropping up as early as 2009, there were some Boston Bruins fans with dreams of Ilya Kovalchuk skating for the B’s. Well, that won’t quite come true, but if recent reports are correct his future (to some extent) will indeed be decided in Beantown. The hearing to honor or invalidate Ilya Kovalchuk’s…

  11. The PHT Nightcap: Sunday, August 1st

    Aug 2, 2010, 1:00 AM EST

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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. It was a pretty…

  12. Update: Marty Turco might not be a member of the Chicago Blackhawks after all

    Aug 2, 2010, 12:05 AM EST

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    A few moments ago, we shared a report that the Chicago Blackhawks might have signed Marty Turco to a one-year, $1.75 million deal. To add some confusion to the mix, Dave Pagnotta of the Fourth Period (the person who shared WGN’s original report on Twitter) says that it might not happen after all. Being told…

  13. Report: Chicago Blackhawks allegedly sign Marty Turco; Is Antti Niemi on the way out?

    Aug 1, 2010, 11:25 PM EST

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    It’s pretty late so there might not be an official announcement – or even other media confirmations – but at least one report from The Fourth Period indicates that the Chicago Blackhawks signed erstwhile free agent goalie Marty Turco to a one-year contract worth $1.75 million. Again, please note that this is a report and…

  14. Rob Zombie shares his love for hockey, goalie masks and more

    Aug 1, 2010, 9:30 PM EST

    It’s often interesting to hear celebrities share their love for hockey. For one thing, they’re the type of people who have access to money and power and groupies, so it’s kind of cool to find out they still have some puck appreciation. Beyond that, it’s kind of refreshing to hear from someone who has a…

  15. Which NHL teams might be contenders next season?

    Aug 1, 2010, 7:40 PM EST

    It’s a pretty slow night, so such evenings lend themselves to meandering little curiosities like this Canoe.ca article regarding future contenders in the NHL. So who’s next? After adding Taylor Hall to a stockpile of offensive prospects that also includes world junior hero Jordan Eberle and skilled Swede Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson, the Oilers are being billed…

  16. Why a Marc Savard deal would (and wouldn't) make sense for the Kings and Bruins

    Jul 31, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    When the Boston Bruins chose to honor Blake Wheeler’s $2.2 million salary arbitration award, speculation began regarding how the team would clear up salary cap space. Shortly after the Bruins honored the deal, rumors began to circulate that the Los Angeles Kings might be interested in trading for playmaking center Marc Savard. Now, it’s important…

  17. Canada's Green Party names pugilist-turned-politician Georges Laraque their deputy leader

    Jul 31, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

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    It might be hard to believe, but one of the league’s best fighters in ages retired to a life that some might describe as cuddly. Some might even call him a “tree hugger.” Georges Laraque retired from hockey after being bought out by the Montreal Canadiens and the politically active pugilist was just named the…

  18. Report: Nashville Predators, Patric Hornqvist nearing a new deal

    Jul 31, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

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    Casual fans might not be familiar with Patric Hornqvist, yet he is one of the highest impact players waiting for a new contract via restricted free agency. We’ve debated whether or not he’ll make good on his breakthrough 09-10 season already, but the bottom line is that he managed to score 30 goals next season.…

  19. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Alexandre Picard signs one-year, two-way deal with Habs

    Jul 31, 2010, 3:30 PM EST

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    The Montreal Canadiens signed defenseman Alexandre Picard (not to be confused with the Phoenix Coyotes version*, who is a left winger) to a one-year, two-way contract, according to Brian LeBlanc. * – Jeez, the two guys were born and drafted in the same year. I probably made identical “Star Trek” puns about them without even…

  20. Sharks GM Doug Wilson: 'Our failures are higher than most teams' successes'

    Jul 31, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

    It’s one of those debates that sports fans have from time to time: is it better to root for a cellar dwelling team that never gets your hopes up or a strong team that falls short of the mark each year? Both are pretty crummy situations, but you’ll have to ask of fans of teams…

  21. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Sharks sign Devin Setoguchi to one-year deal

    Jul 31, 2010, 2:10 PM EST

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    Update: Nick Kypreos reports that Setoguchi’s deal is worth $1.8M. That means the Sharks will pay him $400K less than Boston will give Blake Wheeler. Very, very nice signing by GM Doug WIlson … As was discussed yesterday, the San Jose Sharks signed forward Devin Setoguchi to a one-year contract. The team did not share…

  22. Antti Niemi receives $2.75M arbitration award; Chicago has two days to decide what's next

    Jul 31, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

    The wait to find out Antti Niemi’s salary arbitration award is over. Chris Kuc reports that the Cup-winning Finnish goalie received a one-year, $2.75 million ruling. Please note that this isn’t a binding contract, though; Niemi’s fate with the Balckhawks has not yet been decided. In case you haven’t been following arbitration situations, the Blackhawks…

  23. Pittsburgh Penguins make minor league coach Todd Reirden an assistant

    Jul 31, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

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    The Pittsburgh Penguins announced that they hired Todd Reirden as their assistant coach. Reirden was the head coach of the Penguins’ AHL team in Wilkes Barrie/Scranton before GM Ray Shero and Dan Bylsma decided to give him a promotion. Here’s more from the team. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head coach Todd Reirden, who spent the previous year and…

  24. Blackhawks should be a legit Cup contender next season, even with salary cap purge

    Jul 31, 2010, 12:10 PM EST

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    With all the Chicago Blackhawks Doomsday talk in the air, it’s easy to forget that the team still has some major talent in place. In fact, if the team is able to retain goalie Antti Niemi, you could make the argument that the core is still intact. Seriously, just take a look at who’s left.…

  25. Study: Hits only account for one-third of injuries at youth level of hockey

    Jul 31, 2010, 11:20 AM EST

    While one can assume that things might be different at higher levels of the sport, the Montreal Gazette published notes on a study that concluded that hits produce only 34 percent of injuries at the youth level of hockey. The remaining 66 percent happen thanks to players getting hit by pucks, colliding into teammates or…

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