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  1. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Tampa Bay signs Martin St. Louis to 4-year, $22.5M extension

    Jul 1, 2010, 1:15 PM EST

    Martin St. Louis looks like he’ll be a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning for five more years. New GM Steve Yzerman is making some nice moves today, ridding the team of an excessive contract in Andrej Meszaros and now inking the pint-sized St. Louis to a four-year contract extension. The four-year deal is worth…

  2. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Hurricanes bring back Anton Babchuk … again

    Jul 1, 2010, 12:59 PM EST

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    The Carolina Hurricanes continue their on-again off-again love affair with Anton Babchuk, signing the big defenseman to a one-year, $1.4 million contract according to Kevin Allen of USA Today. Babchuk has had an odd career, ping-ponging back and forth from the Hurricanes to Omsk Avangard in Russia every other year. Last season, he played in…

  3. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Flyers re-sign Braydon Coburn to two-year, $6.4M extension

    Jul 1, 2010, 12:31 PM EST

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    Even without signing Dan Hamhuis, the Philadelphia Flyers look to have one of the most expensive defensive units in hockey. They traded for Andrej Meszaros moments ago and now re-signed RFA defenseman Braydon Coburn to a two-year, $6.4 million contract according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie. Here’s the breakdown of what their defensemen will be making…

  4. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Rangers sign Martin Biron to back up Henrik Lundqvist

    Jul 1, 2010, 12:10 PM EST

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    The New York Rangers are giving all-world starter Henrik Lundqvist a little support in the form of one-time starter Martin Biron, whom they signed to a two-year deal with the team for about 900K per season (according to Darren Dreger and other sources). Biron did not play very well for the New York Islanders last…

  5. Paul Martin primed to test free agent market

    Jul 1, 2010, 11:50 AM EST

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    For some reason, I just assumed that the New Jersey Devils would re-sign Paul Martin. The team and the blueliner seemed tethered together because New Jersey is a little shallow in its own end while Martin never really lit up the world from a scoring standpoint. Then again, GM Lou Lamoriello is also known for…

  6. Poll: Which team will land Ilya Kovalchuk?

    Jun 30, 2010, 5:45 PM EST

    Earlier today, I discussed the five NHL teams I think have the best chance of landing Ilya Kovalchuk … plus the very real possibility he might take the big bucks in the KHL. Ultimately, I listed the Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs. Still, these are just gut reactions…

  7. Flyers stick with goaltending formula, sign Michael Leighton to two-year, $3.1 M deal

    Jun 30, 2010, 4:40 PM EST

    Michael Leighton and Brian Boucher will be the Philadelphia Flyers’ goaltending duo for the 2010-11 season. Nick Kypreos just reported that Leighton signed a two-year, $3.1 million contract with the team. With that approximate $1.55 million cap hit, the team will spend about $2.5 million in net next season. Year after year, the Flyers go…

  8. Top 5 most likely NHL destinations for Ilya Kovalchuk (plus the KHL)

    Jun 30, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

    Almost a month ago, I wrote a series of posts about Ilya Kovalchuk’s impending free agent status. In the first one, I advised NHL general managers to be careful about throwing big money at Kovalchuk. I followed that up with early speculation on where the talented but pricey left wing might land. With NHL free…

  9. Oilers acquire Vandermeer from Coyotes, Phoenix then buys out O'Sullivan

    Jun 30, 2010, 2:40 PM EST

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    The original thought was that the Edmonton Oilers would just buy out talented but troubled forward Patrick O’Sullivan. Instead, TSN reports that the team traded him to the Phoenix Coyotes for defenseman Jim Vandermeer. While the Oilers look to keep Vandermeer, the Coyotes were the ones who bought O’Sullivan out instead. O’Sullivan will be bought…

  10. NHL fires Coyotes president Doug Moss, promotes Mike Nealy to spot

    Jun 30, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

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    It’s not easy when the NHL is your boss. The league, aka the acting owner of the Phoenix Coyotes, fired team president Doug Moss and promoted Mike Nealy to the vacated position. TSN has the report, along with this quick summary of the two executives’ backgrounds. Moss had been the Coyotes’ President since December, 2002.…

  11. Columbus claims Moreau; NHL teams put Dawes, Preissing, others on waivers

    Jun 30, 2010, 1:10 PM EST

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    While the Columbus Blue Jackets claimed Ethan Moreau off of waivers, there are plenty of other players on the waiver wire today. Here is a list from Kevin Allen of USA Today. On waivers today: Tom Preissing, Jay Pandolfo, Andrew Peters, Nigel Dawes and Nokelainen. Preissing is a very flawed defenseman (although he could provide…

  12. Rugged leader Rod Brind'Amour expected to retire today

    Jun 30, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

    After a long, highly-productive (if rarely pretty) NHL career, it looks like Rod will retire “The Bod.” Nick Kypreos and WRAL Sports reports that Rod Brind’Amour will announce the end of his playing days today. It will be interesting to see what kind of salary cap impact his retirement will have. From everything I’ve read,…

  13. Could fallen stars Cheechoo, Kariya and Tanguay be worth a look?

    Jun 30, 2010, 11:30 AM EST

    While tomorrow’s “free agent frenzy” should provide plenty of splashy moves and interesting deals, there is a slight sense that most NHL teams made it to the buffet table after Overeaters Anonymous already ran wild on the good stuff. Aside from the soon-to-be-rich(er) Ilya Kovalchuk, most of the restricted and unrestricted free agents are far…

  14. Mike Van Ryn won't play next season, is his NHL career over?

    Jun 30, 2010, 11:10 AM EST

    It might not be surprising news, but it’s sad anyway; hobbled Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Mike Van Ryn will not play in the 2010-11 season, according to TSN. Naturally, this brings up questions of retirement. Van Ryn didn’t play a single game in the 2009-10 season and only appeared in 27 in 08-09 and 20…

  15. Devils avoid arbitration with David Clarkson, sign him to three-year deal

    Jun 30, 2010, 10:40 AM EST

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    Whenever you see a team sign a free agent today, think of it as a slacker college student writing a 10-page research paper in a single Red Bull-laced day of desperation (not that I *cough* ever experienced such a thing). This is the final opportunity for teams to avoid ugly and uncomfortable processes like arbitration…

  16. Chicago Blackhawks extend $1.65M qualifying offer to Andrew Ladd

    Jun 27, 2010, 5:45 PM EST

    Even after moving Dustin Byfuglien and Brent Sopel, the Chicago Blackhawks are still going to struggle with the salary cap. That will force some tough decisions with players like Antti Niemi and Niklas Hjalmarsson, but the team hopes to bring back at least one restricted free agent in Andrew Ladd. The Blackhawks extended a qualifying…

  17. Boston Bruins would be crazy to trade Marc Savard for Mikhail Grabovski

    Jun 27, 2010, 5:20 PM EST

    The Boston Bruins would be nuts to trade Marc Savard for next to nothing (er, I mean, Mikhail Grabovski). They’re considering the idea, though, at least according to the current rumor circulating via Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star. I can see the logic of moving him for a valuable defenseman, but for Grabovski? That…

  18. The days of the Southeast division being the NHL's worst may be numbered

    Jun 27, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    Let’s face the facts … the Southeast division has been a bad joke for years. Each season, the Washington Capitals seem to end any doubt about its division title winner by, what, November? Even though they’ve won two Stanley Cups fairly recently, those Carolina and Tampa Bay teams fell apart in the blink of an…

  19. Could the Penguins sign Dan Hamhuis and Sergei Gonchar?

    Jun 27, 2010, 3:30 PM EST

    To be honest, when I heard the news that the Penguins traded for Dan Hamhuis’ negotiating rights, I figured that signaled the end of Sergei Gonchar’s days in Pittsburgh. Apparently that might not be the case, though, as the team hopes to sign both. Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has the story. It’s a…

  20. Poll results: Dave Andreychuk received biggest 2010 HHOF 'snub'

    Jun 27, 2010, 2:40 PM EST

    With any exclusive process, there will be hand-wringing regarding people who were left out. Even so, much of the hockey world was stunned when the 2010 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees were announced. While the debates have mostly faded thanks to the draft, the choices created quite a bit of controversy on Twitter and other…

  21. Poll, analysis: Which team 'won' the Keith Ballard trade?

    Jun 26, 2010, 8:30 PM EST

    One of the few significant deals (even though there were, by my estimates, a million minor ones) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft saw the Florida Panthers trade Keith Ballard and Victor Oreskovich to the Vancouver Canucks for Steve Bernier, Michael Grabner and the 25th pick. (Florida ended up choosing forward Quinton Howden with that…

  22. 2010 NHL Entry Draft: Florida Panthers go big in this year's draft

    Jun 26, 2010, 3:49 PM EST

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    For about a decade, the Florida Panthers played the role of perennial wallflowers in the NHL (and no, I’m not talking about the pop rock group that featured Bob Dylan’s son). The way I see it, they’ve only been intermittently awful; in most cases, the rats have just been mediocre. In other words, the Florida…

  23. 2010 NHL Entry Draft: Ducks come up 'winners' of 1st round with Fowler, Etem

    Jun 26, 2010, 3:10 PM EST

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    Declaring a winner regarding often-raw 18 and 19-year-old hockey players is almost as absurd as pinning the future of your NHL franchise on them. Still, that being said, if I had to pick a “winner” of the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft it would be the Anaheim Ducks. The team landed much-ballyhooed…

  24. San Jose Sharks re-sign Nichol, Wallin, Desjardins to one-year deals

    Jun 26, 2010, 1:45 PM EST

    The San Jose Sharks aren’t waiting until July 1 to build (and in some ways, disband) their roster. While re-signing three depth players isn’t going to light the world on fire like the Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski deals – or conversely, the lack of an Evgeni Nabokov one – it’s still a sign that…

  25. 2010 NHL Entry Draft: Top 5 prospects left

    Jun 26, 2010, 8:00 AM EST

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    Tonight’s draft was full of twists, turns and surprises. Some players made big leaps (such as Ryan Johansen, the fourth overall pick) while others plummeted (Cam Fowler at 12, Emerson Etem at 29). The tomfoolery is far from over, though, news-famished hockey fans. It turns out that Saturday will see six more rounds of increasingly…

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