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  1. Lightning trade Matt Lashoff to Maple Leafs for two players

    Aug 27, 2010, 5:23 PM EDT

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    In what’s proving to be an active Friday in the NHL, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning (who else!) decided to get in on the action completing a minor trade. Toronto acquires defenseman Matt Lashoff from the Lightining in exchange for forwards Alex Berry and Stefano Giliati. Lashoff was a first round pick…

  2. Kovalchuk contract has been submitted for approval, NHL has up to five days to decide

    Aug 27, 2010, 4:07 PM EDT

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    Here’s the update on what’s going on with Ilya Kovalchuk. ESPN’s EJ Hradek tweets that Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly has confirmed that a contract has been submitted to the NHL for approval. As part of the process, the NHL has five days to go over it and decide if it passes muster. Yahoo’s Dmitry Chesnokov…

  3. Could a women's professional hockey league be in the future?

    Aug 27, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

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    One of the big topics at the World Hockey Summit was what could be done to help women’s hockey around the world. While the United States and Canada have dominated global competition since the global introduction of the women’s game at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, no other countries have shown the same kind…

  4. Reports: NHL may have agreed on a contract for Ilya Kovalchuk and the Devils

    Aug 27, 2010, 2:23 PM EDT

    Ilya Kovalchuk’s quest to re-sign with the New Jersey Devils may finally be at an end. Yahoo’s Puck Daddy Greg Wyshynski and Fire & Ice’s Tom Gulitti are both reporting via Twitter that the NHL may given the approval to a contract for Ilya Kovalchuk with the New Jersey Devils. Keep in mind, there’s absolutely…

  5. Rangers' Marc Staal is hoping for another team to extend an offer sheet

    Aug 27, 2010, 1:53 PM EDT

    If you’ve been wondering what the news is with New York Rangers restricted free agent defenseman Marc Staal, you’re not alone. Discussions have been quiet to the point of worry for many Rangers fans and it appears that Staal is now getting a bit unnerved with the lack of negotiations coming from GM Glen Sather.…

  6. Scott Hartnell was nearly traded for Sheldon Souray last season

    Aug 27, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

    It’s said, sometimes to the point of it being done to death, that the best trades are often the ones that weren’t made. Late last night, Edmonton radio host Dan Tencer relayed a story from Global Sports television’s Kevin Karius on Twitter telling about how the Flyers and Oilers nearly made a big deal last…

  7. Nikolai Khabibulin faces DUI trial today, may go to jail

    Aug 27, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Nikolai Khabibulin’s terrible off-season might get a lot better on Friday. Or a lot worse. Khabibulin’s trial for extreme DUI is set to happen then provided it isn’t delayed like it has been the last few times. Jim Matheson of The Edmonton Journal lays the facts on us on what will be in Khabibulin’s future…

  8. Where could Bill Guerin play next season?

    Aug 27, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Now that the Penguins have officially stepped away from Bill Guerin we can now start officially wondering about where the well-traveled veteran scorer will play next, if anywhere at all. The recon on Bill Guerin is simple. He turns 40 in November, he’s played for 18 seasons in the NHL with eight different teams. At…

  9. Dustin Byfuglien might be a defenseman for Atlanta this season

    Aug 26, 2010, 11:08 PM EDT

    When the Atlanta Thrashers acquired Dustin Byfuglien from the Chicago Blackhawks to help bail the Blackhawks out of salary cap hell beef up their forward unit, it was viewed as a savvy move from Thrashers GM Rick Dudley. After all, a young team looking to rebuild sort of from the ground up after trading away…

  10. Report: Kovalchuk sets deadline to be signed or else KHL option becomes real

    Aug 26, 2010, 8:42 PM EDT

    If you’ve been wondering what the deal is with Ilya Kovalchuk and the New Jersey Devils is The Ilya Kovalchuk soap opera has taken a stunning turn of events today. Yahoo’s Dmitry Chesnokov has the details. For Ilya Kovalchuk(notes), his representatives, the New Jersey Devils and the NHL, time is running out. Weeks after Kovalchuk’s…

  11. Florida Panthers to use tarps to cover seats, save attendance

    Aug 26, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    When you think of the Florida Panthers, your first thoughts probably center around how the heck a hockey team exists in South Florida. For many, their first thought goes to them being a losing team with struggling attendance. For those people, the Panthers have devised a plan for you. They’re going to cover things up.…

  12. Bettman denies refusing second Kovalchuk contract, KHL offer remains on the table

    Aug 25, 2010, 6:14 PM EDT

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    The main rule from now on when it comes to dealing with Ilya Kovalchuk and his ongoing saga with the New Jersey Devils is to expect nothing and to be ready for everything. Today proved to be ripe with information surrounding the league apparently shooting down the framework to a second contract between Kovalchuk and…

  13. 2010 NHL free agency: Lightning sign defenseman Randy Jones

    Aug 25, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

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    If you were going to cast your vote for Executive of the Year right now, you’d have to think that Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman would be a unanimous selection at this point. Ever the perfectionist, Yzerman continues to add to the Lightning roster, today signing former Kings defenseman Randy Jones. We’ve talked enough here…

  14. AHL releases their 2010-2011 schedule

    Aug 25, 2010, 4:39 PM EDT

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    If the excitement of getting the NHL’s national television schedule this year isn’t your cup of tea, then perhaps you’ll want to scope out the AHL’s schedule. The NHL’s minor league affiliates are all squared away with their schedule of games and if you’re looking to see who is kicking around in your favorite team’s…

  15. 2010 NHL free agency: Kings sign Willie Mitchell, 2 years $7 million

    Aug 25, 2010, 4:07 PM EDT

    The Willie Mitchell saga is finally at an end and the winner of the pursuit is a team that finally isn’t playing the part of bridesmaid this summer. The Los Angeles Kings signed the big defenseman today to a two-year $7 million deal, working out to be mathematically neat $3.5 million cap hit the next…

  16. NHL on NBC Game of the Week 2011 schedule

    Aug 25, 2010, 2:32 PM EDT

    This is it. This is what you’ve been waiting for all summer long, you’re first real warning signal that yes, hockey is back. Today the NHL released their national television schedule and part of that, of course, means sharing with you all what NBC will be covering this year. This year, NBC is doing things…

  17. NHL on NBC TV schedule due out this afternoon

    Aug 25, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

    We just wanted to remind everyone that for the fourth straight year, NBC will be bringing you the Game of the Week and later on today we’ll have the schedule for which games we’ll be covering this season. Once again, we’ll be using the “flex schedule” to determine which games will be covered. What that…

  18. Will Roberto Luongo still be the captain of the Canucks this season?

    Aug 25, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

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    Lots of fans thought it was a curious decision last year when the Vancouver Canucks elected to make goaltender Roberto Luongo the captain. After all, the league doesn’t exactly enjoy this, even to the point where they won’t allow goalies to wear the captain’s “C” on their jerseys. After the Canucks bowed out in their…

  19. 2010 NHL free agency: Lightning re-sign Steve Downie

    Aug 25, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

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    Tampa Bay’s great summer continues to roll right along. TSN’s Bob McKenzie tweets this morning that the Lightning have come to terms with restricted free agent Steve Downie on a two-year deal. RFA Steve Downie has agreed to terms on two-year, $3.7M deal with Tampa. Cap hit is $1.85M. For the better part of last…

  20. Stars' Jere Lehtinen still unsure about his playing future

    Aug 25, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

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    When you think of legendary and noteworthy Dallas Stars, most thoughts turn to the recently departed to Detroit Mike Modano or to goalies Ed Belfour or Marty Turco. One name that doesn’t get brought up too often but should be on the tip of Stars fans’ tongues is Jere Lehtinen. Lehtinen has battled with injuries…

  21. Report: NHL shoots down another Kovalchuk contract with Devils

    Aug 25, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

    It turns out the Ilya Kovalchuk situation just grows stranger and more frustrating for he and the New Jersey Devils. We told you the other day that Kovalchuk, his agent Jay Grossman, Devils GM Lou Lamoriello and Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek were at the NHL offices in Manhattan leading to speculation that a new contract…

  22. Oilers other summer moves being "delayed" by lack of Sheldon Souray trade

    Aug 25, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

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    Sometimes you have to wonder if perhaps the water in Alberta, Canada is a bit off. While Daryl Sutter has gotten raked over the coals for his signings this summer, even getting made fun of by Michael BublĂ©, things in Edmonton aren’t going quite so well either. While there’s a host of great youth set…

  23. 2010 NHL free agency – Canucks sign Raffi Torres to one-year deal

    Aug 25, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

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    In one fell swoop, it appears that the Vancouver Canucks are both improving their third and fourth line depth while also tapping out of the hunt to re-sign defenseman Willie Mitchell. Reports early this morning, including a confirmation of sorts from Sportsnet’s Darren Millard, indicate that the Canucks will sign free agent forward Raffi Torres…

  24. Leafs coach Ron Wilson to speak with Tomas Kaberle about "problems"

    Aug 25, 2010, 12:00 AM EDT

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    In case you missed it, Tomas Kaberle’s father, Frantisek, created a bit of a dust-up recently by stating that Tomas struggled playing under Leafs head coach Ron Wilson. While the subsequent talk of apparent translation stealing dominated the coverage, it covered up the main story at hand that Kaberle may or may not have a problem…

  25. Thrashers to give former Bruins/Sharks defenseman Kyle McLaren a tryout

    Aug 24, 2010, 9:56 PM EDT

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    In the first of what’s likely to be many stories like this during training camp, the Atlanta Thrashers have invited a veteran name of the more-recent past to join them at training camp to try and win a spot with the team. Thrashers Blueland Blog breaks the details of the former Bruins defenseman that will…

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