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  1. NHL not looking into Vincent Lecavalier's 11-year contract with Tampa Bay

    Aug 11, 2010, 3:53 PM EDT

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    While many players with egregiously long contracts get nervous about whether or not the NHL will come calling to see if their contract will get looked at a little closer, Vincent Lecavalier of the Tampa Bay Lightning doesn’t have to worry about anything. Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times gets the information that Lecavalier’s…

  2. Habs 2010 draft pick Jarred Tinordi chooses OHL over Notre Dame, sparks further debate

    Aug 11, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    In what continues to be a bad summer for college hockey fans, continues to be a great one for fans of Canadian junior hockey. 2010 first round pick of the Montreal Canadiens Jarred Tinordi will be playing hockey for the OHL’s London Knights this season rather than in the NCAA for Notre Dame. While it’s…

  3. 2010 NHL free agency: Blackhawks officially re-sign Jordan Hendry

    Aug 11, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

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    It’s the Blackhawks re-signing that’s been laying in the weeds for a while now. Heck we even talked about it last week, but today the Blackhawks have announced the official re-signing of defenseman Jordan Hendry. Hendry was a key depth member of the Blackhawks blueline last year and while he struggled a bit late in…

  4. 2010 NHL free agency: Lightning re-sign Juraj Simek

    Aug 11, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

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    The Tampa Bay Lightning have held onto some of their scoring depth by re-signing winger Juraj Simek to a one-year, two-way contract. Simek is likely destined to return to the AHL and the Norfolk Admirals next season but should things break right for him, it’s possible he could see fourth line time in Tampa Bay…

  5. Is it time for the NHL to consider expansion?

    Aug 11, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    With the glut of available players in free agency there’s a definitive issue at hand for the NHL and their players. While we’re sure that a lot of folks would like to hang the blame on Ilya Kovalchuk for seemingly bogging down the market for weeks with his free agency, that’s just not how it…

  6. Unsurprising news: Agent doesn't approve of Kovalchuk contract ruling

    Aug 11, 2010, 12:30 AM EDT

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    You had to know this was coming at some point in the wake of Richard Bloch’s ruling in favor of the NHL over the NHLPA regarding Ilya Kovalchuk’s nixed contract with the Devils. It’s just a little surprising that it took this long to get a response at all. NHL agent Kurt Overhardt sounded off…

  7. Devils hire head coaches for their AHL and ECHL affiliates

    Aug 10, 2010, 11:09 PM EDT

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    The New Jersey Devils have filled out their minor league coaching ranks hiring new head coaches for both the AHL Albany Devils and the ECHL Trenton Devils. Taking the reins in Albany will be Rick Kowalsky, as he’s earning a promotion up after coaching the Trenton Devils last season. Kowalsky brings on former Devils defenseman…

  8. 2010 NHL free agency: Blackhawks re-sign defenseman Nick Boynton

    Aug 10, 2010, 9:05 PM EDT

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    Turns out that winning can be a good thing for some players. The Chicago Blackhawks brought back a member of their Stanley Cup winning team at a big discount compared to what he was making before. Cap Geek has learned that defenseman Nick Boynton has re-signed with the team for one year at the league…

  9. NHL officially investigating mega-contracts of Hossa, Savard, Pronger and Luongo

    Aug 10, 2010, 7:25 PM EDT

    The fallout from yesterday’s ruling in the Ilya Kovalchuk contract grievance case which nixed his monstrous contract with the New Jersey Devils is that, thanks to the collective bargaining agreement, it gave the NHL the opportunity to look into other contracts to see if, perhaps, they too could be ruled to be guilty of cap…

  10. Age, not money, the dividing line in Kovalchuk's nixed deal with New Jersey

    Aug 9, 2010, 6:43 PM EDT

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    Arbitrator Richard Bloch, now the most infamous man in New Jersey and the NHLPA, issued his own statement outlining his decision siding with the NHL against the NHLPA over Ilya Kovalchuk’s contract, voiding the deal. In Bloch’s statement, the arbitrator says the Kovalchuk deal “is a retirement contract” and that it goes “well beyond the…

  11. NHL wins contract grievance case against Ilya Kovalchuk; Kovalchuk a free agent once again

    Aug 9, 2010, 5:26 PM EDT

    In a stunning turn of events today, systems arbitrator Richard Bloch has handed down a stunning decision today, rejecting the NHLPA grievance against the NHL over Ilya Kovalchuk’s 17-year, $102 million contract making Kovalchuk an unrestricted free agent once again. In an unprecedented situation, the NHL has won the day and the question that hangs…

  12. 2010 NHL free agency: Predators re-sign goalie Mark Dekanich

    Aug 9, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    The Nashville Predators have re-signed one of their depth goaltenders who may stand a chance at getting to back up Pekka Rinne this year. Former fifth round pick out of Colgate University Mark Dekanich, who spent last year in Milwaukee of the AHL, re-signed for one year on a two-way contract. Nashville’s situation in goal…

  13. 2010 NHL free agency: Ducks re-sign Teemu Selanne

    Aug 9, 2010, 3:37 PM EDT

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    While it was rumored last week that Teemu Selanne would be rejoining the Anaheim Ducks for one more year, Selanne himself made it official that he was coming back by posting it on the Anaheim Ducks website himself. Ducks Fans — After thinking about it for the last few months, I’ve decided to return to…

  14. Enforcer Riley Cote announces retirement, becomes AHL assistant coach

    Aug 9, 2010, 3:07 PM EDT

    What were you doing when you were 28 years-old? If your name was Riley Cote, an enforcer with the Philadelphia Flyers, you’d be retiring from the NHL to become an assistant coach in the AHL. The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that Cote was hanging it up as a player to become an assistant coach with…

  15. 2010 NHL free agency: Red Wings sign defenseman Ruslan Salei

    Aug 9, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

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    It appears that the Detroit Red Wings are out of the hunt for free agent defenseman Willie Mitchell. The team announced today that they’ve reached a one-year deal with free agent defenseman Ruslan Salei. Much like Willie Mitchell, Ruslan Salei is a tough customer and a veteran player coming off an injury-laden season himself missing…

  16. Lightning sign 2010 third round pick Radko Gudas

    Aug 9, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

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    A bit of surprising news out of Tampa Bay today as the Lightning have announced they’ve come to terms with their third round pick from the 2010 draft, defenseman Radko Gudas. Gudas is a tough customer. At 5’11″ 195 pounds his stature isn’t imposing, but he’s a scrapper, racking up 151 penalty minutes last season…

  17. 2010 NHL free agency: Oilers re-sign forward Liam Reddox

    Aug 9, 2010, 12:07 PM EDT

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    The Edmonton Oilers have retained another of their restricted free agents, although it’s not likely one of the guys Oilers fans were hoping to have signed by now. Winger Liam Reddox re-signed for one year with the team to help provide further scoring depth for the Oilers. Last year, Reddox spent most of the season…

  18. Kovalchuk decision expected today

    Aug 9, 2010, 11:27 AM EDT

    The decision in the Ilya Kovalchuk contract grievance is expected to come down at some point today. We’ve analyzed what will happen depending on how the decision comes down, and while we’re expecting that systems arbitrator Richard Bloch will approve Kovalchuk’s 17-year, $102 million contract, we still know that funny things can happen when it…

  19. 2010 NHL free agency: Sabres sign goalie David Leggio

    Aug 8, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

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    The Buffalo Sabres added a little bit of goaltending depth today signing 2010 IIHF World Championships Team USA member David Leggio to a one-year, two-way contract. Leggio, a standout at Clarkson University during his years in college, played last year for TPS in SM-Liiga, the Finnish Elite League, helping the team win the league title.…

  20. The Rangers salary problems with Wade Redden and Marc Staal

    Aug 8, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

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    This summer for the New York Rangers has been a relatively quiet one. With Glen Sather in charge and always in the mix on free agents and trades, the lack of big moves out of Manhattan for a team that missed the playoffs last year is a bit curious. The team brought back Vinny Prospal…

  21. One week left to trade Tomas Kaberle, seven teams supposedly interested

    Aug 8, 2010, 3:43 PM EDT

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    While we’ve been feasting on free agent rumors all summer and trade rumors for some players (like Marc Savard and Tim Thomas) the be-all, end-all icon of trade rumors for the last year or so has been Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle. While last year he was protected by a no-trade clause, this summer on…

  22. Did Maxim Afinogenov deserve another shot in the NHL?

    Aug 8, 2010, 1:51 PM EDT

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    The news of Maxim Afinogenov leaving the NHL to sign a five-year deal with SKA St. Petersburg in the KHL was met with a resounding, “meh” from a lot of fans in the hockey world. It was the case of another talented player who had a hard time finding instant interest from NHL teams getting…

  23. Could the Wings be looking at Lukas Krajicek for defensive help?

    Aug 8, 2010, 12:26 PM EDT

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    While the buzz around signing Mike Modano in Detroit has appropriately died down, attention now turns to other needs in the Motor City. While they’re still working on a contract for restricted free agent Justin Abdelkader, the Wings are in the market for another experienced defenseman to play on the third pairing with Jonathan Ericsson.…

  24. Would Paul Kariya be a good signing for Anaheim?

    Aug 8, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

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    On Friday, we told you about how Teemu Selanne told a Finnish magazine that he was looking forward to coming back to the NHL and the Anaheim Ducks for one more year. Part of that discussion was about how he was working on bringing back his old friend Paul Kariya with him to play in…

  25. Chicago GM Stan Bowman planned all along for post-season fire sale

    Aug 7, 2010, 11:32 PM EDT

    If you haven’t noticed, this summer has been pretty tough on Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman. After the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in June, it wasn’t long after that that the dismantling of a championship team began. Their moves have been high profile and roundly criticized by many people, questioning Bowman’s ability to keep a…

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