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  1. Clarke MacArthur's arbitration decision still raising questions about arbitration system

    Aug 6, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

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    It’s been over a week since now former Thrashers forward Clarke MacArthur had his seemingly bizarre and oddly inflated arbitration award for $2.4 million walked away from by Atlanta making him an unrestricted free agent. We say bizarre because a player scoring 16 goals getting a $1 million raise seems rather out of place against…

  2. Peter Forsberg: Should he stay or should he just go away?

    Aug 6, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    The other day we mentioned for you that Peter Forsberg (you remember him don’t you?) was looking to get healthy once again and trying to play for his Swedish team MoDo. We speculated a little bit about what that would do for the annual rumors of Forsberg returning to North America and giving the NHL…

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

    Aug 6, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

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    The Chicago Blackhawks are finding ways to make sure they can keep some players from last season’s Stanley Cup championship team. NHL salary-guru site Cap Geek is reporting that part-time defenseman Jordan Hendry will re-sign with the the Blackhawks for one year at $600,000. Should that pan out to be the case, this gives the…

  4. The Kovalchuk decision: What happens after it's over

    Aug 5, 2010, 11:31 PM EDT

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    The arguments have been said and heard in the Ilya Kovalchuk contract grievance hearing and both the NHL and Kovalchuk await the decision by systems arbitrator Richard Bloch, our minds turn to just what will happen next. Whether Bloch decides to side with Ilya Kovalchuk, his agent Jay Grossman, and the New Jersey Devils or…

  5. Report: Defenseman Willie Mitchell cleared to play, seeks suitors

    Aug 5, 2010, 9:11 PM EDT

    Word comes today from the Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo that free agent defenseman Willie Mitchell has been cleared to play after suffering a concussion at the hands of Penguins star Evgeni Malkin last season. While that’s important news to teams looking for veteran defensive help (The Sharks, Red Wings and Capitals have been rumored to have…

  6. 2010 NHL free agency: Sharks re-sign defenseman Derek Joslin

    Aug 5, 2010, 8:28 PM EDT

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    The San Jose Sharks continue to fill out their own depth and taking care of restricted free agent defenseman Derek Joslin, re-signing him to a one-year deal. Joslin helps provide the now Rob Blake-less Sharks with some more firm depth on the blue line and perhaps Joslin will be able to avoid the ever-uncomfortable shuttle…

  7. Nikita Filatov arrives in Columbus and speaks about his year away in Russia

    Aug 5, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

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    The life of a potential phenom in the NHL can have its ups and downs. The ups come when you’re an exceptional talent like Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin and can have the world at your feet because you’re just that talented. The downs come when you’re exceptionally talented player who struggles within a rigid…

  8. NHL announces 2011 Heritage Classic in Calgary; Flames uniforms cause a stir

    Aug 4, 2010, 6:08 PM EDT

    While we’ve got the Winter Classic to get excited about here in the United States, Canada is getting their own outdoor game once again this year with the resuming of the Heritage Classic. Back in 2003, Edmonton and Montreal played an outdoor game in November at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton. This time around, Montreal will…

  9. Bruins hire Doug Jarvis as assistant coach

    Aug 4, 2010, 5:04 PM EDT

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    The Bruins have found the man to replace Craig Ramsay as assistant coach, hiring former Montreal assistant coach Doug Jarvis to take the job. Jarvis is filling a role that he’s familiar with as he was Claude Julien’s assistant in Montreal during the 2005-2006 season.  That year, Julien was replaced by Bob Gainey halfway through…

  10. The low-down on Carey Price's contract talks in Montreal

    Aug 4, 2010, 4:34 PM EDT

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    When a restricted free agent is slow in working out a contract with their team in the NHL, this is about the time of year where regular hockey fans will start to get a little bit antsy to get something done. Picture then, if you will, what it’s like for fans of the Montreal Canadiens…

  11. 2010 NHL free agency: Red Wings re-sign forward Darren Helm

    Aug 4, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

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    With the impending signing of Mike Modano, the Detroit Red Wings are taking care of the rest of their business at last. TSN’s Darren Dreger tweets the news of Darren Helm re-signing with the Red Wings for two years. Helm 2 year ext with Det. $825,000 and $1 mil. With those salary numbers, Helm’s cap…

  12. St. Louis Blues sign journeyman center Dave Scatchard

    Aug 4, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

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    The life of an NHL journeyman is never over, especially when you’ve got veteran experience. Center Dave Scatchard has signed a one-year, two-way deal with the St. Louis Blues. Scatchard spent last year in the Nashville Predators system, spending most of the season with their AHL affiliate in Milwaukee. The one time Canuck/Bruin/Islander/Coyote/Predator is a…

  13. The Boston Bruins salary cap problems, a short-term headache needing a fix

    Aug 4, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT

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    While the Bruins have had a solid off-season adding a scoring winger in Nathan Horton and adding depth to their forwards with Greg Campbell as well as the signing of Tyler Seguin, there’s one glaring weakness remaining for the Bruins to get settled: Their salary cap situation. We’ve talked a lot here about the Bruins…

  14. 2010 first round pick Erik Gudbranson's chances to make the Panthers look slim

    Aug 4, 2010, 12:23 PM EDT

    A lot of the hype around Florida Panthers first round pick Erik Gudbranson was that he was a big player and the kind of guy that could step into the NHL right away in his first season. With being drafted by the Panthers, playing right away seemed like a definite possibility for the young defenseman…

  15. Blackhawks finalize signings of five depth players

    Aug 4, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

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    The Blackhawks have made it possible for a host of players who, more than likely, would not get any press time to get noticed for a day signing five players to one-year, two-way deals. Forwards Evan Brophey, Nathan Davis, and Hugh Jessiman, defenseman Jassen Cullimore and goaltender Hannu Toivonen have all been brought into the…

  16. Gary Bettman will not be in attendance for Kovalchuk contract hearing

    Aug 4, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    I know the headline of this post is going to freak some people out and wonder just what the heck is going on with the NHL. Don’t worry, there’s actually a good reason why NHL commissioner Gary Bettman won’t be in attendance today at the Ilya Kovalchuk contract grievance hearing in Boston. Tom Gulitti from…

  17. Former coach Jacques Demers shares story of nearly fatal operation error

    Aug 3, 2010, 10:55 PM EDT

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    If you’ve not kept up with your former NHL coaches, one notable coach from the past (now a member of parliament), Jacques Demers, has been battling with his health recently. In early July, he was taken into an Ottawa-area hospital for hernia surgery. What happened after that is a gruesome tale the former Canadiens/Red Wings/Blues/Lightning…

  18. Book it: Mike Modano to sign with Detroit Red Wings

    Aug 3, 2010, 9:57 PM EDT

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    It appears that our long, national soap opera of the summer is over. No, not the one involving Ilya Kovalchuk. Nor is it the one involving Brett Favre, that one just got renewed for another season. It’s the one about a local guy who left home to play in the NHL for 20 years away…

  19. Bruins working on contract extensions for Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron

    Aug 3, 2010, 8:16 PM EDT

    If you thought that this off-season for the Boston Bruins was a busy one, it might not hold a candle to what next year could bring. The Bruins have a handful of very notable potential unrestricted free agents next year including captain Zdeno Chara, center Patrice Bergeron and defenseman Mark Stuart. While no one will…

  20. Ducks sign 2009 first round pick Kyle Palmieri

    Aug 3, 2010, 7:21 PM EDT

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    While the Anaheim Ducks deal with what’s turning into an ugly contract situation with restricted free agent Bobby Ryan, they’re going about their own business and putting some pressure on Ryan to get into camp. The team announced the signing of 2009 first round pick Kyle Palmieri to a three-year entry-level contract. Palmieri is a…

  21. 2010 NHL free agency: Ducks sign defenseman Andy Sutton for two years

    Aug 2, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

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    After the Anaheim Ducks traded James Wisniewski to the New York Islanders last week, a lot of questions were stirred up about the lack of physicality on the Ducks blue line for next year. Consider those questions answered today with the announcement from the Ducks that they’ve signed defenseman, and noted questioner of experts, Andy…

  22. What's next for Antti Niemi? It won't be Philadelphia

    Aug 2, 2010, 5:34 PM EDT

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    With the news of Antti Niemi being let go by the Chicago Blackhawks today after walking away from his arbitration decision, the speculation over where the soon-to-be 27 year-old goalie has taken off. One place that’s been getting mentioned heavily is Philadelphia, but as it turns out, there’s no interest there from general manager Paul…

  23. President Obama deals out executive trash talk for Caps owner Leonsis

    Aug 2, 2010, 4:31 PM EDT

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    I know this isn’t necessarily a features blog by any means, but when the President of the United States is getting in on some executive level smack talk, it’s pretty tough to avoid. President Barack Obama recently attended a WNBA Washington Mystics game with Captials/Wizards/Mystics owner Ted Leonsis and you had to figure the fact…

  24. Report: Buffalo Sabres waive Tim Kennedy, plan to buy him out

    Aug 2, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

    Remember last week when Sabres forward Tim Kennedy won his arbitration case against the team earning himself a $1 million salary for next season? Funny thing about that, while it wasn’t much of  a raise for the young forward, it was apparently too much money for the Sabres’ blood and they’ve put him on waivers…

  25. Islanders buy out Brendan Witt's contract

    Aug 2, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Last week we told you about how the Islanders put Brendan Witt on unconditional waivers and now the team has made it official, declaring they were buying out Witt’s contract. Witt was due to make $2.5 million next season, the final year of a two-year, $6 million deal. According to Cap Geek, the buy out…

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