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  1. 2010 NHL free agency: Bruins accept Blake Wheeler decision, sign him for $2.2 million

    Jul 30, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    The Boston Bruins have made a commitment to Blake Wheeler. After Wheeler’s arbitration case was decided yesterday with the winger winning a $2.2 million award, some wondered if that cost was going to be enough to make the Bruins walk away from the young scorer. After all, the Bruins are in a bit of a…

  2. 2010 NHL free agency: Flames re-sign defenseman Ian White

    Jul 30, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

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    Taking a page almost exactly out of the Blue Jackets settlement with Anton Stralman, the Calgary Flames reached a deal with their own offensive minded defenseman Ian White prior to his arbitration hearing. What’s different this time is that Ian White got a nicer chunk of change out of the deal, signing for one year…

  3. Despite Stanley Cup championship, Blackhawks were a financial loser last year

    Jul 30, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    Perhaps there was a method to old “Dollar” Bill Wirtz’s madness and Scrooge-like ways. A story out of the Chicago Tribune by Melissa Harris claims that even in spite of the Blackhawks selling out the United Center on a nightly basis, reaching the playoffs and ultimately winning the Stanley Cup the team finished the season,…

  4. Kings defenseman Matt Greene to miss next three months after shoulder surgery

    Jul 29, 2010, 5:56 PM EDT

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    The Los Angeles Kings failed bids to get defensemen Dan Hamhuis and Paul Martin are stinging a bit more today. The Kings announced that defenseman Matt Greene will miss the next three months after undergoing surgery on his shoulder. Greene has become one of the steadier defensemen on the Kings blue line and losing him…

  5. 2010 NHL free agency: Senators re-sign Peter Regin for two years

    Jul 29, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

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    The Ottawa Senators have locked down one of their emerging stars today and avoided arbitration in the process. Playoff and World Championships superstar Peter Regin signed a two-year deal with the Sens today to help shore up their scoring ability. Regin was a little-known player before last year’s playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins when…

  6. Sabres' Tim Kennedy wins arbitration decision for $1 million

    Jul 29, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

    Buffalo Sabres restricted free agent Tim Kennedy won a $1 million reward in arbitration today according to the NHLPA. The amount is significant because according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement and confirmed by NHL super agent Allan Walsh, the amount needed for a team to walk away from an arbitration award is $1,570,260. This means…

  7. Legendary Canucks color commentator Tom Larscheid retires

    Jul 29, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Sometimes the most iconic people in an organization are the ones that bring the game to you over the radio and for Vancouver Canucks fans, Tom Larscheid is the guy who described the action on the ice with all the passion and excitement you’d want from a hometown guy. With the Canucks heading into their…

  8. Lightning reach affiliate agreement with ECHL's Florida Everblades

    Jul 29, 2010, 12:34 PM EDT

    When the Lightning aren’t signing three defensemen to fill out their depth chart, they’re doing something they haven’t done since 2008. The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that they’ve reached a very logical affiliate agreement with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL. Damian Cristodero shares the news. The Everblades, founded in 1998 and a former…

  9. 2010 NHL free agency: Lightning re-sign Vladimir Mihalik, sign two others

    Jul 29, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

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    The Lightning continued their busy summer by helping to fill out ranks along the blueline by re-signing Vladimir Mihalik and signing Mathieu Roy and Mike Vernace. Mihalik is a big boy standing at 6’7″ and 244 pounds, but is a smooth skating offensive defenseman. He’s had a little bit of time with the big club…

  10. 2010 NHL free agency: Thrashers sign Andrew Ladd

    Jul 29, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

    The Thrashers have again avoided arbitration with one of their new acquisitions from the Blackhawks obtained in the Great Chicago Fire Sale of 2010. This time it’s Andrew Ladd signing a one-year contract with Atlanta. Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweets the final details of Ladd’s deal. Ladd signs one-year deal worth $2.35 million…

  11. Agent: Marty Turco will have a home in the NHL this year

    Jul 29, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    If you’ve been wondering what’s going on with free agent goalie Marty Turco you’re not alone. The quiet and mostly sad market for free agent goalies this season is one that’s chased Evgeni Nabokov back home to Russia, Jose Theodore into hiding and Antti Niemi off to an arbitration hearing that may end up making…

  12. Enforcer Aaron Downey to get tryout with Red Wings

    Jul 29, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    The Detroit Red Wings of recent years have never been a team to go crazy with enforcers and turn the rink into a boxing ring. After all, the days of the Bruise Brothers are long gone. One player that in recent years got a short run with the Red Wings in that role was Aaron…

  13. Flames likely to go to arbitration with defenseman Ian White

    Jul 28, 2010, 11:29 PM EDT

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    The summer of the Calgary Flames has been one of fan-infuriating intrigue and it appears that things will continue down that path with restricted free agent defenseman Ian White. Flames Insider has the scoop on what’s going on in Calgary. So, the Columbus Blue Jackets avoided arbitration with Anton Stralman and the Vancouver Canucks struck…

  14. 2010 NHL free agency: Thrashers avoid arbitration, sign Ben Eager

    Jul 28, 2010, 9:40 PM EDT

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    Scratch another potential arbitration hearing off the docket in Toronto. The Atlanta Thrashers have reached a contract agreement with one of the players they received in the Dustin Byfuglien trade in Ben Eager as TSN tells us. Forward Ben Eager avoided arbitration on Wednesday, agreeing to a negotiated settlement on a one-year deal with the…

  15. Bruins source nixes obviously bad rumor about interest in Bill Guerin

    Jul 28, 2010, 9:35 PM EDT

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    Contrary to what was starting to become popular belief, it appears that the Bruins supposed interest in free agent right wing Bill Guerin was nothing more than fiction. Joe Haggerty at CSN Boston lets the fans in Beantown down easy just in case they got a bit too over-excited. While a hockeybuzz.com report circulated on…

  16. 2010 NHL free agency: Blackhawks officially re-sign Bryan Bickell and Jack Skille

    Jul 28, 2010, 8:32 PM EDT

    The Blackhawks have made it official that they’ve re-signed forwards Bryan Bickell and Jack Skille. Even though these signings were worked out a week or two ago (links to Bickell and Skille), it always helps to dot the “i’s” and cross the “t’s” on these things. Skille re-signed for one year and Bickell for three…

  17. Capitals trade prospect Stefan Della Rovere for Blues enforcer D.J. King

    Jul 28, 2010, 7:42 PM EDT

    While the Washington Capitals summer has been quiet, unless you count Maxime Talbot calling Alexander Ovechkin names news. Today, however, the Capitals made a definitive splash of sorts sending prospect Stefan Della Rovere to St. Louis for oft-injured enforcer D.J. King. D.J. King is plain and simple, an enforcer. Guys in St. Louis loved him…

  18. Reports: Former Wild first round pick Nick Leddy signs with Blackhawks

    Jul 27, 2010, 6:01 PM EDT

    One of the effects of the great Chicago fire sale of 2010 is that after trading away so many players to help clear salary cap space, Chicago’s system has taken a hit so as to help fill out the Blackhawks roster. Many players who spent major time in the AHL with Rockford will be virtually…

  19. Max Talbot isn't Alex Ovechkin's biggest fan, sparks NHL rivalry with name-calling

    Jul 27, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    Summer was going along a bit too quietly for my liking and thankfully, Penguins forward Max Talbot stepped up to the plate today and hammered one out of the park. No, not at the Winter Classic press conference today when he was firing pucks through the uprights at Heinz Field, but instead over the airwaves…

  20. 2010 NHL free agency: Kings sign Alexei Ponikarovsky

    Jul 27, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    While this off-season has been mostly a let down for the Los Angeles Kings coming up short in efforts to land Dan Hamhuis, Paul Martin and most famously Ilya Kovalchuk, they’ve finally landed a scoring forward to help out. The Kings announced today that they’ve signed Ukrainian power forward Alexei Ponikarovsky to a one-year contract.…

  21. NHL unveils 2011 Winter Classic in Pittsburgh

    Jul 27, 2010, 2:37 PM EDT

    The NHL held their press conference to introduce the 2011 Winter Classic in Pittsburgh today, and part of the fun, as always, is seeing just what the iconic logos each team will be using for the game. While the Penguins have done this all before back in 2008, this is new territory for the Capitals.…

  22. Legendary Penguins public address announcer John Barbero dies at age 65

    Jul 27, 2010, 2:07 PM EDT

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    The longtime public address announcer of the Pittsburgh Penguins, John Barbero, has passed away at the age of 65 after a long battle with a brain tumor. Fans of the Penguins certainly remember him and his iconic way of announcing the name of Penguins legend Mario Lemieux. Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review talks about…

  23. 2010 NHL free agency: Rangers sign Alexander Frolov

    Jul 27, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

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    It was rumored about yesterday and today it’s official. Former Kings star forward Alexander Frolov has signed with the New York Rangers. While the Rangers didn’t release details of the contract, Arthur Staple of New York Newsday tweeted the details for us. Frolov signs a 1-year, $3-millon deal with NYRangers. Turned down four years, $20-mil…

  24. Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke isn't a fan of Kovalchuk-like contracts

    Jul 27, 2010, 11:54 AM EDT

    Maple Leafs general manager isn’t exactly a guy that pulls his punches when discussing a topic. He’ll shoot you a glare, give you his opinion and if he doesn’t like your question he’ll let you know it too. When it comes down to business he’s deadly serious, so when Michael Traikos of Canada’s National Post…

  25. 2010 NHL free agency: Islanders re-sign Matt Moulson

    Jul 27, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

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    It came down to the wire as far as arbitration goes, but the Islanders have got their man back in the fold and at a reasonable cost as well. Matt Moulson, the Islanders leading goal scorer last year, has re-signed with the team on a one-year contract worth $2.4 million. What’s notable about this deal…

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