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Joe Yerdon

  1. The curious arbitration case of Fabian Brunnstrom

    Jul 22, 2010, 12:55 PM EDT

    As arbitration hearings draw closer for many teams and players, the cases surrounding some players grow more interesting. Take, for example, the situation involving Dallas Stars enigmatic forward Fabian Brunnstrom. Brunnstrom was signed out of Sweden two years ago after a hotly contested negotiation between the Stars and the Detroit Red Wings. The Stars were…

  2. 2010 NHL free agency: Thrashers re-sign goalie Ondrej Pavelec

    Jul 22, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

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    The Atlanta Thrashers have locked down their goaltending for next season. After signing former Blues goalie Chris Mason earlier in this free agency period, they’ve announced today that they’ve re-signed incumbent starter Ondrej Pavelec. Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal Constitution has the details. Ondrej Pavelec has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with…

  3. Henrik Zetterberg getting married on Friday

    Jul 22, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    It’s not always contract news, trade rumors or injuries that we take notice of here at Pro Hockey Talk, sometimes it’s about real life sorts of things and sometimes that news will break the hearts of women around the world when we bring it to you. Hang on to your hats ladies, but Detroit Red…

  4. 2010 NHL free agency: Darroll Powe re-signs with Flyers

    Jul 22, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

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    You can scratch another name off of the restricted free agent list this summer as, according to Cap Geek, the Philadelphia Flyers have re-signed checking center Darroll Powe for one year and $725,000. Powe’s role with the team will become a bit more important at the start of the season thanks to news that Blair…

  5. Kings would be interested in re-pursuing Kovalchuk

    Jul 22, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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    The fun part to an ongoing controversy is how it can find new and inventive ways to blow up a little more each and every day. While the league has done more than it’s part to stir up a hornet’s nest by rejecting Ilya Kovalchuk’s contract with the New Jersey Devils, when one door sort…

  6. Edmonton owner urges city to build Oilers a new arena

    Jul 21, 2010, 11:50 PM EDT

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    When it comes to the business side of sports, sometimes we’re privy to seeing millionaires and billionaires plead for millions of dollars from taxpayers so that they can make even more money. Enter the owner of the Edmonton Oilers Daryl Katz. Katz is hoping that the people of Edmonton will help him out so he…

  7. Man calls 911 and demands immediate return of Winnipeg Jets

    Jul 21, 2010, 10:43 PM EDT

    Hockey does funny things to people, especially in Canada. Take the case of a Winnipeg area man who had an emergency and dialed 911 to have the dispatchers address for him. Hilarity and an abuse of the system ensues. A 33-year-old resident of Lundar, Manitoba is facing numerous charges after allegedly making a series of…

  8. Panthers auction off a "dream date" with Shawn Matthias

    Jul 21, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

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    The Florida Panthers aren’t really a team in the spotlight very much. Sure Dale Tallon will help fix their roster up a bit and the team may get better in a couple of years, but in the meantime they’ve got to do some fun things to try and keep up with the Miami Heat and…

  9. Predators agree to consolidate ownership, buy Del Biaggio's share of team

    Jul 21, 2010, 8:50 PM EDT

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    One of the uglier and more disturbing eras in the Nashville Predators short history appears to be close to coming to an end. One time minority owner William “Boots” Del Biaggio III, who is headed to prison on fraud charges, will have his stake in the Predators purchased by the team’s other owners in a…

  10. Khabibulin impaired driving trial delayed once again

    Jul 21, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

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    The trial for Edmonton Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin in his impaired driving case has been delayed once again. Sarah McClellan of the Edmonton Journal shares the news. Edmonton Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin arrived in an Arizona court Wednesday for the second time this month to appear before a jury on charges of impaired driving and…

  11. Thrashers banning vuvuzelas from games

    Jul 20, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

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    I bet you’re still recovering from World Cup fever and you’ve still got the din of the ever-present vuvuzelas ringing in your ears. I mean, why wouldn’t you? They interfered with TV broadcasts of games and I can’t even imagine what it was like to sit in a crowd of 70,000 and have the entire…

  12. Lightning hire two assistant coaches, won't fight their way to victory

    Jul 20, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

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    This is probably long since forgotten, but when it was rumored that Guy Boucher would become the new head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning (and he did indeed become the coach) it was said that he would be bringing two of his assistants from his former job with Hamilton in the AHL. Fast forward…

  13. Report: Thrashers will let Clarke MacArthur become a free agent

    Jul 20, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

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    While the dirty south’s version of the Chicago Blackhawks, the Atlanta Thrashers, prepare for some of their arbitration cases with Clarke MacArthur, Ben Eager and Andrew Ladd, it turns out at least one of those guys might be having his case heard for no good reason at all. Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tells…

  14. Ilya Kovalchuk press conference; Lamoriello makes the system work for him

    Jul 20, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Today, the New Jersey Devils unveiled the largest re-acquisition in team history, holding a press conference to announce the official re-signing of superstar forward Ilya Kovalchuk.Craig Custance of The Sporting News assembled some of the key quotes from Kovalchuk, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello and new head coach John MacLean. As for why Kovalchuk picked…

  15. Turns out that Jason Spezza never wanted to be traded from Ottawa

    Jul 20, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

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    Remember all that talk in the last few months about how Jason Spezza wanted to be traded out of Ottawa and create a potentially Dany Heatley-esque situation for the second straight summer for the Senators? Yeah… Turns out that Jason Spezza never wanted anything of the sort. Wayne Scanlan of The Ottawa Citizen gets word…

  16. Mike Modano watch: On hold until August 5th

    Jul 20, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    If you’ve been obsessively refreshing our site to make sure you don’t miss out on when Mike Modano decides to sign with another team, it turns out you can keep doing that but you might be really tired by the time he might make a decision. The Detroit Free Press’ Helene St. James got the…

  17. Simon Gagne's trade sets the bar for future Sheldon Souray deal

    Jul 20, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    So you’re wondering what the after effects of Simon Gagne’s trade to the Tampa Bay Lightning would be on the rest of the NHLs residents of the trading block would be. If you started looking towards Edmonton’s Sheldon Souray, as Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal did, you’d see that perhaps the Oilers will have…

  18. Mike Keane released by Manitoba Moose, retirement next?

    Jul 20, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Hockey’s ability to give some players a career longer than some might ever imagine is pretty amazing. Sure, we all know that Chris Chelios would play until he’s 70 years-old if he could. Gordie Howe played until both of his sons were grown men and they played on a line together in Hartford. To hear…

  19. With Kovalchuk signed, has Marc Savard's future in Boston changed?

    Jul 20, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

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    We’ve speculated since before Ilya Kovalchuk signed that perhaps once he did get his name on the dotted line that action in both the free agent and trade markets would pick up and things would get interesting once again. One of the names that floated around in trade speculation before the start of free agency…

  20. Stan Bowman: Patrick Sharp isn't going to be traded

    Jul 20, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

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    The great Chicago fire-sale of 2010 has died down a bit lately but the speculation going into who may be dealt next from the defending Stanley Cup champions rages on. As the Blackhawks hope to get a deal to get worked out with goaltender Antti Niemi lest they end up in arbitration, the main focus…

  21. Simon Gagne's reaction to being traded

    Jul 19, 2010, 11:17 PM EDT

    Being traded is one of the most difficult things for any professional athlete to deal with when it happens. In the case of Simon Gagne, it was a bit more difficult and emotionally draining considering he had a no-trade clause. While the Flyers did their due diligence in being up front and proper with goal-scoring…

  22. One writer feels that Modano won't become a Red Wing

    Jul 19, 2010, 10:43 PM EDT

    You didn’t think that Ilya Kovalchuk and Simon Gagne would steal all of the headlines today, did you? Silly human. George Malik of MLive.com passes along word from the Detroit News’ Ted Kulfan that he fully expects Mike Modano to pass on joining the Detroit Red Wings. Several people have asked me if Mike Modano…

  23. Are the Lightning set to turn things around in a big way?

    Jul 19, 2010, 9:33 PM EDT

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    With the Lightning acquiring scoring wing Simon Gagne from the Philadelphia Flyers, the Lightning roster is starting to fill out, and much unlike previous off-seasons in Tampa Bay, the outlook is bright and full of promise. In past seasons, the Lightning signed multiple questionable defensemen or dropped a ton of money on a hot-off-a-great-Final-appearance Ryan…

  24. Ilya Kovalchuk's stunning contract with the Devils: By the numbers

    Jul 19, 2010, 8:41 PM EDT

    Rich Chere from the Newark Star-Ledger is the bearer of bad news for fans of fiscal responsibility as we know it as he gives us the official not-yet official (Tom Gulitti tweets that it’s not official yet but the NHL approving it won’t be an issue) contract numbers on the deal signed by Ilya Kovalchuk…

  25. Looking ahead to 2011 free agency

    Jul 18, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

    So you’re left feeling flat and anguished by the slow, methodical process of the 2010 free agency season. It’s understandable that with Ilya Kovalchuk just having two known suitors chasing after him and other secondary free agent prizes holding tight and not rushing to go anywhere else just yet that you, the fan, might feel…

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