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  1. Legendary coach Pat Burns' health worsens

    Sep 16, 2010, 11:58 PM EDT

    The health of former NHL head coach Pat Burns has taken a turn for the worse. According to a report out of Canada, the three-time Jack Adams award winner’s struggles with terminal lung cancer are becoming more dire and those close to him are fearing the worst. Former NHL coach Pat Burns has taken a…

  2. Arguing with the head coach got Keith Ballard traded from Florida

    Sep 16, 2010, 11:05 PM EDT

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    Keith Ballard’s seemingly mysterious trade out of Florida this summer came out of the blue without much rumor or warning. Ballard was sent to Vancouver in exchange for Steve Bernier, Michael Grabner, and the 25th overall pick in the 2010 draft giving the Panthers some much needed forward depth while giving the Canucks a more…

  3. 2010 NHL free agency: Ducks sign defenseman Paul Mara

    Sep 16, 2010, 8:52 PM EDT

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    With training camps about to start, the last of the signings are being finalized and one late signing today by the Ducks comes at the perfect time. The Ducks have signed defenseman Paul Mara to a one-year deal worth $750,000 to help add experience and depth to their blueline corps. Mara struggled with injury last…

  4. 2010 NHL free agency: Stars re-sign James Neal and Matt Niskanen for two years

    Sep 16, 2010, 7:41 PM EDT

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    The final two restricted free agents left in the pool are now signed. The Dallas Stars announced the signings of forward James Neal and defenseman Matt Niskanen to two-year contracts. Neal will make $5.75 million over the next two years while Niskanen will make $3 million. Neal’s cap hit comes to $2.875 million while Niskanen’s…

  5. Oddsmakers weigh in on Montreal and Vancouver vacant captain spots

    Sep 15, 2010, 6:04 PM EDT

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    Both the Vancouver Canucks and Montreal Canadiens are in the running for new team captains and we should know who both teams will pick before the season begins in October. What does that mean for us? It means it’s time to lay down some betting odds as to who the favorites are. Luckily for us,…

  6. Rookie tournament hype alert: Oilers "Big Three" to play on same line tonight

    Sep 15, 2010, 5:21 PM EDT

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    Tonight’s major hype alert goes out to Penticton, British Columbia where the Edmonton Oilers will face the San Jose Sharks in the Young Stars Rookie tournament. Why the hype alert? Only because the future faces of the Oilers franchise will be playing on the same line together. Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal shares the…

  7. Thrashers prospect Patrice Cormier looks to put ugly past behind him

    Sep 15, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

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    To call Thrashers prospect Patrice Cormier’s last year turbulent would be being nice. The former Devils prospect spent the better part of the last year looking to get past being labeled as a reckless and careless player after a vicious elbow he laid on Mikael Tam during a QMJHL game last season, one that saw…

  8. Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason gives figure skating a try

    Sep 15, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

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    We’ve talked about how hockey players will sometimes do curious things to cross-train for the season. Justin Abdelkader of Detroit, for instance, took boxing classes earlier this off-season to be better prepared for the season. Other players, like Carolina’s Tim Gleason, an experienced pugilist in his own right, look for other methods to improve their…

  9. Canucks GM Mike Gillis lashes out at media over Cody Hodgson injury coverage

    Sep 15, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

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    If you thought we were just messing around the other day when talking about Vancouver GM Mike Gillis’ anxious relationship with the media in Vancouver, we’re here to offer you the finest in proof that even some days a team executive can have just about enough of the media’s scrutiny. With the developments the last…

  10. 2010 NHL free agency: Rangers re-sign Marc Staal

    Sep 15, 2010, 1:35 PM EDT

    The Rangers summer of fretting and worry can finally come to an end today. The Rangers have come to terms with restricted free agent Marc Staal on a five-year contract. The final totals are five years at $19.875 million and the years and a cap hit of $3.975 million per year break down like this…

  11. Devils' Patrick Elias moving to left wing, could Parise or Kovalchuk move to the right?

    Sep 15, 2010, 12:34 PM EDT

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    If you thought that things were going to stop being interesting in New Jersey once Ilya Kovalchuk’s situation was squared away, you’ve got another thing coming. Rich Chere finds out from Devils coach John MacLean that one prominent Devil will be switching his position and seemingly making the left wing a bit crowded this year.…

  12. 2012 NHL All-Star Game awarded to Ottawa

    Sep 15, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    The world’s worst kept secret has been confirmed this morning in a press conference in Ottawa. The 2012 All-Star Game will be headed to Canada’s capital city. Well, at least a city near Ottawa (the Senators play in Kanata, Ontario). Ottawa is the last of the Canadian cities to host an All-Star Game. Gimmie some…

  13. Rookie tournament recaps: Tuesday, September 14th

    Sep 15, 2010, 10:24 AM EDT

    Here’s your morning recap on what went down in the NHL rookie tournaments across North America last night. Things will be wrapping up soon because real NHL training camp opens up this weekend for everyone and for some of these guys it’s their last chance to make a first impression on their teams. Traverse City…

  14. Eric Belanger upset with Capitals for breaking verbal contract agreement

    Sep 15, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    If you thought Eric Belanger signing with the Coyotes came as a surprise, you’re not alone. Weeks ago, rumors were flying about how Belanger would soon be signing with the Washington Capitals and that there would be a subsequent move happening in order to squeeze him into the lineup. After all, the Caps already had…

  15. Brendan Morrison waits it out for another job, might end up with reality check instead

    Sep 15, 2010, 12:00 AM EDT

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    We’ve examined the free agent possibilities out there for a few players this off-season but there’s one formerly prominent scoring center out there still without a home. Former Canucks star Brendan Morrison is still looking for an NHL job and after down years with the Stars and Capitals the last two seasons, he’s looking to…

  16. Peter Forsberg returning to Denver for reunion, doubtful about resuming NHL career

    Sep 14, 2010, 10:59 PM EDT

    We’ve had some fun at the expense of former Avalanche great Peter Forsberg this summer. The perennial awakening of stories about a potential Forsberg comeback to the NHL are always ripe for commentary. It seems that Forsberg at 37 years-old now is being realistic about his NHL future these days. While speaking on a conference…

  17. Bruins bring in AHL penalty minute record holder Brian McGrattan for tryout

    Sep 14, 2010, 9:38 PM EDT

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    The Boston Bruins, never seemingly set to have enough actual punch in their lineup, are bringing in a fighting specialist on a tryout. Former Senators and Flames enforcer Brian McGrattan will be putting on the foil during training camp for the Bruins and his pedigree speaks for itself. While his NHL work is a bit…

  18. NHL Board of Governors officially eliminates shootout wins from tie-breaker process

    Sep 14, 2010, 8:12 PM EDT

    The NHL has officially put an end to a relative injustice in the standings tie-breaking procedure today. The NHL Board of Governors officially approved a by-law eliminating shootout wins from being used in factoring tie-breakers at the end of the season to figure out playoff placement. In other words, winning in regulation or overtime just…

  19. Vesa Toskala turned down a contract offer from Calgary… Seriously

    Sep 13, 2010, 5:50 PM EDT

    From today’s “NHL Believe It Or Not” files, James Mirtle of the Toronto Globe & Mail fills us in about the unemployment of former Leafs goalie Vesa Toskala. Toskala, who was dealt to Calgary halfway through last season, struggled famously with both Toronto and Calgary. In Calgary, at least, Toskala was able to serve as…

  20. Stars still negotiating with RFAs James Neal and Matt Niskanen

    Sep 13, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

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    While other teams are getting the last of their restricted free agents into camp, the Dallas Stars continue to plod along with negotiations of their own. There are just four restricted free agents left to be signed this off-season and Dallas has two of them in James Neal and Matt Niskanen (the others are Bobby…

  21. Sabres defenseman Craig Rivet will be ready for start of the season

    Sep 13, 2010, 4:39 PM EDT

    Sabres captain Craig Rivet is set to be ready for the start of the season after undergoing off-season shoulder surgery. The Sabres reliance on Rivet this year is relatively important. Not only being the team captain, he’s the lynchpin to their defensive work along the blue line as well. While the Sabres added Shaone Morrisonn…

  22. Devils' Rolston and Salvador uneasy about unknown future with the team

    Sep 13, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

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    We’ve certainly talked more than enough lately about the potential effects of Ilya Kovalchuk re-signing with the Devils. We know, you’re probably tired of hearing about the whole thing and we don’t blame you. There are still a few things left for the Devils to do before the season starts, mainly clearing salary space. Two…

  23. Canes GM Jim Rutherford: 2010 draft pick Jeff Skinner could make the NHL this year

    Sep 13, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

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    Yesterday we looked at 2010 first round pick Erik Gudbranson’s chances of cracking the Florida Panthers lineup and today the focus turns to another team in the Southeast Division and their top pick from 2010. Carolina’s Jeff Skinner has been doing his best to show his skills in the Traverse City Tournament, but Hurricanes GM…

  24. Today's moment of hockey zen: HSBC Arena crew lays down ice for the season

    Sep 13, 2010, 2:05 PM EDT

    If you needed your moment of zen as you patiently (impatiently?) wait for the start of hockey season, the Buffalo Sabres are here to help you calm your nerves/get you even more excited. Here’s the Sabres time-lapse video of the ice maintenance crew at HSBC Arena laying down and painting the ice in preparation for…

  25. Roberto Luongo relinquishes his Canucks captaincy

    Sep 13, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

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    We talked about Canucks GM Mike Gillis meeting with Roberto Luongo this morning to discuss his future as team captain and as it turns out, Roberto Luongo will be relinquishing his role as Canucks team captain. Gillis’ thoughts on the move, per the team’s release on the matter: “Roberto has been an excellent captain for…

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