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  1. 2010 NHL free agency: Sharks sign goalie Antti Niemi

    Sep 2, 2010, 10:54 AM EDT

    What was but a report yesterday has come full circle today as the San Jose Sharks have officially signed former Chicago Blackhawks goalie Antti Niemi to a one-year contract. Sharks GM Doug Wilson had this to say about Antti Niemi: “Antti’s play last season speaks for itself,” said Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager…

  2. Looking at Roberto Luongo's contract in the wake of NHL's apparent ultimatum

    Sep 2, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

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    If the report from last night about the NHL throwing down an ultimatum to the NHLPA over Ilya Kovalchuk’s latest contract hasn’t already sent you for a loop, we suggest you get caught up by reading about it because a lot of the stories coming out the rest of the day may not make much…

  3. Oilers' big three rookies provide hope for the future

    Sep 2, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

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    The Edmonton Oilers were flat out the worst team in the NHL last season. Of course, these days in the NHL, being the worst means you can get better awfully fast and with the Oilers building off of recent failure, they’re a team that’s really looking up now. The Oilers are banking on a trio…

  4. Mario Lemieux to be given the Order of Canada

    Sep 2, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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    One of the greatest players the NHL has ever seen is being given one of the biggest honors in Canada. Mario Lemieux is going to be given the Order of Canada. Her Excellency the Right Honorable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will preside over an Order of Canada Investiture Ceremony at Rideau Hall, on…

  5. Report: NHL offers "ultimatum" with NHLPA over Kovalchuk contract, dire consequences if not accepted

    Sep 1, 2010, 11:05 PM EDT

    If you found yourself disappointed by this afternoon’s news about the NHL and NHLPA agreeing to extend the deadline to decide the fate of Ilya Kovalchuk’s latest contract with the New Jersey Devils, don’t worry, business just picked up. The New York Post’s Larry Brooks is reporting that the NHL has given the NHLPA a…

  6. Matt Hulsizer is the mystery potential buyer of the Coyotes

    Sep 1, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT

    If you’ve been wondering just who the super secret interested party is that wants to buy the Phoenix Coyotes, you don’t have to hold your breath waiting to see who it is anymore. Matt Hulsizer, the CEO of PEAK6 Investments is apparently the man on the spot to try and ensure that the Coyotes will…

  7. Paul Ranger will not be at Lightning training camp

    Sep 1, 2010, 9:22 PM EDT

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    Clearing up the Tampa Bay Lightning roster just got a lot easier today as it turns out that defenseman Paul Ranger won’t be coming to training camp. Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes gets the scoop. Not that this is a huge surprise, but Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said on Wednesday that defenseman…

  8. Breakdown of Ilya Kovalchuk's latest contract offer as we wait on NHL's decision

    Sep 1, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Is today going to be the day that Ilya Kovalchuk finally becomes a New Jersey Devil for life? Unfortunately we’ve got no inklings which way the NHL will decide on his latest contract offer of 15 years for $100 million. What we do have, thanks to Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet, is a look at how…

  9. Marty Turco is introduced as Chicago's new goaltender

    Aug 31, 2010, 11:06 PM EDT

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    The Blackhawks have their new man in goal and today they introduced him to the fans in Chicago and around the world. Marty Turco will be the man between the pipes this year, and his expectations are high. After a couple of disappointing seasons in Dallas, Turco wants the Cup and he’s hoping he can…

  10. Report: Carey Price wants $3 million from Habs or will go "on strike"

    Aug 31, 2010, 10:31 PM EDT

    After the Montreal Canadiens traded Jaroslav Halak it was assumed that the team’s goaltending future was firmly in the hands of one-time savior Carey Price. Of course, part of the motivation for the Habs to deal Halak was because both he and Price were restricted free agents this year and with Halak’s performance in the…

  11. No decision on Kovalchuk contract today, one NHL GM sounds off on it

    Aug 31, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

    The news on Ilya Kovalchuk and his latest contract with the Devils is… That there’s no news at all. The NHL has a deadline of 5 pm tomorrow afternoon to decide whether or not to approve the apparent 15-year, $100 million contract between the Devils and Kovalchuk. If the league fails to make a decision…

  12. 2010 NHL free agency: Leafs re-sign Christian Hanson

    Aug 31, 2010, 8:42 PM EDT

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    The Toronto Maple Leafs have tied up their final loose end ahead of training camp. The team announced today that they’ve re-signed restricted free agent Christian Hanson to a one-year deal. Hanson was the last of the team’s restricted free agents and while it’s making news in Toronto today because it’s the off-season and there’s…

  13. Nikolai Khabibulin sentenced to 30 days in jail, fined, files appeal

    Aug 31, 2010, 7:36 PM EDT

    Nikolai Khabibulin has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined for his extreme DUI and speeding case that was decided last week. What the sentence entails is this according to Arizona Vibe Sports. Min sentence = 30 days Min Fine = $507.60 DUI Assessment + $500.00 DPS + Jail Costs. Plus State Certified…

  14. Report: New ownership group close to a deal for Phoenix Coyotes

    Aug 30, 2010, 5:26 PM EDT

    Right when you think things are starting to get dire with the City of Glendale’s search for a new buyer for the Coyotes, something always comes up to reinvigorate chatter. Consider today to be that day. The Phoenix Business Journal reports that, once again, a new and unknown group demanding secrecy to better negotiate with…

  15. 2010 NHL free agency: Blues sign David Spina

    Aug 30, 2010, 4:22 PM EDT

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    Chalk one up for the state of Arizona. No, not the Coyotes re-signing Lee Stempniak. In this case, Arizona native David Spina signing a contract with the St. Louis Blues. Spina spent the last three seasons in the AHL with the San Antonio Rampage and is likely headed to the AHL once again, only this…

  16. 2010 NHL free agency: Rangers sign Tim Kennedy

    Aug 30, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    After the report earlier today, it appears that it’s true and the Rangers have signed forward Tim Kennedy to a one-year deal. While the financial details of the deal are still a bit unknown, it’s believed he signed for $550,000. After winning a $1 million award in arbitration from the Sabres, settling for a salary…

  17. 2010 NHL free agency: Coyotes re-sign Lee Stempniak for two years

    Aug 30, 2010, 2:07 PM EDT

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    As reports tend to go, this one seems to be as close to a sure thing as we’ve seen this summer. It appears that free agent winger Lee Stempniak is going to rre-sign with the Phoenix Coyotes for two years. While no actual details are readily available until the contract is officially announced by the…

  18. Tom Kostopoulos is excited by Hurricanes prospects

    Aug 30, 2010, 1:51 PM EDT

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    With how things have changed in Raleigh for the Hurricanes just in the last year, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who is overly excited about the team’s chances. Going into a season with as much youth as the Hurricanes will be putting out on the ice on a nightly basis, growing pains will…

  19. Keith Yandle reflects on losing in the playoffs, improving Coyotes defense

    Aug 30, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

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    The rise of Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle last season could be described as meteoric. Flying under the radar as a virtually unknown player for his first three seasons in the NHL, Yandle emerged as one of the Coyotes top blue liners last season even earning himself a spot on Team USA during the 2010 World…

  20. Report: Rangers to sign free agent forward Tim Kennedy

    Aug 30, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    If reports are to be believed, WKBW out of Buffalo is reporting that free agent forward Tim Kennedy, who’s been searching for a new team after being waived by the Buffalo Sabres, is going to sign a contract with the New York Rangers. If he signs with the Rangers, he’ll provide some improved forward depth…

  21. Speculating on what's next for the New Jersey Devils

    Aug 30, 2010, 10:39 AM EDT

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    Mark Everson of the New York Post is speculating on a move the New Jersey Devils are going to make in order to accommodate the eventual addition of Ilya Kovalchuk’s salary. While there are many options the Devils could run with in order to fit under the salary cap in the wake of signing Kovalchuk…

  22. Ottawa Senators team doctor in critical condition following motorcycle crash

    Aug 29, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

    Ottawa Senators team doctor Dr. Donald Chow is in critical condition following a motorcycle accident Saturday afternoon in Ottawa. According to TSN, he suffered severe head and chest injuries in the accident when his motorcycle collided with the passenger side of a car, throwing him from the bike. Dr. Chow is the head physician out of…

  23. Blue Jackets have plans for Ken Hitchcock to work within the organization

    Aug 29, 2010, 3:36 PM EDT

    When teams fire a head coach, we often forget that those teams are on the hook to pay that coach what he’s owed until he finds another job. In the case of the Columbus Blue Jackets, when they fired Ken Hitchcock back in February, they were getting rid of the coach that brought them to…

  24. Former Sabres forward Tim Kennedy grows up, looks for a new team

    Aug 29, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

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    The weird, wild and disappointing summer for former Sabres forward Tim Kennedy plods along quietly, much to his dismay. After winning a million dollar award in arbitration from the Buffalo Sabres, Kennedy was waived and had his contract bought out making him an unrestricted free agent. If you haven’t been paying attention this off-season, being…

  25. Paul Kelly: League would be foolish to go after Marc Savard's contract

    Aug 29, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

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    While we wait to see if the NHL will approve the latest contract for Ilya Kovalchuk, we ponder how the NHL’s investigation is going with the other contracts they’ve eye-balled as being potentially cap busting. While folks focused on Marian Hossa’s contract, Marc Savard’s contract extension with the Boston Bruins is one that seemed to…

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