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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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.…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. Canadiens GM Gauthier: Montreal will have a captain this year

    Sep 13, 2010, 12:55 PM EDT

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    From the Department of Overdue and Dramatic Decisions this morning, Montreal Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier declared during his morning press conference that the Canadiens will, indeed, have a captain this season. General manager Pierre Gauthier said Monday there will be a few candidates for the job but gave no hint of who will be chosen.…

  19. 2010 NHL free agency: Thrashers re-sign Niclas Bergfors

    Sep 13, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

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    You can take another restricted free agent off the waiting list for a contract. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun tweets that the Atlanta Thrashers have re-signed scoring forward Niclas Bergfors to a one-year deal worth $900,000. This now sets Atlanta’s lineup for training camp as Bergfors was the last loose end to get taken care of. Bergfors…

  20. Canucks GM Mike Gillis to talk with Roberto Luongo about captaincy today

    Sep 13, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

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    If you’re a Canucks fan that’s been sitting on the edge of your seat hoping to find some news about whether or not Roberto Luongo will be the team’s captain again next season, first of all, relax. Secondly, we’ve got an update for you.  Canucks GM Mike Gillis is finding his hands full of drama…

  21. Ilari Filppula, Valtteri's older brother, looks to impress Wings coaches in camp

    Sep 13, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

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    You might say that the Detroit Red Wings might feel a bit snake-bit in dealing with guys from the Finnish Elite League these days. Two years ago, they signed SM-liiga MVP Ville Leino only to see him slump mightily with Detroit while struggling within coach Mike Babcock’s system. They traded him to Philadelphia for defenseman…

  22. Canucks forward Bill Sweatt explains his side in the non-signing debacle with Toronto

    Sep 13, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    When you’re a prospect of a high-profile team, life can be hard if expectations aren’t met. If you’re a guy like Bill Sweatt who gets traded from the high-profile team that drafted you in Chicago to one in a pressure-cooker city like Toronto, life can be even tougher if you’ve got just a short time…

  23. Rookie tournament recaps: Sunday, September 12

    Sep 13, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

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    Since we’re all hungry for something resembling real hockey, here’s the rundown of today’s action at the rookie tournaments going on across North America. That makes it sound sexy, doesn’t it? Traverse City Tournament – Traverse City, Michigan Minnesota 5 – Columbus 1 Oliver Gabriel scored first for Columbus, but it was all Minnesota after…

  24. Jason Spezza and the Senators get on the same page after rumor-filled summer

    Sep 12, 2010, 10:56 PM EDT

    The weird and wild summer of Jason Spezza that saw him go from potentially wanting to be out of Ottawa after some rough handling at the hands of Senators fans to saying that he loves Ottawa and never wanted to be dealt has finally been squared away. Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun tells us…

  25. Thrashers prospect Angelo Esposito looks to break out after multiple knee injuries

    Sep 12, 2010, 8:35 PM EDT

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    The career of Thrashers prospect Angelo Esposito has been one fraught with issues both on and off the ice. Off the ice, he’s the key piece leftover from the Thrashers trade with the Penguins back in 2008 that sent Marian Hossa to the Penguins. On the ice, the former first round pick has had a…

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