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  1. Report: NHL shoots down another Kovalchuk contract with Devils

    Aug 25, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

    It turns out the Ilya Kovalchuk situation just grows stranger and more frustrating for he and the New Jersey Devils. We told you the other day that Kovalchuk, his agent Jay Grossman, Devils GM Lou Lamoriello and Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek were at the NHL offices in Manhattan leading to speculation that a new contract…

  2. Oilers other summer moves being "delayed" by lack of Sheldon Souray trade

    Aug 25, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

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    Sometimes you have to wonder if perhaps the water in Alberta, Canada is a bit off. While Daryl Sutter has gotten raked over the coals for his signings this summer, even getting made fun of by Michael Bublé, things in Edmonton aren’t going quite so well either. While there’s a host of great youth set…

  3. 2010 NHL free agency – Canucks sign Raffi Torres to one-year deal

    Aug 25, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

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    In one fell swoop, it appears that the Vancouver Canucks are both improving their third and fourth line depth while also tapping out of the hunt to re-sign defenseman Willie Mitchell. Reports early this morning, including a confirmation of sorts from Sportsnet’s Darren Millard, indicate that the Canucks will sign free agent forward Raffi Torres…

  4. Leafs coach Ron Wilson to speak with Tomas Kaberle about "problems"

    Aug 25, 2010, 12:00 AM EDT

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    In case you missed it, Tomas Kaberle’s father, Frantisek, created a bit of a dust-up recently by stating that Tomas struggled playing under Leafs head coach Ron Wilson. While the subsequent talk of apparent translation stealing dominated the coverage, it covered up the main story at hand that Kaberle may or may not have a problem…

  5. Thrashers to give former Bruins/Sharks defenseman Kyle McLaren a tryout

    Aug 24, 2010, 9:56 PM EDT

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    In the first of what’s likely to be many stories like this during training camp, the Atlanta Thrashers have invited a veteran name of the more-recent past to join them at training camp to try and win a spot with the team. Thrashers Blueland Blog breaks the details of the former Bruins defenseman that will…

  6. Blues moving on and getting over the retirement of Keith Tkachuk

    Aug 24, 2010, 9:17 PM EDT

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    Preparing for the season this year in St. Louis is going to be a lot different for most of the Blues. This time around, they’re not going to have the veteran presence of Keith “Big Walt” Tkachuk around. Tkachuk announced his retirement at the end of last season and some members of the Blues have…

  7. Blackhawks sign 2009 second round pick Brandon Pirri

    Aug 24, 2010, 7:16 PM EDT

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    The Chicago Blackhawks are dipping into recent drafts to help fill out their depth in the AHL and throughout their system as they’ve signed 2009 second round pick Brandon Pirri to a three-year entry-level contract. Pirri played last year in the NCAA at RPI where he was a teammate of newly-signed Maple Leafs prospect and…

  8. Report: Kovalchuk and Devils meet with NHL, contract signing imminent?

    Aug 23, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

    Over the weekend, rumors abounded that the Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk were coming close to an agreement on a new contract, one that ideally wouldn’t be shot down by the NHL like their previous effort on a 17-year, $102 million deal that was nixed by the league. Today, ESPN’s EJ Hradek tweeted something of a…

  9. NHL's success in Europe grows as league increases pre-season presence there

    Aug 23, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

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    The NHL will once again be closing out part of the pre-season and starting the regular season in Europe this year and while some fans in North America may grumble a bit about their favorite teams starting off so far from home, the effect it’s having in Europe is becoming far more pronounced. If you…

  10. Even Michael Bublé is taking shots at the Calgary Flames

    Aug 23, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    What kind of summer have the Calgary Flames had? It’s been the kind of summer that allows for crooners to crack jokes on your team in your own building. Noted Canadian singer and Vancouver Canucks fan, Michael Bublé was recently in Calgary to make the ladies go crazy for his song stylings and apparently his…

  11. St. Louis Blues search for new investors going slowly

    Aug 23, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    We’ve seen this summer get dominated with talk about the search for owners in Phoenix and Dallas but there’s another team that’s in search of new financial blood and they’re finding that their search could drag on for a while. The St. Louis Blues lead investment group TowerBrook Capital Partners, a group with as much…

  12. 2010 NHL free agency: Red Wings re-sign Justin Abdelkader for two years

    Aug 23, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

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    The Red Wings summer of free agency appears to be just about complete. The team announced that they’ve signed the last of their restricted free agents, Justin Abdelkader, to a two-year contract. The financial details of Abdelkader’s deal aren’t immediately known but once they’re discovered we’ll update this post with that information. (UPDATE: Craig Custance…

  13. Report: Blackhawks goalie Cristobal Huet to play in Switzerland

    Aug 23, 2010, 11:08 AM EDT

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    The arduous journey of Blackhawks goaltender Cristobal Huet is nearly at an end. Lyle Richardson of Spector’s Hockey discovers a report from Swiss news site 20 Minutes Online reporting that Huet will be loaned to Fribourg-Gotteron next season. This is just a report for now, and while we know that Huet will not be playing…

  14. 2010 NHL free agency: Thrashers re-sign Bryan Little

    Aug 23, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

    If only free agency could work easy like this all the time. On Friday we told you about how Thrashers restricted free agent forward Bryan Little was close to re-signing with team and today, Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos is reporting that Little has a deal done and has re-signed with the Thrashers on a three-year contract…

  15. Skepticism surrounds the World Hockey Summit in Toronto

    Aug 23, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

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    Some of the big news of the week is going to surround the World Hockey Summit going on in Toronto. About the only thing that can stop people from talking about that this week would be Ilya Kovalchuk signing and we haven’t heard from him in a few weeks.  The World Hockey Summit brings together…

  16. Leafs GM Brian Burke testified against the Ilya Kovalchuk contract with New Jersey

    Aug 22, 2010, 6:09 PM EDT

    As if you needed another piece of drama from the Ilya Kovalchuk contract grievance, Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun drops a little nugget of information that will tweak out just about anyone involved. Little known fact: Among those who took the witness stand to support the NHL’s case against invalidating the Ilya Kovalchuk contract…

  17. Analyzing what 3-on-3 overtime could bring to the NHL

    Aug 22, 2010, 5:39 PM EDT

    The great part about the NHL’s research and development camp is that it’s sparked debate amongst anyone with a vested interest in the game. Of the many things experimented and tweaked through the two days of the camp, one of the more intriguing ones was how settling games that go to overtime is handled. Of…

  18. Flames prospect battles back after surviving blood clot scare

    Aug 22, 2010, 1:57 PM EDT

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    It’s not always injuries that occur on the ice that can threaten a player’s career. Sometimes it’s something you don’t realize is there until it’s sometimes too late. Take the case of Calgary Flames. Two years ago, Flames prospect Mickey Renaud died because of a genetic heart condition. This year, prospect Matt Pelech found his…

  19. Report: Bruins' Trent Whitfield out for the season with blown Achilles

    Aug 22, 2010, 11:21 AM EDT

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    You know the season is getting closer when news about a serious and mysterious training injury comes out. While word stirred last night about Bruins depth forward Trent Whitfield suffering a serious injury, Joe Haggerty of CSN Boston has gotten confirmation from the Bruins that Whitfield is indeed injured, and rather seriously so. Center Trent…

  20. Worrying about the depth of the Pittsburgh Penguins

    Aug 22, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    It’s Sunday morning and that sometimes means I get to thinking a bit wacky, but hold steady with me here through this one. There’s a very popular NHL team that, outside of a couple of signings, has been relatively very quiet. They improved one area that needed strengthening rather badly and that will certainly help…

  21. Don Cherry's wild predictions: Maple Leafs make the playoffs, Coyotes move to Winnipeg

    Aug 21, 2010, 10:41 PM EDT

    Leave it to Don Cherry to make sure our summer isn’t totally devoid of hockey talk or humor for that matter. The star of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada recently spoke with Ken Pagan of the North Bay Nugget in Ontario (one of the best newspaper names of all time might I add) and it…

  22. One team executive's take on what new rules he'd like to see in the NHL

    Aug 21, 2010, 8:50 PM EDT

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    Hearing from different coaches and GMs who attended the NHL’s research and development camp in Toronto is proving to be fascinating. If it’s not hearing from many GMs who want to reduce the importance of the shootout, it’s getting the opinions of many of the NHLs smartest people about what tweaks they’d like to see…

  23. Panthers GM Dale Tallon sees a lot of the Blackhawks in his current team

    Aug 20, 2010, 6:27 PM EDT

    Even though Dale Tallon wasn’t there to enjoy it, last season’s Blackhawks championship had his finger prints all over it. He was the guy who signed or drafted a great number of the players that helped the Blackhawks end their 49-year Stanley Cup drought and now he finds himself in Florida as GM of the…

  24. Thrashers forward Bryan Little close to re-signing with the team

    Aug 20, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT

    The roster changing summer the Atlanta Thrashers have had is coming to an end but not before they can get some o their own taken care of first. Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal Constitution says that the team is close to reaching a deal with restricted free agent forward Bryan Little. I talked to…

  25. Tomas Kaberle's father figures he'll be traded this year, sparks Internet firestorm over plagiarism

    Aug 20, 2010, 3:57 PM EDT

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    If you haven’t had enough of Tomas Kaberle this summer, buckle up because the Kaberle soap opera has found a new way to get interesting. Czech website hokej.cz scored an interview with Tomas Kaberle’s father Frantisek to find out his thoughts about how things have been handled with his son in Toronto. To say the…

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