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  1. Alex Burrows' return from shoulder surgery up in the air

    Aug 20, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

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    The breakout season Alex Burrows of the Vancouver Canucks had in 2009-2010 was a revelation for the team. Success in the NHL sometimes comes at a price and for Burrows that price was having to undergo shoulder surgery back in June. The prognosis for his return to the Canucks lineup, however, means he might not…

  2. Henrik Lundqvist is realistic about the Rangers chances this season

    Aug 20, 2010, 12:19 PM EDT

    Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist can almost always be best described as being the main reason the Rangers stay in any kind of contention each season. He’s one of the league’s best goalies and he’s also the guy who ends up suffering the most at the hands of the inconsistent Rangers offense. He’s become a bit…

  3. 2010 NHL free agency: Canucks sign forward Bill Sweatt

    Aug 20, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

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    The wacky saga of Bill Sweatt is at an end. The former Blackhawks second round draft pick who was traded this summer in the Kris Versteeg deal to the Toronto Maple Leafs is now a member of the Vancouver Canucks after signing a three-year entry-level deal with the team. Sweatt, a top player at Colorado…

  4. Caps forward Alexander Semin in car accident in Russia, is fine

    Aug 20, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    Very early this morning, Yahoo’s Dmitry Chesnokov reported that Washington Capitals forward Alexander Semin was involved in a car accident  in Russia. Capitals Russian blog Global Caps Fans shared the news with everyone and don’t worry Caps fans, Semin appears to be just fine (translated link). Here’s the rough translation from the site. Hockey player…

  5. Day 1 of NHL research and development camp sees hits and misses with rules

    Aug 18, 2010, 11:10 PM EDT

    Day one of the NHL’s Research and Development Camp has come and gone now and folks are sounding off about just what it was they were seeing, innovation-wise, on the ice in Toronto. With such a huge list of things to run through in the two days of the camp, times figure to be busy…

  6. Hottest selling merchandise in the NHL? How about the Hartford Whalers

    Aug 18, 2010, 9:02 PM EDT

    “Hartford Whalers merchandise is the hottest selling merchandise in the NHL.” If I asked you about what year that headline came from, you’d probably guess sometime in the early 1990s and feel pretty confident about it. How about if I told you it came from 2010? Turns out, the team with the most stuff flying…

  7. Analyzing where Antti Niemi could play next in the NHL

    Aug 18, 2010, 8:31 PM EDT

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    Yesterday we told you about how Antti Niemi was dead-set on staying in North America this year and playing in the NHL. While we’re more than aware of Niemi’s situation as it stands thanks to the Blackhawks parting ways with him, it’s worth taking a look around the league at what teams, even remotely, could…

  8. Flames hire Hall of Famer Michel Goulet to scouting position

    Aug 18, 2010, 7:02 PM EDT

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    The Calgary Flames dug into the vault of great 1980s hockey names to fill the team’s position as head of western pro scouting. Hockey hall of famer Michel Goulet joins the Flames after spending the last 15 years in the Colorado Avalanche system as an administrator and scout. Goulet is best remembered as a long-time…

  9. Report: Blackhawks have signed forward Fernando Pisani

    Aug 18, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

    The Chicago Blackhawks have apparently made a rather intriguing signing today. TSN’s Ryan Rishaug tweeted that the Hawks have signed former Oilers forward Fernando Pisani to a one-year, $500,000 deal. Pisani is best remembered as being one of the Oilers most key members of their 2006 Stanley Cup finals team as Pisani proved to be…

  10. 2010 NHL free agency: Islanders sign Andy Hilbert and Rob Hisey

    Aug 18, 2010, 4:51 PM EDT

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    The Islanders announced a pair of AHL-bound signings today and one of those names might stand out for fans on Long Island. The Isles came to terms with forwards Andy Hilbert and Rob Hisey and if Hilbert’s name rings a bell, that’s because you’ve heard him mentioned with the Islanders before. If you’ve been looking…

  11. 2010 NHL free agency: Blue Jackets sign Ben Guite

    Aug 18, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

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    The Columbus Blue Jackets have done themselves a favor to improve the team depth today by signing forward Ben Guite to a one-year contract. Guite spent last year in the Nashville Predators organization but he’s best known for his years with the Colorado Avalanche. Last year, Guite played just six games with the Predators while…

  12. Forbes report: Dallas Stars close to being sold for $275-$300 million

    Aug 18, 2010, 3:52 PM EDT

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    The saga surrounding the sale of the Dallas Stars may finally be coming to an end. Mike Ozanian of Forbes Magazine is reporting that the team is on the brink of being sold for an amount in the range of $275-$300 million. He goes on to add this tidbit: The sale of the Stars  tells…

  13. Daly: NHL contract investigations continue, punishments may not be as harsh

    Aug 18, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

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    If you’ve been wondering about whether or not the NHL is serious in their investigation of other player’s contracts in the wake of nullifying Ilya Kovalchuk’s 17-year, $102 million contract with New Jersey, deputy commissioner Bill Daly will have you know that they’re still investigating. Marian Hossa, Chris Pronger, Roberto Luongo and Marc Savard are…

  14. With Wings depth squared away, goaltending becomes the main focus

    Aug 18, 2010, 12:36 PM EDT

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    It’s a bit of a cliché at times but it can be said that teams like the Detroit Red Wings don’t rebuild, they reload. By adding Mike Modano and Ruslan Salei, sure the Wings are a bit older (all right, they’re a lot older) but they’ve solidified the team’s depth all around. All that that…

  15. Bruins haven't made progress with Chara or Bergeron on contract extensions

    Aug 18, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

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    The Boston Bruins have had their own adventurous summer of sorts. After getting bounced out of the playoffs by the Philadelphia Flyers in seven games after once holding a 3-0 series lead, the Bruins’ summer has consisted of fighting off Marc Savard trade rumors, going to arbitration with Blake Wheeler and dealing with losing Marco…

  16. WHL Spokane Chiefs schedule outdoor game, has it gone too far?

    Aug 18, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

    If you don’t get your fill of outdoor hockey this year it’ll only be because you didn’t bother to try and find it at all. While the NHL will have the Winter Classic in Pittsburgh on January 1 and the Heritage Classic in Calgary on February 20th (with a tie-in game between the WHL Calgary…

  17. Antti Niemi: Stanley Cup-winning goalie doesn't want to play in Europe

    Aug 17, 2010, 11:22 PM EDT

    It’s been quite the summer for Stanley Cup winning goaltender Antti Niemi, hasn’t it? First he helps Chicago win their first Cup since 1961, then he goes to arbitration with the team to help settle his restricted free agent contract status with them, then he wins a $2.75 million arbitration award only to see the…

  18. Five free agency myths that were busted this summer

    Aug 17, 2010, 10:16 PM EDT

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    Going into this summer’s free agency, there were some preconceived notions about what was going to happen. Many folks thought there could be a crush of action and free agents would go flying off the market like a hot toy at Christmas time. Others had it pegged that the elite talent would draw a lot…

  19. 2010 NHL free agency: Lightning sign Sean Bergenheim

    Aug 17, 2010, 7:13 PM EDT

    While other teams have been nearly allergic to making moves this summer, Steve Yzerman and the Tampa Bay Lightning have been overly busy trying to right the ship in Florida. Today, the team announced the signing of former Islanders forward Sean Bergenheim to a one-year contract. Bergenheim is a player with some intrigue and a…

  20. The free agent bidding war for Willie Mitchell

    Aug 16, 2010, 11:11 PM EDT

    As this summer’s free agency trudges along, one name getting a lot of heat lately is defenseman Willie Mitchell. Mitchell spent the last four seasons with the Vancouver Canucks and before that he played with the Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, and the New Jersey Devils. He’s developed the reputation (and has had the game to…

  21. Ruslan Salei to speak to Mike Modano about ugly hit from 1999

    Aug 16, 2010, 10:51 PM EDT

    If time doesn’t heal all wounds, we’ll soon have a case study to look back on if that’s the case. One thing we mentioned back when Detroit signed defenseman Ruslan Salei was how back in 1999, he and Mike Modano had a bit of a run in. It was opening night for the Stars and…

  22. Tampa Bay and Montreal complete a minor league deal

    Aug 16, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    Tell me if you’ve heard this line this summer:  Tampa Bay makes a deal to acquire someone from the Montreal Canadiens. This time around, the teams have made a minor-league trade of goaltenders as the Lightning have sent one-time prospect goalie Karri Ramo to the Canadiens in exchange for AHL all-star goalie Cedrick Desjardins.This deal…

  23. Dallas Stars not in the hunt for Tomas Kaberle

    Aug 15, 2010, 5:51 PM EDT

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    You can eliminate one team off the potential list of those seeking to trade for Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle. It appears the Dallas Stars are not in pursuit of the Leafs star. Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News tells it like it is. Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk said he has had trade…

  24. Hartford Whalers fan fest brings back memories, raises questions

    Aug 15, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    There was a heaping dose of hockey nostalgia this weekend surrounding a team that hasn’t been in the NHL since 1997. For the fans of what once were the Hartford Whalers this weekend provided a time to come together to celebrate not just the past glory of the Whalers but also to praise one of…

  25. A grim view of the NHLPA and where the NHL is headed

    Aug 15, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

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    If you haven’t gotten to following the New York Post’s Larry Brooks by now, it’s tough to say you’re keeping tabs on the NHL very closely. Ever since the NHL stepped up to challenge the NHLPA over Ilya Kovalchuk’s contract, Brooks has been the lone voice amongst team scribes to express what a dire situation…

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