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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. Kirk Maltby close to re-signing with Red Wings

    Aug 29, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

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    The life of a free agent this summer is proving to be a difficult one as we’ve documented all off-season long. If you’re a veteran free agent just looking to re-sign with a team you’ve spent 14 seasons with, you’d think this process might be a little easier, but for Kirk Maltby times are tough.…

  20. Pierre-Marc Bouchard looks to finally overcome concussion issues, return to Wild lineup

    Aug 28, 2010, 10:45 PM EDT

    While we got the brutal news yesterday that Paul Kariya won’t be playing this season thanks to the after-effects of post-concussion syndrome, another player continues his struggles with concussions but looks to get back on the ice sooner than not. Minnesota Wild forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard has been out of action essentially since the 2008-2009 season.…

  21. Devils GM Lamoriello confident NHL will approve latest deal for Ilya Kovalchuk

    Aug 28, 2010, 9:15 PM EDT

    While we wait to see what the NHL will do regarding the latest contract submission for Ilya Kovalchuk and the New Jersey Devils, which they’ve got up to five days to mull over, our thoughts wander over to the architect of these deals in Devils GM Lou Lamoriello. Lamoriello is feeling pretty confident about how…

  22. Four Broad Street Bullies set to become American citizens

    Aug 28, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT

    If there’s something every hockey fan knows about Philadelphia it’s that they’ll always be known for the “Broad Street Bullies” of the 1970s. Hell, they’ve been trying to recreate that atmosphere in Philly ever since then it seems and why not, those were the teams that brought Philadelphia their only two Stanley Cups in team…

  23. Marc Staal's agent: We want to sign with the Rangers

    Aug 27, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    Earlier today we relayed a story claiming that Rangers restricted free agent defenseman Marc Staal was hoping to get an offer sheet in order to speed up the process of getting signed whether it be with the Rangers or not. As one might expect, Marc Staal’s agent stepped up to clear the air surrounding his…

  24. Lightning trade Matt Lashoff to Maple Leafs for two players

    Aug 27, 2010, 5:23 PM EDT

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    In what’s proving to be an active Friday in the NHL, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning (who else!) decided to get in on the action completing a minor trade. Toronto acquires defenseman Matt Lashoff from the Lightining in exchange for forwards Alex Berry and Stefano Giliati. Lashoff was a first round pick…

  25. Kovalchuk contract has been submitted for approval, NHL has up to five days to decide

    Aug 27, 2010, 4:07 PM EDT

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    Here’s the update on what’s going on with Ilya Kovalchuk. ESPN’s EJ Hradek tweets that Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly has confirmed that a contract has been submitted to the NHL for approval. As part of the process, the NHL has five days to go over it and decide if it passes muster. Yahoo’s Dmitry Chesnokov…

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