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Joe Yerdon

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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