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  1. Florida Panthers to use tarps to cover seats, save attendance

    Aug 26, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    When you think of the Florida Panthers, your first thoughts probably center around how the heck a hockey team exists in South Florida. For many, their first thought goes to them being a losing team with struggling attendance. For those people, the Panthers have devised a plan for you. They’re going to cover things up.…

  2. Bettman denies refusing second Kovalchuk contract, KHL offer remains on the table

    Aug 25, 2010, 6:14 PM EDT

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    The main rule from now on when it comes to dealing with Ilya Kovalchuk and his ongoing saga with the New Jersey Devils is to expect nothing and to be ready for everything. Today proved to be ripe with information surrounding the league apparently shooting down the framework to a second contract between Kovalchuk and…

  3. 2010 NHL free agency: Lightning sign defenseman Randy Jones

    Aug 25, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

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    If you were going to cast your vote for Executive of the Year right now, you’d have to think that Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman would be a unanimous selection at this point. Ever the perfectionist, Yzerman continues to add to the Lightning roster, today signing former Kings defenseman Randy Jones. We’ve talked enough here…

  4. AHL releases their 2010-2011 schedule

    Aug 25, 2010, 4:39 PM EDT

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    If the excitement of getting the NHL’s national television schedule this year isn’t your cup of tea, then perhaps you’ll want to scope out the AHL’s schedule. The NHL’s minor league affiliates are all squared away with their schedule of games and if you’re looking to see who is kicking around in your favorite team’s…

  5. 2010 NHL free agency: Kings sign Willie Mitchell, 2 years $7 million

    Aug 25, 2010, 4:07 PM EDT

    The Willie Mitchell saga is finally at an end and the winner of the pursuit is a team that finally isn’t playing the part of bridesmaid this summer. The Los Angeles Kings signed the big defenseman today to a two-year $7 million deal, working out to be mathematically neat $3.5 million cap hit the next…

  6. NHL on NBC Game of the Week 2011 schedule

    Aug 25, 2010, 2:32 PM EDT

    This is it. This is what you’ve been waiting for all summer long, you’re first real warning signal that yes, hockey is back. Today the NHL released their national television schedule and part of that, of course, means sharing with you all what NBC will be covering this year. This year, NBC is doing things…

  7. NHL on NBC TV schedule due out this afternoon

    Aug 25, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

    We just wanted to remind everyone that for the fourth straight year, NBC will be bringing you the Game of the Week and later on today we’ll have the schedule for which games we’ll be covering this season. Once again, we’ll be using the “flex schedule” to determine which games will be covered. What that…

  8. Will Roberto Luongo still be the captain of the Canucks this season?

    Aug 25, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

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    Lots of fans thought it was a curious decision last year when the Vancouver Canucks elected to make goaltender Roberto Luongo the captain. After all, the league doesn’t exactly enjoy this, even to the point where they won’t allow goalies to wear the captain’s “C” on their jerseys. After the Canucks bowed out in their…

  9. 2010 NHL free agency: Lightning re-sign Steve Downie

    Aug 25, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

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    Tampa Bay’s great summer continues to roll right along. TSN’s Bob McKenzie tweets this morning that the Lightning have come to terms with restricted free agent Steve Downie on a two-year deal. RFA Steve Downie has agreed to terms on two-year, $3.7M deal with Tampa. Cap hit is $1.85M. For the better part of last…

  10. Stars' Jere Lehtinen still unsure about his playing future

    Aug 25, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

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    When you think of legendary and noteworthy Dallas Stars, most thoughts turn to the recently departed to Detroit Mike Modano or to goalies Ed Belfour or Marty Turco. One name that doesn’t get brought up too often but should be on the tip of Stars fans’ tongues is Jere Lehtinen. Lehtinen has battled with injuries…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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