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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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