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  1. 2010 NHL free agency: Predators re-sign goalie Mark Dekanich

    Aug 9, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    The Nashville Predators have re-signed one of their depth goaltenders who may stand a chance at getting to back up Pekka Rinne this year. Former fifth round pick out of Colgate University Mark Dekanich, who spent last year in Milwaukee of the AHL, re-signed for one year on a two-way contract. Nashville’s situation in goal…

  2. 2010 NHL free agency: Ducks re-sign Teemu Selanne

    Aug 9, 2010, 3:37 PM EDT

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    While it was rumored last week that Teemu Selanne would be rejoining the Anaheim Ducks for one more year, Selanne himself made it official that he was coming back by posting it on the Anaheim Ducks website himself. Ducks Fans — After thinking about it for the last few months, I’ve decided to return to…

  3. Enforcer Riley Cote announces retirement, becomes AHL assistant coach

    Aug 9, 2010, 3:07 PM EDT

    What were you doing when you were 28 years-old? If your name was Riley Cote, an enforcer with the Philadelphia Flyers, you’d be retiring from the NHL to become an assistant coach in the AHL. The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that Cote was hanging it up as a player to become an assistant coach with…

  4. 2010 NHL free agency: Red Wings sign defenseman Ruslan Salei

    Aug 9, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

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    It appears that the Detroit Red Wings are out of the hunt for free agent defenseman Willie Mitchell. The team announced today that they’ve reached a one-year deal with free agent defenseman Ruslan Salei. Much like Willie Mitchell, Ruslan Salei is a tough customer and a veteran player coming off an injury-laden season himself missing…

  5. Lightning sign 2010 third round pick Radko Gudas

    Aug 9, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

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    A bit of surprising news out of Tampa Bay today as the Lightning have announced they’ve come to terms with their third round pick from the 2010 draft, defenseman Radko Gudas. Gudas is a tough customer. At 5’11” 195 pounds his stature isn’t imposing, but he’s a scrapper, racking up 151 penalty minutes last season…

  6. 2010 NHL free agency: Oilers re-sign forward Liam Reddox

    Aug 9, 2010, 12:07 PM EDT

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    The Edmonton Oilers have retained another of their restricted free agents, although it’s not likely one of the guys Oilers fans were hoping to have signed by now. Winger Liam Reddox re-signed for one year with the team to help provide further scoring depth for the Oilers. Last year, Reddox spent most of the season…

  7. Kovalchuk decision expected today

    Aug 9, 2010, 11:27 AM EDT

    The decision in the Ilya Kovalchuk contract grievance is expected to come down at some point today. We’ve analyzed what will happen depending on how the decision comes down, and while we’re expecting that systems arbitrator Richard Bloch will approve Kovalchuk’s 17-year, $102 million contract, we still know that funny things can happen when it…

  8. 2010 NHL free agency: Sabres sign goalie David Leggio

    Aug 8, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

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    The Buffalo Sabres added a little bit of goaltending depth today signing 2010 IIHF World Championships Team USA member David Leggio to a one-year, two-way contract. Leggio, a standout at Clarkson University during his years in college, played last year for TPS in SM-Liiga, the Finnish Elite League, helping the team win the league title.…

  9. The Rangers salary problems with Wade Redden and Marc Staal

    Aug 8, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

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    This summer for the New York Rangers has been a relatively quiet one. With Glen Sather in charge and always in the mix on free agents and trades, the lack of big moves out of Manhattan for a team that missed the playoffs last year is a bit curious. The team brought back Vinny Prospal…

  10. One week left to trade Tomas Kaberle, seven teams supposedly interested

    Aug 8, 2010, 3:43 PM EDT

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    While we’ve been feasting on free agent rumors all summer and trade rumors for some players (like Marc Savard and Tim Thomas) the be-all, end-all icon of trade rumors for the last year or so has been Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle. While last year he was protected by a no-trade clause, this summer on…

  11. Did Maxim Afinogenov deserve another shot in the NHL?

    Aug 8, 2010, 1:51 PM EDT

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    The news of Maxim Afinogenov leaving the NHL to sign a five-year deal with SKA St. Petersburg in the KHL was met with a resounding, “meh” from a lot of fans in the hockey world. It was the case of another talented player who had a hard time finding instant interest from NHL teams getting…

  12. Could the Wings be looking at Lukas Krajicek for defensive help?

    Aug 8, 2010, 12:26 PM EDT

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    While the buzz around signing Mike Modano in Detroit has appropriately died down, attention now turns to other needs in the Motor City. While they’re still working on a contract for restricted free agent Justin Abdelkader, the Wings are in the market for another experienced defenseman to play on the third pairing with Jonathan Ericsson.…

  13. Would Paul Kariya be a good signing for Anaheim?

    Aug 8, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

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    On Friday, we told you about how Teemu Selanne told a Finnish magazine that he was looking forward to coming back to the NHL and the Anaheim Ducks for one more year. Part of that discussion was about how he was working on bringing back his old friend Paul Kariya with him to play in…

  14. Chicago GM Stan Bowman planned all along for post-season fire sale

    Aug 7, 2010, 11:32 PM EDT

    If you haven’t noticed, this summer has been pretty tough on Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman. After the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in June, it wasn’t long after that that the dismantling of a championship team began. Their moves have been high profile and roundly criticized by many people, questioning Bowman’s ability to keep a…

  15. The success and failure of potentially overworked goalies

    Aug 7, 2010, 9:25 PM EDT

    About a week ago I was struck with an idea to investigate how goalies who had a heavy workload during the regular season fared in the playoffs. After all, with the new trend going towards inexpensive goalies, it’s worth taking a look at goalies in general seeing as how those inexpensive goalies that have been…

  16. Cristobal Huet's agent seeks a European team for Huet to play for

    Aug 7, 2010, 7:18 PM EDT

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    If you’ve been asleep the last few weeks, you might not know that Cristobal Huet’s future with the Chicago Blackhawks is in a bit of trouble. After the team walked away from Antti Niemi’s $2.75 million arbitration award and signed free agent goalie Marty Turco, the handwriting was on the wall. Huet’s future as an…

  17. No decision in Kovalchuk grievance case today

    Aug 6, 2010, 6:38 PM EDT

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    Are you ready for your daily dose of Koval-talk? We knew you were.  As was expected today, there was no decision in the Ilya Kovalchuk contract grievance. While it was possible arbitrator Richard Bloch could’ve handed down a decision today, the chances of that happening were pretty slim. There’s a possibility that a decision could…

  18. 2010 NHL free agency: Oilers sign goalie Martin Gerber

    Aug 6, 2010, 5:54 PM EDT

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    Tell us if you saw this one coming at all. Former Maple Leafs, Hurricanes and Senators goalie Martin Gerber is returning to North American after a year in the KHL to play with the Edmonton Oilers. Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos provides the details of the signing via Twitter. Oilers sign Martin Gerber 1 year / 2-way contract.…

  19. Report: Teemu Selanne to re-sign with Anaheim; Paul Kariya to join him?

    Aug 6, 2010, 5:03 PM EDT

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    If you’ve been wondering what will happen with Ducks star and Finnish legend Teemu Selanne, it appears that you can stop wondering right away and prepare for at least one more season of the Finnish Flash. TSN, via Finnish magazine Sport Report, tells us that Selanne will be coming back to the NHL for at…

  20. Willa Ford to Mike Modano: Join Detroit to stick it to Dallas

    Aug 6, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    On a day where the Red Wings were beyond excited to introduce Mike Modano as the newest member of the Detroit Red Wings, you had to figure that somewhere a story about his signing with one of the Dallas Stars’ biggest rivals was going to pop up discussing the reasons for doing so. Having that…

  21. 2010 NHL free agency: Wild sign center John Madden

    Aug 6, 2010, 3:37 PM EDT

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    While the Detroit Red Wings were busy introducing Mike Modano, the Minnesota Wild were busy moving on to their Plan “B” in the hunt for an experienced centerman, signing three-time Stanley Cup winner John Madden to a one-year deal. Madden won his third Cup last season with the Chicago Blackhawks and his veteran presence will…

  22. Pittsburgh Penguins announce their all-time team, surprise no one with selections

    Aug 6, 2010, 3:07 PM EDT

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    In an effort to help get fans in Pittsburgh excited about the upcoming season and opening of their new CONSOL Energy Center, the Penguins have announced the Penguins All-Time team. As you might expect, the team is loaded with players from their back-to-back Stanley Cup teams of the early 1990s. Mario Lemieux Ron Francis Jaromir…

  23. Senators hire Kurt Kleinendorst to coach AHL Binghamton

    Aug 6, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    The Ottawa Senators are digging into American coaches to find the guy they want to teach their youth. The Sens announced that they’ve hired Kurt Kleinendorst to be the head coach of their AHL team in Binghamton. Some of you might recall Kleinendorst from his days as an assistant to Larry Robinson in New Jersey.…

  24. NHL research and development camp will test out a host of potential new rules

    Aug 6, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    Each August, the NHL holds a research and development camp in which former coaches and players team up together to test out potential new rules and settings to use in the NHL. What’s fun about this way of doing things is you have people who are highly experienced in the ways of the game (Dave…

  25. Maxim Afinogenov signs with SKA St. Petersburg in KHL

    Aug 6, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    If you’re an NHL GM and were hoping you might get to take an inexpensive flier out on Maxim Afinogenov this season, your luck just ran out. Russian newspaper SovSport is reporting this morning that Afinogenov has signed with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL on a five-year contract (link is translated Russian). In there,…

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