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  1. How Blake Wheeler's arbitration could effect Tyler Seguin's immediate future

    Jul 26, 2010, 10:27 PM EDT

    We talked a bit about the Bruins’ potential arbitration case with forward Blake Wheeler earlier today. What happens there, should he not sign before his hearing tomorrow in Toronto, will affect the Bruins immensely as far as their salary cap is concerned. While the Bruins certainly have many things to consider when it comes time…

  2. Caps owner Ted Leonsis responds to ESPN report on Verizon Center's cleanliness problem

    Jul 26, 2010, 8:22 PM EDT

    Yesterday we told you about ESPN’s gross and horrifying 2009 report on the cleanliness of vendor stands throughout arenas and stadiums all across the major sports. The home of the Washington Capitals, the Verizon Center, was shown to have violations at 100% of their vendor stands including 10 that had mouse excrement around them. Today,…

  3. Are the Avs interested in Edmonton's Andrew Cogliano?

    Jul 25, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

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    The Denver Post’s Adrian Dater picked up on the scent of something that the Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson dropped a brief mention of recently and got to wondering if there’s much to it. In it, Matheson wondered aloud that the Colorado Avalanche have some interest in Edmonton center Andrew Cogliano. Cogliano is an unsigned restricted…

  4. Report: NHL may fine the Devils over Kovalchuk contract

    Jul 25, 2010, 4:52 PM EDT

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    The strange and unprecedented journey that is the Ilya Kovalchuk story continues to take some more strange turns. Mark Everson of the New York Post reports today that the NHL may be considering taking action against the Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk for their potentially cap circumventing contract. A league source said the NHL is not…

  5. ESPN vendor inspection: Caps' Verizon Center dirtiest in NHL

    Jul 25, 2010, 3:39 PM EDT

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    It’s always an “out of sight, out of mind” experience when you go to get your favorite food at the concession stand in your favorite NHL arena. You don’t think about where the food and drinks come from, and you just want to enjoy your hot dog and beer or soda in peace without putting…

  6. Sami Salo's injury shrouded in secrecy

    Jul 25, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    The other day we told you about Canucks defenseman Sami Salo tearing his Achilles tendon while playing floor hockey (or rather Floor Ball) this summer. What’s been a bit odd about everything is the lack of details about the injury being offered up by anyone. Salo isn’t discussing it, the Canucks aren’t commenting on matters,…

  7. Columnist Larry Brooks unloads on Gary Bettman and NHLPA over Kovalchuk contract squabble

    Jul 25, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT

    Today’s must-read piece on the Ilya Kovalchuk contract squabble between the NHL and the NHLPA comes from the New York Post’s Larry Brooks. While many people familiar with Brooks’ NHL writing might find him to be a bit polarizing and some may enjoy when he gets chewed out by a coach during post-game interviews, one…

  8. 2010 NHL free agency: Lightning sign forward Chris Durno

    Jul 25, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

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    The Lightning are at it again. It might be a Sunday morning in late July but that isn’t stopping Steve Yzerman from helping the Lightning fill out ranks on the team as the team announced the signing of forward Chris Durno today to a one-year, two-way contract. The six-foot-four 205-pounder had four goals and eight…

  9. 2010 NHL free agency: Blackhawks sign former first round pick Hugh Jessiman

    Jul 24, 2010, 11:12 PM EDT

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    Thanks to a tidbit of information from SBN’s Oilers blog Copper And Blue, we’ve found out (via CapGeek) that former 2003 first round pick of the New York Rangers, Hugh Jessiman, has landed a one-year, two-way contract with the desperate for depth Chicago Blackhawks. Even more amazing than reading the name “Hugh Jessiman” was reading…

  10. Derek Boogaard believes NHL teams value enforcers, Red Wings question that belief

    Jul 24, 2010, 10:31 PM EDT

    I don’t know anyone who would ever want to get in an argument with Derek Boogaard. In fact, I’m a bit scared to even write about the guy. He’s an intimidating human both on and off the ice so when he says that he feels there’s still a role for enforcers in the NHL, I’m…

  11. What are Chicago's goaltending options if they don't keep Antti Niemi?

    Jul 24, 2010, 9:17 PM EDT

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    While the Blackhawks continue to try and work out a contract agreement with goaltender Antti Niemi before his arbitration hearing on July 29th, it’s not the worst idea in the world for Blackhawks fans to start taking a look around elsewhere for potential new goaltenders. After all, if Niemi does go to arbitration and lands…

  12. College hockey opts not to adopt controversial rule change

    Jul 24, 2010, 7:18 PM EDT

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    A while back we mentioned how the NCAA rules committee was looking into instituting a new rule where teams would not be allowed to ice the puck when on the penalty kill. The NCAA, instead, wanted to penalize teams killing penalties further by calling icing on those teams thus leading to a face-off back in…

  13. Cliff Viner named sole managing partner of Florida Panthers

    Jul 23, 2010, 4:33 PM EDT

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    The Panthers have decided to play some more executive office shuffleboard today and have cleared up the delegation of power amongst ownership. Today, the team announced that Cliff Viner becomes the General Partner, Chairman & CEO of the franchise. Viner had occupied the role of Chairman and Co-General Partner with Stu Siegel since Nov. 2009,…

  14. War veteran chooses to lose a limb to keep playing hockey

    Jul 23, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

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    The love that many people have for hockey is sometimes viewed as being bizarre and borderline insane. Anyone who tries to introduce the game to people who are unaware sometimes come off looking like cult leaders. All right, so maybe that’s just me, but hockey is the kind of game that when it’s in your…

  15. Sami Salo out indefinitely after tearing Achilles playing floor hockey

    Jul 23, 2010, 2:26 PM EDT

    Sometimes life is just not fair for some people. For Sami Salo, freakish injuries seem to find him somehow. During last season’s playoffs he, well, he took a puck in the most private of male areas and somehow came back to play in the next game. You’d have to figure that with it being the…

  16. MSG Network creates a stir by not bringing Billy Jaffe back for Islanders TV broadcasts

    Jul 23, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    Leave it to the Islanders to get caught in a stir in the media. When it’s not some rogue fan stirring up a hoax about a Rick DiPietro car accident, they’re stuck in a mess having to deal with MSG Network not renewing the contract of television color commentator Billy Jaffe. Chris Botta from Islanders…

  17. Agents say that the NHL can't block Kovalchuk's contract

    Jul 23, 2010, 12:36 PM EDT

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    Through the many twists and turns of the Ilya Kovalchuk contract squabble with the Devils, we’ve been wondering about what, exactly, the league can do about things. The NHL has already done their part in rejecting the deal and while we wait to hear from the NHLPA about when/if they’ll file a grievance with the…

  18. 2010 NHL free agency: Stars re-sign Fabian Brunnstrom, avoid arbitration

    Jul 23, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

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    Fabian Brunnstrom has, perhaps, come to his senses a bit. The Stars and Brunnstrom avoided going to arbitration today and came to an agreement on a one-year, one-way deal according to the Dallas Stars official Twitter feed. Stars and Fabian Brunnstrom agree to terms prior to arbitration hearing this morning: $675,000 one-way contract. One-year deal.…

  19. Henrik Zetterberg's wedding party photos show that they party like it's 1929

    Jul 23, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    I know we don’t exactly run a TMZ-like operation here and getting photos of hockey players at their wedding doesn’t really seem like news to many folks, but sometimes things are too entertaining to ignore. Case in point, the wedding of Red Wings star forward Henrik Zetterberg with Swedish television star Emma Andersson.The two are…

  20. 2010 NHL free agency: Small-time signings ahoy

    Jul 22, 2010, 6:05 PM EDT

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    Sometimes some signings aren’t quite big news enough to demand their own single post. No offense guys, but there’s a bit of a pecking order around here. We’ll sum up today’s depth signings for you here. Blue Jackets re-sign defenseman Grant Clitsome Everyone’s favorite defenseman, whether they know it or not, is back on a…

  21. Lightning setting their eyes on Arron Asham?

    Jul 22, 2010, 5:26 PM EDT

    The “Summer of Stevie” continues to churn along in Tampa Bay. After obtaining Simon Gagne from the Philadelphia Flyers, speculation in Tampa Bay has turned towards another important player from Philadelphia’s run to the Stanley Cup finals last year in rugged forward Arron Asham. The team, apparently, has inquired about free agent Arron Asham. Agent Jarrett…

  22. Report: Vancouver's Jannik Hansen wins arbitration case

    Jul 22, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Today’s big winner in salary arbitration is none other than Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen. Jim Jamieson from The White Towel gives us the low down. The spare-part winger was awarded a contract for $825,000 in salary arbitration Thursday, a healthy raise of $275,000 from his $550,000 salary last season. The contract is for one…

  23. Blackhawks trade Marty Reasoner to Florida for Jeff Taffe and salary cap space

    Jul 22, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT

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    While it won’t go down as a blockbuster trade by any means, the implications of it could be far-reaching for the Chicago Blackhawks. The Hawks traded recently-acquired center Marty Reasoner to the Florida Panthers for centerman Jeff Taffe and the biggest acquisition of them all for Chicago from this deal will be salary cap space.…

  24. USA Hockey Hall of Fame class welcomes Roenick, Hatcher brothers and more

    Jul 22, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

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    While the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto gets most of the attention when it comes to honoring hockey’s greats, the United States has their own hall of fame to honor its own hockey greats. Today, USA Hockey announced their 2010 class and fans should be pretty familiar with some of the names. Art Berglund,…

  25. Hockey player/MMA fighter Jeremy Yablonski signs with Islanders

    Jul 22, 2010, 2:41 PM EDT

    Leave it to the New York Islanders to make a baffling yet potentially highly entertaining move. The Islanders signed a soon-to-be Bridgeport Sound Tiger Jeremy Yablonski to a one-year two-way deal. You, the good fans that you are, are now likely asking, “Who is Jeremy Yablonski and why do I care?” For a scouting report,…

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