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  1. 2010 NHL free agency: Blues re-sign defenseman Erik Johnson

    Aug 2, 2010, 11:51 AM EDT

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    The St. Louis Blues have gotten their most important player back in the fold signing restricted free agent defenseman Erik Johnson to a two-year deal worth $5.2 million. Johnson was the number one overall pick in the 2006 NHL draft and lynchpin along the blue line. In two seasons, Johnson has 15 goals and 57…

  2. 2010 NHL free agency: Blackhawks walk away from Antti Niemi award, sign Marty Turco to one-year deal

    Aug 2, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

    In a stunning turn of events, the Chicago Blackhawks are walking away from the $2.75 million arbitration award for goaltender Antti Niemi and will be signing Marty Turco to a one-year deal for around $1 or $1.5 million (Update: $1.3 million is the number). While a report of this happening came out last night, this…

  3. Rangers obtain Todd White from Atlanta

    Aug 2, 2010, 10:39 AM EDT

    The New York Rangers have been looking for a little bit of help at the center position. With Chris Drury being essentially their one true top center, and he’s even been relegated to second or third line duty, getting another center with some offensive touch has been a bit of a priority for the Rangers.…

  4. Blackhawks goaltending a hot topic during Blackhawks fan convention

    Aug 1, 2010, 5:01 PM EDT

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    While the Chicago Blackhawks held their fan convention this weekend, much of the festivities were a bit overshadowed wondering about what the team will do with goaltender Antti Niemi. This is unknown territory really for any NHL team to have such great success one year winning the Stanley Cup to scrapping a lot of the…

  5. Assessing this year's arbitration decisions

    Aug 1, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

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    A lot of our attention this summer has been spent on restricted free agents and arbitration. With over 30 players having filed for arbitration, there was potential for a lot of drama between teams and players. As is generally customary, arbitration is the last resort in contract negotiations and the majority of players settled into…

  6. NHL challenging the NHLPA over legal contracts is nothing new

    Aug 1, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

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    Believe it or not, there’s actually some history with the NHL and the NHLPA when it comes to bickering over the legality of contracts. I know, this is really mind-bending news to get on a Sunday morning but it’s true and the New York Post’s Larry Brooks is once again spending his Sunday skewering the…

  7. Marty Turco won't be a Flyer, but would've loved to be one

    Aug 1, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Marty Turco’s first summer in free agency hasn’t gone quite the way he was hoping it would. The free agent market for goaltenders dried up, teams are putting more faith in goalies who won’t break the bank and jobs that were thought to be around didn’t materialize. Of the handful of possible destinations Turco may…

  8. Niemi's arbitration split-decision is better than expected news for Blackhawks

    Jul 31, 2010, 11:53 PM EDT

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    While the Chicago Blackhawks have to be somewhat happy with how goaltender Antti Niemi’s arbitration case turned out today, rewarding him $2.75 million, finding out about where each side was hoping to end up in the grand scheme of things salary-wise is a curious matter. Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago checks in to tell us…

  9. 2010 NHL free agency: Oilers avoid arbitration, re-sign goalie Jeff Deslauriers

    Jul 31, 2010, 10:47 PM EDT

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    The Oilers have done the NHL arbitration-watching part of the world a huge favor and came to terms with goaltender Jeff Deslauriers on a one-year one-way deal. Deslauriers was set to be the last arbitration case to be heard, but now that won’t go down, leaving the Blackhawks decision on what they’ll do with goaltender…

  10. Source: News Corp. interested in buying the Dallas Stars

    Jul 31, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

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    The sale of the Dallas Stars has been getting plenty of attention amongst interested parties in Texas. Current owner Tom Hicks is looking to get out of sports franchise owning in a big way and both the Stars and the Texas Rangers in Major League Baseball are on the block. While Canadian oilman Bill Gallacher…

  11. 2010 draft picks Hall and Fowler skipping World Junior Championships camps

    Jul 30, 2010, 6:17 PM EDT

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    While there’s generally a dearth of hockey news in the summer, one bit of actual playing news is that many of the World Junior Championship teams are holding their evaluation camps this week. Team USA opened their camp today in Lake Placid, New York but notably absent are two players who recently signed professional deals.…

  12. 2010 NHL free agency: Sens, Lightning, Ducks and Habs get their signings on

    Jul 30, 2010, 5:04 PM EDT

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    A bevy of signings all went down this afternoon so we’ll get you caught up in quick-hit fashion. We would’ve called this the lightning round but considering they’re one of the teams involved in things we didn’t want to get too silly. Dominic Moore signs two-year deal with Tampa Bay Tell me if you’ve heard…

  13. Source: Kovalchuk contract grievance saga to be settled next week

    Jul 30, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    While we haven’t been talking much lately about the Ilya Kovalchuk contract grievance between the NHL and the NHLPA, there are things that need to be settled and if what Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice says has found is correct, we might see a solution to things next week. A source said this afternoon…

  14. Are the Kings interested in Marc Savard?

    Jul 30, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT

    It’s been almost a little too quiet on the Marc Savard trade rumor front lately. After some steady speculation all through the month of June about possible destinations in either Toronto or Ottawa for the Bruins centerman, a new contender has emerged from the shadows according to Jimmy Murphy of But while the market…

  15. Islanders place Brendan Witt on unconditional waivers

    Jul 30, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

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    The Islanders are doing a bit of housecleaning today, as they’ve placed defenseman Brendan Witt on unconditional waivers. Chris Botta of Islanders Point Blank says that this move is a precursor to an eventual buyout. A buyout is probably in his future. The Islanders still carry seven defensemen on one-way contracts for the 2010-11 season.…

  16. Oilers name Ralph Krueger assistant coach

    Jul 30, 2010, 1:57 PM EDT

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    Edmonton Oilers new head coach Tom Renney is filling out his coaching staff and going off the radar in doing so. The Oilers have hired Ralph Krueger to be one of Renney’s assistants, joining former Oilers players Kelly Buchberger and Steve Smith on the bench. If you’re not familiar with the name, it’s understandable as…

  17. Enforcer in training: Wings' Abdelkader taking boxing classes

    Jul 30, 2010, 12:23 PM EDT

    A player’s off-season workouts are generally pretty intense. Depending on the type of role you play or the style of play a guy has can depict what it is exactly that they’ll do to make themselves better. For a player like Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader, honing his skills as an agitating and physical forward…

  18. 2010 NHL free agency: Bruins accept Blake Wheeler decision, sign him for $2.2 million

    Jul 30, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    The Boston Bruins have made a commitment to Blake Wheeler. After Wheeler’s arbitration case was decided yesterday with the winger winning a $2.2 million award, some wondered if that cost was going to be enough to make the Bruins walk away from the young scorer. After all, the Bruins are in a bit of a…

  19. 2010 NHL free agency: Flames re-sign defenseman Ian White

    Jul 30, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

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    Taking a page almost exactly out of the Blue Jackets settlement with Anton Stralman, the Calgary Flames reached a deal with their own offensive minded defenseman Ian White prior to his arbitration hearing. What’s different this time is that Ian White got a nicer chunk of change out of the deal, signing for one year…

  20. Despite Stanley Cup championship, Blackhawks were a financial loser last year

    Jul 30, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    Perhaps there was a method to old “Dollar” Bill Wirtz’s madness and Scrooge-like ways. A story out of the Chicago Tribune by Melissa Harris claims that even in spite of the Blackhawks selling out the United Center on a nightly basis, reaching the playoffs and ultimately winning the Stanley Cup the team finished the season,…

  21. Kings defenseman Matt Greene to miss next three months after shoulder surgery

    Jul 29, 2010, 5:56 PM EDT

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    The Los Angeles Kings failed bids to get defensemen Dan Hamhuis and Paul Martin are stinging a bit more today. The Kings announced that defenseman Matt Greene will miss the next three months after undergoing surgery on his shoulder. Greene has become one of the steadier defensemen on the Kings blue line and losing him…

  22. 2010 NHL free agency: Senators re-sign Peter Regin for two years

    Jul 29, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

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    The Ottawa Senators have locked down one of their emerging stars today and avoided arbitration in the process. Playoff and World Championships superstar Peter Regin signed a two-year deal with the Sens today to help shore up their scoring ability. Regin was a little-known player before last year’s playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins when…

  23. Sabres' Tim Kennedy wins arbitration decision for $1 million

    Jul 29, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

    Buffalo Sabres restricted free agent Tim Kennedy won a $1 million reward in arbitration today according to the NHLPA. The amount is significant because according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement and confirmed by NHL super agent Allan Walsh, the amount needed for a team to walk away from an arbitration award is $1,570,260. This means…

  24. Legendary Canucks color commentator Tom Larscheid retires

    Jul 29, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Sometimes the most iconic people in an organization are the ones that bring the game to you over the radio and for Vancouver Canucks fans, Tom Larscheid is the guy who described the action on the ice with all the passion and excitement you’d want from a hometown guy. With the Canucks heading into their…

  25. Lightning reach affiliate agreement with ECHL's Florida Everblades

    Jul 29, 2010, 12:34 PM EDT

    When the Lightning aren’t signing three defensemen to fill out their depth chart, they’re doing something they haven’t done since 2008. The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that they’ve reached a very logical affiliate agreement with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL. Damian Cristodero shares the news. The Everblades, founded in 1998 and a former…

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