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  1. 2010 NHL free agency: Red Wings re-sign forward Darren Helm

    Aug 4, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

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    With the impending signing of Mike Modano, the Detroit Red Wings are taking care of the rest of their business at last. TSN’s Darren Dreger tweets the news of Darren Helm re-signing with the Red Wings for two years. Helm 2 year ext with Det. $825,000 and $1 mil. With those salary numbers, Helm’s cap…

  2. St. Louis Blues sign journeyman center Dave Scatchard

    Aug 4, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

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    The life of an NHL journeyman is never over, especially when you’ve got veteran experience. Center Dave Scatchard has signed a one-year, two-way deal with the St. Louis Blues. Scatchard spent last year in the Nashville Predators system, spending most of the season with their AHL affiliate in Milwaukee. The one time Canuck/Bruin/Islander/Coyote/Predator is a…

  3. The Boston Bruins salary cap problems, a short-term headache needing a fix

    Aug 4, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT

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    While the Bruins have had a solid off-season adding a scoring winger in Nathan Horton and adding depth to their forwards with Greg Campbell as well as the signing of Tyler Seguin, there’s one glaring weakness remaining for the Bruins to get settled: Their salary cap situation. We’ve talked a lot here about the Bruins…

  4. 2010 first round pick Erik Gudbranson's chances to make the Panthers look slim

    Aug 4, 2010, 12:23 PM EDT

    A lot of the hype around Florida Panthers first round pick Erik Gudbranson was that he was a big player and the kind of guy that could step into the NHL right away in his first season. With being drafted by the Panthers, playing right away seemed like a definite possibility for the young defenseman…

  5. Blackhawks finalize signings of five depth players

    Aug 4, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

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    The Blackhawks have made it possible for a host of players who, more than likely, would not get any press time to get noticed for a day signing five players to one-year, two-way deals. Forwards Evan Brophey, Nathan Davis, and Hugh Jessiman, defenseman Jassen Cullimore and goaltender Hannu Toivonen have all been brought into the…

  6. Gary Bettman will not be in attendance for Kovalchuk contract hearing

    Aug 4, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    I know the headline of this post is going to freak some people out and wonder just what the heck is going on with the NHL. Don’t worry, there’s actually a good reason why NHL commissioner Gary Bettman won’t be in attendance today at the Ilya Kovalchuk contract grievance hearing in Boston. Tom Gulitti from…

  7. Former coach Jacques Demers shares story of nearly fatal operation error

    Aug 3, 2010, 10:55 PM EDT

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    If you’ve not kept up with your former NHL coaches, one notable coach from the past (now a member of parliament), Jacques Demers, has been battling with his health recently. In early July, he was taken into an Ottawa-area hospital for hernia surgery. What happened after that is a gruesome tale the former Canadiens/Red Wings/Blues/Lightning…

  8. Book it: Mike Modano to sign with Detroit Red Wings

    Aug 3, 2010, 9:57 PM EDT

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    It appears that our long, national soap opera of the summer is over. No, not the one involving Ilya Kovalchuk. Nor is it the one involving Brett Favre, that one just got renewed for another season. It’s the one about a local guy who left home to play in the NHL for 20 years away…

  9. Bruins working on contract extensions for Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron

    Aug 3, 2010, 8:16 PM EDT

    If you thought that this off-season for the Boston Bruins was a busy one, it might not hold a candle to what next year could bring. The Bruins have a handful of very notable potential unrestricted free agents next year including captain Zdeno Chara, center Patrice Bergeron and defenseman Mark Stuart. While no one will…

  10. Ducks sign 2009 first round pick Kyle Palmieri

    Aug 3, 2010, 7:21 PM EDT

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    While the Anaheim Ducks deal with what’s turning into an ugly contract situation with restricted free agent Bobby Ryan, they’re going about their own business and putting some pressure on Ryan to get into camp. The team announced the signing of 2009 first round pick Kyle Palmieri to a three-year entry-level contract. Palmieri is a…

  11. 2010 NHL free agency: Ducks sign defenseman Andy Sutton for two years

    Aug 2, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

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    After the Anaheim Ducks traded James Wisniewski to the New York Islanders last week, a lot of questions were stirred up about the lack of physicality on the Ducks blue line for next year. Consider those questions answered today with the announcement from the Ducks that they’ve signed defenseman, and noted questioner of experts, Andy…

  12. What's next for Antti Niemi? It won't be Philadelphia

    Aug 2, 2010, 5:34 PM EDT

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    With the news of Antti Niemi being let go by the Chicago Blackhawks today after walking away from his arbitration decision, the speculation over where the soon-to-be 27 year-old goalie has taken off. One place that’s been getting mentioned heavily is Philadelphia, but as it turns out, there’s no interest there from general manager Paul…

  13. President Obama deals out executive trash talk for Caps owner Leonsis

    Aug 2, 2010, 4:31 PM EDT

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    I know this isn’t necessarily a features blog by any means, but when the President of the United States is getting in on some executive level smack talk, it’s pretty tough to avoid. President Barack Obama recently attended a WNBA Washington Mystics game with Captials/Wizards/Mystics owner Ted Leonsis and you had to figure the fact…

  14. Report: Buffalo Sabres waive Tim Kennedy, plan to buy him out

    Aug 2, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

    Remember last week when Sabres forward Tim Kennedy won his arbitration case against the team earning himself a $1 million salary for next season? Funny thing about that, while it wasn’t much of  a raise for the young forward, it was apparently too much money for the Sabres’ blood and they’ve put him on waivers…

  15. Islanders buy out Brendan Witt's contract

    Aug 2, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Last week we told you about how the Islanders put Brendan Witt on unconditional waivers and now the team has made it official, declaring they were buying out Witt’s contract. Witt was due to make $2.5 million next season, the final year of a two-year, $6 million deal. According to Cap Geek, the buy out…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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.…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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