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  1. 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.…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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.…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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,…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 2010 NHL free agency: Lightning re-sign Vladimir Mihalik, sign two others

    Jul 29, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

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    The Lightning continued their busy summer by helping to fill out ranks along the blueline by re-signing Vladimir Mihalik and signing Mathieu Roy and Mike Vernace. Mihalik is a big boy standing at 6’7″ and 244 pounds, but is a smooth skating offensive defenseman. He’s had a little bit of time with the big club…

  17. 2010 NHL free agency: Thrashers sign Andrew Ladd

    Jul 29, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

    The Thrashers have again avoided arbitration with one of their new acquisitions from the Blackhawks obtained in the Great Chicago Fire Sale of 2010. This time it’s Andrew Ladd signing a one-year contract with Atlanta. Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweets the final details of Ladd’s deal. Ladd signs one-year deal worth $2.35 million…

  18. Agent: Marty Turco will have a home in the NHL this year

    Jul 29, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    If you’ve been wondering what’s going on with free agent goalie Marty Turco you’re not alone. The quiet and mostly sad market for free agent goalies this season is one that’s chased Evgeni Nabokov back home to Russia, Jose Theodore into hiding and Antti Niemi off to an arbitration hearing that may end up making…

  19. Enforcer Aaron Downey to get tryout with Red Wings

    Jul 29, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    The Detroit Red Wings of recent years have never been a team to go crazy with enforcers and turn the rink into a boxing ring. After all, the days of the Bruise Brothers are long gone. One player that in recent years got a short run with the Red Wings in that role was Aaron…

  20. Flames likely to go to arbitration with defenseman Ian White

    Jul 28, 2010, 11:29 PM EDT

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    The summer of the Calgary Flames has been one of fan-infuriating intrigue and it appears that things will continue down that path with restricted free agent defenseman Ian White. Flames Insider has the scoop on what’s going on in Calgary. So, the Columbus Blue Jackets avoided arbitration with Anton Stralman and the Vancouver Canucks struck…

  21. 2010 NHL free agency: Thrashers avoid arbitration, sign Ben Eager

    Jul 28, 2010, 9:40 PM EDT

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    Scratch another potential arbitration hearing off the docket in Toronto. The Atlanta Thrashers have reached a contract agreement with one of the players they received in the Dustin Byfuglien trade in Ben Eager as TSN tells us. Forward Ben Eager avoided arbitration on Wednesday, agreeing to a negotiated settlement on a one-year deal with the…

  22. Bruins source nixes obviously bad rumor about interest in Bill Guerin

    Jul 28, 2010, 9:35 PM EDT

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    Contrary to what was starting to become popular belief, it appears that the Bruins supposed interest in free agent right wing Bill Guerin was nothing more than fiction. Joe Haggerty at CSN Boston lets the fans in Beantown down easy just in case they got a bit too over-excited. While a report circulated on…

  23. 2010 NHL free agency: Blackhawks officially re-sign Bryan Bickell and Jack Skille

    Jul 28, 2010, 8:32 PM EDT

    The Blackhawks have made it official that they’ve re-signed forwards Bryan Bickell and Jack Skille. Even though these signings were worked out a week or two ago (links to Bickell and Skille), it always helps to dot the “i’s” and cross the “t’s” on these things. Skille re-signed for one year and Bickell for three…

  24. Capitals trade prospect Stefan Della Rovere for Blues enforcer D.J. King

    Jul 28, 2010, 7:42 PM EDT

    While the Washington Capitals summer has been quiet, unless you count Maxime Talbot calling Alexander Ovechkin names news. Today, however, the Capitals made a definitive splash of sorts sending prospect Stefan Della Rovere to St. Louis for oft-injured enforcer D.J. King. D.J. King is plain and simple, an enforcer. Guys in St. Louis loved him…

  25. Reports: Former Wild first round pick Nick Leddy signs with Blackhawks

    Jul 27, 2010, 6:01 PM EDT

    One of the effects of the great Chicago fire sale of 2010 is that after trading away so many players to help clear salary cap space, Chicago’s system has taken a hit so as to help fill out the Blackhawks roster. Many players who spent major time in the AHL with Rockford will be virtually…

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