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  1. Max Talbot isn't Alex Ovechkin's biggest fan, sparks NHL rivalry with name-calling

    Jul 27, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    Summer was going along a bit too quietly for my liking and thankfully, Penguins forward Max Talbot stepped up to the plate today and hammered one out of the park. No, not at the Winter Classic press conference today when he was firing pucks through the uprights at Heinz Field, but instead over the airwaves…

  2. 2010 NHL free agency: Kings sign Alexei Ponikarovsky

    Jul 27, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    While this off-season has been mostly a let down for the Los Angeles Kings coming up short in efforts to land Dan Hamhuis, Paul Martin and most famously Ilya Kovalchuk, they’ve finally landed a scoring forward to help out. The Kings announced today that they’ve signed Ukrainian power forward Alexei Ponikarovsky to a one-year contract.…

  3. NHL unveils 2011 Winter Classic in Pittsburgh

    Jul 27, 2010, 2:37 PM EDT

    The NHL held their press conference to introduce the 2011 Winter Classic in Pittsburgh today, and part of the fun, as always, is seeing just what the iconic logos each team will be using for the game. While the Penguins have done this all before back in 2008, this is new territory for the Capitals.…

  4. Legendary Penguins public address announcer John Barbero dies at age 65

    Jul 27, 2010, 2:07 PM EDT

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    The longtime public address announcer of the Pittsburgh Penguins, John Barbero, has passed away at the age of 65 after a long battle with a brain tumor. Fans of the Penguins certainly remember him and his iconic way of announcing the name of Penguins legend Mario Lemieux. Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review talks about…

  5. 2010 NHL free agency: Rangers sign Alexander Frolov

    Jul 27, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

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    It was rumored about yesterday and today it’s official. Former Kings star forward Alexander Frolov has signed with the New York Rangers. While the Rangers didn’t release details of the contract, Arthur Staple of New York Newsday tweeted the details for us. Frolov signs a 1-year, $3-millon deal with NYRangers. Turned down four years, $20-mil…

  6. Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke isn't a fan of Kovalchuk-like contracts

    Jul 27, 2010, 11:54 AM EDT

    Maple Leafs general manager isn’t exactly a guy that pulls his punches when discussing a topic. He’ll shoot you a glare, give you his opinion and if he doesn’t like your question he’ll let you know it too. When it comes down to business he’s deadly serious, so when Michael Traikos of Canada’s National Post…

  7. 2010 NHL free agency: Islanders re-sign Matt Moulson

    Jul 27, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

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    It came down to the wire as far as arbitration goes, but the Islanders have got their man back in the fold and at a reasonable cost as well. Matt Moulson, the Islanders leading goal scorer last year, has re-signed with the team on a one-year contract worth $2.4 million. What’s notable about this deal…

  8. What about the rest of the NHL's free agents?

    Jul 27, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

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    While we’re all consumed with what is going to transpire in the situation with Ilya Kovalchuk and the New Jersey Devils, there’s a host of other free agents out there feeling lonely and looking for a new home. One guy that might be off the market as soon as today is Alexander Frolov who is…

  9. 2010 NHL free agency: Coyotes re-sign forward Alexandre Picard

    Jul 27, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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    While the Coyotes have other pressing matters on their plate to deal with still, they are still going about business. Part of that business is signing players to fill out the organization and they’ve brought back one of their own in forward Alexandre Picard. Picard, a former number one pick of the Blue Jackets in…

  10. City of Glendale: Sale of Coyotes to Ice Edge Holdings in trouble

    Jul 26, 2010, 11:17 PM EDT

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    The never-ending soap opera in the desert concerning the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes continues to take awful turns for fans of hockey in Arizona. Rebekah Sanders of the Arizona Republic breaks news tonight that the City of Glendale, where the Coyotes currently reside at Jobing.com Arena, says that negotiations to sell the team to…

  11. 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…

  12. 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,…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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,…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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,…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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