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  1. 2010 NHL free agency: Buffalo re-signs Patrick Lalime

    Jul 7, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

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    The Buffalo Sabres did themselves and their superstar goalie a big favor today by re-signing backup goalie Patrick Lalime. Sabres Edge provides the details. Lalime, who turned 36 today, went 4-8-2 with the Sabres last season with a 2.81 goals-against average and .905 save percentage. The 12-year veteran has a record of 200-169-48 and a…

  2. 2010 NHL free agency: Colorado re-signs Brandon Yip for two years

    Jul 7, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    The Colorado Avalanche have re-signed one of the team’s many surprises from last year in Brandon Yip. The Denver Post’s Adrian Dater brings the details. Yip has agreed to a 2-year, $1.45 million contract The Denver Post has discovered and learned and processed. 700 and 750. The contract is more about the commitment of time…

  3. 2010 NHL free agency: Hurricanes sign defenseman Joe Corvo

    Jul 7, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    The Carolina Hurricanes are proving that they’re a friendly and overly welcoming organization with a short memory. You can leave and go away to Russia if contract talks reach an impasse and then come back a year later, much the way defenseman Anton Babchuk did when he re-signed with the team last week. If you’re…

  4. 2010 NHL free agency: Detroit, Florida, Ottawa, Columbus and Pittsburgh fill depth needs

    Jul 7, 2010, 3:36 PM EDT

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    The march through free agency continues and today saw a host of depth signings and re-signings by teams to help build up their reserves for a shot at the Cup next season. We’ll sum them up for you quickly. Detroit re-signs Patrick Eaves, one year $750,000 Eaves did well for Detroit in limited duty on…

  5. Evgeni Nabokov leaves the NHL, signs with KHL's SKA St. Petersburg

    Jul 7, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

    If you missed the 2010 Western Conference final between the San Jose Sharks and the Chicago Blackhawks, you missed Evgeni Nabokov’s last game in the NHL. Russian newspaper Sovetsky Sport is reporting that the former Sharks goaltender has signed a four year contract with SKA St. Petersburg (link is in Russian) in the Kontinental Hockey…

  6. 2010 NHL free agency: Capitals re-sign Jeff Schultz for four years, $11 million

    Jul 7, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    The Capitals continue to take care of their in-house business today by signing defenseman Jeff Schultz to a long-term contract. Tarik El-Bashir spreads the word from Washington. The Caps have re-signed restricted free agent Jeff Schultz, I’m told, and thus will avoid salary arbitration. is reporting the deal is worth $11 million over four…

  7. 2010 NHL free agency: Rob Niedermayer signs with Buffalo for one year

    Jul 7, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

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    The Buffalo Sabres continue to do what they do best come free agency season: Be patient and fill holes on the roster wisely. The Sabres responded to losing defensemen Henrik Tallinder and Toni Lydman on the first day of free agency by signing defenseman Jordan Leopold away from Pittsburgh. Today, they’ve helped stabilize their center…

  8. Report: Kovalchuk "close" to signing with KHL team, Nabokov to join him?

    Jul 7, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    Stop me if you’ve heard this before. A report from a Russian publication called Sport Express is reporting that Ilya Kovalchuk is close to signing a deal with the KHL’s SKA St. Petersburg. Oh, you’re not stopping me? All right then. Rich Chere at the Newark Star-Ledger gives us the details. SKA general manager Andrey…

  9. Prospect Ryan McDonagh signs with Rangers, decisions await on Staal and Girardi

    Jul 7, 2010, 10:39 AM EDT

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    The New York Rangers are about to make life interesting on both head coach John Tortorella and general manager Glen Sather. The Rangers have signed prospect defenseman Ryan McDonagh and while that’s a great thing overall for the Rangers it puts them in a curious position, one which Glen Sather probably doesn’t mind. The Rangers…

  10. Oilers get a first-hand look at their future

    Jul 7, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

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    A lot of teams are holding their development camps to get a look at the prospects they’ve been harvesting through the draft the last few years. One place that is getting a lot of attention from its own fans is Edmonton and with good reason. With this year’s top pick Taylor Hall, Canadian junior hockey…

  11. The biggest winner with Jaroslav Halak's new contract? Antti Niemi

    Jul 6, 2010, 11:36 PM EDT

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    Earlier today, new St. Louis Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak, formerly of the Montreal Canadiens, signed a four-year contract with the Blues worth $15 million. While the Blues are likely ecstatic they got a budding young superstar locked up for a cap hit of $3.75 million a year, there’s another team out there that’s probably terrified…

  12. Caps finally sign someone, re-sign Boyd Gordon for one year

    Jul 6, 2010, 10:34 PM EDT

    Capitals fans have been a bit anxious since the start of free agency on July 1. For some reason they feel troubled that their 121 point team has only lost some small-time players from their farm team and missed out on plenty of bloated free agent contracts to players that could’ve helped them out. Don’t…

  13. Mike Modano: It's Detroit or retirement

    Jul 6, 2010, 9:32 PM EDT

    We don’t know if the Red Wings courtship of Mike Modano amuses you, saddens you or makes you want to hurl, but at the very least it’s provided a nice, heartwarming like a G-Rated movie kind of side show to the Ilya Kovalchuk circus of inaction that continues to go on. We mentioned last night…

  14. Probert autopsy shows "no foul play"

    Jul 6, 2010, 7:52 PM EDT

    Windsor Regional Hospital in Ontario have found out that no foul play affected the death of former NHL enforcer Bob Probert.’s George Malik has been all over everything about what’s going on with the death of Probert, and I can tip my cap to him for virtually every thing that’s been said or found…

  15. Reactions to the death of a hockey icon: Bob Probert dead at 45

    Jul 6, 2010, 12:07 AM EDT

    With the shocking news of the passing of Bob Probert today at the age of 45, it’s tough to gauge just what the reaction would be to losing a guy whose aura on the ice was one that instilled fear in opponents. He was the rogue sheriff in a somewhat lawless era of the NHL.…

  16. Mike Modano to meet Red Wings brass in Detroit

    Jul 6, 2010, 12:04 AM EDT

    A funny thing happened along the way in the courtship of Mike Modano to Hockeytown. Mike Modano decided to fly home to Michigan and just so happens to have a meeting scheduled with the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday afternoon. Dallas Morning News’ Mike Heika spoke to Modano who spills the beans about his trip…

  17. 31 players file for salary arbitration

    Jul 5, 2010, 10:46 PM EDT

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    The NHLPA announced today that 31 players have opted to go for salary arbitration with their clubs. While players and their teams can still negotiate for a new contract, if things reach the stage where an arbitration hearing is needed to settle things out, things can get ugly. At arbitration, teams present cases against the…

  18. No decision by Kovalchuk, Kings re-interested in Gagne?

    Jul 5, 2010, 10:06 PM EDT

    The delicate dance of free agency continues with Ilya Kovalchuk. On a day that started with his agent Jay Grossman announcing on Twitter that a decision was coming today for where Kovalchuk would sign, then evolved into the New York Post saying that it was going to be the Devils signing him for seven years…

  19. Antti Niemi opts for salary arbitration with Chicago

    Jul 5, 2010, 8:18 PM EDT

    While other salary arbitration filings have gone down today, one of the more interesting filings today was done by Chicago’s Stanley Cup winning goaltender Antti Niemi. Niemi’s Chicago-based agent Bill Zito, who confirmed the filing, and Hawks general manager Stan Bowman continue to discuss various opportunities for long-term and short-term deals. A date for the…

  20. Lost in translation: Flyers made no offer to Kovalchuk

    Jul 4, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT

    Earlier today, we shared with you a report about how the Flyers and Avalanche were surprise bidders for the services of Ilya Kovalchuk. As it turns out, at least half of that report from Russian tabloid Life Sport was just mistakenly translated. Tom Gulitti from Fire & Ice clears up the mess for us. On…

  21. There was a bidding war for Derek Boogaard. Seriously.

    Jul 4, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    Derek Boogaard’s job in the NHL is a simple-to-explain yet difficult-to-do job. He’s out there to intimidate opponents, fight other enforcers and generally be a menace to everyone on the ice. He’s not a goal scorer by any means (he hasn’t scored a goal since his rookie season in 2005-2006 and has a 222 game…

  22. Mike Modano taking his time choosing his next destination

    Jul 4, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

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    While Mike Modano won’t be going back to Dallas to play for the Stars, it appears he’s content to sit back and wait for teams to sort their situations out before getting antsy to sign somewhere else. The Dallas Morning News’ Mike Heika caught up with Modano to find out where he’s at while he’s…

  23. Russian website says Flyers and Avs in on Kovalchuk

    Jul 4, 2010, 2:03 PM EDT

    The circus surrounding the possibility of superstar winger Ilya Kovalchuk signing anywhere continues to get more interesting. The other night we told you about a supposed max contract offer from the Islanders for Kovalchuk worth $100 million. Today, we’ve got a report from a Russian website citing Kovalchuk’s Russian agent (yes, he has two agents,…

  24. Report: Rangers prospect Ryan McDonagh set to leave Wisconsin, join the club

    Jul 4, 2010, 11:54 AM EDT

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    While Glen Sather continues to play hardball with Rangers fans by giving enforcer Derek Boogaard a four-year contract while not getting a contract settled with restricted free agent defenseman Marc Staal, he is making sure to take care of the growing stable of talented youth in Manhattan. Of course, if you’re a fan of the…

  25. Flames' reasons for signing Olli Jokinen do and don't make sense

    Jul 3, 2010, 4:27 PM EDT

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    The Flames foray into free agency this year is one that has mostly driven Flames fans insane. The signing of Olli Jokinen has been the focus of most of the attention of fans not only in Calgary but also around the league. The two sides parted ways on such poor terms before thanks to Jokinen…

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