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  1. Mike Modano watch: On hold until August 5th

    Jul 20, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    If you’ve been obsessively refreshing our site to make sure you don’t miss out on when Mike Modano decides to sign with another team, it turns out you can keep doing that but you might be really tired by the time he might make a decision. The Detroit Free Press’ Helene St. James got the…

  2. Simon Gagne's trade sets the bar for future Sheldon Souray deal

    Jul 20, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    So you’re wondering what the after effects of Simon Gagne’s trade to the Tampa Bay Lightning would be on the rest of the NHLs residents of the trading block would be. If you started looking towards Edmonton’s Sheldon Souray, as Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal did, you’d see that perhaps the Oilers will have…

  3. Mike Keane released by Manitoba Moose, retirement next?

    Jul 20, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Hockey’s ability to give some players a career longer than some might ever imagine is pretty amazing. Sure, we all know that Chris Chelios would play until he’s 70 years-old if he could. Gordie Howe played until both of his sons were grown men and they played on a line together in Hartford. To hear…

  4. With Kovalchuk signed, has Marc Savard's future in Boston changed?

    Jul 20, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

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    We’ve speculated since before Ilya Kovalchuk signed that perhaps once he did get his name on the dotted line that action in both the free agent and trade markets would pick up and things would get interesting once again. One of the names that floated around in trade speculation before the start of free agency…

  5. Stan Bowman: Patrick Sharp isn't going to be traded

    Jul 20, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

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    The great Chicago fire-sale of 2010 has died down a bit lately but the speculation going into who may be dealt next from the defending Stanley Cup champions rages on. As the Blackhawks hope to get a deal to get worked out with goaltender Antti Niemi lest they end up in arbitration, the main focus…

  6. Simon Gagne's reaction to being traded

    Jul 19, 2010, 11:17 PM EDT

    Being traded is one of the most difficult things for any professional athlete to deal with when it happens. In the case of Simon Gagne, it was a bit more difficult and emotionally draining considering he had a no-trade clause. While the Flyers did their due diligence in being up front and proper with goal-scoring…

  7. One writer feels that Modano won't become a Red Wing

    Jul 19, 2010, 10:43 PM EDT

    You didn’t think that Ilya Kovalchuk and Simon Gagne would steal all of the headlines today, did you? Silly human. George Malik of passes along word from the Detroit News’ Ted Kulfan that he fully expects Mike Modano to pass on joining the Detroit Red Wings. Several people have asked me if Mike Modano…

  8. Are the Lightning set to turn things around in a big way?

    Jul 19, 2010, 9:33 PM EDT

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    With the Lightning acquiring scoring wing Simon Gagne from the Philadelphia Flyers, the Lightning roster is starting to fill out, and much unlike previous off-seasons in Tampa Bay, the outlook is bright and full of promise. In past seasons, the Lightning signed multiple questionable defensemen or dropped a ton of money on a hot-off-a-great-Final-appearance Ryan…

  9. Ilya Kovalchuk's stunning contract with the Devils: By the numbers

    Jul 19, 2010, 8:41 PM EDT

    Rich Chere from the Newark Star-Ledger is the bearer of bad news for fans of fiscal responsibility as we know it as he gives us the official not-yet official (Tom Gulitti tweets that it’s not official yet but the NHL approving it won’t be an issue) contract numbers on the deal signed by Ilya Kovalchuk…

  10. Looking ahead to 2011 free agency

    Jul 18, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

    So you’re left feeling flat and anguished by the slow, methodical process of the 2010 free agency season. It’s understandable that with Ilya Kovalchuk just having two known suitors chasing after him and other secondary free agent prizes holding tight and not rushing to go anywhere else just yet that you, the fan, might feel…

  11. Why Stars fans should be more optimistic about the future

    Jul 18, 2010, 3:56 PM EDT

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    One of the fan bases who have had their patience tested throughout this off-season is that of the Dallas Stars. From seeing their franchise icon Mike Modano shopping his wares around the NHL, to rumors of the team being sold, to the team not being overly active in the free agent market it’s tough to…

  12. Maple Leafs passing on prospect obtained in Versteeg trade

    Jul 18, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

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    The key figure in the trade that sent Kris Versteeg to the Toronto Maple Leafs was clearly Kris Versteeg himself, although as it stands now he’ll be the only guy that the Leafs will have to show for that deal. The Leafs sent Viktor Stalberg, Chris DiDomenico and Philippe Paradis to Chicago for Versteeg and…

  13. Report: Former NHLPA head Paul Kelly was "railroaded" out of office

    Jul 18, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    We’ve already covered quite a bit about the labor struggles going on amongst the owners and the players and about how all these actions will have an impact on how things play out when the Collective Bargaining Agreement runs out at the end of the 2011-2012 season. One disturbing part of all this is the…

  14. Chicago restaurant offers $50,000 reward for Stanley Cup-winning puck

    Jul 17, 2010, 10:07 PM EDT

    Do you know where the puck that Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane put past Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton is? If you guessed that it’s still stuck in the back of the net you’re very hilarious and should seek a career on the stand-up comedy circuit. Seriously though, if you happen to know who has it or…

  15. 2010 NHL free agency: Stars re-sign Ray Sawada

    Jul 17, 2010, 7:56 PM EDT

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    The Dallas Stars continued their off-season mission of making sure the AHL Texas Stars will have an experienced and ready to redeem themselves team again next season. As you may or may not know, the Texas Stars lost to the Hershey Bears in the Calder Cup final. The Stars have re-signed one time Cornell Big…

  16. Anyone heard from Bobby Ryan lately?

    Jul 17, 2010, 6:06 PM EDT

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    This isn’t the start of a poorly imitated Seinfeld joke, but… What’s the deal with Anaheim Ducks forward Bobby Ryan? The last we saw of Ryan was during the NHL Awards when he and Ryan Getzlaf were yukking it up in a hilarious skit about their United States versus Canada duel. Since then? Lots of…

  17. 2010 NHL free agency: Tampa Bay re-signs Nate Thompson

    Jul 16, 2010, 6:23 PM EDT

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    If you’ve been keeping a list of all the players eligible for arbitration hearings, (why wouldn’t you be you’re a crazy fan, right?) you can cross off one more name from your list. Damian Cristodero from the St. Petersburg Times spills the details. The Tampa Bay Lightning avoided arbitration with Nate Thompson by signing the…

  18. College hockey's recruiting battle with the CHL

    Jul 16, 2010, 6:02 PM EDT

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    Fans of the NHL alone may not be aware, but in the youth ranks there’s a bit of a border war going on between NCAA college hockey and the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) where major-junior hockey is played. The two sides compete for the same players of around the same age. For the longest time,…

  19. Dallas Stars on the brink of being sold… Or are they?

    Jul 16, 2010, 4:56 PM EDT

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    The Hockey News’ Ken Campbell put a charge into things around the hockey world today saying that the Dallas Stars were on the verge of being sold to Canadian oilman Bill Gallacher for $225 million. Not only would the sale involve Gallacher but also a host of other wealthy guys, including one man who’s already…

  20. Lightning hire former Habs executive Julien BriseBois to be assistant GM

    Jul 16, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

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    Montreal Canadiens fans are going to start developing a complex when it comes to the Tampa Bay Lightning and general manager Steve Yzerman. First it was Yzerman hiring former Hamilton Bulldogs head coach Guy Boucher away to be the new head man of the Lightning and now Yzerman’s new assistant general manager is a guy…

  21. 2010 NHL free agency: Today's pile of depth signings

    Jul 16, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    There’s often way too many smaller signings that fly under the radar that even get by us sometimes. Instead of playing it like we’ve got Vesa Toskala-like skills, here’s a wrap up of everything that’s come through today signing-wise. If we don’t get too in depth on these signings, don’t hold it against us too…

  22. Mike Babcock believes Mike Modano is coming to Detroit

    Jul 16, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

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    We know we’ve talked a lot about this summer’s other free agent saga. You know, the one involving a 40 year-old future hall of famer, not the Russian mega-star on the brink of supreme financial freedom. I’m talking, of course, about Mike Modano. Today, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock poured some gasoline on the fires…

  23. Anton Volchenkov's first choice wasn't New Jersey

    Jul 16, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

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    The twists and turns of NHL free agency are a wicked and creative soap opera on their own, but it’s interesting to hear from players what might’ve been had things shaken out differently. For instance, take the case of new Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov. Believe it or not, the Devils weren’t his first choice this…

  24. Is Mikko Koivu's contract worth too much money?

    Jul 16, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    Yesterday’s announcement of Mikko Koivu’s seven year, $47.25 million contract extension seemed to bring out a lot of exasperated and aghast reactions. Some folks still aren’t even aware of who Mikko Koivu is in some cases. The main reaction, however, was incredulity. “What?! How is he worth nearly $7 million a year?!” I guess that’s…

  25. 2010 NHL free agency: Islanders re-sign Dustin Kohn and Rob Schremp

    Jul 15, 2010, 5:50 PM EDT

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    The Islanders locked down two of their own restricted free agents they had qualifying offers out to today. One name will be a bit more recognizable than the other but both are equally important to their depth. Defenseman Dustin Kohn was the first to get settled back in with the Islanders today, re-signing for one…

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