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Joe Yerdon

  1. Lou Lamoriello's special connection to George Steinbrenner

    Jul 13, 2010, 11:35 PM EDT

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    The death of New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner is one that reaches across all parts of the sports world, even into the realm of hockey. About the one thing that NHL owners ever took away from Steinbrenner when is their ability to fire head coaches at will. While you could argue that Steinbrenner’s presence…

  2. Swiss olympic hero Roman Wick signs on with Senators

    Jul 13, 2010, 11:07 PM EDT

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    One of the international heroes of the Olympic hockey tournament is finally making his way to North America to play pro hockey. Switzerland sniper Roman Wick inked a deal with the Ottawa Senators today and will compete for a spot with the team. Sens GM Bryan Murray had glowing regard for Wick’s game which shined…

  3. Vancouver's Kevin Bieksa figures he won't be a Canuck for long

    Jul 13, 2010, 9:29 PM EDT

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    The Vancouver Canucks have a bit of a logjam it seems. It makes sense given that one of the team’s logos is a lumberjack named Johnny Canuck, but in this case it involves defensemen and not trees. After the team acquired Keith Ballard in a trade with the Florida Panthers and Dan Hamhuis via free…

  4. Dallas Stars sign 2009 first-round pick Scott Glennie

    Jul 13, 2010, 7:56 PM EDT

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    The Dallas Stars brought one of last year’s top draft picks into the franchise fold today, signing last year’s 8th overall pick Scott Glennie to a three-year, entry-level deal. “We are excited to reach an agreement with Scott (Glennie),” Nieuwendyk said. “He is a skilled player that we have seen develop very quickly over the…

  5. College hockey's Frozen Four comes to Pennsylvania in 2013 & 2014

    Jul 13, 2010, 7:04 PM EDT

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    The NCAA today announced two future dates for college hockey’s Frozen Four and if you’re living in the northeast you may want to start gearing up to spend a lot of time in the Quaker State come 2013 and 2014. The NCAA has awarded the 2013 Frozen Four to Pittsburgh and the 2014 event to…

  6. A Pro Hockey Talk introduction

    Jul 12, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    Consider this post as a bit of a public service announcement here at Pro Hockey Talk, and an introduction as well. My name is Joe Yerdon and I am the new lead writer and editor here. Brandon Worley stepped down a couple of weeks ago for personal reasons and we’ll miss his hard work and…

  7. NHL players eager to get union help from Donald Fehr

    Jul 12, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

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    This probably isn’t the kind of story hockey fans are excited to read about, especially considering the potential implications it could have, but hey, we have to give you all the news here whether you like it or not. The Globe and Mail’s Chris Johnston breaks the fan-angst-filled update on what the NHLPA thinks of…

  8. Kovalchuk meeting in California, Lamoriello zings reporters

    Jul 12, 2010, 4:41 PM EDT

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    It wouldn’t be a complete day in the NHL off-season without some update on what’s going on with Ilya Kovalchuk. While we saw the rumors explode yesterday that Kovalchuk was headed to Los Angeles today to sign with the Kings, only to have them immediately shot down by mostly everyone, he is indeed in LA…

  9. 2010 NHL free agency: Blackhawks to match Sharks' offer for Niklas Hjalmarsson

    Jul 12, 2010, 3:37 PM EDT

    When the San Jose Sharks signed restricted free agent defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson to a four-year $14 million offer sheet on Friday, it seemed like the Blackhawks were going to be put in the tough position of possibly seeing a young and helpful player leave town given the Hawks’ cap situation. Instead, the Blackhawks wasted very…

  10. Self-writing joke: NHL sees legal costs and Bettman's salary climb to new heights

    Jul 12, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT

    We all know that the NHL is one of the more curious professional sports leagues to keep track of when it comes to how they spend their money, where it goes and who is getting what. After all, they’re penciled in as the #4 sport when compared with the NBA, NFL and Major League Baseball.…

  11. Blackhawks add Mike Kitchen to coaching staff

    Jul 12, 2010, 12:09 PM EDT

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    While the Chicago Blackhawks headlines have been dominated by players leaving via trade or getting signed to offer sheets, the job that head coach Joel Quenneville has to do continues to get tougher having to coach a group of essentially new players and defend the Stanley Cup.  After former assistant John Torchetti left Chicago to…

  12. Bruins off-season still incomplete, drastic decisions lie ahead?

    Jul 12, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    The Boston Bruins off-season hasn’t been lacking on intrigue. From the quest to pick Tyler Seguin at #2 overall in the draft, to the rumors about where centerman Marc Savard could end up to the pressing need to get their salary cap in better functioning order, the drama has been at a high this year.…

  13. Canucks to celebrate 40th anniversary by retiring Markus Naslund's number, debate ensues

    Jul 7, 2010, 11:48 PM EDT

    This upcoming season is a landmark season for the Vancouver Canucks. It marks their 40th anniversary as an NHL franchise and it’s one with a solid, hockey history. While the Canucks have never won a Stanley Cup, their fans are very proud of the team and are more than happy to tell you all about…

  14. Jarome Iginla is optimistic about Flames' future

    Jul 7, 2010, 11:40 PM EDT

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    A lot has been made of the moves the Calgary Flames made to improve themselves and a lot of what’s been said is not exactly positive. While Flames GM Darryl Sutter is more than pleased with re-obtaining forwards Alex Tanguay and Olli Jokinen, people were curious as to what Flames captain and soon-to-be linemate Jarome…

  15. Catching up with Kovalchuk

    Jul 7, 2010, 9:59 PM EDT

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    It’s only fair that the most interesting free agent in the world (thanks crafty Mexican beer ad) Ilya Kovalchuk gets his own update to get everyone filled in on the daily roller coaster that is the Kovalchuk rumor mill and speculation palace. It started earlier today with a report from Russia saying that the KHL’s…

  16. 2010 NHL free agency: Leafs sign defenseman Brett Lebda for two years

    Jul 7, 2010, 8:32 PM EDT

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    The Toronto Maple Leafs off-season has been a relatively quiet one. They weren’t able to do much at the NHL draft, they haven’t found a home for Tomas Kaberle and their one free agent signing of note was getting gritty forward Colby Armstrong for three years and $9 million. The Leafs have a bit of…

  17. Jonathan Toews to have a lake named after him

    Jul 7, 2010, 7:53 PM EDT

    We all know that winning the Stanley Cup is a big deal. We all know that getting to spend a day with it is also a big deal that usually entails getting a parade thrown in your hometown and having a sweet party where any number of things could happen. Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews will…

  18. Report: Nikolai Zherdev to return from Russia, sign with Flyers

    Jul 7, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    While fans wait to hear about what one Russian superstar will do about his future in the NHL (or KHL), word came out today that one enigmatic Russian scorer is close to returning to the NHL after spending a year away in Russia. Former first round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets and ex-New York…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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