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  1. 2010 NHL free agency: Three goalies sign on for two-way deals with three teams

    Jul 15, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    Slow summer days are ideal days to find fun ways to bring stories together and find a unifying bond between them. Ahem, or it just means that it makes more sense to put stories about two different goalies bound for the AHL signing on with their respective parent clubs. First up, the Carolina Hurricanes signed…

  2. Former Canucks forward Pavol Demitra headed to the KHL

    Jul 15, 2010, 4:06 PM EDT

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    Pavol Demitra’s run in the NHL appears to be at an end. The former Vancouver Canucks forward is headed to Russia according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun. Pavol Demitra has signed a one-year contract with Yaroslavl of the KHL, agent Matt Keator confirms to With Demitra headed to the KHL, that removes another veteran NHL…

  3. Hurricanes to retire Rod Brind'Amour's number in February

    Jul 15, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    When Rod “The Bod” Brind’Amour retired at the end of this past season, it was a question of “when” not “if” he would get his number retired by the team he helped bring a Stanley Cup to in 2006. The question of “when” has now been answered by the Carolina Hurricanes. Jim Rutherford, President and…

  4. 2010 NHL free agency: Maple Leafs sign trio of players destined for AHL

    Jul 15, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    The Toronto Maple Leafs have helped fill out their system with three experienced AHL veterans. Luckily for them, they’ll get to play in the same city when the season starts as these three are destined to play for the Leafs’ AHL team, the Toronto Marlies. TSN lets us in on who these guys are. The…

  5. 2010 NHL free agency: Blackhawks re-sign forward Jack Skille

    Jul 15, 2010, 2:32 PM EDT

    While the Chicago Blackhawks are taking a beating in the public eye for disbanding a Stanley Cup winning team, there still is some business to attend to when it comes to icing a team next season. One of the young guys in the Hawks system that will be counted on to bring a bit more…

  6. 2010 NHL free agency: Red Wings re-sign Derek Meech

    Jul 15, 2010, 1:41 PM EDT

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    The Detroit Red Wings have avoided arbitration with their one player eligible for it and retain his services at a bargain-basement kind of price. Tell us all about it Detroit. Restricted free agent Derek Meech and the Red Wings averted salary arbitration when the defenseman signed a one-year contract to remain with the club. Meech,…

  7. What if… The Sabres didn't match Edmonton's offer sheet for Thomas Vanek

    Jul 15, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Suspend your disbelief and throw your Back To The Future ways of dealing with “What if?” stories right now for a bit. James’ post yesterday about some of the most infamous offer sheets the NHL has ever seen got me thinking about one of the more recent, and infamous, ones dealt out. Edmonton’s offer sheet…

  8. The return of Nikita Filatov

    Jul 15, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

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    Believe it or not, the life of a top ten NHL draft pick is sometimes a rough one. Take, for instance, the career to this point of 2008’s sixth overall selection Nikita Filatov. He was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets and viewed to be the next guy to slide into the lineup with superstar…

  9. Are the Lightning eyeballing Flyers forward Simon Gagne?

    Jul 15, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Aside from the Ilya Kovalchuk circus that continues to plod along, the Simon Gagne trade rumor side show is this off-season’s other entertaining show. While Gagne has acknowledged that he’s indeed a target for trades, where he could be headed is a bit wide open for speculation. While Los Angeles, should they fail to land…

  10. Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov becomes a Canadian

    Jul 15, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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    For a lot of players in the NHL, it can be tough to endear yourself to the hometown fans. Usually exceptional play and winning plenty of games will do all the hard work for you. But what if you’re already much beloved in the home city.  Is there another level you can take your popularity…

  11. Capitals sign RIT goalie Jared DeMichiel to minor league deal

    Jul 15, 2010, 1:00 AM EDT

    If you recall back in April, there was one name that got a lot of mention during college hockey’s NCAA Tournament was RIT goaltender Jared DeMichiel. After all, he helped the low-ranked Tigers beat top-seeded Denver University as well as the University of New Hampshire to give the school their first berth in the Frozen…

  12. What's the right price for Carey Price?

    Jul 14, 2010, 10:51 PM EDT

    One restricted free agent that’s not getting much notice of late is Montreal’s Carey Price. After all, when you lost your job halfway through the season and played backup to a guy that was a veritable Superman in the playoffs in Jaroslav Halak, it’s expected that what was once a very bright future might seem…

  13. Checking out the Blackhawks top candidates to be traded for cap space

    Jul 14, 2010, 10:35 PM EDT

    Yesterday, James got into the salary cap woes facing the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. Yes, their issues are many and their answers to solving those problems all point towards further disbanding the team that just won the franchise’s first Cup since 1961. If something is going to be done and players are going…

  14. Maple Leafs sign German Olympian Marcel Mueller

    Jul 14, 2010, 8:38 PM EDT

    Another day, another Olympic hero for their country signs on with a Canadian NHL team. Yesterday it was Switzerland’s Roman Wick signing with the Ottawa Senators and today it’s Germany’s Marcel Mueller signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed Olympic forward Marcel Mueller to a two-year entry-level contract, after a…

  15. 2010 NHL free agency: Oilers re-sign forward J.F. Jacques

    Jul 14, 2010, 7:50 PM EDT

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    Prepare your “must be a slow news day, eh?” quips for this bit of news. The Oilers have re-signed one of their primary depth forwards for another year. General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with left-winger J.F. Jacques on a one-year deal. Jacques, 25, played in 49 games…

  16. Can the Bruins survive without Marc Savard?

    Jul 14, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    We’ve talked here plenty about the trade rumors that have swirled around Bruins center Marc Savard and how this could work for the Bruins. The Bruins are searching for cap space and people have grumbled about how Savard is a bit of a handful to deal with in the locker room. But what about his…

  17. Everyone waits for Ilya

    Jul 14, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Another day, another update about Ilya Kovalchuk that doesn’t have too much else to share. He’s gone to Los Angeles, he’s met with Kings GM Dean Lombardi and he’s met with Kings players Dustin Brown, Jarret Stoll, and Matt Greene. He’s gotten the tour of the Kings practice facility and presumably been wined and dined…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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