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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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,…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Sheldon Souray clears waivers, goes nowhere

    Jul 3, 2010, 3:25 PM EDT

    This may come as a shock to many of you out there, but it appears that the 29 other teams in the NHL had no interest in picking up defenseman Sheldon Souray off of waivers. Souray is in the midst of a five-year contract with Edmonton that runs through the 2011-12 season. The no-trade clause…

  12. Hawks, Bruins and Leafs smacked down by salary cap penalties

    Jul 3, 2010, 1:26 PM EDT

    One of the fun parts of living in a salary cap world in the NHL is that sometimes you have to pay for contract bonuses and time served on the long-term injured reserve at some point. If you’re the Chicago Blackhawks, it’s huge bonuses paid out to superstars that met qualifiers in their contracts for…

  13. Edmonton Oilers sign AHL star scorer Alexandre Giroux

    Jul 3, 2010, 12:24 PM EDT

    It’s not likely to be a deal to find its way on to most of your radars, but Capitals fans who embraced their AHL farm team, the Hershey Bears, are likely snacking on a Hershey bar with a single tear today as the Edmonton Oilers signed away one of the Bears top scorers. General Manager…

  14. Islanders in the hunt for Kovalchuk, amp up the crazy with colossal offer

    Jul 2, 2010, 11:38 PM EDT

    Leave it to Islanders owner Charles Wang to know how to stir things up. While the Islanders had a busy day signing free agents today, there wasn’t a lot to really write home about as far as big names go. Perhaps that’s because the Islanders have been laying in the weeds ready to make a…

  15. Are the Kings interested in Simon Gagne?

    Jul 2, 2010, 10:46 PM EDT

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    We wrote earlier about how the Flyers asked scoring winger Simon Gagne to waive his no-trade clause and now some teams are being bandied about as to a possible destination. The main team getting mentioned is the Los Angeles Kings as Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly tells us. Aside from their obvious Flyer ties, the…

  16. Why restricted free agents don't see much action

    Jul 2, 2010, 9:31 PM EDT

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    So you’re a bit disheartened that things have slowed down on Day 2 of the free agency frenzy and you’re still wondering when Ilya Kovalchuk is going to either come to his senses or run away and hide with a huge contract. That’s understandable, but what gives with the lack of action for all of…

  17. Avalanche re-sign Kyle Quincey and Daniel Winnik

    Jul 2, 2010, 7:45 PM EDT

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    The Colorado Avalanche have stayed out of the unrestricted free agent frenzy for the most part and today decided to take care of a couple of their own players instead by re-signing defenseman Kyle Quincey and recently acquired from Phoenix forward Daniel Winnik. Adrian Dater of the Denver Post gives us the details. Quincey gets…

  18. Report: Simon Gagne asked to waive his no-trade clause

    Jul 2, 2010, 6:51 PM EDT

    While it looks like the Philadelphia Flyers might have a bit of a cap crunch to deal with, it appears that one potential piece of the puzzle to help free up some money could be had as John Shannon from Sportsnet shared via Twitter. Sources confirm…Simon Gagne asked to waive his No Trade clause today….no…

  19. Guillaume Latendresse re-signs for two-years with Wild

    Jun 30, 2010, 11:50 PM EDT

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    While he was part of what was thought to be the most dysfunctional trade of the year last season, Guillaume Latendresse, who wore out his welcome in Montreal the same way Benoit Pouliot had in St. Paul, managed to make believers out of Minnesota Wild fans.  Now the Minnesota faithful can rest a little easier…

  20. Chicago trades Kris Versteeg to Toronto for Viktor Stalberg, prospects

    Jun 30, 2010, 10:50 PM EDT

    The quiet before the free agency storm was broken tonight when the Chicago Blackhawks traded forward Kris Versteeg to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The trade breaks down like this: Toronto obtains: Kris Versteeg (RW), Rights to Bill Sweatt (LW) Chicago obtains: Viktor Stalberg (LW), Chris DiDomenico (C), Philippe Paradis (C) The main piece here is,…

  21. Panthers awash in cap space, not expected to make big free agent splash

    Jun 30, 2010, 10:11 PM EDT

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    The 2010 NHL free agency period is set to start at noon tomorrow and for a lot of teams, it’s a means to start fresh and forget about the previous season. For other teams, it offers the chance to correct problem areas that burned them in the playoffs and cost them a shot at the…

  22. Penguins Gonchar and Guerin appear headed to free agency

    Jun 30, 2010, 8:43 PM EDT

    With tomorrow bringing the NHL free agency apocalypse, tonight provides teams the last chance to try and retain some of their key players set to become free agents at noon tomorrow. The Pittsburgh Penguins appear to be headed towards possibly losing out on two of their biggest performers from the last few years according to…

  23. Could Donald Fehr be the next head of the NHLPA?

    Jun 29, 2010, 4:11 PM EDT

    While a lot of the players in the NHL are gearing up for the free agency madness that awaits the league on Thursday, all of the players are still looking for someone who can help lead their union. One name that’s been tossed around a lot lately is former executive director of the Major League…

  24. Former Kings assistant coach Hardy looks to have charges reduced in sexual abuse case

    Jun 29, 2010, 3:25 PM EDT

    Former Los Angeles Kings assistant head coach Mark Hardy appears that he’ll be getting a break from the law in the felony sexual abuse case brought against him by his own daughter. Rich Hammond from the LA Kings Insider gives us the details. Craig Renetzky, the Woodland Hills-based attorney for former Kings assistant coach Mark…

  25. Devils hire Adam Oates as assistant coach to complete "dream team" staff

    Jun 29, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    The New Jersey Devils and new head coach John MacLean have filled in the last piece of their coaching staff and much fitting with how the Devils do business, the selection is a surprise and came virtually out of nowhere as the team named Adam Oates as an assistant coach. Tom Gulitti of Fire &…

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