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  1. Did Bettman have a hand in the Yzerman hire?

    May 28, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

    Jim Kelley at SI.com makes a very interesting — and possible baseless — assumption over the hiring of Steve Yzerman as the new GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning. In a fairly long article praising the hire as a great, inspired move by the Lightning, he proposes that Gary Bettman might have had a hand…

  2. 2010 Stanley Cup Finals: Will anyone pick the Flyers to win?

    May 27, 2010, 4:34 PM EDT

    When writing the postgame story for the Chicago Blackhawks’ series win over the San Jose Sharks, I finished the post with this statement: You wonder if the Eastern Conference team will even stand a chance. Now, obviously that was a bit hyperbolic, and even though the series wasn’t over yet there was a good chance…

  3. Mike Modano not making decision on retirement just yet

    May 27, 2010, 3:21 PM EDT

    Mike Modano was on 1310 The Ticket in Dallas this morning, and discussed — among a number of other topics — his future with the team. The Dallas Morning News has the transcript of his interview, including these thoughts on the possibilities of playing next season: Well, it’s tough to say. I enjoy watching the…

  4. 2010 Stanley Cup Finals: Four odd predictions for the finals

    May 27, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    We’ll have our more ‘normal’ predictions and picks up on PHT later this week, but just as there will always be a top scorer, a better goaltender and an ultimate victor in the Stanley Cup finals there will also be some unforeseen events that leave you scratching your head some or just basically fall outside…

  5. 2010 Stanley Cup Finals: We're in for a treat, says Burish

    May 27, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

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    I doubt many people expected a Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers finals for the Stanley Cup. I know I didn’t. Despite the great run the Flyers have been on this postseason, it also doesn’t seem that many are giving the Flyers much of a chance (more on that later today). Still, I’m expecting we’re in…

  6. Video: Steve Yzerman press conference

    May 27, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

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  7. 2010 Stanley Cup Finals: Video Preview

    May 27, 2010, 11:09 AM EDT

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  8. Sutter, Iglinla staying put in Calgary

    May 27, 2010, 10:07 AM EDT

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    Well, Darry Sutter is staying put as the Calgary Flames general manager. From George Johnson of the Calgary Herald, team president Ken King was adamant this morning about that fact: “We weren’t vascillating on whether or not to keep Darryl,” said King of his embattled general manager. “It wasn’t a question of, ‘If this happens,…

  9. Thrashers off Afinogenov contract, none for Armstrong

    May 27, 2010, 8:56 AM EDT

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    Rick Dudley has started making some of the tough decisions of the summer, as the Atlanta Thrashers have decided to offer Maxim Afinogenov a one-year contract, per Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Consitution. The Thrashers have 10 players on the roster set to become unrestricted free agents this summer — doesn’t it seem there’s a…

  10. Contest: NBC's Championship Season – Stanley Cup Finals

    May 27, 2010, 7:51 AM EDT

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    NBC Sports is holding an ongoing contest, with the winners will receive an Apple iPad and a chance for a trip to the 2011 US Open. All you have to do is answer three questions about the Stanley Cup finals, and you’re automatically entered. Here’s the page for the contest. Details on the contest: This…

  11. Kings unlikely to keep Alexander Frolov

    May 26, 2010, 9:40 PM EDT

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    Per Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider, we have a good transcipt of Kings GM Dean Lombardi’s appearance on radio today, as he discussed free agency and what the team might be thinking when it comes to Alexander Frolov. The Kings have a significant portion of their roster set to hit free agency this summer…

  12. Blue Jackets in no hurry to find new coach

    May 26, 2010, 8:46 PM EDT

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    Generally, a team likes their coach to at least be a part of the offseason decision making. Of course, when there is no coach in place that makes it a bit difficult, so teams generally prefer to find their new coach as soon as possible after the season ends. Of course, that also includes finding…

  13. Sharks GM Doug Wilson: "You can't keep everybody."

    May 26, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

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    San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson spent a good amount of time with the media today, discussing this past season, the playoffs disappointment and the outlook for the team moving forward. Specifically, a lot of the focus was on the high number of pending free agents and what the team is looking to do with…

  14. 2010 Stanley Cup Finals: Flyers took unlikely road to finals

    May 25, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

    Certain games, goals, shots and hits stand out during the course of a season as turning points, times when the season’s outcome can be defined. Perhaps it’s a time when the team overcomes an injury to a major player or how a backup goaltender stepped up and gave his team playoff hopes. For the Philadelphia…

  15. Adam Foote signs one-year contract with Colorado

    May 25, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Adam Foote will spend one more season in the NHL and one more year with the Colorado Avalanche, as Adrian Dater is reporting he has signed a one-year contract with the Avs worth $1 million base salary, plus incentives. Foote is about as far from the new breed of “offensive defensemen” as you can get,…

  16. 2010 Stanley Cup Finals: Who's the Conn Smythe favorite?

    May 25, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

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    As we gear up for the Stanley Cup finals, we start the incredibly premature breakdowns looking at which players might be the early favorites for the Conn Smythe. The Chicago Blackhawks and the Philadelphia Flyers have each had players step it up and take their game to the next level, providing the edge each team…

  17. Halak not concerned with contract status

    May 25, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

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    As soon as teams are eliminated after a deep playoff run, there are two questions that are asked of players the next day. The first kind are the reflections on the series loss, the season past and rumination on what went wrong. The next are saved for the pending free agents. Hey, the season has…

  18. Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson might not be ready for NHL just yet

    May 25, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

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    The Edmonton Oilers are poised for a fresh start this season. After all, there’s only one way to go from where there are now and that’s up. They currently have the top pick in this season’s draft — unless they choose to trade it away — and should be set to draft Taylor Hall. He’ll…

  19. Dan Boyle content with Sharks' effort this year

    May 25, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Last season, in what was almost certainly a big ‘choke job’ by the San Jose Sharks in the playoffs, Dan Boyle was as outspoken as ever against his team. He was upset with the lack of effort from the players, with the coaching staff’s preparations and just about frustrated with everything in general when it…

  20. Marleau not ready to decide on future with Sharks

    May 25, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

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    As James covered yesterday, the San Jose Sharks have some very difficult decisions to make this summer. With so many of their players scheduled to hit free agency this summer, there is perhaps no more important player the team needs to make a decision on than Patrick Marleau. Of course, Marleau himself has a decision…

  21. Byfuglien an unexpected hero for Blackhawks

    May 25, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Every postseason is filled with unexpected heroes, players who stepped up and took their game to the next level as their team progressed in the playoffs. When teams don’t have those sorts of players, then progressing in the postseason becomes increasingly unlikely. More than any other sport, we learn just how much of a team…

  22. Reports: Steve Yzerman to be named new Tampa Bay GM

    May 25, 2010, 9:55 AM EDT

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    After weeks of speculating, it is expected that Steve Yzerman will be named as the new general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning today. According to a number of media reports, there will be a press conference this afternoon to make the formal announcement. Yzerman’s name has always been associated with the vacant job in…

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