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  1. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Coyotes working on re-signing Zbynek Michalek

    Jul 1, 2010, 11:41 AM EDT

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    The Phoenix Coyotes are desperately trying to keep defenseman Zbynek Michalek, one of the more underrated defensemen to hit the open market this year. He’s set to become a free agent in just under 20 minutes, but until then the Coyotes are working on re-signing their defenseman to keep him in Phoenix. With the cap…

  2. 2010 NHL Free Agency: 30 minutes until starter's pistol

    Jul 1, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

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    We’re just 30 minutes until the 2010 NHL Free Agency period begins, and the rumors are flying as to where each play will end up. The biggest name out there right now is Ilya Kovalchuk, and the consensus is that he’ll likely end up in Los Angeles — although at this point it’s wide open.…

  3. Congress passes resolution to honor Chicago Blackhawks

    Jun 29, 2010, 10:34 PM EDT

    The sport of hockey has seen a massive jump in popularity over the past season, as evidenced by the support shown the United States in the World Juniors and the Olympics and by the historic jump in ratings in the postseason. The rise in national attention and popularity is also due to having the Chicago…

  4. 2010 NHL Free Agency: The Forwards

    Jun 29, 2010, 7:31 PM EDT

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    With the 2010 NHL Free Agency market set to open on Thursday, we’ll be listing the top unrestricted free agents in all three positions throughout the day. This isn’t the full list of free agents, but it’s a good chunk of them. The forwards: Player Age Team 09-10 cap hHit Ilya Kovalchuk 27 New Jersey…

  5. Montreal trades Sergei Kostitsyn to Nashville for Dan Ellis and Dustin Boyd

    Jun 29, 2010, 6:21 PM EDT

    The Nashville Predators and the Montreal Canadiens announced a somewhat significant trade this afternoon, with three pending free agents changing teams. Their new teams have a little under two days of exclusive negotiations to try and sign the pending UFA’s. Nashville acquired forward Sergei Kostitsyn from the Canadiens, who is coming off several tumultous seasons…

  6. No one is a winner: Thoughts on today's Mike Modano news

    Jun 29, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    I’ve held off from commenting on this subject today, because I feel that perhaps I’d be too emotionally vested in the story to be as objective as possible. That didn’t last very long, however, as I have to share my thoughts on the subject. I’ll be as brief as I can, and try not to…

  7. 2010 NHL Free Agency: The Defensemen

    Jun 29, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    With the 2010 NHL Free Agency market set to open on Thursday, we’ll be listing the top unrestricted free agents in all three positions throughout the day. This isn’t the full list of free agents, but it’s a good chunk of them. The defensemen: Player Age Team 09-10 cap hit Pavel Kubina 33 Atlanta $5…

  8. Brian Burke: Leafs not looking to trade for Marc Savard

    Jun 28, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    Oh, how the trade rumors flew this past weekend in Los Angeles, with Marc Savard’s name being mentioned the most. With Savard reportedly naming Toronto and Ottawa as the two teams he’s waive his NTC for, speculation began to fly as to what sort of deal the Maple Leafs could be working up for the…

  9. Oilers forward Ryan Potulny to become UFA

    Jun 28, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Among others, the Edmonton Oilers gave qualifying offers to Andrew Cogliano, Jeff Deslauriers and Devan Dubnyk this afternoon. One player not getting an offer, surprisingly, is forward Ryan Potulny. Coming off his first full season in the NHL (64 games in 2010-11), Potulny had 15 goals and 31 points and was one of the few…

  10. Shane O'Brien gets qualifying offer from Vancouver

    Jun 28, 2010, 4:31 PM EDT

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    There was some speculation that Shane O’Brien, after a tremendously up and down season with the Canucks, would become a free agent this summer. It was unknown at the time whether the Canucks would be willing to keep the defenseman, after he had issues with his weight and attitude at different parts of the season.…

  11. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Ray Whitney to test the market

    Jun 28, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Ray Whitney could be a interesting target once free agency starts on Friday. He’s an experienced and still skilled forward who put up 58 points last season with Carolina. While the Canes attempted to reach an agreement with Whitney and his agent this past week, it looks as though Whitney will be testing the market…

  12. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Qualifying offers update

    Jun 28, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

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    The news on the qualifying offers being filed by teams across the NHL is starting to fly in, and here’s an update on some of the bigger names given offers by their respective teams. This isn’t all the players that have been given offers, just a snapshot: Ben Eager – Atlanta Ondrej Pavelec – Atlanta…

  13. Anaheims Ducks qualify Bobby Ryan, still working on contract extension

    Jun 28, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

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    Perhaps the most surprising, and under the radar, news of this past week was when Ducks GM Bob Murray revealed that the Ducks had given forward Bobby Ryan a contract offer in the range of five-years, $20-$25 million — and that Ryan had reportedly turned that offer down. That supposedly put Ryan’s future with the…

  14. Cheechoo, Kotalik among those placed on waivers

    Jun 28, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

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    On the afternoon that NHL teams are required to file qualifying offers for their restricted free agents, we have news of a number of players who have been placed on waivers and will become UFA’s on July 1. Jonathan Cheecho (Ottawa), Petteri Nokelainen and Jim Vandermeer (Phoenix), Ville Koistinen (Florida) and Alex Kotalik of the…

  15. Deadline for qualifying offers is today; Ladd, Niemi safe with Hawks

    Jun 28, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Today is the deadline for teams to give qualifying offers to their restricted free agents, otherwise they become unrestricted free agents on July 1. This year, we’re expected a large number of RFA’s to hit the open market this week as teams face some salary cap and roster crunches. The qualifying offers are already starting…

  16. Flyers made offer for Marty Turco

    Jun 28, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    Some interesting developments this morning as ESPN is reporting, several times and by several different mediums, that the Philadelphia Flyers have reached out and made an offer to impending free agent goaltender Marty Turco. Supposedly the offer was for $2 million a year, a far cry from the $5.8 million he made last season and…

  17. Americans not surprised by their presence in the 2010 draft

    Jun 27, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

    For a draft that was mostly void of big trades and heavy on rumors, the story of the draft began to focus on the American players that were being selected with greater frequency as the weekend progressed. After the first round concluded, there was some confusion as to whether a record was tied or broken…

  18. Marc Savard will waive NTC for two teams: Ottawa and Toronto

    Jun 27, 2010, 12:17 AM EDT

    The sticking issue in all of this talk about a supposed Marc Savard trade was his no-trade clause, where he would have to approve the destination that the Bruins look to send him. There’s been speculation that the Blue Jackets were interested, as well as a number of Eastern teams. Word comes now that reportedly…

  19. 2010 NHL Entry Draft: An anticlimactic weekend on the trade front

    Jun 26, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    We were promised a crazy weekend. Heck, I was sure of it. After a few weeks of buildup, as team officials were sure there was going to be a flurry of activity leading up to the draft, all we got was a Keith Ballard trade and Dan Hamhuis’ negotiating rights moved to Pittsburgh. I’d say…

  20. Evgeni Nabokov trade stalling, Tim Thomas trade rumors heating up

    Jun 26, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    The buzz here in Los Angeles is that the Bruins are pushing hard to trade Tim Thomas and Marc Savard, and somehow would like to package them together. That just doesn’t seem possible, especially considering their contracts, but that’s the consistent word. At the very least, the NTC by Savard and the NMC by Thomas…

  21. Holmgren: Flyers could take another shot at Dan Hamhuis

    Jun 26, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    While we didn’t anywhere near the flurry of activity we were anticipating — which is usually how it goes — there was one constant throughout this weekend’s draft. After the Flyers stated they would like to try and keep negotiating with Dan Hamhuis through next week, they ended up trading away his rights to Pittsburgh…

  22. 2010 NHL Entry Draft: Second day results

    Jun 26, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Here are the results on the second through seventh rounds of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. We’ll be keeping you up to date throughout the day on every single pick on the second day of the draft. We won’t have detailed analysis of every single pick, but we will be updating on trade rumors and…

  23. 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Round 2: Devils get great value with Jonathon Merrill

    Jun 26, 2010, 1:35 PM EDT

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    There were bound to be a few players that dropped out of the first round, and there were murmurs that Merrill would be one of those players to fall. If he did, whichever team grabbed him would get a player with great potential, and should get a lot of value with their pick even if…

  24. 2010 NHL Entry Draft: Latest on Evgeni Nabokov trade talks

    Jun 26, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    GM Doug Wilson said today that he’s hopeful that the Sharks can trade the rights to Evgeni Nabokov today, but that if it doesn’t go down this afternoon he’s expecting negotiations to drag into early next week. It seemed that the Flyers were on the verge of making a trade for the veteran netminder, but…

  25. 2010 NHL Entry Draft: Marc Savard trade a definite possibility

    Jun 26, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    The word down here at the Staples Center is that the Boston Bruins are likely to trade Marc Savard today, as they look to free up some cap space and create room on the roster for first round pick Tyler Seguin. Even though there’s though Seguin could get one more year in the OHL, there’s…

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