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  1. Red Wings name Blashill, Peters as assistants; pressure builds for ‘Commodore 64′ to happen

    Jul 8, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

    Mike Cvik, Mike Commodore

    In serious Red Wings news, the team announced two new assistant coaches: Jeff Blashill and Bill Peters. In not-so serious news, the pressure mounts for Mike Commodore to satisfy nostalgic video games by donning No. 64 in Detroit.

  2. Let the countdown(s) begin: NHL releases schedule for salary arbitration hearings

    Jul 8, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

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    Shea Weber

    The NHL released the salary arbitration hearing dates for restricted free agents including Shea Weber, Zach Parise and Brandon Dubinsky today. Find out where those players’ dates fall in the July 20-August 4 range by reading this post.

  3. Rangers avoid arbitration with Michael Sauer, lock up Artem Anisimov

    Jul 8, 2011, 1:23 PM EDT

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    The Rangers still have some free agent messes to clean up, but they simplified their summer by re-signing Michael Sauer and Artem Anisimov to two-year contract extensions.

  4. Predators sign Sergei Kostitsyn to one-year, $2.5M deal

    Jul 8, 2011, 12:55 PM EDT

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    Sergei Kostitsyn

    The Predators continue to move on from their embarrassing qualifying offer struggles, reportedly signing Sergei Kostitsyn to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million. Is this a good move by Nashville? Click “Read More” for some discussion.

  5. More minor moves: Leafs sign two players, Mark Parrish joins Senators’ system

    Jul 8, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

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    The Maple Leafs re-signed Matt Lashoff and added Philippe Dupuis while the Senators inked Mark Parrish to a two-way deal.

  6. NHL agrees with KHL on ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ for next season

    Jul 8, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT

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    The NHL and KHL agreed to a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ that will respect each others’ player contracts through June 30, 2012.

  7. Red Wings expected to name Western Michigan coach Jeff Blashill as one of their assistants

    Jul 8, 2011, 11:23 AM EDT

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    Mike Babcock, Drew Miller

    Western Michigan coach Jeff Blashill left his post today to become an assistant coach for Mike Babcock (pictured) and the Red Wings.

  8. Avalanche GM Greg Sherman says he’s “very confident” in his abilities

    Jul 8, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Steve Tambellini, Greg Sherman

    Colorado Avalanche GM Greg Sherman says, “I’m very confident in my abilities to do my job.” It’s probably not a good sign when the GM feels like he has to tell people that he can do his job.

  9. Will Alexander Radulov return to the NHL next year?

    Jul 8, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

    Marek Zidlicky (R) of Czech Republic fig

    From the “better late than never” file, the Nashville may see Alexander Radulov back in a Predators jersey as soon as the 2012-13 season. Wouldn’t it be nice if they had him as a back-up plan for Sergei Kostitsyn?

  10. Report: Flyers looking to trade Bobrovsky

    Jul 8, 2011, 5:54 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Flyers v Boston Bruins - Game Four

    Sources tell the Philadelphia Inquirer that the Flyers are shopping goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.

  11. Could veteran leadership put the Blues back in the playoffs?

    Jul 8, 2011, 3:25 AM EDT

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    Kevin Shattenkirk, David Backes

    The Blues were able to acquire some much needed veteran leadership when they signed Jaime Langenbrunner and Jason Arnott to 1-year deals. Now that they have the vets in the locker room, are the Blues legitimate playoff contenders?

  12. Ryan Shannon signs with Lightning; A new Sean Bergenheim?

    Jul 8, 2011, 1:26 AM EDT

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    Ottawa Senators v Florida Panthers

    Ryan Shannon signed a 1-year, $625,000 contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Can the speedy forward be this year’s version of Sean Bergenheim for the Guy Boucher and the Bolts?

  13. Varlamov speaks to media, childhood dream was to play for Avalanche

    Jul 7, 2011, 11:44 PM EDT

    Carolina Hurricanes v Washington Capitals

    One week after the July 1st trade that brought Semyon Varlamov to the Colorado Avalanche, he was formally introduced to the Denver media. In addition to performing the entire press conference (and subsequent interview session) in English, the 23-year-old Russian netminder surprised most people in attendance by telling everyone that his “childhood dream was to…

  14. City of Glendale’s Mayor: “what would life be like with no team in the arena?”

    Jul 7, 2011, 8:57 PM EDT

    Jobing.com Arena

    Just because True North has found their team and brought the NHL back to Winnipeg, the Coyotes situation in Arizona still hasn’t been magically solved for the league. Potential owner Matthew Hulsizer dropped his bid to buy the struggling franchise on June 27 and the league has not publically announced any new potential suitors. There…

  15. Predators continue to work through RFA offer sheet mess, sign four players

    Jul 7, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT

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    Nashville Predators v Vancouver Canucks - Game Five

    The Nashville Predators signed four restricted free agents in Matt Halischuk, Nick Spaling, Chris Mueller, and Cal O’Reilly. All that’s left is trying to sign Sergei Kostitsyn before an arbitrator hears the NHLPA’s grievance starting on Friday.

  16. Flyers sign Wayne Simmonds to two-year, $3.5 million deal

    Jul 7, 2011, 5:18 PM EDT

    Wayne Simmonds

    The Flyers locked up one of the more important players from their summer trading frenzy and got Wayne Simmonds signed to a two-year deal.

  17. Did Wild owner Craig Leipold spill the beans on new division alignment?

    Jul 7, 2011, 3:26 PM EDT

    Dale Tallon, Craig Leipold, Jim Rutherford

    Wild owner Craig Leipold hit Minnesota radio today and may have let the cat out of the bag for how part of the divisional realignment will go. This just lets us get our speculation on to fill in the blanks.

  18. Thursday’s small-time deals: Wings add former Penguin Chris Conner and more

    Jul 7, 2011, 1:59 PM EDT

    Chris Conner

    Not every deal is going to impress you? What you think you’re special or something? Fine… Just stop by and read up on these smaller signings.

  19. Former Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay rips Winnipeg Jets owners for not reaching out to him

    Jul 7, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    Craig Ramsay

    Craig Ramsay isn’t at all pleased with how business was conducted when True North bought the Atlanta Thrashers and moved them to Winnipeg.

  20. Still need free agent pickups? Buyer beware as free agent crop is awfully thin now

    Jul 7, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Alex Kovalev

    After nearly a week of free agency madness, the pack of players available that could still be very useful has thinned out considerably. Who’s the best of the best though? We’ve got a few picks to sort through.

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