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  1. 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.

  2. Nashville going to the youth movement on the blue line? GM David Poile says they will

    Jul 6, 2011, 11:57 PM EDT

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    Ryan Ellis

    Former Predators #1 pick Ryan Ellis might be among the new faces on the Nashville blue line next season.

  3. Waiting for Drew Doughty to sign? That might take a while

    Jul 6, 2011, 9:47 PM EDT

    Drew Doughty

    Kings fans are waiting around to see when restricted free agent Drew Doughty will finally sign a long term deal in L.A., let’s just hope you’re not holding your breath in anticipation or else you might pass out.

  4. Tomas Kaberle took his brother’s advice by signing with Carolina

    Jul 6, 2011, 6:04 PM EDT

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    Boston Bruins v Vancouver Canucks - Game Seven

    Tomas Kaberle received the kind of money he wanted to join the Hurricanes, but he also received some positive feedback about Carolina from his brother (and former Canes defenseman) Frantisek.

  5. Guy Carbonneau: Your latest rumored Devils head coaching target

    Jul 6, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

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    New Jersey Devils Introduce John MacLean As Head Coach

    The rumors of Guy Carbonneau becoming the next Devils head coach seem founded on reasonable logic, but they remain just that: rumors.

  6. Panthers renovation continues as they re-sign Mike Santorelli, add Craig Ramsay to staff

    Jul 6, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

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    Mike Santorelli

    The Panthers re-signed Mike Santorelli and added Craig Ramsay to their coaching staff today.

  7. Today’s minor signings: Lightning land Tom Pyatt, Columbus signs Radek Martinek and more

    Jul 6, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    Jeff Tambellini, Adam McQuaid

    Here are a handful of Wednesday’s minor signings. Stay tuned for more from today in a later post.

  8. Matthew Barnaby must serve 500 hours of community service to drop charges

    Jul 6, 2011, 2:42 PM EDT

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    BARNABY

    Matthew Barnaby will need to serve 500 hours of community service to drop charges related to domestic incident in May.

  9. 2018 Winter Olympics awarded to Pyeongchang, South Korea; Tough break for hockey fans?

    Jul 6, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    123rd IOC Session Durban - 2018 Olympics Announcement

    The 2018 Winter Olympics were awarded to Pyeongchang, South Korea. What impact might this have on hockey fans?

  10. Blues sign veterans Jason Arnott, Jamie Langenbrunner to one-year deals

    Jul 6, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Buffalo Sabres v New Jersey Devils

    The financial details haven’t been revealed just yet, but the Blues have reportedly agreed to one-year deals with veteran forwards Jamie Langenbrunner and Jason Arnott. Update: each deal appears to be worth $2.5 million with performance incentives that could push them to $2.8 million.

  11. Brian Burke warns James Reimer about instant success, won’t chase Steven Stamkos

    Jul 6, 2011, 12:13 PM EDT

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    Brian Burke

    The Leafs are making nice progress this season, but two questions remain: 1) will James Reimer fail to maintain his progress from last season? and 2) will Toronto swing for the fences with a big offer sheet? If you ask Brian Burke, the ideal answer to both questions is “No.”

  12. Salary Capitals: Washington goes over the ceiling with Troy Brouwer’s deal

    Jul 6, 2011, 11:12 AM EDT

    Vancouver Canucks v Chicago Blackhawks

    If the 2011-12 season began today, the Capitals might have a little trouble getting under the salary cap ceiling after today’s two-year, $4.7 million deal for Troy Brouwer.

  13. Maple Leafs re-sign Tyler Bozak to discount two-year, $1.95M deal

    Jul 6, 2011, 12:28 AM EDT

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    Tyler Bozak, Martin Brodeur

    The Maple Leafs had a productive Tuesday, capping the Clarke MacArthur signing by re-upping Tyler Bozak to a two-year, $1.95 million deal that is a big discount from his previous deal.

  14. Ales Hemsky tests his surgically repaired shoulders, hopes for healthy 2011-12 season

    Jul 5, 2011, 11:24 PM EDT

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    Bruins Oilers Hockey

    After years as cellar dwellers, the Oilers hope to begin their turnaround next season. A healthy Ales Hemsky would help improve their chances, but he needs to recover from two shoulder surgeries to make that happen.

  15. Beefing up: Senators add Zenon Konopka, Predators sign Zack Stortini

    Jul 5, 2011, 10:14 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Islanders

    The Predators and Senators got a little bigger and tougher today as the two teams signed enforcers to one-year contracts. Zack Stortini signed with Nashville while Zenon Konopka might make Ottawa the “toughest team in the NHL.”

  16. Countdown to awkwardness? Dubinsky, Callahan and Purcell among 22 players filing for arbitration

    Jul 5, 2011, 9:06 PM EDT

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    Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky

    Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan and Teddy Purcell were among the biggest names who filed for salary arbitration today. PHT breaks down some of the most interesting cases in the list of 22 players.

  17. Blue Jackets keep paying big, avoid arbitration with Marc Methot for 4-years, $12M

    Jul 5, 2011, 7:58 PM EDT

    St. Louis Blues v Columbus Blue Jackets

    The Blue Jackets aren’t content to gaze at their shoes as other teams vie for the big dance any longer. They paid big once again today, signing defensive defenseman Marc Methot to a four-year, $12 million contract extension.

  18. Sigh of relief: Leafs, Clarke MacArthur avoid arbitration with two-year, $6.5M compromise

    Jul 5, 2011, 7:26 PM EDT

    Mikhail Grabovski; Nikolai Kulemin; Clarke MacArthur

    The Maple Leafs and Clarke MacArthur can breathe a sigh of relief as they avoided the awkward salary arbitration process by agreeing to a two-year, $6.5 million deal.

  19. Defensive lock down: Coyotes keep Keith Yandle for five years, $26.25 million

    Jul 5, 2011, 6:56 PM EDT

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    Keith Yandle

    While the Coyotes aren’t killing it in free agency, they’re keeping one of their own in Keith Yandle as he re-signs for five years.

  20. Carolina signs Tomas Kaberle to three-year, $12.75 million deal; trades Joe Corvo to Boston

    Jul 5, 2011, 5:23 PM EDT

    Tomas Kaberle

    Carolina and Boston made a set of moves that will have them intermingled in talk all offseason as the Hurricanes signed Tomas Kaberle to a three-year, $12.75 million deal and then traded Joe Corvo to Boston for a fourth round pick.

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