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  1. Blues backup battle will come down to Ben Bishop vs. Brian Elliott

    Jul 25, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

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    Calgary Flames v St. Louis Blues

    With Ty Conklin gone, the Blues backup job comes down to over-sized prospect Ben Bishop or experienced (but flawed) free agent Brian Elliott.

  2. No pressure, kid: 15-year-old Nathan MacKinnon called ‘second coming’ of Sidney Crosby

    Jul 25, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

    Sidney Crosby

    It might seem unfair to compare 15-year-old prospect Nathan MacKinnon to Sidney Crosby, but he’s clearly following in some of Crosby’s footsteps.

  3. Report: Red Wings’ Web site caption reveals that Kris Draper will announce retirement on Tuesday

    Jul 25, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    Colin Wilson, Kris Draper

    A caption on a Kris Draper photo reveals that the grinding forward will probably announce his retirement on Tuesday.

  4. Rangers re-sign defenseman Steve Eminger to one-year, $800K deal

    Jul 25, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

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    Tim Stapleton, Steve Eminger

    The Rangers wrapped up another bit of business, re-signing defenseman Steve Eminger to a one-year, $800K contract.

  5. Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and the ‘Dry Island’: Two unnamed Flyers blame duo’s departure on partying

    Jul 25, 2011, 12:09 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Flyers v Buffalo Sabres - Game Three

    Two unnamed Flyers blamed Mike Richards and Jeff Carter’s supposed hard-partying ways for their departure. The most interesting details of that report revolve around the team’s “Dry Island” initiative and the club’s continued issues with keeping its own secrets, though.

  6. With Dubinsky signed, the Rangers can turn their full attention to Ryan Callahan

    Jul 25, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Florida Panthers v New York Rangers

    The New York Rangers only have one restricted free agent left who is facing arbitration; unfortunately for the Blueshirts, Ryan Callahan is the most important of the bunch. Will the two sides avoid arbitration, and if they do, how much will Glen Sather agree to pay Callahan next season?

  7. How useful will Vinny Prospal be in Columbus?

    Jul 25, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Boston Bruins v New York Rangers

    No one expects Vinny Prospal to make or break the Columbus Blue Jackets’ season next year. But if he can produce decent numbers while playing next to Jeff Carter and Rick Nash for a few months, he could help the team buy time until Kristian Huselius’ mid-season return.

  8. Looking for leadership: Who is the next St Louis Blues Captain?

    Jul 25, 2011, 3:07 AM EDT

    Colorado Avalanche v St. Louis Blues

    After trading their captain in the middle of last season, who will the St. Louis Blues turn to for leadership this season?

  9. New Pens winger Steve Sullivan: “This could be my best year yet”

    Jul 24, 2011, 11:57 PM EDT

    Nashville Predators v New Jersey Devils

    The newest member of the Pittsburgh Penguins thinks he can have the best year of his career

  10. Trading places: New goaltenders with pressure to perform next season

    Jul 24, 2011, 9:26 PM EDT

    Florida Panthers v New York Rangers

    There are plenty of goaltenders who will find themselves in new cities next season; here are a few who will face the most pressure to immediately perform.

  11. Best of the rest update: The remaining top free agents on the market

    Jul 24, 2011, 6:39 PM EDT

    Chris Drury

    Through over three weeks of free agency, most guys have found new homes. As for the rest of the unrestricted free agents, they’re waiting for table scraps and an opportunity to show they’re worth it.

  12. Mark Recchi’s plans for player development role after retiring from NHL

    Jul 24, 2011, 4:08 PM EDT

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    Mark Recchi

    Mark Recchi’s plans now that he’s retired include trying to break into player development at the NHL level.

  13. Charles Wang: If arena referendum doesn’t pass he’s not trying to develop area anymore

    Jul 24, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Charles Wang

    If the Islanders arena referendum doesn’t pass on August 1, Charles Wang says he’s not going to try and develop the Nassau Coliseum area anymore.

  14. Official benefits: How NHL teams have been drawing and taking penalties since the lockout

    Jul 24, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Tuomo Ruutu, Joe Corvo, Bryan Rodney, Ray Whitney, Niklas Backstrom

    Want to know how officials have treated all 30 NHL teams since the lockout? This post takes a look at which teams enjoyed the best and worst disparities in power plays and penalties during the last six seasons. (Apologies to any conspiracy theories this might weaken.)

  15. The NHL’s best and worst special teams units during the 2010-11 season

    Jul 24, 2011, 12:12 AM EDT

    Henrik Sedin,Daniel Sedin,Christian Ehrhoff,Alexander Edler,Ryan Kesler

    The Vancouver Canucks’ dominant 2010-11 season is reflected in Special Teams Plus/Minus stats, but find out how the other 29 teams fared. Following that, put on your tin foil hats and take a look at which teams enjoyed far more (or far less) power plays than penalties.

  16. Which teams’ penalty kill units were the best and worst last season? (Penalty kill +/- in 2010-11)

    Jul 23, 2011, 11:05 PM EDT

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    Boston Bruins v Toronto Maple Leafs

    Now that we shared which teams featured the best and worst PP units, we’ll give shorthanded squads the same treatment with the 2010-11 Penalty Kill Plus/Minus stats.

  17. Which teams really had the best and worst power plays last season? (Power play +/- in 2010-11)

    Jul 23, 2011, 10:22 PM EDT

    Derek Mackenzie

    The power play percentage stat might seem like a good indicator of the best units in the NHL, but it doesn’t factor in the total amount of PP goals scored or the shorthanded goals allowed. That’s why we like to take a look at “Power Play Plus/Minus” to see which power plays were really the best and worst.

  18. Hope in the desert? Phoenix Coyotes’ season ticket sales, renewals show promise

    Jul 23, 2011, 8:35 PM EDT

    Detroit Red Wings v Phoenix Coyotes

    There hasn’t been a lot of good news for the Phoenix Coyotes the past few years, but ticket sales increases give them a little hope. Read about the rather promising boost in sales and renewals in this post.

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