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  1. Are Helm, Eaves and Miller the Red Wings’ closest thing to a new ‘Grind Line’?

    Jul 27, 2011, 12:46 AM EDT

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    Darren Helm, Drew Miller, Patrick Eaves

    Many Red Wings fans are probably saddened by Kris Draper’s retirement, but four younger forwards should make that defensive transition easier. In fact, they already started it.

  2. With negotiatons stalling, Luke Schenn’s agent says that new contract might be an ‘August issue’

    Jul 26, 2011, 11:40 PM EDT

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    Luke Schenn; Jeff Carter

    There hasn’t been much progress in contract talks between the Maple Leafs and Luke Schenn, leading his agent to imply that it will take until August. That being said, he should remain in Toronto for at least the short-term future.

  3. Alexei Yashin on Islanders, other options: ‘There’s not any rush to make a decision’

    Jul 26, 2011, 8:58 PM EDT

    alexyashingetty

    Alexei Yashin says there’s “not any rush” regarding his decision to return to the NHL with the Islanders or stay overseas. This post addresses a question Yashin brought up, as well: can he be effective with the Islanders? PHT explains that it’s all about keeping reasonable expectations, which rarely happens with Yashin.

  4. Devils avoid arbitration with Mark Fraser, sign him to one-year $550,000 deal

    Jul 26, 2011, 6:26 PM EDT

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    Mark Fraser

    Another day, another arbitration case avoided as Mark Fraser and the Devils agreed upon a new one-year deal.

  5. Nikolai Khabibulin drops his DUI appeal, will go to jail

    Jul 26, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT

    Nikolai Khabibulin

    Nikolai Khabibulin is headed to jail as he’s dropping his appeal of a 30-day sentence for extreme DUI and reckless driving conviction from last summer.

  6. Ryan Callahan’s contract negotiations not going anywhere fast

    Jul 26, 2011, 5:09 PM EDT

    Ryan Callahan

    As Ryan Callahan’s arbitration case draws near on Thursday, the negotiations to keep the two sides out of court aren’t going well.

  7. Penguins add depth, sign Jason Williams to a one-year, two-way deal

    Jul 26, 2011, 3:31 PM EDT

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    Jason Williams, Steve Staios

    After seasons with the Detroit Red Wings and spending last season with the Dallas Stars, Jason Williams finds a new home in Pittsburgh with the Penguins.

  8. Predators sign Team USA and Wisconsin forward Craig Smith to entry-level deal

    Jul 26, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

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    Craig Smith

    You may have gotten to know Craig Smith during the 2011 IIHF World Championships, and now you’ll get to know him with the Nashville Predators.

  9. Cam Janssen’s move back to New Jersey one he says is to make him less comfortable

    Jul 26, 2011, 12:43 PM EDT

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    Cam Janssen

    Cam Janssen’s move back to New Jersey to play for the Devils isn’t so much of a homecoming as it is a getaway from a comfort zone in St. Louis.

  10. Kris Draper announces retirement from NHL after 20 seasons

    Jul 26, 2011, 11:11 AM EDT

    Kris Draper

    After a 20 year NHL career, Kris Draper calls it quits after what ended up being an outstanding career from one that started off inauspiciously.

  11. Ryan Boogaard issues statement standing up for brother Aaron

    Jul 26, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Boogaard Family

    Brother of Derek and Aaron Boogaard, Ryan Boogaard, issued a statement regarding the arrest and case against his brother Aaron on prescription drug charges.

  12. Former Kings, Blues coach Andy Murray lands head coaching job at Western Michigan University

    Jul 25, 2011, 8:38 PM EDT

    Andy Murray

    Former Blues and Kings head coach Andy Murray is taking his talents to the college ranks at Western Michigan.

  13. Canucks sign former Bruins, Panthers forward Byron Bitz to one-year, two-way deal

    Jul 25, 2011, 7:48 PM EDT

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    Byron Bitz

    It’s a depth signing for the Vancouver Canucks, but by getting Byron Bitz, the acquired the man who helped

  14. Aaron Boogaard made first appearance in court but did not enter a plea today

    Jul 25, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

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    boogaardatmemorial

    Aaron Boogaard fulfilled the first part of his obligations stemming from last week’s charges related to his involvement in his brother Derek Boogaard’s prescription drug-related death by appearing in Minneapolis court today. Aaron didn’t enter a plea during that first Monday court date, according to the Associated Press. Aaron Boogaard is accused of providing the…

  15. Gary Bettman received $7.5 million for 2009-10 season (and why that’s a reasonable wage)

    Jul 25, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

    Gary Bettman

    The Sports Business Journal reports that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman made $7.5 million during the 2009-10 season, representing a four percent increase for the league’s top executive.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

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