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  1. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.)

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. One year later, Blackhawks salary cap situation much easier to handle

    Jul 23, 2011, 7:16 PM EDT

    Brent Seabrook

    Last summer, the Chicago Blackhawks had an abject salary cap nightmare on their hands. This summer has been a lot more pleasant for GM Stan Bowman comparatively.

  14. Filling a need: Blue Jackets sign Vinny Prospal to one-year, $1.75 million deal

    Jul 23, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

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    Vinny Prospal

    The Blue Jackets needed to find a way to replace Kristian Huselius and did so by signing former Rangers forward Vinny Prospal.

  15. Steven Stamkos more than happy to stay in Tampa Bay

    Jul 23, 2011, 12:27 PM EDT

    Steven Stamkos

    We knew all along that Steven Stamkos wasn’t going anywhere in free agency and, frankly, so did he.

  16. Niklas Kronwall set to be Detroit’s next big contract commitment

    Jul 23, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Niklas Kronwall

    While the Red Wings were fretting over what Nicklas Lidstrom was going to do this summer, next summer could be a big one for Niklas Kronwall as the future cornerstone of Detroit’s blue line.

  17. Canadiens re-sign defenseman Josh Gorges for one year, $2.5 million

    Jul 22, 2011, 10:47 PM EDT

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    Josh Gorges

    Montreal’s defensive corps shapes up a bit better now that they’ve got Josh Gorges back in the fold for one more year.

  18. Race to the salary floor: Four teams still have cash to spend to compete

    Jul 22, 2011, 8:31 PM EDT

    Josh Bailey

    While some teams are looking to bring down their payroll, four teams still have some money left to spend to get to the salary floor.

  19. Aaron Boogaard receives two charges related to Derek Boogaard’s death

    Jul 22, 2011, 6:28 PM EDT

    boogaardatmemorial

    Friday brought more sad news for the Boogaard family as Aaron received two serious drug-related charges related to the death of Derek Boogaard. Click “Read More” for the details.

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