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  1. Tomas Kaberle denies father's comments about his issues with Ron Wilson, Maple Leafs

    Sep 8, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    While the real story boiled down to a discussion of blogs being credited by mainstream media members and all the teeth gnashing that brings with it, hearing Tomas Kaberle’s father raise doubts about his son’s chances of remaining a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs was still pretty surprising. Who knows if Tomas Kaberle really…

  2. Report: Marc Staal, New York Rangers nearing a new deal

    Sep 8, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

    It seems like most of the final restricted free agent dominoes are falling into place as training camps approach around the NHL. Bobby Ryan ended his long negotiation process with the Anaheim Ducks last night. Patric Hornqvist reached an amicable agreement with the Nashville Predators. If reports are correct, Marc Staal will follow suit with…

  3. NHLPA could take first official steps toward making Donald Fehr their leader today

    Sep 8, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

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    From an outsider’s perspective, it seems like any move to impede Donald Fehr’s quest to become the head of the NHLPA would just delay the inevitable, but the process still hasn’t technically begun. Ken Campbell reports that Fehr may finally become an “official” candidate for the job today, though, as the players association is holding…

  4. Detroit Red Wings officially sign Kirk Maltby, place Derek Meech on waivers

    Sep 8, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

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    The Detroit Red Wings did some lower-level roster shuffling today. George Malik passes along the news that the team finally officially signed aging forward Kirk Maltby to a one year, two-way deal while Red Wings GM Ken Holland placed young defenseman Derek Meech on waivers. Maltby’s deal will be worth $525 K at the NHL…

  5. Prepare your fat jokes: Phoenix Coyotes invite Kyle Wellwood to tryout during training camp

    Sep 8, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

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    Kyle Wellwood gets his fair share of fat jokes, no doubt about it. At times I think it’s a little overblown (or bloated?) but one can imagine that he secretly might enjoy getting a bit more attention than an average player such as himself might normally receive. (This is not that different from the Twitter-based…

  6. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Predators sign Cody Franson to two-year, $1.6M deal

    Sep 8, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

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    The Nashville Predators resolved their biggest remaining free agent situation today, signing young defenseman Cody Franson to a two-year deal that NHL Preds Insider reports will be worth $1.6 million (or $800K per year). (Note: this was originally reported by Joshua Cooper.) The team provided a little more information about Franson, including his solid rookie…

  7. Minnesota Wild might be able to suspend James Sheppard for ATV accident-related injury

    Sep 8, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    An unfortunate ATV accident could rob Minnesota Wild forward James Sheppard of as many as four months of hockey, but it’s quite possible the incident might also make an impact on his $800K-plus salary. Ken Campbell of The Hockey News points out the fact that there is a provision in the Collective Bargaining Agreement that…

  8. Leaked Sabres jersey designs hint at end of 'Buffaslug' uniforms

    Sep 8, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    One of the perks of getting NHL ’11 on or around its launch day comes when you see the game’s uniforms and team logos. Back when Reebok changed the way hockey jerseys were designed with their “Edge” series, hockey video games were sometimes a treasure trove of sweater sneak peeks. While it’s been a long…

  9. The PHT Nightcap: Tuesday, September 7th

    Sep 8, 2010, 1:00 AM EDT

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    Even in the depressingly hockey-free summer, we expect to be a productive bunch here at Pro Hockey Talk. Sometimes it might be difficult to follow our pace. We understand that. For that reason, whenever we can, we’ll put all of the day’s stories in one convenient post called the PHT Nightcap. Enjoy, hockey fans. Johan…

  10. Tampa Bay continues its front office overhaul by adding new goalie consultant Frantz Jean

    Sep 7, 2010, 11:40 PM EDT

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    It’s actually not that unusual to see the Tampa Bay Lightning go through big changes in a summer. It seems like that’s been happening ever since they decided to keep their Cup winning trio of forwards (Brad Richards, Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier) rather than parting with one of them to retain Nikolai Khabibulin.…

  11. Chicago Blackhawks reward Stan Bowman for Cup run with a promotion

    Sep 7, 2010, 9:45 PM EDT

    I’ll admit it, I was probably one of the original naysayers when it came to Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman. It’s not that I had (or have) a problem with the guy, but one look at their salary cap situation made me wonder if the son of famed head coach Scotty Bowman was in over…

  12. Quebec province claims they'd cover 45 percent of construction costs for new arena

    Sep 7, 2010, 8:50 PM EDT

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    Who knows if the province of Quebec can actually land another NHL team, but their politicians certainly seem like they’re doing their best to make it happen. We’ve been all over this rumor-laden story so far and while it’s far from a done deal that they’ll build a new arena – let alone add an…

  13. Fun with ratings: taking a look at the best (and worst) of NHL '11

    Sep 7, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    Hockey video games will always have some wonky player ratings. For one thing, it’s human nature. These things are also almost exclusively subjective. Years ago, long-washed-up players would still be given the benefit of the doubt (I remember players such as Eric Lindros were great long after their eggs were scrambled beyond effectiveness in real-life).…

  14. Report: Bobby Ryan and Anaheim Ducks finally agree on a five year deal

    Sep 7, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

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    One of the most important restricted free agent haggling sessions looks like it is reportedly over. Various outlets report that the Anaheim Ducks and Bobby Ryan are about to agree on a big new deal, while Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports that the terms of the contract will be for five years…

  15. Kirk Maltby even closer to re-signing with Detroit on a two-way deal

    Sep 7, 2010, 5:49 PM EDT

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    If reports are to be believed, the ongoing debate over whether or not the Red Wings should re-sign veteran forward Kirk Maltby will be settled within the next day or so. George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press says that an announcement on Maltby is expected very soon. Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland…

  16. Peter Mueller and the Avalanche still struggling to make a deal

    Sep 7, 2010, 5:26 PM EDT

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    Waiting on restricted free agents to come to terms with their teams is a bit of an arduous process. Some teams don’t have the cap space they’d hope to to make a signing while others are sticking to a budget when looking to sign a player back. Other times, it comes down to differences of…

  17. 2010 NHL free agency: Canadiens sign Jeff Halpern

    Sep 7, 2010, 4:39 PM EDT

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    The Montreal Canadiens have added another forward to the mix and made sure to keep their depth strong. Veteran centerman Jeff Halpern has signed with the Canadiens for one year helping boost the depth up the middle for the Habs. Salary details were not made immediately available but once they are we’ll update this post.…

  18. Devils' Brian Rolston has not been asked to waive his no-trade clause

    Sep 7, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

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    The Devils have salary cap problems and they’re in need of answers before the season starts next month. Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice finds out that one player who has been mentioned as a solution to the Devils cap problems, Brian Rolston, hasn’t been approached at all by the team to send him elsewhere.…

  19. Wild forward James Sheppard to miss 3-4 months after ATV accident

    Sep 7, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    James Sheppard’s make it or break it year with the Minnesota Wild may have just been decided for him before it even started. Michael Russo of The Star Tribune breaks news that Sheppard will miss the next 3-4 months after being injured in an ATV accident. Wild center James Sheppard was in an ATV accident…

  20. Panthers ticket plan breaks out the ghosts of the 1972 Dolphins undefeated team

    Sep 7, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

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    The Florida Panthers may not be a team that’s immediately on your radar to watch or think about, but they’re doing some things to really help themselves out in Sunrise, Florida. While some folks might be critical of their plan to use tarps to cover up seats and shrink the maximum capacity for their games,…

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