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  1. Kovalchuk contract has been submitted for approval, NHL has up to five days to decide

    Aug 27, 2010, 4:07 PM EDT

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    Here’s the update on what’s going on with Ilya Kovalchuk. ESPN’s EJ Hradek tweets that Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly has confirmed that a contract has been submitted to the NHL for approval. As part of the process, the NHL has five days to go over it and decide if it passes muster. Yahoo’s Dmitry Chesnokov…

  2. Could a women's professional hockey league be in the future?

    Aug 27, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

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    One of the big topics at the World Hockey Summit was what could be done to help women’s hockey around the world. While the United States and Canada have dominated global competition since the global introduction of the women’s game at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, no other countries have shown the same kind…

  3. Reports: NHL may have agreed on a contract for Ilya Kovalchuk and the Devils

    Aug 27, 2010, 2:23 PM EDT

    Ilya Kovalchuk’s quest to re-sign with the New Jersey Devils may finally be at an end. Yahoo’s Puck Daddy Greg Wyshynski and Fire & Ice’s Tom Gulitti are both reporting via Twitter that the NHL may given the approval to a contract for Ilya Kovalchuk with the New Jersey Devils. Keep in mind, there’s absolutely…

  4. Rangers' Marc Staal is hoping for another team to extend an offer sheet

    Aug 27, 2010, 1:53 PM EDT

    If you’ve been wondering what the news is with New York Rangers restricted free agent defenseman Marc Staal, you’re not alone. Discussions have been quiet to the point of worry for many Rangers fans and it appears that Staal is now getting a bit unnerved with the lack of negotiations coming from GM Glen Sather.…

  5. Scott Hartnell was nearly traded for Sheldon Souray last season

    Aug 27, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

    It’s said, sometimes to the point of it being done to death, that the best trades are often the ones that weren’t made. Late last night, Edmonton radio host Dan Tencer relayed a story from Global Sports television’s Kevin Karius on Twitter telling about how the Flyers and Oilers nearly made a big deal last…

  6. Nikolai Khabibulin faces DUI trial today, may go to jail

    Aug 27, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Nikolai Khabibulin’s terrible off-season might get a lot better on Friday. Or a lot worse. Khabibulin’s trial for extreme DUI is set to happen then provided it isn’t delayed like it has been the last few times. Jim Matheson of The Edmonton Journal lays the facts on us on what will be in Khabibulin’s future…

  7. Where could Bill Guerin play next season?

    Aug 27, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Now that the Penguins have officially stepped away from Bill Guerin we can now start officially wondering about where the well-traveled veteran scorer will play next, if anywhere at all. The recon on Bill Guerin is simple. He turns 40 in November, he’s played for 18 seasons in the NHL with eight different teams. At…

  8. Dustin Byfuglien might be a defenseman for Atlanta this season

    Aug 26, 2010, 11:08 PM EDT

    When the Atlanta Thrashers acquired Dustin Byfuglien from the Chicago Blackhawks to help bail the Blackhawks out of salary cap hell beef up their forward unit, it was viewed as a savvy move from Thrashers GM Rick Dudley. After all, a young team looking to rebuild sort of from the ground up after trading away…

  9. Report: Kovalchuk sets deadline to be signed or else KHL option becomes real

    Aug 26, 2010, 8:42 PM EDT

    If you’ve been wondering what the deal is with Ilya Kovalchuk and the New Jersey Devils is The Ilya Kovalchuk soap opera has taken a stunning turn of events today. Yahoo’s Dmitry Chesnokov has the details. For Ilya Kovalchuk(notes), his representatives, the New Jersey Devils and the NHL, time is running out. Weeks after Kovalchuk’s…

  10. Florida Panthers to use tarps to cover seats, save attendance

    Aug 26, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    When you think of the Florida Panthers, your first thoughts probably center around how the heck a hockey team exists in South Florida. For many, their first thought goes to them being a losing team with struggling attendance. For those people, the Panthers have devised a plan for you. They’re going to cover things up.…

  11. Gary Bettman thinks rule changes will make a big dent in concussion rates

    Aug 26, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    Buried in a rather standard “let’s make next year better than last, even though the 2009-10 season was really great” type statement from Gary Bettman is an interesting claim. As you may remember from approximately 3,000 posts* late last season, the NHL faced some serious problems with hits to the head and Bettman seems confident…

  12. Breaking down the NHL's leaked rough draft for standardizing blogger credentials

    Aug 26, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

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    (Again, allow me to throw out that “this might only be interesting to a select few” disclaimer I made in the earlier post on this subject. You have been warned.) As hockey writers, we rarely see the kind of maverick journalistic moments that, say, a foreign correspondent or political reporter might experience. So any time…

  13. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Stars sign Nicklas Grossman to two-year, $3.25M extension

    Aug 26, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

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    While the team still needs to figure out James Neal’s contract situation, the Dallas Stars solved their other big restricted free agent problem by signing Nicklas Grossman to a two-year, $3.25 million contract according to the team. He’ll be paid $1.5 million in 10-11 and $1.75 million in 11-12. Here is more from the Stars’…

  14. Hayley Wickenheiser will make 2014 Sochi Games her last Olympics

    Aug 26, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

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    One of the biggest subjects of this week’s 2010 World Hockey Summit was the state of women’s hockey, which was actually the focus of today’s talks. As I discussed last weekend, Canadian national team captain Hayley Wickenheiser has been one of the leading voices discussing ways to improve the Olympic competitions from being a glorified…

  15. Despite two surgeries in a short period of time, Jordan Staal is still bothered by foot injury

    Aug 26, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    While his brother Marc’s contract situation is more of a metaphorical pain in a metaphorical body part to the New York Rangers, Jordan Staal’s aches are a little more tangible for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He had a second surgery on his foot in June after going under the knife during the playoffs, but the Pittsburgh…

  16. Patrice Brisebois copes with retirement by racing in NASCAR

    Aug 26, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Patrice Brisebois was once given the derisive nickname “Breeze by.” It seems that nickname has come full circle, as the 18-year NHL veteran found a new passion in life after retirement: race car driving. The Montreal Gazette captures his experiences as Brisebois transitions from racing Ferraris to the competitive world of NASCAR. “Give those guys…

  17. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly shoots down Donald Fehr-related 'armageddon' talk

    Aug 26, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

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    While it’s hasty to say that Donald Fehr becoming the head of the NHL PA = lockout/doomsday, it didn’t stop people like me from making jokes about 2012 and storing water in bomb shelters. Despite what people on Twitter and Internet forums might have you believe, negativity over the hiring isn’t universal. NHL deputy commissioner…

  18. NHL teams look to restrict blogger access in certain locker room situations

    Aug 26, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    This is an issue that might only be relevant to a small segment of readers out there (likely the ones who have their own blogs), but it’s been the talk of the Virtual Hockey Town this morning so I thought it would be prudent to pass along the story. Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski discussed the…

  19. Report: Pittsburgh Penguins fans should wave goodbye to Bill Guerin

    Aug 26, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

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    When the Pittsburgh Penguins traded peanuts for Bill Guerin during the ’09 trade deadline, I must admit that I barely batted an eye. After all, if Guerin couldn’t get it done with Joe Thornton passing to him in a previous trade deadline, why would he be productive with an even grayer beard? Instead, Guerin was…

  20. Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheets: Sources for Penalty Minutes (or 'PIM')

    Aug 26, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    While Pro Hockey Talk doesn’t specialize in fantasy hockey (our Rotoworld cousins do, though), we still think that there are areas where we can help you, the budding imaginary general managers. For that reason, we’re going to discuss different philosophies, strategies and cheat sheets as fantasy drafts begin to increase around North America. Today’s post:…

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