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  1. WHL Spokane Chiefs schedule outdoor game, has it gone too far?

    Aug 18, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

    If you don’t get your fill of outdoor hockey this year it’ll only be because you didn’t bother to try and find it at all. While the NHL will have the Winter Classic in Pittsburgh on January 1 and the Heritage Classic in Calgary on February 20th (with a tie-in game between the WHL Calgary…

  2. Antti Niemi: Stanley Cup-winning goalie doesn't want to play in Europe

    Aug 17, 2010, 11:22 PM EDT

    It’s been quite the summer for Stanley Cup winning goaltender Antti Niemi, hasn’t it? First he helps Chicago win their first Cup since 1961, then he goes to arbitration with the team to help settle his restricted free agent contract status with them, then he wins a $2.75 million arbitration award only to see the…

  3. Five free agency myths that were busted this summer

    Aug 17, 2010, 10:16 PM EDT

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    Going into this summer’s free agency, there were some preconceived notions about what was going to happen. Many folks thought there could be a crush of action and free agents would go flying off the market like a hot toy at Christmas time. Others had it pegged that the elite talent would draw a lot…

  4. 2010 NHL free agency: Lightning sign Sean Bergenheim

    Aug 17, 2010, 7:13 PM EDT

    While other teams have been nearly allergic to making moves this summer, Steve Yzerman and the Tampa Bay Lightning have been overly busy trying to right the ship in Florida. Today, the team announced the signing of former Islanders forward Sean Bergenheim to a one-year contract. Bergenheim is a player with some intrigue and a…

  5. Edmonton Oilers fans might be going overboard with Taylor Hall expectations

    Aug 17, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

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    In the pre-lockout years, players such as Ilya Kovalchuk and Joe Thornton took a little while to hit their point producing primes. Yet since the lockout forced NHL bigwigs to let the speedy and skilled loose, the learning curve for young players almost seems more like a straight line. The near-to-immediate success of the Sidney…

  6. What should (or could?) be done about messy no-trade clauses?

    Aug 17, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    When someone is about to sign a contract, there’s often that thought: you better check the fine print. Sure, it’s easy to follow dollars and cents, whether it’s a players salary vs. their cap hit. But what about some of the more nuanced elements of a contract? A lot of times deals get complicated when…

  7. The Willie Mitchell Market keeps heating up; Defenseman visits Capitals' Iceplex

    Aug 17, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

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    While Dan Hamhuis, Zbynek Michalek and Paul Martin got the big bucks this summer, the tide-changing unrestricted free agent defenseman is still – in my opinion – Willie Mitchell. Before you assume I’m going to call NHL GMs nuts for passing him up, there’s a perfectly simple explanation why he’s still on the market: concussion…

  8. NHL research and development camp isn't just testing new rules, but also Brendan Shanahan himself

    Aug 17, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    The NHL research and development camp is something of a hockey laboratory. During the event, experiments will be run to test new rules as well as up-and-coming prospects. And, as it turns out, the mad scientist pulling the strings and hitting the switches happens to be probable Hall of Fame power forward Brendan Shanahan. To…

  9. Poll results: PHT readers want to get rid of the trapezoid but allow icing on PKs

    Aug 17, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    One of the more interesting articles we discussed Monday tackled the goalie trapezoid rule and icing on penalties. I thought it might be intriguing to test the latter idea, but I think that the strong consensus against the idea might sway my opinion just a touch. Before I go any further with analysis, let’s take…

  10. Columbus made offers for Tomas Kaberle but fell short of Burke's mark

    Aug 17, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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    The Columbus Blue Jackets bowed out a little early from the Tomas Kaberle sweepstakes that never actually took place Sunday night, but the Columbus Post-Dispatch reports that the team did at least kick the tires on a trade. The Blue Jackets offered no players from their NHL roster in trade talks with Toronto for Tomas…

  11. Former Montreal Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur is acquitted of perjury charges

    Aug 17, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

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    It’s always unpleasant to see an all-time great’s name dragged through the mud – especially when it is a family member doing the dragging – but at least there’s some good news for Montreal Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur. CBC News reports that Lafleur has been acquitted of charges made in relation to testimony he gave…

  12. The free agent bidding war for Willie Mitchell

    Aug 16, 2010, 11:11 PM EDT

    As this summer’s free agency trudges along, one name getting a lot of heat lately is defenseman Willie Mitchell. Mitchell spent the last four seasons with the Vancouver Canucks and before that he played with the Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, and the New Jersey Devils. He’s developed the reputation (and has had the game to…

  13. Ruslan Salei to speak to Mike Modano about ugly hit from 1999

    Aug 16, 2010, 10:51 PM EDT

    If time doesn’t heal all wounds, we’ll soon have a case study to look back on if that’s the case. One thing we mentioned back when Detroit signed defenseman Ruslan Salei was how back in 1999, he and Mike Modano had a bit of a run in. It was opening night for the Stars and…

  14. Tampa Bay and Montreal complete a minor league deal

    Aug 16, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

    Tell me if you’ve heard this line this summer:  Tampa Bay makes a deal to acquire someone from the Montreal Canadiens. This time around, the teams have made a minor-league trade of goaltenders as the Lightning have sent one-time prospect goalie Karri Ramo to the Canadiens in exchange for AHL all-star goalie Cedrick Desjardins.This deal…

  15. Now that Mike Modano is gone, who will be the face of the Dallas Stars?

    Aug 16, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

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    With Mike Modano and Marty Turco gone, the Dallas Stars decided to market the team (actually the TEAM) rather than an individual player. Still, Defending Big D tried to guesstimate who might be the new “face” of the franchise. Ultimately, they couldn’t come up with an obvious choice. Let’s look at some of the highlights.…

  16. Patrick Kane enjoys another day with the Cup in Chicago by attending … a Jimmy Buffet concert?

    Aug 16, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    After crashing a Jimmy Buffet concert of all things (I would have expected, I don’t know … MGMT? Phoenix? Maybe just a trip to last week’s Lollapalooza?), Patrick Kane described the experience of presenting the Stanley Cup to the “Margaritaville” master and his crowd with one text-messaged word: “Blast.” It’s funny, because that’s exactly how…

  17. Brian Burke and Tomas Kaberle may be relieved now, but rumors will return soon enough

    Aug 16, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Last night, I emphasized the fact that the Tomas Kaberle saga is far from over. It seems that both Brian Burke and Kaberle’s agent Rick Curran threw the word “relief” around when describing the now-passed window in which the defenseman’s no-trade clause was lifted, but I would add “temporary” to relief in this case. Still,…

  18. NHL Network and NHL.com will provide coverage of the NHL's research and development camp

    Aug 16, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

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    We’ve covered the considerable amount of talent on hand for the NHL’s research and development camp as well as what kind of rules changes will be tested, but there’s some great news from the league regarding coverage of the proceedings. Apparently, NHL.com and the NHL Network will carry some shows/interviews/other information on the events. Here…

  19. Minnesota Wild earn accolades for environmental improvements

    Aug 16, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Earlier this month, I passed along a note that the Pittsburgh Penguins earned some serious kudos for the environmentally conscious construction of their fancy new home, the Consol Energy Center. Perhaps it makes just as much sense, though, that a team named The Wild is receiving awards for how “green” they are going, too. Here…

  20. Should the NHL get rid of the trapezoid and enforce icing on penalty killers?

    Aug 16, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    While casual fans probably don’t really bat an eye at the league’s post-lockout “trapezoid rule,” it’s something that bothers purists for sure. For those of you who aren’t aware, before the lockout a goalie had much more freedom to play the puck (and therefore hamper an opposing team’s dump-and-chase game). In hopes of increasing scoring,…

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