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  1. Brendan Shanahan closes up R&D camp impressed with prospects, hockey minds

    Aug 19, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    So the two-day NHL research and development camp wrapped up and – without actually being there – it seems like it was a wise idea for the league. For one thing, it seems like Gary Bettman is using at least some of the strategies he may have soaked in from being NBA commissioner David Stern’s…

  2. Vincent Lecavalier gets an arena re-named in his honor

    Aug 19, 2010, 7:50 PM EDT

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    Nirvana once said that they knew they “made it” when one of their songs was parodied by “Weird Al” Yankovic. When it comes to sports athletes, the barometer might be: a) appearing on a show like Saturday Night Live or b) something being named after them. Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vincent Lecavalier qualified for choice…

  3. Two subtle possible rule changes that could make goal reviews more accurate

    Aug 19, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    There are plenty of subtle problems that irk fans, hockey writers and officials alike. Yet those problems aren’t so subtle when they amount to a crucial goal (or non-goal) being unclear despite having on-ice officials and many, many camera angles. In an attempt to make it easier for goal judges, referees and the Toronto War…

  4. R&D camp coaches Ken Hitchcock, Dave King share viewpoints on possible rule changes

    Aug 19, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    It seems like the NHL research and development camp has a lot going for it. Brendan Shanahan is receiving his first real on-the-job test as an NHL executive. Potential 2011 NHL Entry Draft prospects and referees alike are being used as guinea pigs for rules changes. But let’s not forget that the camp’s two “teams”…

  5. The NHL research and development camp takes a look at moving one referee off the ice

    Aug 19, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    I called the NHL research and development camp a mad hockey laboratory before, and – no doubt about it – the event features some odd little hockey experiments. We plan on discussing some of the most interesting ideas and studies taking place in the two-day event, but one of the most interesting changes could affect…

  6. Atlanta Thrashers make Clint Malarchuk their new goalie consultant

    Aug 19, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    When Richard Zednik’s throat was slashed by then-teammate Olli Jokinen’s skate in a horrible, but thankfully only life threatening incident, one other name came up time and time again: Clint Malarchuk. Malarchuk also had his throat slit by a skate during an NHL game but survived to play again … about a week later. Here’s…

  7. Some thoughts on the recently released NHL '11 demo

    Aug 19, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    EA Sports recently released a demo for its upcoming game NHL ’11 on both the X-Box 360 and Playstation 3, which is set to release on September 7. I thought I’d pass along a few notes about the small sample of the company’s popular hockey title. Now, I haven’t played a TON of the demo…

  8. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Panthers sign Andrew Peters to one-year, two-way deal

    Aug 19, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

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    I’ve brought new Atlanta Thrashers GM Rick Dudley’s fixation on muscle and toughness up a few times already, but fellow former Chicago Blackhawks front office member Dale Tallon likes adding bruisers as well. The new Florida Panthers GM signed tough forward Andrew Peters to a one-year, two-way deal according to George Richards. At 6’4″, 240…

  9. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Thrashers sign frequent hitter Freddy Meyer to a two-way contract

    Aug 19, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    The Atlanta Thrashers signed defenseman Freddy Meyer to a one-year, two-way deal that will pay him $500K if he remains in the NHL and $105K if he stays in the minors, according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Here is a little bit of background information on the small-but-feisty defenseman via Ben Wright of…

  10. Stars beat writer cannot confirm or deny rumors of Dallas Stars sale

    Aug 19, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

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    We discussed a Forbes report of the Dallas Stars possibly being sold for $275-$300 million yesterday, but Dallas Stars beat writer Mike Heika was unable to confirm – or deny – these rumors. I got a hold of four people who could have information on the sale today, and none of them offered anything in…

  11. Day 1 of NHL research and development camp sees hits and misses with rules

    Aug 18, 2010, 11:10 PM EDT

    Day one of the NHL’s Research and Development Camp has come and gone now and folks are sounding off about just what it was they were seeing, innovation-wise, on the ice in Toronto. With such a huge list of things to run through in the two days of the camp, times figure to be busy…

  12. Hottest selling merchandise in the NHL? How about the Hartford Whalers

    Aug 18, 2010, 9:02 PM EDT

    “Hartford Whalers merchandise is the hottest selling merchandise in the NHL.” If I asked you about what year that headline came from, you’d probably guess sometime in the early 1990s and feel pretty confident about it. How about if I told you it came from 2010? Turns out, the team with the most stuff flying…

  13. Analyzing where Antti Niemi could play next in the NHL

    Aug 18, 2010, 8:31 PM EDT

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    Yesterday we told you about how Antti Niemi was dead-set on staying in North America this year and playing in the NHL. While we’re more than aware of Niemi’s situation as it stands thanks to the Blackhawks parting ways with him, it’s worth taking a look around the league at what teams, even remotely, could…

  14. Flames hire Hall of Famer Michel Goulet to scouting position

    Aug 18, 2010, 7:02 PM EDT

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    The Calgary Flames dug into the vault of great 1980s hockey names to fill the team’s position as head of western pro scouting. Hockey hall of famer Michel Goulet joins the Flames after spending the last 15 years in the Colorado Avalanche system as an administrator and scout. Goulet is best remembered as a long-time…

  15. Report: Blackhawks have signed forward Fernando Pisani

    Aug 18, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

    The Chicago Blackhawks have apparently made a rather intriguing signing today. TSN’s Ryan Rishaug tweeted that the Hawks have signed former Oilers forward Fernando Pisani to a one-year, $500,000 deal. Pisani is best remembered as being one of the Oilers most key members of their 2006 Stanley Cup finals team as Pisani proved to be…

  16. 2010 NHL free agency: Islanders sign Andy Hilbert and Rob Hisey

    Aug 18, 2010, 4:51 PM EDT

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    The Islanders announced a pair of AHL-bound signings today and one of those names might stand out for fans on Long Island. The Isles came to terms with forwards Andy Hilbert and Rob Hisey and if Hilbert’s name rings a bell, that’s because you’ve heard him mentioned with the Islanders before. If you’ve been looking…

  17. 2010 NHL free agency: Blue Jackets sign Ben Guite

    Aug 18, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

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    The Columbus Blue Jackets have done themselves a favor to improve the team depth today by signing forward Ben Guite to a one-year contract. Guite spent last year in the Nashville Predators organization but he’s best known for his years with the Colorado Avalanche. Last year, Guite played just six games with the Predators while…

  18. Forbes report: Dallas Stars close to being sold for $275-$300 million

    Aug 18, 2010, 3:52 PM EDT

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    The saga surrounding the sale of the Dallas Stars may finally be coming to an end. Mike Ozanian of Forbes Magazine is reporting that the team is on the brink of being sold for an amount in the range of $275-$300 million. He goes on to add this tidbit: The sale of the Stars  tells…

  19. Daly: NHL contract investigations continue, punishments may not be as harsh

    Aug 18, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

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    If you’ve been wondering about whether or not the NHL is serious in their investigation of other player’s contracts in the wake of nullifying Ilya Kovalchuk’s 17-year, $102 million contract with New Jersey, deputy commissioner Bill Daly will have you know that they’re still investigating. Marian Hossa, Chris Pronger, Roberto Luongo and Marc Savard are…

  20. With Wings depth squared away, goaltending becomes the main focus

    Aug 18, 2010, 12:36 PM EDT

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    It’s a bit of a cliché at times but it can be said that teams like the Detroit Red Wings don’t rebuild, they reload. By adding Mike Modano and Ruslan Salei, sure the Wings are a bit older (all right, they’re a lot older) but they’ve solidified the team’s depth all around. All that that…

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