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  1. 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…

  2. 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.…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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’…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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:…

  13. The PHT Nightcap: Wednesday, August 25th

    Aug 26, 2010, 1:50 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. Canucks…

  14. SJ Sharks GM Doug Wilson fires down Antti Niemi, Owen Nolan rumors

    Aug 25, 2010, 11:40 PM EDT

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    Now that the San Jose Sharks lost out to the Los Angeles Kings in the Willie Mitchell Sweepstakes, the rumors switch back to former captain Owen Nolan and Cup winning goalie Antti Niemi. Great Sharks beat writer David Pollak shot down both rumors in a post tonight. 2) Never say never, but do not expect…

  15. KHL president Alexander Medvedev appears confident in improving relationship with NHL

    Aug 25, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

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    Most of the 2010 World Hockey Summit news we’ve been focusing on centers on confrontations. Whether it involves the IIHF president saying he would “fight like hell” to stop the NHL from expanding into Europe or Brian Burke making a passionate explanation for why the NHL faces a tough choice with the 2014 Sochi Olympics,…

  16. Brian Burke explains why NHL has its doubts about going to 2014 Olympics during Summit

    Aug 25, 2010, 8:40 PM EDT

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    The World Hockey Summit might not be heavy in actual, tangible news but it has provided some puck-based emotional outbursts. Take, for instance, IIHF president’s stance that he would “fight like hell” to stop the NHL from expanding in Europe, even though that idea is probably not on the horizon any time soon. When you’re…

  17. Report: Donald Fehr accepts offer to be head of NHL Players Association

    Aug 25, 2010, 7:25 PM EDT

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    While it hasn’t been confirmed just yet, it sounds like the rumors are finally true: former MLB players association head Donald Fehr reportedly accepted the post as the head of the NHLPA. Some might cue “Taps” for the 2012-13 season upon hearing the news. Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal broke this news. Former…

  18. A breakdown of the Versus 2010-11 NHL TV Schedule

    Aug 25, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Earlier today, our own Joe Yerdon did a great job of breaking down the NBC schedule. You can bet that we’ll be ready to give you extensive coverage of the NHL all year round, but there’s no doubt that those NBC games will be special. Since we want to cover hockey from all angles, I…

  19. Bettman denies refusing second Kovalchuk contract, KHL offer remains on the table

    Aug 25, 2010, 6:14 PM EDT

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    The main rule from now on when it comes to dealing with Ilya Kovalchuk and his ongoing saga with the New Jersey Devils is to expect nothing and to be ready for everything. Today proved to be ripe with information surrounding the league apparently shooting down the framework to a second contract between Kovalchuk and…

  20. 2010 NHL free agency: Lightning sign defenseman Randy Jones

    Aug 25, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

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    If you were going to cast your vote for Executive of the Year right now, you’d have to think that Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman would be a unanimous selection at this point. Ever the perfectionist, Yzerman continues to add to the Lightning roster, today signing former Kings defenseman Randy Jones. We’ve talked enough here…

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