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  1. 2010 draft picks Hall and Fowler skipping World Junior Championships camps

    Jul 30, 2010, 6:17 PM EDT

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    While there’s generally a dearth of hockey news in the summer, one bit of actual playing news is that many of the World Junior Championship teams are holding their evaluation camps this week. Team USA opened their camp today in Lake Placid, New York but notably absent are two players who recently signed professional deals.…

  2. 2010 NHL free agency: Sens, Lightning, Ducks and Habs get their signings on

    Jul 30, 2010, 5:04 PM EDT

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    A bevy of signings all went down this afternoon so we’ll get you caught up in quick-hit fashion. We would’ve called this the lightning round but considering they’re one of the teams involved in things we didn’t want to get too silly. Dominic Moore signs two-year deal with Tampa Bay Tell me if you’ve heard…

  3. Source: Kovalchuk contract grievance saga to be settled next week

    Jul 30, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    While we haven’t been talking much lately about the Ilya Kovalchuk contract grievance between the NHL and the NHLPA, there are things that need to be settled and if what Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice says has found is correct, we might see a solution to things next week. A source said this afternoon…

  4. Are the Kings interested in Marc Savard?

    Jul 30, 2010, 2:42 PM EDT

    It’s been almost a little too quiet on the Marc Savard trade rumor front lately. After some steady speculation all through the month of June about possible destinations in either Toronto or Ottawa for the Bruins centerman, a new contender has emerged from the shadows according to Jimmy Murphy of But while the market…

  5. Islanders place Brendan Witt on unconditional waivers

    Jul 30, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

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    The Islanders are doing a bit of housecleaning today, as they’ve placed defenseman Brendan Witt on unconditional waivers. Chris Botta of Islanders Point Blank says that this move is a precursor to an eventual buyout. A buyout is probably in his future. The Islanders still carry seven defensemen on one-way contracts for the 2010-11 season.…

  6. Oilers name Ralph Krueger assistant coach

    Jul 30, 2010, 1:57 PM EDT

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    Edmonton Oilers new head coach Tom Renney is filling out his coaching staff and going off the radar in doing so. The Oilers have hired Ralph Krueger to be one of Renney’s assistants, joining former Oilers players Kelly Buchberger and Steve Smith on the bench. If you’re not familiar with the name, it’s understandable as…

  7. Enforcer in training: Wings' Abdelkader taking boxing classes

    Jul 30, 2010, 12:23 PM EDT

    A player’s off-season workouts are generally pretty intense. Depending on the type of role you play or the style of play a guy has can depict what it is exactly that they’ll do to make themselves better. For a player like Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader, honing his skills as an agitating and physical forward…

  8. 2010 NHL free agency: Bruins accept Blake Wheeler decision, sign him for $2.2 million

    Jul 30, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    The Boston Bruins have made a commitment to Blake Wheeler. After Wheeler’s arbitration case was decided yesterday with the winger winning a $2.2 million award, some wondered if that cost was going to be enough to make the Bruins walk away from the young scorer. After all, the Bruins are in a bit of a…

  9. 2010 NHL free agency: Flames re-sign defenseman Ian White

    Jul 30, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

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    Taking a page almost exactly out of the Blue Jackets settlement with Anton Stralman, the Calgary Flames reached a deal with their own offensive minded defenseman Ian White prior to his arbitration hearing. What’s different this time is that Ian White got a nicer chunk of change out of the deal, signing for one year…

  10. Despite Stanley Cup championship, Blackhawks were a financial loser last year

    Jul 30, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    Perhaps there was a method to old “Dollar” Bill Wirtz’s madness and Scrooge-like ways. A story out of the Chicago Tribune by Melissa Harris claims that even in spite of the Blackhawks selling out the United Center on a nightly basis, reaching the playoffs and ultimately winning the Stanley Cup the team finished the season,…

  11. The PHT Nightcap: Thursday, July 29th

    Jul 30, 2010, 1:15 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. Aaron…

  12. Could potential new deals for Zdeno Chara, Joe Thornton set post-Kovalchuk trends?

    Jul 29, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

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    Two of the most notable potential 2011 unrestricted free agents might receive contract extensions way before July ’11. As I discussed before, the San Jose Sharks began talks to extend their leading points scorer Joe Thornton while Craig Custance also reported that the Boston Bruins started discussing a deal with big captain Zdeno Chara. It’s…

  13. NHL '11 update: Introducing the 'Hustle Button' plus some gameplay videos

    Jul 29, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

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    Whether you play them for the interactive competition, the feeling of controlling your favorite team or just as a diversion when the “real” games aren’t on, hockey video games are a favorite pastime for many puckheads. With all due respect to “NHL Slap Shot” and 2K Sports’ offerings, “NHL 11″ is the marquee polygonal puck…

  14. Cover art for EA Sports' first Wii hockey game, "NHL Slap Shot"

    Jul 29, 2010, 10:20 PM EDT

    Today seems to be an interesting one for video game news (I’ll provide some “NHL 11″ related nuggets later) for whatever reason. For those Wii-only owners who have been chomping at the bit for Wow, Wayne Gretzky looks so young in that photo. Boyish, even. Could it be the magic of Photoshop or the “Oil…

  15. San Jose Sharks sign Jason Demers to two-year, $2.5M extension

    Jul 29, 2010, 9:40 PM EDT

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    It’s been a busy Thursday for the San Jose Sharks (or at least for Sharks news). Earlier tonight I touched on rumors that the team is close to coming to terms on a one-year deal with Devin Setoguchi and also began contract extension discussions with 2011-free-agent-to-be Joe Thornton. In other news, the Sharks signed young…

  16. Report: Blake Wheeler's arbitration award is one-year, $2.2M; Bruins must decide within 2 days

    Jul 29, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    An independent arbitrator awarded Blake Wheeler a one-year, $2.2 million decision according to ESPN Boston’s Jimmy Murphy. It’s important to note that the Boston Bruins are not required to sign that deal, though. Instead, the Bruins have 48 hours to decide if they’ll honor the proposed deal, walk away from the contract or buy out…

  17. SJ Sharks rumors: Team close to signing Devin Setoguchi, begins talks with Joe Thornton

    Jul 29, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

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    When I looked at the San Jose Sharks’ July 2010 a while ago, it seemed like it had Impending Doom written all over it. I mean, after all, the team had to answer questions about impact unrestricted (Patrick Marleau, Evgeni Nabokov) as well as restricted (Joe Pavelski, Devin Setoguchi) free agents. Not to mention the…

  18. Dissecting Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman's Niemi-related press conference through Twitter

    Jul 29, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman recently held a press conference regarding the Antti Niemi arbitration hearing, although the team is waiting for answers just like the rest of the hockey world. The reason for that is simple: the arbitrator has a 48-hour window to assess Niemi’s value and may indeed take until Saturday to make…

  19. Kings defenseman Matt Greene to miss next three months after shoulder surgery

    Jul 29, 2010, 5:56 PM EDT

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    The Los Angeles Kings failed bids to get defensemen Dan Hamhuis and Paul Martin are stinging a bit more today. The Kings announced that defenseman Matt Greene will miss the next three months after undergoing surgery on his shoulder. Greene has become one of the steadier defensemen on the Kings blue line and losing him…

  20. 2010 NHL free agency: Senators re-sign Peter Regin for two years

    Jul 29, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

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    The Ottawa Senators have locked down one of their emerging stars today and avoided arbitration in the process. Playoff and World Championships superstar Peter Regin signed a two-year deal with the Sens today to help shore up their scoring ability. Regin was a little-known player before last year’s playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins when…

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