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  1. The curious arbitration case of Fabian Brunnstrom

    Jul 22, 2010, 12:55 PM EDT

    As arbitration hearings draw closer for many teams and players, the cases surrounding some players grow more interesting. Take, for example, the situation involving Dallas Stars enigmatic forward Fabian Brunnstrom. Brunnstrom was signed out of Sweden two years ago after a hotly contested negotiation between the Stars and the Detroit Red Wings. The Stars were…

  2. 2010 NHL free agency: Thrashers re-sign goalie Ondrej Pavelec

    Jul 22, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

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    The Atlanta Thrashers have locked down their goaltending for next season. After signing former Blues goalie Chris Mason earlier in this free agency period, they’ve announced today that they’ve re-signed incumbent starter Ondrej Pavelec. Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal Constitution has the details. Ondrej Pavelec has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with…

  3. Henrik Zetterberg getting married on Friday

    Jul 22, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    It’s not always contract news, trade rumors or injuries that we take notice of here at Pro Hockey Talk, sometimes it’s about real life sorts of things and sometimes that news will break the hearts of women around the world when we bring it to you. Hang on to your hats ladies, but Detroit Red…

  4. 2010 NHL free agency: Darroll Powe re-signs with Flyers

    Jul 22, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

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    You can scratch another name off of the restricted free agent list this summer as, according to Cap Geek, the Philadelphia Flyers have re-signed checking center Darroll Powe for one year and $725,000. Powe’s role with the team will become a bit more important at the start of the season thanks to news that Blair…

  5. Kings would be interested in re-pursuing Kovalchuk

    Jul 22, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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    The fun part to an ongoing controversy is how it can find new and inventive ways to blow up a little more each and every day. While the league has done more than it’s part to stir up a hornet’s nest by rejecting Ilya Kovalchuk’s contract with the New Jersey Devils, when one door sort…

  6. Edmonton owner urges city to build Oilers a new arena

    Jul 21, 2010, 11:50 PM EDT

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    When it comes to the business side of sports, sometimes we’re privy to seeing millionaires and billionaires plead for millions of dollars from taxpayers so that they can make even more money. Enter the owner of the Edmonton Oilers Daryl Katz. Katz is hoping that the people of Edmonton will help him out so he…

  7. Man calls 911 and demands immediate return of Winnipeg Jets

    Jul 21, 2010, 10:43 PM EDT

    Hockey does funny things to people, especially in Canada. Take the case of a Winnipeg area man who had an emergency and dialed 911 to have the dispatchers address for him. Hilarity and an abuse of the system ensues. A 33-year-old resident of Lundar, Manitoba is facing numerous charges after allegedly making a series of…

  8. Panthers auction off a "dream date" with Shawn Matthias

    Jul 21, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

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    The Florida Panthers aren’t really a team in the spotlight very much. Sure Dale Tallon will help fix their roster up a bit and the team may get better in a couple of years, but in the meantime they’ve got to do some fun things to try and keep up with the Miami Heat and…

  9. Predators agree to consolidate ownership, buy Del Biaggio's share of team

    Jul 21, 2010, 8:50 PM EDT

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    One of the uglier and more disturbing eras in the Nashville Predators short history appears to be close to coming to an end. One time minority owner William “Boots” Del Biaggio III, who is headed to prison on fraud charges, will have his stake in the Predators purchased by the team’s other owners in a…

  10. Khabibulin impaired driving trial delayed once again

    Jul 21, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

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    The trial for Edmonton Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin in his impaired driving case has been delayed once again. Sarah McClellan of the Edmonton Journal shares the news. Edmonton Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin arrived in an Arizona court Wednesday for the second time this month to appear before a jury on charges of impaired driving and…

  11. Devils GM Lou Lamoriello issues statement about Kovalchuk contract situation

    Jul 21, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    So far, we’ve shared the official statements from NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly as well as the near-non-statements from the NHL Players Association and Ilya Kovalchuk’s agent Jay Grossman. Since we went that far, let’s see what New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello had to (barely) say. Here is his statement, via the Devils…

  12. Paul Bissonnette's off-hand remarks about Kovalchuk bring his Twitter account to an end

    Jul 21, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    There isn’t much to say about Paul Bissonnette’s on-ice game. He’s a minimum-wage plugger willing to do what he can to stick with an NHL team (he’s played limited minutes for the Pittsburgh Penguins and most recently last season with the Phoenix Coyotes). If it were just for hockey, he’d be a mere blip on…

  13. NHL Players Association issues a statement on Kovalchuk contract rejection

    Jul 21, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Earlier today I shared the league’s official statement on the Ilya Kovalchuk contract rejection, so I thought I’d also give you the NHL Players Assocation’s release. Here it is, straight from NHLPA spokesperson Jonathan Weatherdon. “The NHLPA is currently analyzing the basis upon which the NHL rejected the contract between the New Jersey Devils and…

  14. Atlanta Thrashers say 'No thanks' to Clarke MacArthur's $2.4M arbitration decision

    Jul 21, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

    We’ve seen a handful of signings designed to avoid salary arbitration the last few days and with good reason; the meetings can get downright ugly. Sometimes, nobody wins. Take the case of Clarke MacArthur and the Atlanta Thrashers. Chris Vivamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Thrashers decided to walk away from the arbitrator’s…

  15. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Senators sign Nick Foligno to two-year deal

    Jul 21, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

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    The Ottawa Senators just announced that they signed forward Nick Foligno to a two-year contract, although in typical fashion, they didn’t reveal the financial details. The team provided a few details on the forward’s fragmented three season career with the big club. Foligno, 22, finished his third National Hockey League season with the Senators with…

  16. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Buffalo locks up rugged forward Patrick Kaleta to two-year deal

    Jul 21, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

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    The Buffalo Sabres signed agitating forward Patrick Kaleta to a two-year contract, according to various sources. No word yet on the financial details, but I’d imagine that he signed a pretty affordable deal (Derek Boogaard’s contract might make that last statement incorrect, though). This allows the Sabres and Kaleta to avoid salary arbitration. In 55…

  17. 2010 NHL Free Agency: St. Louis Blues re-sign David Perron for two years

    Jul 21, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

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    While I think that the team could probably use a few more forwards who fall under the “slick” category, it’s hard not to like the St. Louis Blues’ budding group of near-to-full-on bruisers. That group includes TJ Oshie, David Backes and David Perron. The Blues announced today that they re-signed RFA Perron to a two-year…

  18. Milestone Watch: Some significant numbers players can reach during the 2010-11 season

    Jul 21, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    In the last couple days, I tackled the NHL’s most “unbreakable” records as well as ones that are “off the beaten path.” To complete that leisurely triangle of numbers posts, I thought I’d look at some more attainable feats that could be accomplished during the 2010-11 season. Here is a look at some achievable milestones…

  19. The NHL's 'off the beaten path' records, including one that Alex Ovechkin could break

    Jul 21, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Last night, I discussed the NHL.com story regarding the league’s “unbreakable” records. John Kreiser also added another wrinkle to the topic with a separate post including some of the records that are “off the beaten path.” I thought I’d take a look at some of those wacky records, too. Let’s start with one that could…

  20. Hockey in Mexico? Growing the sport in a rare location

    Jul 21, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

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    When people think of “hockey countries,” Canada jumps to the forefront followed by cold weather nations in Europe (and, for some, the U.S. too). One of the last places people think about is Mexico. In fact, many might be surprised that there are a solid amount of ice hockey rinks in the country, but NHL.com…

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