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  1. Ilya Kovalchuk press conference; Lamoriello makes the system work for him

    Jul 20, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Today, the New Jersey Devils unveiled the largest re-acquisition in team history, holding a press conference to announce the official re-signing of superstar forward Ilya Kovalchuk.Craig Custance of The Sporting News assembled some of the key quotes from Kovalchuk, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello and new head coach John MacLean. As for why Kovalchuk picked…

  2. Turns out that Jason Spezza never wanted to be traded from Ottawa

    Jul 20, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

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    Remember all that talk in the last few months about how Jason Spezza wanted to be traded out of Ottawa and create a potentially Dany Heatley-esque situation for the second straight summer for the Senators? Yeah… Turns out that Jason Spezza never wanted anything of the sort. Wayne Scanlan of The Ottawa Citizen gets word…

  3. Mike Modano watch: On hold until August 5th

    Jul 20, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    If you’ve been obsessively refreshing our site to make sure you don’t miss out on when Mike Modano decides to sign with another team, it turns out you can keep doing that but you might be really tired by the time he might make a decision. The Detroit Free Press’ Helene St. James got the…

  4. Simon Gagne's trade sets the bar for future Sheldon Souray deal

    Jul 20, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    So you’re wondering what the after effects of Simon Gagne’s trade to the Tampa Bay Lightning would be on the rest of the NHLs residents of the trading block would be. If you started looking towards Edmonton’s Sheldon Souray, as Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal did, you’d see that perhaps the Oilers will have…

  5. Mike Keane released by Manitoba Moose, retirement next?

    Jul 20, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Hockey’s ability to give some players a career longer than some might ever imagine is pretty amazing. Sure, we all know that Chris Chelios would play until he’s 70 years-old if he could. Gordie Howe played until both of his sons were grown men and they played on a line together in Hartford. To hear…

  6. With Kovalchuk signed, has Marc Savard's future in Boston changed?

    Jul 20, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

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    We’ve speculated since before Ilya Kovalchuk signed that perhaps once he did get his name on the dotted line that action in both the free agent and trade markets would pick up and things would get interesting once again. One of the names that floated around in trade speculation before the start of free agency…

  7. Stan Bowman: Patrick Sharp isn't going to be traded

    Jul 20, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

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    The great Chicago fire-sale of 2010 has died down a bit lately but the speculation going into who may be dealt next from the defending Stanley Cup champions rages on. As the Blackhawks hope to get a deal to get worked out with goaltender Antti Niemi lest they end up in arbitration, the main focus…

  8. Simon Gagne's reaction to being traded

    Jul 19, 2010, 11:17 PM EDT

    Being traded is one of the most difficult things for any professional athlete to deal with when it happens. In the case of Simon Gagne, it was a bit more difficult and emotionally draining considering he had a no-trade clause. While the Flyers did their due diligence in being up front and proper with goal-scoring…

  9. One writer feels that Modano won't become a Red Wing

    Jul 19, 2010, 10:43 PM EDT

    You didn’t think that Ilya Kovalchuk and Simon Gagne would steal all of the headlines today, did you? Silly human. George Malik of MLive.com passes along word from the Detroit News’ Ted Kulfan that he fully expects Mike Modano to pass on joining the Detroit Red Wings. Several people have asked me if Mike Modano…

  10. Are the Lightning set to turn things around in a big way?

    Jul 19, 2010, 9:33 PM EDT

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    With the Lightning acquiring scoring wing Simon Gagne from the Philadelphia Flyers, the Lightning roster is starting to fill out, and much unlike previous off-seasons in Tampa Bay, the outlook is bright and full of promise. In past seasons, the Lightning signed multiple questionable defensemen or dropped a ton of money on a hot-off-a-great-Final-appearance Ryan…

  11. Ilya Kovalchuk's stunning contract with the Devils: By the numbers

    Jul 19, 2010, 8:41 PM EDT

    Rich Chere from the Newark Star-Ledger is the bearer of bad news for fans of fiscal responsibility as we know it as he gives us the official not-yet official (Tom Gulitti tweets that it’s not official yet but the NHL approving it won’t be an issue) contract numbers on the deal signed by Ilya Kovalchuk…

  12. LA Kings might regret missing out on Gagne more than Kovalchuk

    Jul 19, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    For many people, the Los Angeles Kings will seem like “losers” because they didn’t land Ilya Kovalchuk today. Some might say that they weren’t willing to pay enough to get him, others will say that their history of losing factored in. Optimistic folks will point out that this will make it much easier for them…

  13. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Calgary Flames sign big defenseman Matt Pelech

    Jul 19, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

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    The Calgary Flames’ last few seasons have been littered with some rather big mistakes. From overpaying Jay Bouwmeester to the puzzling signing of Olli Jokinen and getting next to nothing for fallen star Dion Phaneuf, it seems like the team can’t get out of its own way. At least they know how to get “big”…

  14. Was the LA Kings reported 15-year, $80M offer for Kovalchuk good enough?

    Jul 19, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

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    We’ll wait on more official news about the exact details of the Ilya Kovalchuk deal (latest rumors are that it was a 17-year, $102 million deal with varying reports regarding how much its front-loaded nature could slap realism in the face). In the mean time, there are also reports about the failed offer. That would…

  15. Bobby Ryan, Anaheim Ducks contract talks hit a snag because of term, not dollar amounts

    Jul 19, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Now that the Ilya Kovalchuk saga is (more or less) complete, we can move on to some other contract negotiations. Take, for instance, the somewhat public troubles the Anaheim Ducks have undergone while trying to sign restricted free agent Bobby Ryan. Some more details regarding what, exactly, is slowing down the talks surfaced today. It…

  16. Tampa Bay trades for Simon Gagne, Flyers receive Matt Walker, fourth-rounder

    Jul 19, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Here’s an update on the story from earlier: the Tampa Bay Lightning received Simon Gagne in a trade from the Philadelphia Flyers for 30-year-old defenseman Matt Walker and a fourth round draft pick. (Frank Seravalli had that news, too.) On the Flyers side: The last couple moves mean that the Flyers essentially added Nikolai Zherdev…

  17. Report: Lightning on the verge of trading for Flyers forward Simon Gagne

    Jul 19, 2010, 2:25 PM EDT

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    When word spread that Ilya Kovalchuk re-signed with the New Jersey Devils, some immediately thought of the other names bandied about this summer. One of them was Simon Gagne, who the Flyers reportedly traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning moments ago. Frank Seravalli broke the news. In an earlier Tweet, Seravalli passed along word that…

  18. Those 'lifetime' contracts aren't as fool-proof as they seem

    Jul 19, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Who can forget the howls of derision from just about every corner of the hockey globe when people got wind of the 15-year, $67.5 million contract the New York Islanders handed to then-franchise goalie Rick Dipietro? Surely, much of that mockery came because of their history of dumb deals (just look at Alexei Yashin’s still-ridiculous…

  19. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Edmonton's loss is Carolina's gain as Canes sign Riley Nash

    Jul 19, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    The Carolina Hurricanes signed former 2007 Edmonton Oilers draft pick Riley Nash to a three-year entry-level contract today. Not to be confused with Columbus Blue Jackets winger Rick Nash, Riley played with his sibling Brendan during a successful college hockey career at Cornell. The Hurricanes have more on the signing. Jason Karmanos, Vice President and…

  20. 2010 NHL Free Agency: NJ Devils report that they re-signed Ilya Kovalchuk

    Jul 19, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    It looks like our long hockey nightmare is over. Less than an hour after Ilya Kovalchuk’s agent Jay Grossman said the winger would make his decision “for sure this time” today, the New Jersey Devils’ official Twitter account announced that he would be a member of their team. Here’s a screen capture of the Tweet…

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