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  1. Mike Babcock believes Mike Modano is coming to Detroit

    Jul 16, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

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    We know we’ve talked a lot about this summer’s other free agent saga. You know, the one involving a 40 year-old future hall of famer, not the Russian mega-star on the brink of supreme financial freedom. I’m talking, of course, about Mike Modano. Today, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock poured some gasoline on the fires…

  2. Anton Volchenkov's first choice wasn't New Jersey

    Jul 16, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

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    The twists and turns of NHL free agency are a wicked and creative soap opera on their own, but it’s interesting to hear from players what might’ve been had things shaken out differently. For instance, take the case of new Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov. Believe it or not, the Devils weren’t his first choice this…

  3. Is Mikko Koivu's contract worth too much money?

    Jul 16, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    Yesterday’s announcement of Mikko Koivu’s seven year, $47.25 million contract extension seemed to bring out a lot of exasperated and aghast reactions. Some folks still aren’t even aware of who Mikko Koivu is in some cases. The main reaction, however, was incredulity. “What?! How is he worth nearly $7 million a year?!” I guess that’s…

  4. The PHT Nightcap: Thursday, July 15th

    Jul 15, 2010, 11:15 PM 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. Canadiens…

  5. Edmonton Oilers forward Gilbert Brule makes biggest impact off the ice

    Jul 15, 2010, 10:45 PM EDT

    While Gilbert Brule struggles to distinguish himself on the ice, he’s standing out when it comes to his charitable efforts. The Edmonton OIlers forward cut his vacation short and donated a considerable amount of money (and time) to help a two-year-old boy named Maddox Flynn in his fight against lymphatic cystic hydroma. The blog Hey…

  6. Mother of dead soldier objects to lake being named after Jonathan Toews

    Jul 15, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

    When we first heard that the Province of Manitoba would name one of its many lakes after local star Jonathan Toews on July 7, it seemed harmless (and amusing) enough. What we didn’t know was that the region has a tradition of naming lakes after fallen soldiers, a tradition that apparently was infringed upon –…

  7. 2010 NHL Free Agency: What about … Willie Mitchell?

    Jul 15, 2010, 9:40 PM EDT

    At this point in free agency, the focus shifts from the gems to flawed guys who can still bring some skill to the table. So, going forward, we’ll spotlight individual players who are flying under the radar. Previous Entries: Slava Kozlov, Alex Frolov Today’s entry: former(?) Vancouver Canucks defenseman Willie Mitchell. Name: Willie MitchellHeight: 6-3…

  8. Report: Chris Bourque set to depart NHL, father's shadow for the KHL

    Jul 15, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    One photo depicts Chris Bourque’s NHL career quite sadly (and accurately). Most of the time, I think of the KHL as a place for talented Russians to make more money and for aging, marginal players from the general area to seek refuge from hard-driving NHL coaches. Sure, that’s the general pattern, but let’s not forget…

  9. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Bruins hand Gregory Campbell a two-year, $2.2M deal

    Jul 15, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT

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    With all of the rumors about the Boston Bruins pondering a Marc Savard salary dump, you’d think they become a little careful with their money. Instead, the team continues its tradition of overpaying just about everyone (except Savard), as they signed depth forward Gregory Campbell to a two-year, $2.2 million contract. (Jimmy Murphy of ESPN…

  10. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Minnesota hands Mikko Koivu richest deal in Wild franchise history

    Jul 15, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Mikko Koivu is one of the NHL’s most underrated players, but you won’t be able to call him one of the league’s most underpaid scorers much longer. Michael Russo reports that the Finnish center signed a seven-year, $47.25 million contract extension with Minnesota, the richest deal in Wild history. Sources: Koivu’s deal is 7 years,…

  11. 2010 NHL free agency: Islanders re-sign Dustin Kohn and Rob Schremp

    Jul 15, 2010, 5:50 PM EDT

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    The Islanders locked down two of their own restricted free agents they had qualifying offers out to today. One name will be a bit more recognizable than the other but both are equally important to their depth. Defenseman Dustin Kohn was the first to get settled back in with the Islanders today, re-signing for one…

  12. 2010 NHL free agency: Three goalies sign on for two-way deals with three teams

    Jul 15, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    Slow summer days are ideal days to find fun ways to bring stories together and find a unifying bond between them. Ahem, or it just means that it makes more sense to put stories about two different goalies bound for the AHL signing on with their respective parent clubs. First up, the Carolina Hurricanes signed…

  13. Former Canucks forward Pavol Demitra headed to the KHL

    Jul 15, 2010, 4:06 PM EDT

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    Pavol Demitra’s run in the NHL appears to be at an end. The former Vancouver Canucks forward is headed to Russia according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun. Pavol Demitra has signed a one-year contract with Yaroslavl of the KHL, agent Matt Keator confirms to With Demitra headed to the KHL, that removes another veteran NHL…

  14. Hurricanes to retire Rod Brind'Amour's number in February

    Jul 15, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    When Rod “The Bod” Brind’Amour retired at the end of this past season, it was a question of “when” not “if” he would get his number retired by the team he helped bring a Stanley Cup to in 2006. The question of “when” has now been answered by the Carolina Hurricanes. Jim Rutherford, President and…

  15. 2010 NHL free agency: Maple Leafs sign trio of players destined for AHL

    Jul 15, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    The Toronto Maple Leafs have helped fill out their system with three experienced AHL veterans. Luckily for them, they’ll get to play in the same city when the season starts as these three are destined to play for the Leafs’ AHL team, the Toronto Marlies. TSN lets us in on who these guys are. The…

  16. 2010 NHL free agency: Blackhawks re-sign forward Jack Skille

    Jul 15, 2010, 2:32 PM EDT

    While the Chicago Blackhawks are taking a beating in the public eye for disbanding a Stanley Cup winning team, there still is some business to attend to when it comes to icing a team next season. One of the young guys in the Hawks system that will be counted on to bring a bit more…

  17. 2010 NHL free agency: Red Wings re-sign Derek Meech

    Jul 15, 2010, 1:41 PM EDT

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    The Detroit Red Wings have avoided arbitration with their one player eligible for it and retain his services at a bargain-basement kind of price. Tell us all about it Detroit. Restricted free agent Derek Meech and the Red Wings averted salary arbitration when the defenseman signed a one-year contract to remain with the club. Meech,…

  18. What if… The Sabres didn't match Edmonton's offer sheet for Thomas Vanek

    Jul 15, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Suspend your disbelief and throw your Back To The Future ways of dealing with “What if?” stories right now for a bit. James’ post yesterday about some of the most infamous offer sheets the NHL has ever seen got me thinking about one of the more recent, and infamous, ones dealt out. Edmonton’s offer sheet…

  19. The return of Nikita Filatov

    Jul 15, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

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    Believe it or not, the life of a top ten NHL draft pick is sometimes a rough one. Take, for instance, the career to this point of 2008’s sixth overall selection Nikita Filatov. He was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets and viewed to be the next guy to slide into the lineup with superstar…

  20. Are the Lightning eyeballing Flyers forward Simon Gagne?

    Jul 15, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Aside from the Ilya Kovalchuk circus that continues to plod along, the Simon Gagne trade rumor side show is this off-season’s other entertaining show. While Gagne has acknowledged that he’s indeed a target for trades, where he could be headed is a bit wide open for speculation. While Los Angeles, should they fail to land…

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