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  1. Atlanta Thrashers fans gladly pass on Kovalchuk 'drama'

    Jul 19, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

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    At the 18 day mark, we may just run out of thesaurus entries for the word “exhausting” when describing the Ilya Kovalchuk saga. Dare someone use the headline “Ilyawn” at this point? The give-and-take between the Russian winger and the Los Angeles Kings/New Jersey Devils has been drawn out beyond well-worn boundaries, not unlike the…

  2. When NHL teams defy draft day conventions

    Jul 19, 2010, 10:40 AM EDT

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    Picking players in a typical NHL Entry Draft is akin to choosing your child’s future college by throwing a dart at a globe blindfolded. Rarely are such important decisions made with such little genuine, quantifiable information. I stumbled across some interesting reads on the subject of players falling in the draft this morning. As you…

  3. The PHT Nightcap: Sunday, July 18th

    Jul 18, 2010, 11:50 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. Paul…

  4. Atlanta Thrashers rebuild in the image of their imposing new GM Rick Dudley

    Jul 18, 2010, 11:10 PM EDT

    There’s something really appealing about sports teams who forge distinct identities. Off the top of my head, the Detroit Red Wings have earned a reputation for being ahead of the back when it comes to European flair since the Russian-packed 90’s. The Washington Capitals and NBA’s Phoenix Suns are often criticized – but also admired…

  5. Duncan Keith's day with the Stanley Cup

    Jul 18, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

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    Duncan Keith might be the only Chicago Blackhawk whose 2009-10 campaign was as eventful as that of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. In one hockey year, Keith shined on a gold medal winning Canadian Olympic team, lost a bunch of teeth in the playoffs, earned his first career Norris Trophy and (of course) a Stanley…

  6. Tampa Bay's new regime wants to remember the past, particularly the '04 Cup

    Jul 18, 2010, 8:10 PM EDT

    When you look at the list of the last 10-or-so Stanley Cup champions, there are two teams who stick out for the wrong reasons: the Carolina Hurricanes and Tampa Bay Lightning. Pardon the pun, but the two squads seemed like they just caught lightning in a bottle for a summer when they won their championships.…

  7. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Kings wrap up three more forwards: Elkins, Clune and Lewis

    Jul 18, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

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    We’ve already covered the signings of Marc-Andre Cliche and Brad Richardson earlier this weekend, but the Los Angeles Kings wrapped up five forwards overall this weekend. TSN reports that the team re-signed Corey Elkins, Rich Clune and Trevor Lewis as well. Clune earned two assists and 26 penalty minutes in 14 regular season games with…

  8. Looking ahead to 2011 free agency

    Jul 18, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

    So you’re left feeling flat and anguished by the slow, methodical process of the 2010 free agency season. It’s understandable that with Ilya Kovalchuk just having two known suitors chasing after him and other secondary free agent prizes holding tight and not rushing to go anywhere else just yet that you, the fan, might feel…

  9. Why Stars fans should be more optimistic about the future

    Jul 18, 2010, 3:56 PM EDT

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    One of the fan bases who have had their patience tested throughout this off-season is that of the Dallas Stars. From seeing their franchise icon Mike Modano shopping his wares around the NHL, to rumors of the team being sold, to the team not being overly active in the free agent market it’s tough to…

  10. Maple Leafs passing on prospect obtained in Versteeg trade

    Jul 18, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

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    The key figure in the trade that sent Kris Versteeg to the Toronto Maple Leafs was clearly Kris Versteeg himself, although as it stands now he’ll be the only guy that the Leafs will have to show for that deal. The Leafs sent Viktor Stalberg, Chris DiDomenico and Philippe Paradis to Chicago for Versteeg and…

  11. Report: Former NHLPA head Paul Kelly was "railroaded" out of office

    Jul 18, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    We’ve already covered quite a bit about the labor struggles going on amongst the owners and the players and about how all these actions will have an impact on how things play out when the Collective Bargaining Agreement runs out at the end of the 2011-2012 season. One disturbing part of all this is the…

  12. Chicago restaurant offers $50,000 reward for Stanley Cup-winning puck

    Jul 17, 2010, 10:07 PM EDT

    Do you know where the puck that Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane put past Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton is? If you guessed that it’s still stuck in the back of the net you’re very hilarious and should seek a career on the stand-up comedy circuit. Seriously though, if you happen to know who has it or…

  13. 2010 NHL free agency: Stars re-sign Ray Sawada

    Jul 17, 2010, 7:56 PM EDT

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    The Dallas Stars continued their off-season mission of making sure the AHL Texas Stars will have an experienced and ready to redeem themselves team again next season. As you may or may not know, the Texas Stars lost to the Hershey Bears in the Calder Cup final. The Stars have re-signed one time Cornell Big…

  14. Anyone heard from Bobby Ryan lately?

    Jul 17, 2010, 6:06 PM EDT

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    This isn’t the start of a poorly imitated Seinfeld joke, but… What’s the deal with Anaheim Ducks forward Bobby Ryan? The last we saw of Ryan was during the NHL Awards when he and Ryan Getzlaf were yukking it up in a hilarious skit about their United States versus Canada duel. Since then? Lots of…

  15. Is Ilya Kovalchuk holding out for a deal that trumps Alex Ovechkin's contract?

    Jul 17, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    When Alex Ovechkin was entering the league as a rookie, I thought it was unfair when people compared him to Ilya Kovalchuk. Ultimately, the comparisons weren’t fair … to Ilya. At this point, you’d have to be Kovalchuk, one of his family members or maybe his agent to think that he is on the same…

  16. Columbus Blue Jackets hope casinos might fix their money woes

    Jul 17, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    For a while, casinos seemed like they might have been the “answer” for the Pittsburgh Penguins when they were struggling to keep their team together many moons ago. Now it looks like at least a few people hope that they might help the Columbus Blue Jackets stop their considerable financial bleeding. The Columbus Dispatch has…

  17. The NHL has plenty of talent among its youngest and oldest players

    Jul 17, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Earlier this summer, a article that nominated Sidney Crosby as the best athlete in all sports under 25 years old sparked further discussion about the league’s incredible amount of talent in that age group. NHL.com produced two articles that shows the great players in the two largest age extremes in the league. First, NHL.com took…

  18. 2010 NHL Free Agency: LA Kings re-sign Brad Richardson

    Jul 17, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    The Los Angeles Kings re-signed spirited forward Brad Richardson to a one-year, $900K contract according to Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider. This allows the Kings and Richardson to avoid the often-painful salary arbitration process. Richardson had a career year in 09-10, benefiting from occasional spot duty alongside Anze Kopitar and Wayne Simmonds. He scored…

  19. 2010 NHL Free Agency: What about … Lee Stempniak?

    Jul 17, 2010, 11:50 AM 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, Willie Mitchell Today’s entry: Lee Stempniak Name: Lee StempniakHeight: 6-0 Weight: 195Position:…

  20. The PHT Nightcap: Friday, July 16th

    Jul 16, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

    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. Is…

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