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  1. The low-down on Carey Price's contract talks in Montreal

    Aug 4, 2010, 4:34 PM EDT

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    When a restricted free agent is slow in working out a contract with their team in the NHL, this is about the time of year where regular hockey fans will start to get a little bit antsy to get something done. Picture then, if you will, what it’s like for fans of the Montreal Canadiens…

  2. 2010 NHL free agency: Red Wings re-sign forward Darren Helm

    Aug 4, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

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    With the impending signing of Mike Modano, the Detroit Red Wings are taking care of the rest of their business at last. TSN’s Darren Dreger tweets the news of Darren Helm re-signing with the Red Wings for two years. Helm 2 year ext with Det. $825,000 and $1 mil. With those salary numbers, Helm’s cap…

  3. St. Louis Blues sign journeyman center Dave Scatchard

    Aug 4, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

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    The life of an NHL journeyman is never over, especially when you’ve got veteran experience. Center Dave Scatchard has signed a one-year, two-way deal with the St. Louis Blues. Scatchard spent last year in the Nashville Predators system, spending most of the season with their AHL affiliate in Milwaukee. The one time Canuck/Bruin/Islander/Coyote/Predator is a…

  4. The Boston Bruins salary cap problems, a short-term headache needing a fix

    Aug 4, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT

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    While the Bruins have had a solid off-season adding a scoring winger in Nathan Horton and adding depth to their forwards with Greg Campbell as well as the signing of Tyler Seguin, there’s one glaring weakness remaining for the Bruins to get settled: Their salary cap situation. We’ve talked a lot here about the Bruins…

  5. 2010 first round pick Erik Gudbranson's chances to make the Panthers look slim

    Aug 4, 2010, 12:23 PM EDT

    A lot of the hype around Florida Panthers first round pick Erik Gudbranson was that he was a big player and the kind of guy that could step into the NHL right away in his first season. With being drafted by the Panthers, playing right away seemed like a definite possibility for the young defenseman…

  6. Blackhawks finalize signings of five depth players

    Aug 4, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

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    The Blackhawks have made it possible for a host of players who, more than likely, would not get any press time to get noticed for a day signing five players to one-year, two-way deals. Forwards Evan Brophey, Nathan Davis, and Hugh Jessiman, defenseman Jassen Cullimore and goaltender Hannu Toivonen have all been brought into the…

  7. Gary Bettman will not be in attendance for Kovalchuk contract hearing

    Aug 4, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    I know the headline of this post is going to freak some people out and wonder just what the heck is going on with the NHL. Don’t worry, there’s actually a good reason why NHL commissioner Gary Bettman won’t be in attendance today at the Ilya Kovalchuk contract grievance hearing in Boston. Tom Gulitti from…

  8. Former coach Jacques Demers shares story of nearly fatal operation error

    Aug 3, 2010, 10:55 PM EDT

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    If you’ve not kept up with your former NHL coaches, one notable coach from the past (now a member of parliament), Jacques Demers, has been battling with his health recently. In early July, he was taken into an Ottawa-area hospital for hernia surgery. What happened after that is a gruesome tale the former Canadiens/Red Wings/Blues/Lightning…

  9. Book it: Mike Modano to sign with Detroit Red Wings

    Aug 3, 2010, 9:57 PM EDT

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    It appears that our long, national soap opera of the summer is over. No, not the one involving Ilya Kovalchuk. Nor is it the one involving Brett Favre, that one just got renewed for another season. It’s the one about a local guy who left home to play in the NHL for 20 years away…

  10. Bruins working on contract extensions for Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron

    Aug 3, 2010, 8:16 PM EDT

    If you thought that this off-season for the Boston Bruins was a busy one, it might not hold a candle to what next year could bring. The Bruins have a handful of very notable potential unrestricted free agents next year including captain Zdeno Chara, center Patrice Bergeron and defenseman Mark Stuart. While no one will…

  11. Ducks sign 2009 first round pick Kyle Palmieri

    Aug 3, 2010, 7:21 PM EDT

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    While the Anaheim Ducks deal with what’s turning into an ugly contract situation with restricted free agent Bobby Ryan, they’re going about their own business and putting some pressure on Ryan to get into camp. The team announced the signing of 2009 first round pick Kyle Palmieri to a three-year entry-level contract. Palmieri is a…

  12. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Florida Panthers expected to sign Mike Weaver to two-year deal

    Aug 3, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

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    The Florida Panthers are expected to sign defenseman Mike Weaver, according to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The deal would be for two years, $1.8 million and an annual salary cap hit of 900K. On paper, there really isn’t much to Weaver. He’s a small (listed at 5-9, 188 lbs.) defenseman who puts…

  13. Bobby Ryan's agent claims there are 'no discussions' with the Anaheim Ducks

    Aug 3, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Despite signing Andy Sutton yesterday, other events indicate that the Anaheim Ducks are being very tight with their wallets. That’s bad news for their negotiations with budding power forward in the making Bobby Ryan. Here’s the latest update from Eric Stephens from the Orange County Register. Bobby Ryan’s agent, Don Meehan, says there’s “no discussions”…

  14. Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis changes assistant coaches, discusses Willie Mitchell

    Aug 3, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    A few bits about the Vancouver Canucks today: GM Mike Gillis changed the team’s assistant coaching staff up a bit today. TSN reports that they replaced Ryan Walter with Newell Brown. Ryan Walter is out as an assistant coach with the Vancouver Canucks. “The decision was mine,” Mike Gillis, the Canucks’ president and general manager,…

  15. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Sharks sign Jamal Mayers

    Aug 3, 2010, 4:35 PM EDT

    The San Jose Sharks added a small piece today, signing veteran plugger Jamal Mayers to a one-year deal reportedly worth $600K. I found about this via That’ll Cheech You from Fear the Fin, who adds a little bit more about Mayers here. Mayers split time with the Flames and Maple Leafs last season. He’s billed…

  16. Flyers GM Holmgren: Chris Pronger has 'minor' knee surgery, will be ready for training camp

    Aug 3, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

    On paper, getting an impact player of Chris Pronger’s caliber for a little less than $5 million (cap hit-wise) is a mind blowing steal. Despite failing to garner enough votes for a single Conn Smythe Trophy, I’ve made a passionate argument that he could have won it on three separate occasions – two of times…

  17. Report: Boston Bruins sign Tyler Seguin to entry-level contract

    Aug 3, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Update: Jimmy Murphy passes this note along about Seguin’s contract. Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe, reporting that Tyler Seguin will have a base salary of $900,000 plus $2.85 million in performance bonuses (Note: as usual, this news is still in “report” mode but it seems like a pretty reliable one at this point.) Though they’re not…

  18. Report: Ilya Kovalchuk contract grievance hearing will 'definitely' take place Wednesday

    Aug 3, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

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    Contrary to earlier reports, it appears that the Ilya Kovalchuk contract rejection grievance hearing will take place Wednesday in Boston rather than Tuesday. The news comes from Tom Gulitti. The hearing to decide the grievance about Ilya Kovalchuk’s rejected contract will definitely begin Wednesday in Boston. Kovalchuk’s mother, Luba, reportedly told Sovetsky Sport that the…

  19. Three more buyers interested in purchasing Coyotes, season ticket sales only at 1,800

    Aug 3, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    The Phoenix Coyotes ownership situation seems stuck in neutral, but we want to keep you updated even with there’s just a morsel of information being released. John Shannon of Sportsnet.ca reports that there are three more groups looking into buying the Coyotes beyond the longtime leading (but financially shaky) candidate Ice Edge Holdings. While Ice…

  20. The NHL's most significant salary arbitration rejections since the lockout

    Aug 3, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    It must be a very uncomfortable feeling for a player when a team walks away from an arbitration decision. My guess is that it would be a lot like the feeling someone would get if their date scrambled from a restaurant after seeing the bill for dinner. This last summer, we saw the Chicago Blackhawks…

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