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  1. Senators hire Kurt Kleinendorst to coach AHL Binghamton

    Aug 6, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    The Ottawa Senators are digging into American coaches to find the guy they want to teach their youth. The Sens announced that they’ve hired Kurt Kleinendorst to be the head coach of their AHL team in Binghamton. Some of you might recall Kleinendorst from his days as an assistant to Larry Robinson in New Jersey.…

  2. NHL research and development camp will test out a host of potential new rules

    Aug 6, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    Each August, the NHL holds a research and development camp in which former coaches and players team up together to test out potential new rules and settings to use in the NHL. What’s fun about this way of doing things is you have people who are highly experienced in the ways of the game (Dave…

  3. Maxim Afinogenov signs with SKA St. Petersburg in KHL

    Aug 6, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    If you’re an NHL GM and were hoping you might get to take an inexpensive flier out on Maxim Afinogenov this season, your luck just ran out. Russian newspaper SovSport is reporting this morning that Afinogenov has signed with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL on a five-year contract (link is translated Russian). In there,…

  4. Clarke MacArthur's arbitration decision still raising questions about arbitration system

    Aug 6, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

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    It’s been over a week since now former Thrashers forward Clarke MacArthur had his seemingly bizarre and oddly inflated arbitration award for $2.4 million walked away from by Atlanta making him an unrestricted free agent. We say bizarre because a player scoring 16 goals getting a $1 million raise seems rather out of place against…

  5. Peter Forsberg: Should he stay or should he just go away?

    Aug 6, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    The other day we mentioned for you that Peter Forsberg (you remember him don’t you?) was looking to get healthy once again and trying to play for his Swedish team MoDo. We speculated a little bit about what that would do for the annual rumors of Forsberg returning to North America and giving the NHL…

  6. 2010 NHL free agency: Blackhawks re-sign defenseman Jordan Hendry

    Aug 6, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

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    The Chicago Blackhawks are finding ways to make sure they can keep some players from last season’s Stanley Cup championship team. NHL salary-guru site Cap Geek is reporting that part-time defenseman Jordan Hendry will re-sign with the the Blackhawks for one year at $600,000. Should that pan out to be the case, this gives the…

  7. The Kovalchuk decision: What happens after it's over

    Aug 5, 2010, 11:31 PM EDT

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    The arguments have been said and heard in the Ilya Kovalchuk contract grievance hearing and both the NHL and Kovalchuk await the decision by systems arbitrator Richard Bloch, our minds turn to just what will happen next. Whether Bloch decides to side with Ilya Kovalchuk, his agent Jay Grossman, and the New Jersey Devils or…

  8. Report: Defenseman Willie Mitchell cleared to play, seeks suitors

    Aug 5, 2010, 9:11 PM EDT

    Word comes today from the Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo that free agent defenseman Willie Mitchell has been cleared to play after suffering a concussion at the hands of Penguins star Evgeni Malkin last season. While that’s important news to teams looking for veteran defensive help (The Sharks, Red Wings and Capitals have been rumored to have…

  9. 2010 NHL free agency: Sharks re-sign defenseman Derek Joslin

    Aug 5, 2010, 8:28 PM EDT

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    The San Jose Sharks continue to fill out their own depth and taking care of restricted free agent defenseman Derek Joslin, re-signing him to a one-year deal. Joslin helps provide the now Rob Blake-less Sharks with some more firm depth on the blue line and perhaps Joslin will be able to avoid the ever-uncomfortable shuttle…

  10. Nikita Filatov arrives in Columbus and speaks about his year away in Russia

    Aug 5, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

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    The life of a potential phenom in the NHL can have its ups and downs. The ups come when you’re an exceptional talent like Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin and can have the world at your feet because you’re just that talented. The downs come when you’re exceptionally talented player who struggles within a rigid…

  11. How Alex Radulov's defection from the Predators to the KHL created 'The Russian Factor'

    Aug 5, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

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    It’s a distant memory for most hockey fans who don’t swear an allegiance to the Nashville Predators, but Alex Radulov’s defection to the KHL – right in the middle of his entry-level deal with the Predators – was at one time an anomaly. OK, it still is to some extent because most defectors wait until…

  12. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Sabres sign D Marc-Andre Gragnani to one-year deal

    Aug 5, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

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    The Buffalo Sabres re-signed 2005 third round draft pick Marc-Andre Gragnani to a one-year contract. The team did not disclose financial details regarding how much they paid the defenseman. Gragnani has only played six games in two seasons with the big club, combining for a goose egg across the board (0 goals, 0 assists, 0…

  13. 15-year-old fan wins contest to design the art on Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom's mask

    Aug 5, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

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    (Niklas Backstrom in his old, less charming goalie mask) I’ve seen goalies allow fans to design their masks before, but I only recall Calder-winner-turned-backup Andrew Raycroft doing so. The fans who submitted their artwork for Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom’s mask will likely see their labor of love a lot more often, as the Finnish…

  14. Washington Capitals GM George McPhee says this 'might be the best team' they've had in years

    Aug 5, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

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    Even if you highlight Jaroslav Halak’s incredible three game run after his team was down 3-1, it’s hard to argue against the fact that the Washington Capitals’ first round loss was a disappointment. After all, the team ran away with the Presidents Trophy and boiled over with hubris and swagger. Some GMs would take part…

  15. Penguins' Consol Energy Center earns high marks for environmental consciousness

    Aug 5, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

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    The Pittsburgh Penguins usually generate most of their excitement when it comes to what happens on the ice, but their new building is creating some buzz by itself. Their soon-to-open Consol Energy Center became the first NHL arena to earn LEED gold certification, the environmental equivalent to a first star. Here’s more from the team.…

  16. Ilya Kovalchuk's contract grievance hearing came to an end, decision expected by Monday

    Aug 5, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

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    The Ilya Kovalchuk contract grievance hearing is now over, but the waiting is not. As Dan Rosen of NHL.com points out, system arbitrator Richard Bloch has until the end of the business day on Monday to make his decision. The arbitration hearing that will determine the immediate and potential long-term future of star left wing…

  17. NHL '11 news: EA Sports introduces its 'Ultimate Hockey League' to revamp online dynasty mode

    Aug 5, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

    More news popped up about NHL ’11 last night, so I thought I’d share some of the details via Operation Sports. This is a slight oversimplification, but there are basically two ways to play EA’s NHL games. You can either direct an NHL team in competition, switching control of goalies, defensemen and forwards while juggling…

  18. Predators trade Mike Santorelli to Panthers for a conditional fifth rounder in 2011

    Aug 5, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

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    With a suddenly crowded group of forwards and thinning patience for the prospect himself, the Nashville Predators sent forward Mike Santorelli to the rebuilding Florida Panthers for a conditional fifth round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Dirk Hoag of On the Forecheck summarizes the Predators’ reasoning quite nicely. The depth chart at center…

  19. Carey Price's agent shoots down rumors of Montreal Canadiens looking at Antti Niemi

    Aug 5, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

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    Joe shared an update on the Carey Price situation yesterday, but there’s a little bit more circulating about the hot-prospect-turned-enigma in Montreal’s net. Any goalie rotation with question marks will probably generate some Antti Niemi rumors, so you can’t blame Price’s agent for clearing the air. Here is his quote, via TSN by way of…

  20. Mike Modano, Detroit Red Wings make his signing official; Press conference set for Friday

    Aug 5, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

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    You’re probably already aware that Mike Modano will be a Detroit Red Wing next season, but it’s always good to hear it from the “horse’s mouth.” That’s exactly what happened today, as the team provided an official release and Modano confirmed the reports with Dallas Stars beat writer Mike Heika. Considering that Dallas-area fans are…

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