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  1. Report: NHL shoots down another Kovalchuk contract with Devils

    Aug 25, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

    It turns out the Ilya Kovalchuk situation just grows stranger and more frustrating for he and the New Jersey Devils. We told you the other day that Kovalchuk, his agent Jay Grossman, Devils GM Lou Lamoriello and Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek were at the NHL offices in Manhattan leading to speculation that a new contract…

  2. Oilers other summer moves being "delayed" by lack of Sheldon Souray trade

    Aug 25, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

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    Sometimes you have to wonder if perhaps the water in Alberta, Canada is a bit off. While Daryl Sutter has gotten raked over the coals for his signings this summer, even getting made fun of by Michael Bublé, things in Edmonton aren’t going quite so well either. While there’s a host of great youth set…

  3. 2010 NHL free agency – Canucks sign Raffi Torres to one-year deal

    Aug 25, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

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    In one fell swoop, it appears that the Vancouver Canucks are both improving their third and fourth line depth while also tapping out of the hunt to re-sign defenseman Willie Mitchell. Reports early this morning, including a confirmation of sorts from Sportsnet’s Darren Millard, indicate that the Canucks will sign free agent forward Raffi Torres…

  4. Leafs coach Ron Wilson to speak with Tomas Kaberle about "problems"

    Aug 25, 2010, 12:00 AM EDT

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    In case you missed it, Tomas Kaberle’s father, Frantisek, created a bit of a dust-up recently by stating that Tomas struggled playing under Leafs head coach Ron Wilson. While the subsequent talk of apparent translation stealing dominated the coverage, it covered up the main story at hand that Kaberle may or may not have a problem…

  5. Thrashers to give former Bruins/Sharks defenseman Kyle McLaren a tryout

    Aug 24, 2010, 9:56 PM EDT

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    In the first of what’s likely to be many stories like this during training camp, the Atlanta Thrashers have invited a veteran name of the more-recent past to join them at training camp to try and win a spot with the team. Thrashers Blueland Blog breaks the details of the former Bruins defenseman that will…

  6. Blues moving on and getting over the retirement of Keith Tkachuk

    Aug 24, 2010, 9:17 PM EDT

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    Preparing for the season this year in St. Louis is going to be a lot different for most of the Blues. This time around, they’re not going to have the veteran presence of Keith “Big Walt” Tkachuk around. Tkachuk announced his retirement at the end of last season and some members of the Blues have…

  7. Blackhawks sign 2009 second round pick Brandon Pirri

    Aug 24, 2010, 7:16 PM EDT

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    The Chicago Blackhawks are dipping into recent drafts to help fill out their depth in the AHL and throughout their system as they’ve signed 2009 second round pick Brandon Pirri to a three-year entry-level contract. Pirri played last year in the NCAA at RPI where he was a teammate of newly-signed Maple Leafs prospect and…

  8. NHL 2K11 releases on Wii and (unexpectedly) on iPhones today

    Aug 24, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    While EA Sports’ NHL series wrestled the critics’ championship belt* from the 2K games without question with their second “next-generation” game NHL ’08, the 2K series has been fairly bold in jumping on different platforms. After all these years, Electronic Arts if finally putting out a Nintendo Wii title after 2K had a polygonal puck…

  9. Should the San Jose Sharks bring back former captain Owen Nolan?

    Aug 24, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

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    Before Patrick Marleau, Evgeni Nabokov and Joe Thornton, the player most hockey fans associated with the San Jose Shark was once-captain Owen Nolan. From a portion of the 1995-96 season through the first 60 games of the 2002-03 campaign, Nolan was the grizzly face of the franchise. His rugged play and Babe Ruth-style All-Star Game…

  10. IIHF president would 'fight like hell' if NHL pursued European expansion

    Aug 24, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

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    While it isn’t spine-shattering news like the NHL rejecting Ilya Kovalchuk’s contract, it does seem like the World Hockey Summit had its first bit of pizazz-infused banter today. International Ice Hockey Federation chief Rene Fasel made no mistake that an often-rumored but seemingly impractical European NHL expansion would be met with serious opposition. Here is…

  11. NHL '11 news: GM Mode will feature restricted free agency, offer sheets, qualifying offers

    Aug 24, 2010, 3:50 PM EDT

    Video games will never be able to truly duplicate what it’s like to be an NHL player or an NHL general manager. Sure, you can make a controller that mimics your movements and simulate the Scouting Combine experience, but human factors are often very difficult to translate. Still, it’s fun to play general manager even…

  12. Tampa Bay Lightning say Vincent Lecavalier's knee surgery was successful

    Aug 24, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

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    As we discussed on the weekend, Vincent Lecavalier did indeed undergo knee surgery today. The Tampa Bay Lightning put out a release stating that the surgery was successful. The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that center Vincent Lecavalier underwent a successful minor arthroscopic procedure on his left knee this morning at the Florida Medical Clinic…

  13. Bobby Ryan says he doesn't want the Ducks to trade him

    Aug 24, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Now that Patric Hornqvist and Bryan Little are no longer restricted free agents, the spotlight focuses even more on the two biggest RFAs remaining (unless you really love Marc Staal): Bobby Ryan and James Neal. The Ryan-Anaheim Ducks negotiations have been especially intriguing because the ideal three-year length for Ryan would be lethal for his…

  14. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Predators reportedly ink Patric Hornqvist to three-year, $9.25M deal

    Aug 24, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

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    One of the bigger restricted free agent contract negotiations seems to have concluded, as Patric Hornqvist and the Nashville Predators reportedly agreed on a three-year, $9.25 million contract. On the Forecheck passed along that note from its original source, The Nashville Predators have agreed to a new three-year, $9.25 million contract with star winger…

  15. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Thrashers sign Andrei Zubarev to two-year, two-way deal

    Aug 24, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    The Atlanta Thrashers signed defenseman Andrei Zubarev to a two-way, two-year deal today according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Vivlamore reports that each year of the deal will earn him $625K if he plays on the NHL level and 62K if he remains at the minor league level. Here are more details about…

  16. Aaron Ward decides to retire after three knee surgeries, 15 NHL seasons

    Aug 24, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Some sad if not surprising news from the NHLPA today: defenseman Aaron Ward decided to retire from the NHL. Here is more from the players association’s press release. Aaron Ward, a veteran of more than 13 NHL seasons, 17 seasons in professional hockey, and a three-time Stanley Cup winner, announced his retirement from the National…

  17. So far, the World Hockey Summit provides little more than idle talk

    Aug 24, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

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    There was plenty of discussion during Monday’s session of the World Hockey Summit. Issues in women’s hockey were brought up much like we wrote about earlier, with Canadian women’s national team captain Hayley Wickenheiser pointing out the troubling fact that Russia only has six rinks where females can play hockey. Steve Yzerman similarly mentioned a…

  18. Joffrey Lupul could miss training camp, beginning of season due to back infection

    Aug 24, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Most injury reports are fairly mundane. They’re generally full of tweaks and scopes and strains and tears. Every once and a while, though, you stumble on an ailment that sounds downright scary. Take, for instance, the case of Joffrey Lupul. News broke that the goal scoring winger will miss the opening of training camp and…

  19. The PHT Nightcap: Monday, August 23rd

    Aug 24, 2010, 12:30 AM 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. Skepticism…

  20. Poll results: Readers want the NHL to remain involved with the Olympics

    Aug 23, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

    With the World Hockey Summit starting today, one of the biggest topics was how the NHL would handle future Olympic competitions, particularly the not-so-convenient 2014 Sochi Games. A couple days ago, I asked PHT readers what they thought about the possible return of the World Cup tournament and whether the NHL should continue participating in…

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