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  1. Capitals general manager set to commit to young defensemen

    Jun 17, 2010, 1:10 AM EDT

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    Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee recently had some interesting observations for Caps fans to digest regarding the team’s future along the blue line as The Washington Post’s Tarik El-Bashir found out. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, but McPhee pretty much said both John Carlson and Karl Alzner will be full-timers in…

  2. Yzerman makes Martin St. Louis extension a "priority"

    Jun 17, 2010, 12:12 AM EDT

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    Steve Yzerman has always been a class individual both on and off the ice. After the previous owners regime has ended in Tampa Bay, Yzerman’s doing the best he can to bring some of that class and respect back to the Lightning front office in both how he handles hiring or interviewing people for positions…

  3. 2010 NHL draft: Complete order of picks

    Jun 16, 2010, 11:38 PM EDT

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    Next Friday and Saturday brings us the spectacle and pure dumb luck of the NHL entry draft and today the NHL showed off the complete order of picks in a rather seemingly confusing chart to scope out on their site. Scanning over this shows us that the team with the most picks to work with…

  4. Wild re-sign James Sheppard, Wild fans lose their minds over it

    Jun 16, 2010, 9:54 PM EDT

    I know that the Minnesota Wild aren’t a team people really clamor for information about in a huge way, at least not in the way that say the Penguins or Capitals turn internet browsers into ravenous fiends, but they make news on occasion. Like today for instance, they re-signed forward James Sheppard to a one-year…

  5. Penguins to open new arena against Red Wings in pre-season

    Jun 16, 2010, 9:29 PM EDT

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    While the Penguins are disappointed they bowed out in the 2010 NHL playoffs against the Canadiens, they will be excited about moving into a brand new facility starting next season, the Consol Energy Center. They’re going to start playing hockey in the new place in style as their first pre-season game of the 2010-2011 season…

  6. Bertuzzi case against Marc Crawford reinstated

    Jun 16, 2010, 9:09 PM EDT

    It’s the black-cloud story of the NHL that just won’t ever seem to go away in one form or another. 2004 saw one of the ugliest on-ice incidents in the league’s history when then Vancouver Canuck forward Todd Bertuzzi sucker-punched Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore. After numerous court cases involving Moore, Bertuzzi, then Canucks head…

  7. 2010 NHL draft: Oilers willing to listen for trades, Bruins not so much

    Jun 16, 2010, 8:16 PM EDT

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    With the 2010 NHL draft coming our way next weekend, business is starting to pick up for the top two teams as far as trade discussions go and it’s fun to see the politicking that goes on as both the Edmonton Oilers and Boston Bruins are handling things quite differently. With the first pick in…

  8. Todd Bertuzzi re-signs with Detroit, two-years $3.875 million

    Jun 16, 2010, 7:35 PM EDT

    While Todd Bertuzzi is dealing with other sorts of legal matters, he’s getting some business taken care of with the Detroit Red Wings as Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press finds out. Todd Bertuzzi has agreed to a two-year, $3.875 million deal with the Detroit Red Wings. “It’s just a really good fit…

  9. Detroit Red Wings sign GM Ken Holland, assistant GM Jim Nill to 5-year extensions

    Jun 16, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

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    It’s been rumored for a few weeks now, but the Detroit Red Wings will officially retain general manager Ken Holland and assistant general manager Jim Nill. The team extended their contracts for five years today, according to TSN. Holland, 54, has been the GM for Detroit since July of 1997. Since that time, Detroit has…

  10. Expect a drastically different Pacific division next season

    Jun 16, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

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    It’s safe to say that just about every NHL team will see at least moderate changes this summer. Yet, when I was putting together some free agent articles (not to mention thumbing through posts about ownership changes around the league), it dawned on me that the Pacific division – in particular – will look very,…

  11. Jay Mohr to host 2010 NHL Awards; Chaka Khan sighting not expected

    Jun 16, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    The NHL just announced that Bob Sugar – er, I mean Jay Mohr – will host the 2010 NHL Awards on Wednesday, June 23. Here are a few more details of the performers/guests from an NHL press release. I’ll even throw some quips in between each paragraph for your giggling/eye-rolling pleasure. As previously announced, the…

  12. Florida Panthers should keep Tomas Vokoun, at least for now

    Jun 16, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

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    It might not stay this way for long, but at least at the moment, new Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon said he wants to hold onto Czech goalie Tomas Vokoun. The Florida Sun-Sentinel shares the story. “He sounded like he wants to improve the team,” Vokoun said of Tallon. “And he thinks we’re going to…

  13. NHL hockey back in Winnipeg? Well, sort of

    Jun 16, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

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    The Chicago Blackhawks will play an exhibition game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Winnipeg on Sept. 22. It could be extra-special for “Captain Serious” Jonathan Toews, a native of the Winnipeg area. (Source: AP) I have to admit, I didn’t even realize (until today) that Winnipeg hosted seven games that didn’t count since 1997.…

  14. League-wide attendance down 2.5 percent compared to 08-09 season

    Jun 16, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    A couple days ago, I discussed the many great signs the NHL can take from the 2010 playoffs. It’s not all puppy dogs and fairy tales for the league, though, as James Mirtle points out that league-wide attendance went down 2.5 percent last season compared to the 2008-09 campaign. To put it in another way,…

  15. Poll results: How much PHT readers think Antti Niemi is worth

    Jun 16, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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    A few days ago, I asked PHT readers to assess the value of restricted free agent (and Stanley Cup winning goalie) Antti Niemi. The Chicago Blackhawks salary cap situation is obviously one of the stories of the summer and Niemi’s RFA status could force the team to make some tough decisions. As you can see…

  16. Teemu Selanne considers return, unless the Ducks go in 'rebuild' mode

    Jun 16, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

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    Year after year, it seems like the Anaheim Ducks face questions about the possible retirement of Teemu Selanne and Scott Niedermayer. This time around, it sounds like Selanne will wait on the Ducks’ decisions. A Finnish daily newspaper reports that the all-time goal scoring leader among Finnish-born hockey players wants to make sure that the…

  17. NCAA considers delayed penalty rule change; Should the NHL alter penalty shots?

    Jun 16, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

    As was discussed on Puck Daddy Tuesday, the NCAA is considering a few interesting potential rule changes. Those ideas include a much-needed enforcement for hits to the head, a baffling plan to call icing on a team trying to kill penalties, and maybe the strangest proposal of them all: allowing a team to score on…

  18. Red Wings sign Ilari Filppula, Valtteri's older brother

    Jun 16, 2010, 2:59 AM EDT

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    A bit of odd news down the wire tonight via Twitter from CapGeek as it seems Red Wings are once again dipping into the Finnish pro league. Red Wings sign F Ilari Filppula, the brother of Valtteri So now the question is, who the heck is Ilari Filppula other than being from Finland and costing…

  19. Report: Penguins assistant coach set to coach in AHL

    Jun 16, 2010, 12:51 AM EDT

    The off-season coaching carousel isn’t immune to assistant coaches. According to sources close to Michael Russo at the Star-Tribune, Penguins assistant coach Mike Yeo is on the move. According to sources, the Wild is close to hiring Pittsburgh Penguins assistant coach Mike Yeo as head coach of the Houston Aeros, the team’s American Hockey League…

  20. Canadiens buy out enforcer Georges Laraque

    Jun 15, 2010, 8:59 PM EDT

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    We hinted at it yesterday when the NHL buyout period began, but the Montreal Canadiens made it official this evening that they’ll be parting ways with enforcer Georges Laraque, financially. Laraque had one year remaining on a US$4.5 million three-year contract. The buyout is worth $1 million and will be spread out over the next…

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