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  1. The Detroit Red Wings' newest 'intern' is … Chris Chelios

    Aug 7, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

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    While he probably won’t fetch coffee or fix the copier, 48-year-old Chris Chelios seems like he’ll go from aged defenseman to over-the-hill intern with with the Detroit Red Wings. Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press has the story. “I don’t have a title for him, but he’s going to do a little player…

  2. Preferred nomenclature: The 'best' first names in hockey

    Aug 7, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Two powerful Mikes (Modano and Ilitch) I’m one of those people who believe that a name can often shape someone’s life/attitude/personality. Naturally, it doesn’t dictate everything, but chances are your kid might have the deck stacked against them if they have to answer to “Apple” or “Chastity” on the first day of school. (For some…

  3. NHL goalies will have to switch to more 'form-fitting' equipment in 2010-11 season

    Aug 7, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

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    When you look back at classic sports clips, every league looks a little different. Basketball players wore hilariously short shorts. NFL players went from insanely skimpy helmets to ones that are almost like today’s standard. Baseball players … well, let’s just say many of them were a lot, um, smaller. For hockey, the most glaring…

  4. The PHT Nightcap: Friday, August 6th

    Aug 7, 2010, 1:13 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. Blackhawks…

  5. Marian Hossa brings the Stanley Cup to Slovakia

    Aug 6, 2010, 11:55 PM EDT

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    Today has been a rough one for unimaginative hockey humorists. (I know I’m struggling, personally.) If you haven’t heard already, we’ll be forced to find a new target for old man jokes, as 48-year-old defenseman Chris Chelios finally decided to hang up his skates. Perhaps it makes sense, then, that Chelios decided to retire today…

  6. Tim Thomas says he is 'ahead of schedule' after May 21 hip surgery

    Aug 6, 2010, 11:15 PM EDT

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    While he was usurped by Finnish sensation Tuukka Rask, I think that Tim Thomas was better during the 2009-10 season than most people gave him credit for. Or, perhaps more precisely, he wasn’t quite as bad as people thought. His save percentage was down to 91.5 last season, but that’s nicely above 90 percent, generally…

  7. 2K Sports will release Wii-exclusive 'NHL 2K11' two weeks early, on August 24

    Aug 6, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

    In case you haven’t heard, Electronic Arts’ NHL series dominance over 2K Sports’ own NHL 2K games reached so far that 2K’s upcoming “NHL 2K11″ will only appear on Nintendo’s Wii console. In many ways, it seemed like a move inspired by the fact that EA never made a hockey game for the Wii before;…

  8. Phoenix Coyotes claim that season tickets sales are 'significantly higher' than previous reports

    Aug 6, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    A few days ago, I passed along reports that the Phoenix Coyotes only managed to sell about 1,800 season tickets for next season, so far. That number seemed ridiculously low – even for a team with as many problems as the Yotes – and the team refutes that number. Here’s more from the Phoenix Business…

  9. Video: Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch welcomes Mike Modano to Detroit

    Aug 6, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT

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    If you’re a Dallas Stars fan, I apologize, but here is a video of Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch welcoming Mike Modano into the fold.   Want a little more regarding Modano’s move to Michigan? Check out Joe’s story regarding Willa Ford wanting him to “stick it to” is former team in Dallas.

  10. Chris Chelios officially retires from hockey, will join Detroit Red Wings front office

    Aug 6, 2010, 8:05 PM EDT

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    People who love making generic old jokes might be as sad as Stars fans will be watching Modano play as a Red Wing right now. While I must admit that I already thought this happened months ago, it appears that the 48-year-old Chris Chelios officially retired from hockey today according to ESPN’s EJ Hradek. Chelios…

  11. Evgeni Nabokov, Denis Grebeshkov discuss leaving NHL for SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL

    Aug 6, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    While his career decisions didn’t create an Ilya Kovalchuk-type stir, it’s not crazy to say that Evgeni Nabokov might have been the biggest unrestricted free agent of the summer. Sure, he’s had his fair share of struggles when the spotlight intensifies – whether that’s a fault of the Russian Olympic team’s spotty defense or the…

  12. No decision in Kovalchuk grievance case today

    Aug 6, 2010, 6:38 PM EDT

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    Are you ready for your daily dose of Koval-talk? We knew you were.  As was expected today, there was no decision in the Ilya Kovalchuk contract grievance. While it was possible arbitrator Richard Bloch could’ve handed down a decision today, the chances of that happening were pretty slim. There’s a possibility that a decision could…

  13. 2010 NHL free agency: Oilers sign goalie Martin Gerber

    Aug 6, 2010, 5:54 PM EDT

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    Tell us if you saw this one coming at all. Former Maple Leafs, Hurricanes and Senators goalie Martin Gerber is returning to North American after a year in the KHL to play with the Edmonton Oilers. Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos provides the details of the signing via Twitter. Oilers sign Martin Gerber 1 year / 2-way contract.…

  14. Report: Teemu Selanne to re-sign with Anaheim; Paul Kariya to join him?

    Aug 6, 2010, 5:03 PM EDT

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    If you’ve been wondering what will happen with Ducks star and Finnish legend Teemu Selanne, it appears that you can stop wondering right away and prepare for at least one more season of the Finnish Flash. TSN, via Finnish magazine Sport Report, tells us that Selanne will be coming back to the NHL for at…

  15. Willa Ford to Mike Modano: Join Detroit to stick it to Dallas

    Aug 6, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    On a day where the Red Wings were beyond excited to introduce Mike Modano as the newest member of the Detroit Red Wings, you had to figure that somewhere a story about his signing with one of the Dallas Stars’ biggest rivals was going to pop up discussing the reasons for doing so. Having that…

  16. 2010 NHL free agency: Wild sign center John Madden

    Aug 6, 2010, 3:37 PM EDT

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    While the Detroit Red Wings were busy introducing Mike Modano, the Minnesota Wild were busy moving on to their Plan “B” in the hunt for an experienced centerman, signing three-time Stanley Cup winner John Madden to a one-year deal. Madden won his third Cup last season with the Chicago Blackhawks and his veteran presence will…

  17. Pittsburgh Penguins announce their all-time team, surprise no one with selections

    Aug 6, 2010, 3:07 PM EDT

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    In an effort to help get fans in Pittsburgh excited about the upcoming season and opening of their new CONSOL Energy Center, the Penguins have announced the Penguins All-Time team. As you might expect, the team is loaded with players from their back-to-back Stanley Cup teams of the early 1990s. Mario Lemieux Ron Francis Jaromir…

  18. 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.…

  19. 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…

  20. 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,…

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