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  1. Blackhawks goaltending a hot topic during Blackhawks fan convention

    Aug 1, 2010, 5:01 PM EDT

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    While the Chicago Blackhawks held their fan convention this weekend, much of the festivities were a bit overshadowed wondering about what the team will do with goaltender Antti Niemi. This is unknown territory really for any NHL team to have such great success one year winning the Stanley Cup to scrapping a lot of the…

  2. Assessing this year's arbitration decisions

    Aug 1, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

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    A lot of our attention this summer has been spent on restricted free agents and arbitration. With over 30 players having filed for arbitration, there was potential for a lot of drama between teams and players. As is generally customary, arbitration is the last resort in contract negotiations and the majority of players settled into…

  3. NHL challenging the NHLPA over legal contracts is nothing new

    Aug 1, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

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    Believe it or not, there’s actually some history with the NHL and the NHLPA when it comes to bickering over the legality of contracts. I know, this is really mind-bending news to get on a Sunday morning but it’s true and the New York Post’s Larry Brooks is once again spending his Sunday skewering the…

  4. Marty Turco won't be a Flyer, but would've loved to be one

    Aug 1, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Marty Turco’s first summer in free agency hasn’t gone quite the way he was hoping it would. The free agent market for goaltenders dried up, teams are putting more faith in goalies who won’t break the bank and jobs that were thought to be around didn’t materialize. Of the handful of possible destinations Turco may…

  5. Niemi's arbitration split-decision is better than expected news for Blackhawks

    Jul 31, 2010, 11:53 PM EDT

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    While the Chicago Blackhawks have to be somewhat happy with how goaltender Antti Niemi’s arbitration case turned out today, rewarding him $2.75 million, finding out about where each side was hoping to end up in the grand scheme of things salary-wise is a curious matter. Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago checks in to tell us…

  6. 2010 NHL free agency: Oilers avoid arbitration, re-sign goalie Jeff Deslauriers

    Jul 31, 2010, 10:47 PM EDT

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    The Oilers have done the NHL arbitration-watching part of the world a huge favor and came to terms with goaltender Jeff Deslauriers on a one-year one-way deal. Deslauriers was set to be the last arbitration case to be heard, but now that won’t go down, leaving the Blackhawks decision on what they’ll do with goaltender…

  7. Source: News Corp. interested in buying the Dallas Stars

    Jul 31, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

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    The sale of the Dallas Stars has been getting plenty of attention amongst interested parties in Texas. Current owner Tom Hicks is looking to get out of sports franchise owning in a big way and both the Stars and the Texas Rangers in Major League Baseball are on the block. While Canadian oilman Bill Gallacher…

  8. Why a Marc Savard deal would (and wouldn't) make sense for the Kings and Bruins

    Jul 31, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    When the Boston Bruins chose to honor Blake Wheeler’s $2.2 million salary arbitration award, speculation began regarding how the team would clear up salary cap space. Shortly after the Bruins honored the deal, rumors began to circulate that the Los Angeles Kings might be interested in trading for playmaking center Marc Savard. Now, it’s important…

  9. Canada's Green Party names pugilist-turned-politician Georges Laraque their deputy leader

    Jul 31, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    It might be hard to believe, but one of the league’s best fighters in ages retired to a life that some might describe as cuddly. Some might even call him a “tree hugger.” Georges Laraque retired from hockey after being bought out by the Montreal Canadiens and the politically active pugilist was just named the…

  10. Report: Nashville Predators, Patric Hornqvist nearing a new deal

    Jul 31, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Casual fans might not be familiar with Patric Hornqvist, yet he is one of the highest impact players waiting for a new contract via restricted free agency. We’ve debated whether or not he’ll make good on his breakthrough 09-10 season already, but the bottom line is that he managed to score 30 goals next season.…

  11. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Alexandre Picard signs one-year, two-way deal with Habs

    Jul 31, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

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    The Montreal Canadiens signed defenseman Alexandre Picard (not to be confused with the Phoenix Coyotes version*, who is a left winger) to a one-year, two-way contract, according to Brian LeBlanc. * – Jeez, the two guys were born and drafted in the same year. I probably made identical “Star Trek” puns about them without even…

  12. Sharks GM Doug Wilson: 'Our failures are higher than most teams' successes'

    Jul 31, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    It’s one of those debates that sports fans have from time to time: is it better to root for a cellar dwelling team that never gets your hopes up or a strong team that falls short of the mark each year? Both are pretty crummy situations, but you’ll have to ask of fans of teams…

  13. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Sharks sign Devin Setoguchi to one-year deal

    Jul 31, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

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    Update: Nick Kypreos reports that Setoguchi’s deal is worth $1.8M. That means the Sharks will pay him $400K less than Boston will give Blake Wheeler. Very, very nice signing by GM Doug WIlson … As was discussed yesterday, the San Jose Sharks signed forward Devin Setoguchi to a one-year contract. The team did not share…

  14. Antti Niemi receives $2.75M arbitration award; Chicago has two days to decide what's next

    Jul 31, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    The wait to find out Antti Niemi’s salary arbitration award is over. Chris Kuc reports that the Cup-winning Finnish goalie received a one-year, $2.75 million ruling. Please note that this isn’t a binding contract, though; Niemi’s fate with the Balckhawks has not yet been decided. In case you haven’t been following arbitration situations, the Blackhawks…

  15. Pittsburgh Penguins make minor league coach Todd Reirden an assistant

    Jul 31, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

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    The Pittsburgh Penguins announced that they hired Todd Reirden as their assistant coach. Reirden was the head coach of the Penguins’ AHL team in Wilkes Barrie/Scranton before GM Ray Shero and Dan Bylsma decided to give him a promotion. Here’s more from the team. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head coach Todd Reirden, who spent the previous year and…

  16. Blackhawks should be a legit Cup contender next season, even with salary cap purge

    Jul 31, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

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    With all the Chicago Blackhawks Doomsday talk in the air, it’s easy to forget that the team still has some major talent in place. In fact, if the team is able to retain goalie Antti Niemi, you could make the argument that the core is still intact. Seriously, just take a look at who’s left.…

  17. Study: Hits only account for one-third of injuries at youth level of hockey

    Jul 31, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    While one can assume that things might be different at higher levels of the sport, the Montreal Gazette published notes on a study that concluded that hits produce only 34 percent of injuries at the youth level of hockey. The remaining 66 percent happen thanks to players getting hit by pucks, colliding into teammates or…

  18. Richard Bloch will be the arbitrator for the Ilya Kovalchuk contract grievance

    Jul 31, 2010, 10:40 AM EDT

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    While the NHL and Players Association refused to go on record regarding who, exactly, will be the arbitrator for the Ilya Kovalchuk contract dispute, someone found out anyway. has the word. The National Hockey League and its Players’ Association have agreed on an arbitrator to settle the Ilya Kovalchuk case, Sportsnet has learned. Richard…

  19. The PHT Nightcap: Friday, July 30th

    Jul 30, 2010, 11:30 PM 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…

  20. Sergei Fedorov's money troubles continue

    Jul 30, 2010, 10:45 PM EDT

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    Former Detroit Red Wings legend – and one of the first Russian hockey players to make an impact in the NHL – Sergei Fedorov made a lot of money in his storied NHL career. Unfortunately, it seems that he may have trusted the wrong people because he finds himself in serious financial trouble. In fact,…

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