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  1. Updated salary arbitration calendar

    Jul 28, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

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    I provided a list of the upcoming arbitration hearings on Monday and already quite a few decisions have been made. In most cases, those deals were made to avoid such an uncomfortable process. I thought I’d update that list with stories Joe and I wrote for completed contracts or decisions we’re still waiting on. Let’s…

  2. Ice Edge claims progress in Coyotes talks, report clarifies their troubles

    Jul 28, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Watching Ice Edge Holdings and certain members of the Canadian media trade barbs back and forth is about as tedious as sitting through an 11-hour tennis match. At some point you just want to see some resolution. Ice Edge is adamant that they’re making progress toward completing their attempted purchase of the Phoenix Coyotes, despite…

  3. Nikolai Khabibulin's court case pushed to August 27, will be judge-only

    Jul 28, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

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    To touch on an update Joe made last week, Nikolai Khabibulin’s extreme DUI hearing will indeed be delayed. His court date will take place on August 27 and there will only be a judge, not a jury according to the Oilers Report. Having Khabibulin’s court case in limbo must be a headache for the Oilers…

  4. Tim Kennedy, Buffalo Sabres went through salary arbitration Tuesday, currently await results

    Jul 28, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

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    In one of the increasingly rare cases of a salary arbitration hearing actually taking place, the Buffalo Sabres and forward Tim Kennedy told their sides of the story on Tuesday. The Buffalo News reports that an independent arbitrator will decide what Kennedy should earn either today or on Thursday. Here’s some conjecture regarding the amount…

  5. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Devils, Mark Fraser reach deal, will NJ utilize buyout window?

    Jul 28, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

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    In yet another move to avoid salary arbitration, the New Jersey Devils signed young defenseman Mark Fraser to a one-year, one-way contract worth $500K according to Tom Gulitti. With all due respect to Fraser, the signing might be most interesting because it gives the Devils a new 48-hour buyout window; some wonder if the team…

  6. KHL nabs another Russian NHL player as Denis Grebeskhov signs with SKA

    Jul 28, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    In a move that raised some eyebrows this morning, Puck Daddy’s Dmitry Chesnokov reports that former Nashville Predators (and Edmonton Oilers) defenseman Denis Grebeshkov signed a two-year deal with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL. While the 26-year-old blueliner’s 21 points in 09-10 might not “wow” people, he’s a very effective player when he’s healthy…

  7. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Blue Jackets, Anton Stralman agree on 'last minute' deal

    Jul 28, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

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    We’ve discussed a handful of deals that were made in the “last minute” before salary arbitration, but the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline reports that the Blue Jackets and Anton Stralman’s contract might have taken that seriously. Apparently the two sides met an hour before the 9 a.m. deadline and agreed on a one-year, $1.9 million…

  8. The PHT Nightcap: Tuesday, July 27th

    Jul 28, 2010, 12:15 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. Coyotes…

  9. Evidence that NHL officials make fewer penalty calls late in games; A list of the worst offenders

    Jul 27, 2010, 10:45 PM EDT

    During the CCPT Podcast last Sunday, we eventually discussed the thankless job of officiating. My main point during that discussion was NHL referees are human and therefore imperfect, but at least they don’t provide the kind of tinfoil-hat-wearing-fodder that plagues the NBA. Still, there’s no doubt that officials can dictate the way an NHL game…

  10. Penguins, Capitals might turn to two career AHLers to fill lineup gaps

    Jul 27, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

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    As Ray Shero discussed in a story we referenced on Sunday, NHL teams can’t stock their teams with high-end players like they did in the pre-salary cap days. Instead, general managers must look for bargains to fill out their rosters, whether that means a savvy veteran, a reclamation project or – sometimes – an AHLer.…

  11. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Capitals, Tomas Fleischmann also avoid arbitration

    Jul 27, 2010, 9:15 PM EDT

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    The trend of NHL teams narrowly avoiding salary arbitration continues tonight as the Washington Capitals and forward Tomas Fleischmann agreed to a one-year, $2.6 million deal. (Financial details via Tarik El-Bashir) Here is more regarding Fleischmann from the Caps. Fleischmann, 26, set career highs in goals (23), assists (28), points (51) and plus/minus (+9) in…

  12. Blake Wheeler's agent says arbitration hearing was 'professional'; How much is he worth?

    Jul 27, 2010, 8:10 PM EDT

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    As I mentioned yesterday, Blake Wheeler can be a tough nut to crack in negotiations, or so it seems. The young power forward in the making had his salary arbitration case with the Boston Bruins today. The arbitration award either hasn’t been made public or flat-out hasn’t been made yet – they have 48 hours…

  13. Breaking the ice: Lemieux, Crosby become first people to skate at Consol Energy Center

    Jul 27, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

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    For years, the Pittsburgh Penguins enjoyed the increasingly rare advantage of playing at home in an old arena. Rather than playing in a sterile*, impersonal new megadome the team played in crusty old Mellon Arena. As you may know, starting next season, that will change as the Penguins open the arena that Mario Lemieux, Sidney…

  14. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Oilers, Gilbert Brule avoid arbitration, agree to two-year pact

    Jul 27, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

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    The Edmonton Oilers and forward Gilbert Brule were the latest parties to avoid salary arbitration, as the two sides agreed to a two-year deal worth $3.7 million (or $1.85 million per year) according to TSN. “Gilbert made a big step last year in his development,” said Oilers’ general manager Steve Tambellini. “We are excited to…

  15. Reports: Former Wild first round pick Nick Leddy signs with Blackhawks

    Jul 27, 2010, 6:01 PM EDT

    One of the effects of the great Chicago fire sale of 2010 is that after trading away so many players to help clear salary cap space, Chicago’s system has taken a hit so as to help fill out the Blackhawks roster. Many players who spent major time in the AHL with Rockford will be virtually…

  16. Max Talbot isn't Alex Ovechkin's biggest fan, sparks NHL rivalry with name-calling

    Jul 27, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    Summer was going along a bit too quietly for my liking and thankfully, Penguins forward Max Talbot stepped up to the plate today and hammered one out of the park. No, not at the Winter Classic press conference today when he was firing pucks through the uprights at Heinz Field, but instead over the airwaves…

  17. 2010 NHL free agency: Kings sign Alexei Ponikarovsky

    Jul 27, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    While this off-season has been mostly a let down for the Los Angeles Kings coming up short in efforts to land Dan Hamhuis, Paul Martin and most famously Ilya Kovalchuk, they’ve finally landed a scoring forward to help out. The Kings announced today that they’ve signed Ukrainian power forward Alexei Ponikarovsky to a one-year contract.…

  18. NHL unveils 2011 Winter Classic in Pittsburgh

    Jul 27, 2010, 2:37 PM EDT

    The NHL held their press conference to introduce the 2011 Winter Classic in Pittsburgh today, and part of the fun, as always, is seeing just what the iconic logos each team will be using for the game. While the Penguins have done this all before back in 2008, this is new territory for the Capitals.…

  19. Legendary Penguins public address announcer John Barbero dies at age 65

    Jul 27, 2010, 2:07 PM EDT

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    The longtime public address announcer of the Pittsburgh Penguins, John Barbero, has passed away at the age of 65 after a long battle with a brain tumor. Fans of the Penguins certainly remember him and his iconic way of announcing the name of Penguins legend Mario Lemieux. Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review talks about…

  20. 2010 NHL free agency: Rangers sign Alexander Frolov

    Jul 27, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

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    It was rumored about yesterday and today it’s official. Former Kings star forward Alexander Frolov has signed with the New York Rangers. While the Rangers didn’t release details of the contract, Arthur Staple of New York Newsday tweeted the details for us. Frolov signs a 1-year, $3-millon deal with NYRangers. Turned down four years, $20-mil…

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