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  1. Blues enforcer Cam Janssen sounds off about baseball "fights"

    Aug 13, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

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    “I went to the fights and a hockey game broke out.” We’ve all heard the that tired old line before, but you never hear it said about baseball and with good reason: baseball fights stink. When the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals decided to play the 40-man feud the other night in Cincy, it…

  2. Bob Probert's family agrees to publish his memoirs

    Aug 13, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

    The death of former enforcer extraordinaire Bob Probert saddened and surprised many an NHL fan. What fans may not have known is that the former Red Wings and Blackhawks pugilist was working on writing a book to talk about his days in the NHL. Today, Probert’s family announced that they will go ahead with the…

  3. Panthers loan goalie Alexander Salak to Swedish Elite League

    Aug 13, 2010, 12:51 PM EDT

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    When you think of teams ripe with goaltending talent, we’re betting the Florida Panthers don’t immediately come to mind. They should though. Sure you know about the league’s most underrated goalie Tomas Vokoun and his backup Scott Clemmensen would be recalled by Devils and Boston College fans alike. What you don’t know is that their…

  4. Could Dave Steckel be the Caps player to be traded?

    Aug 13, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

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    The recent fun with the drama surrounding Eric Belanger’s impending re-signing with the Washington Capitals is that it’s created the more intriguing stir about what move the Capitals are going to make to help Belanger better fit into the fold. While initial rumor mongering suggested that Tomas Fleischmann could be the guy heading out of…

  5. Internet-borne trade rumor destroyed by Kings beat reporter it was wrongly attributed to

    Aug 13, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

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    One of the unfortunate side effects of the summer starting to get a bit long for hockey fans is that while there’s no major news to keep us satiated, it makes many fans more open and susceptible to overreacting to any and all trade and signing rumors that appear on the Internet. With the use…

  6. The free agent market proves to be unfriendly to veteran NHL talent

    Aug 13, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    This off-season’s free agent market, in case you haven’t noticed, hasn’t been all that friendly to those veterans seeking new employment in the NHL. Both superstars and role players alike are finding out that the job market in the NHL is almost as difficult as the job market is for regular Americans and Canadians alike.…

  7. Be prepared Buffalo: Friday is Patrick Kane's day with the Stanley Cup

    Aug 12, 2010, 10:50 PM EDT

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    For the duration of the summer while each of the Chicago Blackhawks got their day with the Cup, I’m not sure there was a more highly anticipated day than the one that’s upon us now. Tomorrow is Patrick Kane’s day with the Cup. John Vogl of the Buffalo News has the potentially hilarious task of following…

  8. News Corp. will not make a bid to buy the Dallas Stars

    Aug 12, 2010, 8:47 PM EDT

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    The bidding for the Dallas Stars is apparently back to just two interested parties. While we reported a while back that News Corp., the company that owns Fox Broadcasting, was interested in purchasing the Dallas Stars, it turns out things have changed. Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News breaks the news on Fox stepping…

  9. NHL research and development camp roster loaded with 2011 draft potential

    Aug 12, 2010, 8:06 PM EDT

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    The NHL’s research and development camp is coming next week and while we’ve run down what they’ll be testing out rules-wise in Toronto and raised our eyebrows when appropriate, what we didn’t know was just who amongst next year’s NHL draft prospects would be out on the ice to test things out. We can wonder…

  10. The NHL's greatest teen sensations include Gretzky, Lemieux, Crosby

    Aug 12, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

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    Since the NHL finally allowed speed and skill to usurp groping and grinding after the lockout, the league has seen wave after wave of instant sensations straight from the draft. From Sidney Crosby to Alex Ovechkin to Drew Doughty and beyond, it almost seems like hockey players are hitting their primes the second their skates…

  11. Georges Laraque says it's not safe for a gay hockey player to come out of the closet just yet

    Aug 12, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    After Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke marched in honor of his late son Brendan in a gay rights parade, it only seemed natural to wonder how long it might take for a professional hockey player to “come out of the closet.” That’s never happened – not even for a retired player – in hockey,…

  12. American hockey players are filling the void made as NHL teams shy away from drafting Europeans

    Aug 12, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    We’ve discussed the fact that some think NHL defector Alex Radulov created “The Russian Factor” when he left the Nashville Predators for the KHL, but it seems the real “Russian Factor” is a lot simpler: it’s the lack of a stable transfer agreement between the NHL and most international leagues. That’s the subject of a…

  13. 'TEAM' oriented marketing campaign reveals Stars' reaction to Modano's departure

    Aug 12, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

    There are a lot of tough jobs in the NHL, particularly when it comes to selling tickets for teams who aren’t dominating the league. One of the toughest of all might be selling tickets for the Dallas Stars this summer. The team wasn’t exactly selling like hot cakes last year, but after losing two long-time…

  14. Report: Eric Belanger's mystery team is the Washington Capitals; is Tomas Fleischmann on his way out?

    Aug 12, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

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    (Note: as always, it is important to note that the REPORT in the headline of this story. The Capitals have not confirmed anything yet, but it’s reasonable to say that Eric Belanger will be a member of their team next season.) Last night, we discussed the somewhat odd story circulating that Eric Belanger had signed…

  15. Jeff Marek's hockey teaching adventure in Israel

    Aug 12, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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    It seems like going to Northern Ireland is a big enough hockey adventure, but what about … Israel? Hockey Night in Canada correspondent Jeff Marek is teaching hockey to kids who never get the chance to play on ice and the experience seems nothing short of fascinating. Here is a brief snippet of what it’s…

  16. Keep an eye on these potential performance bonuses

    Aug 12, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Performance bonuses always have been a bit nebulous in the NHL. Rarely do teams release information on them and … for the most part, they haven’t had a big effect on anything. Well, they didn’t have a big effect until this summer, when the cap-strapped Chicago Blackhawks were hit hard for about $4 million in…

  17. Discussing the need for goalie coaches in the post-lockout years

    Aug 12, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

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    As much as the sport (and the position) has evolved – just look at the way the equipment went from skimpy pads to netminders resembling “The Michelin Man” – some things never change. Even if their relative value within an NHL franchise and on the free agent market may ebb and flow, goalie performances still…

  18. NHL 2K11 video: Six-year-old Red Wings fan schools Jack Johnson

    Aug 11, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

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    While the actual product seems a few strides behind EA Sports’ offerings, 2K Sports is doing a lot of things right with the marketing of their hockey games. (Although the hockey moms gimmick last year was … questionable.) Last season, they made the obvious choice to make Alex Ovechkin the cover star of “NHL 2K10″…

  19. KHL team SKA St. Petersburg attempts to re-enter the Ilya Kovalchuk sweepstakes

    Aug 11, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    There’s no telling how interested Ilya Kovalchuk would be in playing for the KHL, but that didn’t stop the deep-pocketed SKA St. Petersburg club from renewing their interest in the star sniper. Puck Daddy’s Dmitry Chesnokov reports that the team got in touch with Kovalchuk’s Russian agent Yuri Nikolaev soon after word got out that…

  20. Why Roberto Luongo's contract is different from the rejected Ilya Kovalchuk deal

    Aug 11, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

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    The rumors of the NHL looking into other, similarly fishy contracts have been verified, but that doesn’t mean the NHL will be able to kill deals made by Roberto Luongo, Marian Hossa and others. I’ve discussed the various ways his deal is different from other contracts, but other media members are doing a nice job…

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