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  1. The Tampa Bay Lightning's latest signings, hirings and firings

    Jul 23, 2010, 8:10 PM EDT

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    Steve Yzerman and the Tampa Bay Lightning keep making changes on and off the ice (and behind the bench). In the first bit of news, the team announced the firing of Norfolk coach Jim Johnson and “roving” goalie coach Cap Raeder according to Damian Cristodero. In the latest bit of housecleaning from the previous regime,…

  2. Would the Red Wings be better off going for someone other than Mike Modano?

    Jul 23, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    Most of the focus in the Mike Modano-to-Detroit rumors seems to center around Modano choosing to be a Red Wing (recently we found out he won’t decide until early August). Yet Scott Burnside brings up a good question: would the Red Wings be better off going with a different veteran scorer? It’s not an issue…

  3. Kevin Smith discusses his hockey movie 'Hit Somebody,' choosing to film in Hockeytown

    Jul 23, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    As a hockey fan, it’s easy to have a soft spot for writer-director Kevin Smith. Both his best and worst work features the sports prominently. From rooftop hockey in “Clerks” to a reference to “The Whale” and hockey video games in “Mallrats,” Smith has been eager to show off his puck love. Smith’s career seems…

  4. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Blackhawks keep some size, re-sign bruiser Bryan Bickell

    Jul 23, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

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    The Chicago Blackhawks lost a ton of muscle this off-season. Thanks to salary cap headaches, the team purged bruisers such as Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Eager and Andrew Ladd. Those loses may not mean much in the box scores (aside from Byfuglien, I guess), but in tough battles with feisty squads such as the Vancouver Canucks,…

  5. Cliff Viner named sole managing partner of Florida Panthers

    Jul 23, 2010, 4:33 PM EDT

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    The Panthers have decided to play some more executive office shuffleboard today and have cleared up the delegation of power amongst ownership. Today, the team announced that Cliff Viner becomes the General Partner, Chairman & CEO of the franchise. Viner had occupied the role of Chairman and Co-General Partner with Stu Siegel since Nov. 2009,…

  6. War veteran chooses to lose a limb to keep playing hockey

    Jul 23, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

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    The love that many people have for hockey is sometimes viewed as being bizarre and borderline insane. Anyone who tries to introduce the game to people who are unaware sometimes come off looking like cult leaders. All right, so maybe that’s just me, but hockey is the kind of game that when it’s in your…

  7. Sami Salo out indefinitely after tearing Achilles playing floor hockey

    Jul 23, 2010, 2:26 PM EDT

    Sometimes life is just not fair for some people. For Sami Salo, freakish injuries seem to find him somehow. During last season’s playoffs he, well, he took a puck in the most private of male areas and somehow came back to play in the next game. You’d have to figure that with it being the…

  8. MSG Network creates a stir by not bringing Billy Jaffe back for Islanders TV broadcasts

    Jul 23, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    Leave it to the Islanders to get caught in a stir in the media. When it’s not some rogue fan stirring up a hoax about a Rick DiPietro car accident, they’re stuck in a mess having to deal with MSG Network not renewing the contract of television color commentator Billy Jaffe. Chris Botta from Islanders…

  9. Agents say that the NHL can't block Kovalchuk's contract

    Jul 23, 2010, 12:36 PM EDT

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    Through the many twists and turns of the Ilya Kovalchuk contract squabble with the Devils, we’ve been wondering about what, exactly, the league can do about things. The NHL has already done their part in rejecting the deal and while we wait to hear from the NHLPA about when/if they’ll file a grievance with the…

  10. 2010 NHL free agency: Stars re-sign Fabian Brunnstrom, avoid arbitration

    Jul 23, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

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    Fabian Brunnstrom has, perhaps, come to his senses a bit. The Stars and Brunnstrom avoided going to arbitration today and came to an agreement on a one-year, one-way deal according to the Dallas Stars official Twitter feed. Stars and Fabian Brunnstrom agree to terms prior to arbitration hearing this morning: $675,000 one-way contract. One-year deal.…

  11. Henrik Zetterberg's wedding party photos show that they party like it's 1929

    Jul 23, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    I know we don’t exactly run a TMZ-like operation here and getting photos of hockey players at their wedding doesn’t really seem like news to many folks, but sometimes things are too entertaining to ignore. Case in point, the wedding of Red Wings star forward Henrik Zetterberg with Swedish television star Emma Andersson.The two are…

  12. The PHT Nightcap: Thursday, July 22nd

    Jul 22, 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. Kings…

  13. Anaheim Ducks ponder a trade with Vancouver Canucks for Kevin Bieksa

    Jul 22, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

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    With the unrestricted free agent market drying up and the list of restricted free agents dwindling, the next way to add players is by exploiting another team’s need for a salary dump. While the Anaheim Ducks are becoming known for penny-pinching ways, their threadbare blueline needs a little help. (I mean, Lubomir Visnovsky can bring…

  14. NHL to officially unveil 2011 Winter Classic during a press conference on Tuesday

    Jul 22, 2010, 9:40 PM EDT

    Word is that the NHL will officially unveil the 2011 Winter Classic via a press conference at Heinz Field on Tuesday. (Source: Inside Pittsburgh Sports.) New Year’s 2011 won’t be around very soon, although it’s kind of difficult to believe it’s almost August already. (I guess I’m getting old?) The outdoor game will take place…

  15. Islanders call Rick Dipietro car accident rumor 'a complete fabrication'

    Jul 22, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    Some might call Rick Dipietro’s trend-setting “lifetime” contract (and his many injuries) a cruel joke. Yet that doesn’t really excuse what seems like a prank call about the goalie’s health from taking place. TSN reports that the New York Islanders had to “shoot down” a rumor about the struggling goalie being in a car accident…

  16. Video: The 'wackiest' goal celebrations in NHL history

    Jul 22, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    It’s getting to that “fluffy summer time” part of the calendar, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a little frivolous hockey fun, right? has been in the spirit lately, as today they featured some of the “wackiest goal celebrations” in the league history. Something tells me they didn’t consult Don Cherry for this…

  17. Two more Ilya Kovalchuk contract rejection tidbits

    Jul 22, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

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    We’ve covered most of the theories, options and details of the Ilya Kovalchuk contract rejection, but it appears that there are a few more tidbits floating around. Lyle “Spector” Richardson had a roundup of some of the Kovalchuk news today. There are two items that caught my eye. Here is the first one, told by…

  18. 2010 NHL free agency: Small-time signings ahoy

    Jul 22, 2010, 6:05 PM EDT

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    Sometimes some signings aren’t quite big news enough to demand their own single post. No offense guys, but there’s a bit of a pecking order around here. We’ll sum up today’s depth signings for you here. Blue Jackets re-sign defenseman Grant Clitsome Everyone’s favorite defenseman, whether they know it or not, is back on a…

  19. Lightning setting their eyes on Arron Asham?

    Jul 22, 2010, 5:26 PM EDT

    The “Summer of Stevie” continues to churn along in Tampa Bay. After obtaining Simon Gagne from the Philadelphia Flyers, speculation in Tampa Bay has turned towards another important player from Philadelphia’s run to the Stanley Cup finals last year in rugged forward Arron Asham. The team, apparently, has inquired about free agent Arron Asham. Agent Jarrett…

  20. Report: Vancouver's Jannik Hansen wins arbitration case

    Jul 22, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Today’s big winner in salary arbitration is none other than Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen. Jim Jamieson from The White Towel gives us the low down. The spare-part winger was awarded a contract for $825,000 in salary arbitration Thursday, a healthy raise of $275,000 from his $550,000 salary last season. The contract is for one…

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