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  1. Devils GM Lou Lamoriello goes back to the Ilya Kovalchuk contract drawing board

    Aug 9, 2010, 9:50 PM EDT

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    This probably won’t come as much of a surprise, but reports indicate that the New Jersey Devils are in the process of drawing up a new contract for Ilya Kovalchuk after an arbitrator sided with the NHL to void the 17-year, $102 million version. Here’s more from general manager Lou Lamoriello via Rich Chere. “While…

  2. Ducks GM Bob Murray may take a different approach to signing RFA Bobby Ryan

    Aug 9, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

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    We didn’t get the closure many were expecting on the big Ilya Kovalchuk contract situation, but another big-time scorer is still on the outs with his team. That would be restricted free agent Bobby Ryan, a player who is still at an impasse with the team who drafted him, the Anaheim Ducks. Rather than being…

  3. Report: NHL has 'no plans' to fine NJ Devils for Kovalchuk contract, at least at this moment

    Aug 9, 2010, 8:10 PM EDT

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    While the New Jersey Devils could hash out a new, easier-to-ratify deal without too much of a headache, the Ilya Kovalchuk contract rejection could have meant more than just a hassle for the team. Let me point you to something Joe touched on earlier today. As for the Devils, there’s a possibility that they could…

  4. How the rejected Kovalchuk deal was different and similar to other 'fishy' contracts

    Aug 9, 2010, 7:45 PM EDT

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    There are two basic sides in the argument for or against the decision to invalidate Ilya Kovalchuk’s contract with the New Jersey Devils. Many of the people who side with Kovalchuk and the NHLPA point to other curious contracts handed out, like the one Marian Hossa signed with Chicago (that will bring him into his…

  5. Age, not money, the dividing line in Kovalchuk's nixed deal with New Jersey

    Aug 9, 2010, 6:43 PM EDT

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    Arbitrator Richard Bloch, now the most infamous man in New Jersey and the NHLPA, issued his own statement outlining his decision siding with the NHL against the NHLPA over Ilya Kovalchuk’s contract, voiding the deal. In Bloch’s statement, the arbitrator says the Kovalchuk deal “is a retirement contract” and that it goes “well beyond the…

  6. NHL wins contract grievance case against Ilya Kovalchuk; Kovalchuk a free agent once again

    Aug 9, 2010, 5:26 PM EDT

    In a stunning turn of events today, systems arbitrator Richard Bloch has handed down a stunning decision today, rejecting the NHLPA grievance against the NHL over Ilya Kovalchuk’s 17-year, $102 million contract making Kovalchuk an unrestricted free agent once again. In an unprecedented situation, the NHL has won the day and the question that hangs…

  7. 2010 NHL free agency: Predators re-sign goalie Mark Dekanich

    Aug 9, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    The Nashville Predators have re-signed one of their depth goaltenders who may stand a chance at getting to back up Pekka Rinne this year. Former fifth round pick out of Colgate University Mark Dekanich, who spent last year in Milwaukee of the AHL, re-signed for one year on a two-way contract. Nashville’s situation in goal…

  8. 2010 NHL free agency: Ducks re-sign Teemu Selanne

    Aug 9, 2010, 3:37 PM EDT

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    While it was rumored last week that Teemu Selanne would be rejoining the Anaheim Ducks for one more year, Selanne himself made it official that he was coming back by posting it on the Anaheim Ducks website himself. Ducks Fans — After thinking about it for the last few months, I’ve decided to return to…

  9. Enforcer Riley Cote announces retirement, becomes AHL assistant coach

    Aug 9, 2010, 3:07 PM EDT

    What were you doing when you were 28 years-old? If your name was Riley Cote, an enforcer with the Philadelphia Flyers, you’d be retiring from the NHL to become an assistant coach in the AHL. The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that Cote was hanging it up as a player to become an assistant coach with…

  10. 2010 NHL free agency: Red Wings sign defenseman Ruslan Salei

    Aug 9, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

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    It appears that the Detroit Red Wings are out of the hunt for free agent defenseman Willie Mitchell. The team announced today that they’ve reached a one-year deal with free agent defenseman Ruslan Salei. Much like Willie Mitchell, Ruslan Salei is a tough customer and a veteran player coming off an injury-laden season himself missing…

  11. Lightning sign 2010 third round pick Radko Gudas

    Aug 9, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

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    A bit of surprising news out of Tampa Bay today as the Lightning have announced they’ve come to terms with their third round pick from the 2010 draft, defenseman Radko Gudas. Gudas is a tough customer. At 5’11” 195 pounds his stature isn’t imposing, but he’s a scrapper, racking up 151 penalty minutes last season…

  12. 2010 NHL free agency: Oilers re-sign forward Liam Reddox

    Aug 9, 2010, 12:07 PM EDT

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    The Edmonton Oilers have retained another of their restricted free agents, although it’s not likely one of the guys Oilers fans were hoping to have signed by now. Winger Liam Reddox re-signed for one year with the team to help provide further scoring depth for the Oilers. Last year, Reddox spent most of the season…

  13. Kovalchuk decision expected today

    Aug 9, 2010, 11:27 AM EDT

    The decision in the Ilya Kovalchuk contract grievance is expected to come down at some point today. We’ve analyzed what will happen depending on how the decision comes down, and while we’re expecting that systems arbitrator Richard Bloch will approve Kovalchuk’s 17-year, $102 million contract, we still know that funny things can happen when it…

  14. The PHT Nightcap: Sunday, August 8th

    Aug 9, 2010, 2:15 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. Would…

  15. Why Team USA should (and shouldn't) win back-to-back gold medals at the 2011 WJC

    Aug 9, 2010, 12:20 AM EDT

    Despite the fact that home ice advantage may largely be nixed because Buffalo is so close to Canada, many believe that Team USA will be mild favorites for a repeat gold medal performance in the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championships. If they accomplished that goal, they’d only be the fourth team to win back-to-back golds…

  16. Players who made an impact during World Junior Hockey Championships' evaluation camps

    Aug 8, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

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    Being that it only lasts one week, it’s dangerous to read too much into the development camps for next year’s World Junior Hockey Championships. Still, these evaluation sessions can be crucial for teams to make certain roster decisions, or at least put some players on their radar. It can also be an interesting sample for…

  17. Stats leaders for the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championships' development camp scrimmages

    Aug 8, 2010, 9:40 PM EDT

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    With the development camps for the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championships finished yesterday, I thought it might be worthwhile to take a look at some of the interesting stories from the camps tonight. First things first, I thought some out there might be interested to find out which players excelled the most in the very…

  18. Sidney Crosby and Roger Federer meet for first time; No word on if they ate any birthday cake

    Aug 8, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

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    Hockey and tennis are two wildly different sports. One is a team based game that requires considerable physical sacrifice and features plenty of violence. The other is a sport of one-on-one competition in which you can only really blame yourself for defeat (aside from maybe a few quibbles with line judges). Still, they are both…

  19. Introducing Knights Marian Hossa and Tomas Kopecky …

    Aug 8, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    I already discussed the fact that Marian Hossa and Tomas Kopecky brought the Stanley Cup to Slovakia, but sometimes it’s difficult to contextualize how big of a deal the coolest trophy in sports is to other countries. Well, if this video is any indication, it’s a fairly significant thing to the people of Slovakia. Introducing…

  20. 2010 NHL free agency: Sabres sign goalie David Leggio

    Aug 8, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

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    The Buffalo Sabres added a little bit of goaltending depth today signing 2010 IIHF World Championships Team USA member David Leggio to a one-year, two-way contract. Leggio, a standout at Clarkson University during his years in college, played last year for TPS in SM-Liiga, the Finnish Elite League, helping the team win the league title.…

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