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  1. Bob Probert's wife Dani says he 'would have been so proud' of fan, community support

    Jul 21, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    The family of Bob Probert released a heartfelt statement today, thanking hockey fans and various other people involved in the celebration of the popular pugilist’s life. Here is an excerpt of the release from Bob’s wife Dani, from the Windsor Star. In our time of need, we, the Probert family, were so humbled with the…

  2. NHL releases an official statement regarding Ilya Kovalchuk contract rejection

    Jul 21, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

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    Just in case there were any worries about the Ilya Kovalchuk contract rejection being official, the league indeed made it so. Here is the official statement from NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, via NHL.com. “The contract has been rejected by the League as a circumvention of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Under the CBA, the contract…

  3. The Ilya Kovalchuk contract rejection collection

    Jul 21, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Being that news came pretty late regarding the NHL reportedly rejecting Ilya Kovalchuk’s contract, I imagine this might be the first some people have heard of it. To make things easier on you (scrolling way down the page? For the birds.), I decided to put a small “collection” of the posts together. Each link will…

  4. Two more Kovalchuk bits: Does the NHL have a case and will the Kings try again?

    Jul 21, 2010, 12:30 AM EDT

    So, it appears that the NHL rejected the Ilya Kovalchuk contract. I discussed what might happen next, but there are two other mini-stories of moderate interest. Adrian Dater states that if the contract would go through the arbitration process, the league wouldn’t have much of a case against the Devils’ deal. Indeed, at first glance…

  5. Ilya Kovalchuk's rejected contract: So what happens next?

    Jul 20, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

    By this time, you should probably be aware that the NHL reportedly rejected Ilya Kovalchuk’s 17-year, $102 million deal with the Devils. (If not, read about it here. I’ll wait. *crosses arms, looks at watch*) While the league hasn’t made an official announcement on it yet, it seems like the Kovalchuk saga will continue yet…

  6. Report: NHL rejects Ilya Kovalchuk's front-loaded contract

    Jul 20, 2010, 10:45 PM EDT

    Apparently “Loophole Lou” might have gotten in the way of the loophole-manipulating contract that Ilya Kovalchuk signed with his New Jersey Devils. An AP report indicates that the NHL rejected the 17-year, $102 million contract the Russian winger was offered to stay in Newark. Keep in mind this isn’t quite “official” just yet, but it…

  7. Taking a look at the NHL's 'unbreakable' records

    Jul 20, 2010, 10:20 PM EDT

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    Now that some of the biggest news is done with, it’s time for some fun stuff. NHL.com’s John Kreiser is one of the go-to sources for such amusement and today is no exception. He listed some of the NHL’s most “unbreakable” records. Here are some of my favorite tidbits from the article. Most points, career:…

  8. 2010 NHL Free Agency: The Sutter family stays together in Calgary, other small signings

    Jul 20, 2010, 9:45 PM EDT

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    Here is a roundup of today’s small-time signings. Some might call it a dysfunctional one considering last season’s failed attempt at a playoff berth, but the Sutter clan is represented well by the Calgary Flames franchise. They can cover the GM (Daryl), coach (Brent) and player (Brett) if the youngster can be a regular on…

  9. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Anton Stralman's salary arbitration could cause a mess in Columbus

    Jul 20, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    While the Chicago Blackhawks (salary cap purging), Detroit Red Wings (simply re-gaining Jiri Hudler) and St. Louis Blues (adding Halak) made waves in the Central division this summer, it’s been disappointing to see GM Scott Howson and the Columbus Blue Jackets stand pat. It’s often the sign of a cash-strapped club to do just that,…

  10. Pittsburgh Penguins to honor Mario Lemieux's comeback from retirement with a statue

    Jul 20, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

    December 27, 2000 was like a bonus Christmas present for Pittsburgh Penguins fans. On that day, franchise savior Mario Lemieux began what would be an incredible return to the game with a great performance against the Toronto Maple Leafs. His first year was such a great success that he ended up being one of the…

  11. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Rangers confident they can re-sign RFA Marc Staal

    Jul 20, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    It’s been a nice summer for unrestricted free agents. While I know that the so-called “frenzy” often involves some chronic overspending, players such as Paul Martin and Dan Hamhuis received contracts that were at least a little startling. I can’t help but wonder how much restricted free agent defensemen will garner in a market that…

  12. Thrashers banning vuvuzelas from games

    Jul 20, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

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    I bet you’re still recovering from World Cup fever and you’ve still got the din of the ever-present vuvuzelas ringing in your ears. I mean, why wouldn’t you? They interfered with TV broadcasts of games and I can’t even imagine what it was like to sit in a crowd of 70,000 and have the entire…

  13. Lightning hire two assistant coaches, won't fight their way to victory

    Jul 20, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

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    This is probably long since forgotten, but when it was rumored that Guy Boucher would become the new head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning (and he did indeed become the coach) it was said that he would be bringing two of his assistants from his former job with Hamilton in the AHL. Fast forward…

  14. Report: Thrashers will let Clarke MacArthur become a free agent

    Jul 20, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

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    While the dirty south’s version of the Chicago Blackhawks, the Atlanta Thrashers, prepare for some of their arbitration cases with Clarke MacArthur, Ben Eager and Andrew Ladd, it turns out at least one of those guys might be having his case heard for no good reason at all. Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tells…

  15. Ilya Kovalchuk press conference; Lamoriello makes the system work for him

    Jul 20, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Today, the New Jersey Devils unveiled the largest re-acquisition in team history, holding a press conference to announce the official re-signing of superstar forward Ilya Kovalchuk.Craig Custance of The Sporting News assembled some of the key quotes from Kovalchuk, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello and new head coach John MacLean. As for why Kovalchuk picked…

  16. Turns out that Jason Spezza never wanted to be traded from Ottawa

    Jul 20, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

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    Remember all that talk in the last few months about how Jason Spezza wanted to be traded out of Ottawa and create a potentially Dany Heatley-esque situation for the second straight summer for the Senators? Yeah… Turns out that Jason Spezza never wanted anything of the sort. Wayne Scanlan of The Ottawa Citizen gets word…

  17. Mike Modano watch: On hold until August 5th

    Jul 20, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    If you’ve been obsessively refreshing our site to make sure you don’t miss out on when Mike Modano decides to sign with another team, it turns out you can keep doing that but you might be really tired by the time he might make a decision. The Detroit Free Press’ Helene St. James got the…

  18. Simon Gagne's trade sets the bar for future Sheldon Souray deal

    Jul 20, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    So you’re wondering what the after effects of Simon Gagne’s trade to the Tampa Bay Lightning would be on the rest of the NHLs residents of the trading block would be. If you started looking towards Edmonton’s Sheldon Souray, as Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal did, you’d see that perhaps the Oilers will have…

  19. Mike Keane released by Manitoba Moose, retirement next?

    Jul 20, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Hockey’s ability to give some players a career longer than some might ever imagine is pretty amazing. Sure, we all know that Chris Chelios would play until he’s 70 years-old if he could. Gordie Howe played until both of his sons were grown men and they played on a line together in Hartford. To hear…

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