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  1. Poll: Which team will land Ilya Kovalchuk?

    Jun 30, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Earlier today, I discussed the five NHL teams I think have the best chance of landing Ilya Kovalchuk … plus the very real possibility he might take the big bucks in the KHL. Ultimately, I listed the Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs. Still, these are just gut reactions…

  2. Flyers stick with goaltending formula, sign Michael Leighton to two-year, $3.1 M deal

    Jun 30, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    Michael Leighton and Brian Boucher will be the Philadelphia Flyers’ goaltending duo for the 2010-11 season. Nick Kypreos just reported that Leighton signed a two-year, $3.1 million contract with the team. With that approximate $1.55 million cap hit, the team will spend about $2.5 million in net next season. Year after year, the Flyers go…

  3. Top 5 most likely NHL destinations for Ilya Kovalchuk (plus the KHL)

    Jun 30, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Almost a month ago, I wrote a series of posts about Ilya Kovalchuk’s impending free agent status. In the first one, I advised NHL general managers to be careful about throwing big money at Kovalchuk. I followed that up with early speculation on where the talented but pricey left wing might land. With NHL free…

  4. Oilers acquire Vandermeer from Coyotes, Phoenix then buys out O'Sullivan

    Jun 30, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

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    The original thought was that the Edmonton Oilers would just buy out talented but troubled forward Patrick O’Sullivan. Instead, TSN reports that the team traded him to the Phoenix Coyotes for defenseman Jim Vandermeer. While the Oilers look to keep Vandermeer, the Coyotes were the ones who bought O’Sullivan out instead. O’Sullivan will be bought…

  5. NHL fires Coyotes president Doug Moss, promotes Mike Nealy to spot

    Jun 30, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

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    It’s not easy when the NHL is your boss. The league, aka the acting owner of the Phoenix Coyotes, fired team president Doug Moss and promoted Mike Nealy to the vacated position. TSN has the report, along with this quick summary of the two executives’ backgrounds. Moss had been the Coyotes’ President since December, 2002.…

  6. Columbus claims Moreau; NHL teams put Dawes, Preissing, others on waivers

    Jun 30, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

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    While the Columbus Blue Jackets claimed Ethan Moreau off of waivers, there are plenty of other players on the waiver wire today. Here is a list from Kevin Allen of USA Today. On waivers today: Tom Preissing, Jay Pandolfo, Andrew Peters, Nigel Dawes and Nokelainen. Preissing is a very flawed defenseman (although he could provide…

  7. Rugged leader Rod Brind'Amour expected to retire today

    Jun 30, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    After a long, highly-productive (if rarely pretty) NHL career, it looks like Rod will retire “The Bod.” Nick Kypreos and WRAL Sports reports that Rod Brind’Amour will announce the end of his playing days today. It will be interesting to see what kind of salary cap impact his retirement will have. From everything I’ve read,…

  8. Could fallen stars Cheechoo, Kariya and Tanguay be worth a look?

    Jun 30, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    While tomorrow’s “free agent frenzy” should provide plenty of splashy moves and interesting deals, there is a slight sense that most NHL teams made it to the buffet table after Overeaters Anonymous already ran wild on the good stuff. Aside from the soon-to-be-rich(er) Ilya Kovalchuk, most of the restricted and unrestricted free agents are far…

  9. Mike Van Ryn won't play next season, is his NHL career over?

    Jun 30, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    It might not be surprising news, but it’s sad anyway; hobbled Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Mike Van Ryn will not play in the 2010-11 season, according to TSN. Naturally, this brings up questions of retirement. Van Ryn didn’t play a single game in the 2009-10 season and only appeared in 27 in 08-09 and 20…

  10. Devils avoid arbitration with David Clarkson, sign him to three-year deal

    Jun 30, 2010, 10:40 AM EDT

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    Whenever you see a team sign a free agent today, think of it as a slacker college student writing a 10-page research paper in a single Red Bull-laced day of desperation (not that I *cough* ever experienced such a thing). This is the final opportunity for teams to avoid ugly and uncomfortable processes like arbitration…

  11. Congress passes resolution to honor Chicago Blackhawks

    Jun 29, 2010, 10:34 PM EDT

    The sport of hockey has seen a massive jump in popularity over the past season, as evidenced by the support shown the United States in the World Juniors and the Olympics and by the historic jump in ratings in the postseason. The rise in national attention and popularity is also due to having the Chicago…

  12. 2010 NHL Free Agency: The Forwards

    Jun 29, 2010, 7:31 PM EDT

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    With the 2010 NHL Free Agency market set to open on Thursday, we’ll be listing the top unrestricted free agents in all three positions throughout the day. This isn’t the full list of free agents, but it’s a good chunk of them. The forwards: Player Age Team 09-10 cap hHit Ilya Kovalchuk 27 New Jersey…

  13. Montreal trades Sergei Kostitsyn to Nashville for Dan Ellis and Dustin Boyd

    Jun 29, 2010, 6:21 PM EDT

    The Nashville Predators and the Montreal Canadiens announced a somewhat significant trade this afternoon, with three pending free agents changing teams. Their new teams have a little under two days of exclusive negotiations to try and sign the pending UFA’s. Nashville acquired forward Sergei Kostitsyn from the Canadiens, who is coming off several tumultous seasons…

  14. No one is a winner: Thoughts on today's Mike Modano news

    Jun 29, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    I’ve held off from commenting on this subject today, because I feel that perhaps I’d be too emotionally vested in the story to be as objective as possible. That didn’t last very long, however, as I have to share my thoughts on the subject. I’ll be as brief as I can, and try not to…

  15. Could Donald Fehr be the next head of the NHLPA?

    Jun 29, 2010, 4:11 PM EDT

    While a lot of the players in the NHL are gearing up for the free agency madness that awaits the league on Thursday, all of the players are still looking for someone who can help lead their union. One name that’s been tossed around a lot lately is former executive director of the Major League…

  16. Former Kings assistant coach Hardy looks to have charges reduced in sexual abuse case

    Jun 29, 2010, 3:25 PM EDT

    Former Los Angeles Kings assistant head coach Mark Hardy appears that he’ll be getting a break from the law in the felony sexual abuse case brought against him by his own daughter. Rich Hammond from the LA Kings Insider gives us the details. Craig Renetzky, the Woodland Hills-based attorney for former Kings assistant coach Mark…

  17. Devils hire Adam Oates as assistant coach to complete "dream team" staff

    Jun 29, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    The New Jersey Devils and new head coach John MacLean have filled in the last piece of their coaching staff and much fitting with how the Devils do business, the selection is a surprise and came virtually out of nowhere as the team named Adam Oates as an assistant coach. Tom Gulitti of Fire &…

  18. Moreau, Voros and others waived with purpose of being bought out

    Jun 29, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    With Wednesday being the last day that teams could put players on waivers with the purpose of eventually buying them out of their contracts and some familiar, yet unsurprising, names are hitting the waiver wire today according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie to prepare for the oncoming free agent frenzy at noon on Thursday. Anaheim –…

  19. Mike Modano will not be a Dallas Star

    Jun 29, 2010, 11:06 AM EDT

    If legendary Stars forward Mike Modano decides to keep playing next season it is a matter that the Dallas Stars will not be concerning themselves with. The Stars announced today that they will not be offering Mike Modano a new contract. Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk had this to say about the matter: “Mike is…

  20. 2010 NHL Free Agency: The Defensemen

    Jun 29, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    With the 2010 NHL Free Agency market set to open on Thursday, we’ll be listing the top unrestricted free agents in all three positions throughout the day. This isn’t the full list of free agents, but it’s a good chunk of them. The defensemen: Player Age Team 09-10 cap hit Pavel Kubina 33 Atlanta $5…

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