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  1. Legendary Penguins public address announcer John Barbero dies at age 65

    Jul 27, 2010, 2:07 PM EDT

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    The longtime public address announcer of the Pittsburgh Penguins, John Barbero, has passed away at the age of 65 after a long battle with a brain tumor. Fans of the Penguins certainly remember him and his iconic way of announcing the name of Penguins legend Mario Lemieux. Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review talks about…

  2. 2010 NHL free agency: Rangers sign Alexander Frolov

    Jul 27, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

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    It was rumored about yesterday and today it’s official. Former Kings star forward Alexander Frolov has signed with the New York Rangers. While the Rangers didn’t release details of the contract, Arthur Staple of New York Newsday tweeted the details for us. Frolov signs a 1-year, $3-millon deal with NYRangers. Turned down four years, $20-mil…

  3. Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke isn't a fan of Kovalchuk-like contracts

    Jul 27, 2010, 11:54 AM EDT

    Maple Leafs general manager isn’t exactly a guy that pulls his punches when discussing a topic. He’ll shoot you a glare, give you his opinion and if he doesn’t like your question he’ll let you know it too. When it comes down to business he’s deadly serious, so when Michael Traikos of Canada’s National Post…

  4. 2010 NHL free agency: Islanders re-sign Matt Moulson

    Jul 27, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

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    It came down to the wire as far as arbitration goes, but the Islanders have got their man back in the fold and at a reasonable cost as well. Matt Moulson, the Islanders leading goal scorer last year, has re-signed with the team on a one-year contract worth $2.4 million. What’s notable about this deal…

  5. What about the rest of the NHL's free agents?

    Jul 27, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

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    While we’re all consumed with what is going to transpire in the situation with Ilya Kovalchuk and the New Jersey Devils, there’s a host of other free agents out there feeling lonely and looking for a new home. One guy that might be off the market as soon as today is Alexander Frolov who is…

  6. 2010 NHL free agency: Coyotes re-sign forward Alexandre Picard

    Jul 27, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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    While the Coyotes have other pressing matters on their plate to deal with still, they are still going about business. Part of that business is signing players to fill out the organization and they’ve brought back one of their own in forward Alexandre Picard. Picard, a former number one pick of the Blue Jackets in…

  7. City of Glendale: Sale of Coyotes to Ice Edge Holdings in trouble

    Jul 26, 2010, 11:17 PM EDT

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    The never-ending soap opera in the desert concerning the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes continues to take awful turns for fans of hockey in Arizona. Rebekah Sanders of the Arizona Republic breaks news tonight that the City of Glendale, where the Coyotes currently reside at Jobing.com Arena, says that negotiations to sell the team to…

  8. How Blake Wheeler's arbitration could effect Tyler Seguin's immediate future

    Jul 26, 2010, 10:27 PM EDT

    We talked a bit about the Bruins’ potential arbitration case with forward Blake Wheeler earlier today. What happens there, should he not sign before his hearing tomorrow in Toronto, will affect the Bruins immensely as far as their salary cap is concerned. While the Bruins certainly have many things to consider when it comes time…

  9. Caps owner Ted Leonsis responds to ESPN report on Verizon Center's cleanliness problem

    Jul 26, 2010, 8:22 PM EDT

    Yesterday we told you about ESPN’s gross and horrifying 2009 report on the cleanliness of vendor stands throughout arenas and stadiums all across the major sports. The home of the Washington Capitals, the Verizon Center, was shown to have violations at 100% of their vendor stands including 10 that had mouse excrement around them. Today,…

  10. NY Islanders name ECHL's Kalamazoo Wings as a minor league affiliate

    Jul 26, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    The New York Islanders announced that they signed an affiliation agreement with the Kalamazoo Wings of the Eastern Conference Hockey League. They’ll be a part of the organization along with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the team that acts as the Islanders’ primary affiliate in the AHL. (No word on whether or not the team’s official…

  11. (Updated) Alexander Frolov update: Report claims that Frolov may sign with Rangers

    Jul 26, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Mere moments after the original post went up, Jay Gold passes along a report that Frolov might sign with the New York Rangers. Gold also notes that it’s not official, so take it with a grain of salt. Yesterday, we discussed the fact that the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings were eye-balling Alexander…

  12. Blake Wheeler, Boston Bruins hit a wall in contract talks; salary arbitration looms

    Jul 26, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    When I think of Boston Bruins forward Blake Wheeler, I think of two things. First, I look back at his unfortunate situation with the Phoenix Coyotes, as the young player left the team in favor of the Bruins. On the bright side, I also think of his impressive (if unmatched) 2008-09 season in which he…

  13. Tampa Bay Lightning select new CEO Tod Leiweke

    Jul 26, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

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    The dramatic overhaul of the Tampa Bay Lightning continued today as the team chose former Seattle Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke to be the CEO of Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment, according to TSN. Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment is apparently the parent company of both the Lightning and its arena, the St. Pete Times Forum.…

  14. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Predators sign Ryan Parent to two-year, $1.85M deal

    Jul 26, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

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    When it came down to it, the Nashville Predators basically sold the negotiation rights for Dan Hamhuis for Ryan Parent. Considering the fact that the Philadelphia Flyers didn’t even nab Hamhuis, I’d say that’s a decent takeaway. The team reportedly signed the young defenseman to a two-year, $1.85 million deal according to Kevin Allen of…

  15. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly responds to NHLPA's grievance

    Jul 26, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

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    Soon after the NHLPA filed its grievance regarding the Ilya Kovalchuk contract as expected, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly released a statement in response. Craig Custance of the Sporting News blog The Grinder shares Daly’s comment. “We have received formal notice that the NHLPA is grieving the League’s rejection of Ilya Kovalchuk’s contract with the…

  16. Take a look at the 2011 NHL All-Star Game logo

    Jul 26, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

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    As anticipated, the Carolina Hurricanes and the NHL in general unveiled the 2011 NHL All-Star Game logo today. Here it is, in all of its logotastic glory. Well that looks … fine? I don’t have much to say about it, but here’s the league’s description of the logo and a little information about how Raleigh,…

  17. The NHLPA officially files a grievance on Ilya Kovalchuk's behalf

    Jul 26, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

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    To little surprise, the NHL Players Association did indeed file a grievance on Ilya Kovalchuk’s behalf today. Here’s the NHLPA’s statement via TSN. “The NHLPA has filed a grievance disputing the NHL’s rejection of the Standard Player Contract between the New Jersey Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk. Under the terms of the CBA, the NHLPA and…

  18. PHT makes a podcast appearance on CCPT Hockey

    Jul 26, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Update: Since the embedded code made the podcast play automatically I decided to just put up a link of the show. On rare occasions, Joe and/or I will make non-PHT appearances. Thankfully for the eyesight of hockey fans, I personally won’t be doing so in visual form – at least not yet. Instead, I will…

  19. New Lightning assistant Wayne Fleming reflects on coaching in Russia, Alex Cherepanov's death

    Jul 26, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

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    I’ve stated it before – and mentioned it last night on a podcast – but the Southeast Division is transforming from “the Washington Capitals and a bunch of misfits” to possibly the most fascinating division in hockey. From the Caps will-they-or-won’t-they story to the resounding transformations of the Panthers, Thrashers and Lightning, it’s a group…

  20. After injuries forced him into retirement, Mike Van Ryn finds a coaching job in the OHL

    Jul 26, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Injuries forced defenseman Mike Van Ryn to retire from the NHL, but it didn’t take him long to find a place in the hockey workforce. Sunaya Sapurji of Yahoo Sports reports that Van Ryn will be an assistant coach with the OHL’s Niagara IceDogs (now that’s a solid name) next season. Here are some comments…

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