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  1. Penguins, Capitals might turn to two career AHLers to fill lineup gaps

    Jul 27, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

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    As Ray Shero discussed in a story we referenced on Sunday, NHL teams can’t stock their teams with high-end players like they did in the pre-salary cap days. Instead, general managers must look for bargains to fill out their rosters, whether that means a savvy veteran, a reclamation project or – sometimes – an AHLer.…

  2. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Capitals, Tomas Fleischmann also avoid arbitration

    Jul 27, 2010, 9:15 PM EDT

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    The trend of NHL teams narrowly avoiding salary arbitration continues tonight as the Washington Capitals and forward Tomas Fleischmann agreed to a one-year, $2.6 million deal. (Financial details via Tarik El-Bashir) Here is more regarding Fleischmann from the Caps. Fleischmann, 26, set career highs in goals (23), assists (28), points (51) and plus/minus (+9) in…

  3. Blake Wheeler's agent says arbitration hearing was 'professional'; How much is he worth?

    Jul 27, 2010, 8:10 PM EDT

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    As I mentioned yesterday, Blake Wheeler can be a tough nut to crack in negotiations, or so it seems. The young power forward in the making had his salary arbitration case with the Boston Bruins today. The arbitration award either hasn’t been made public or flat-out hasn’t been made yet – they have 48 hours…

  4. Breaking the ice: Lemieux, Crosby become first people to skate at Consol Energy Center

    Jul 27, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

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    For years, the Pittsburgh Penguins enjoyed the increasingly rare advantage of playing at home in an old arena. Rather than playing in a sterile*, impersonal new megadome the team played in crusty old Mellon Arena. As you may know, starting next season, that will change as the Penguins open the arena that Mario Lemieux, Sidney…

  5. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Oilers, Gilbert Brule avoid arbitration, agree to two-year pact

    Jul 27, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

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    The Edmonton Oilers and forward Gilbert Brule were the latest parties to avoid salary arbitration, as the two sides agreed to a two-year deal worth $3.7 million (or $1.85 million per year) according to TSN. “Gilbert made a big step last year in his development,” said Oilers’ general manager Steve Tambellini. “We are excited to…

  6. Reports: Former Wild first round pick Nick Leddy signs with Blackhawks

    Jul 27, 2010, 6:01 PM EDT

    One of the effects of the great Chicago fire sale of 2010 is that after trading away so many players to help clear salary cap space, Chicago’s system has taken a hit so as to help fill out the Blackhawks roster. Many players who spent major time in the AHL with Rockford will be virtually…

  7. Max Talbot isn't Alex Ovechkin's biggest fan, sparks NHL rivalry with name-calling

    Jul 27, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    Summer was going along a bit too quietly for my liking and thankfully, Penguins forward Max Talbot stepped up to the plate today and hammered one out of the park. No, not at the Winter Classic press conference today when he was firing pucks through the uprights at Heinz Field, but instead over the airwaves…

  8. 2010 NHL free agency: Kings sign Alexei Ponikarovsky

    Jul 27, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    While this off-season has been mostly a let down for the Los Angeles Kings coming up short in efforts to land Dan Hamhuis, Paul Martin and most famously Ilya Kovalchuk, they’ve finally landed a scoring forward to help out. The Kings announced today that they’ve signed Ukrainian power forward Alexei Ponikarovsky to a one-year contract.…

  9. NHL unveils 2011 Winter Classic in Pittsburgh

    Jul 27, 2010, 2:37 PM EDT

    The NHL held their press conference to introduce the 2011 Winter Classic in Pittsburgh today, and part of the fun, as always, is seeing just what the iconic logos each team will be using for the game. While the Penguins have done this all before back in 2008, this is new territory for the Capitals.…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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,…

  19. 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…

  20. (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…

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