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  1. 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…

  2. 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,…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. With Kovalchuk signed, has Marc Savard's future in Boston changed?

    Jul 20, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

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    We’ve speculated since before Ilya Kovalchuk signed that perhaps once he did get his name on the dotted line that action in both the free agent and trade markets would pick up and things would get interesting once again. One of the names that floated around in trade speculation before the start of free agency…

  14. Stan Bowman: Patrick Sharp isn't going to be traded

    Jul 20, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

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    The great Chicago fire-sale of 2010 has died down a bit lately but the speculation going into who may be dealt next from the defending Stanley Cup champions rages on. As the Blackhawks hope to get a deal to get worked out with goaltender Antti Niemi lest they end up in arbitration, the main focus…

  15. Simon Gagne's reaction to being traded

    Jul 19, 2010, 11:17 PM EDT

    Being traded is one of the most difficult things for any professional athlete to deal with when it happens. In the case of Simon Gagne, it was a bit more difficult and emotionally draining considering he had a no-trade clause. While the Flyers did their due diligence in being up front and proper with goal-scoring…

  16. One writer feels that Modano won't become a Red Wing

    Jul 19, 2010, 10:43 PM EDT

    You didn’t think that Ilya Kovalchuk and Simon Gagne would steal all of the headlines today, did you? Silly human. George Malik of MLive.com passes along word from the Detroit News’ Ted Kulfan that he fully expects Mike Modano to pass on joining the Detroit Red Wings. Several people have asked me if Mike Modano…

  17. Are the Lightning set to turn things around in a big way?

    Jul 19, 2010, 9:33 PM EDT

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    With the Lightning acquiring scoring wing Simon Gagne from the Philadelphia Flyers, the Lightning roster is starting to fill out, and much unlike previous off-seasons in Tampa Bay, the outlook is bright and full of promise. In past seasons, the Lightning signed multiple questionable defensemen or dropped a ton of money on a hot-off-a-great-Final-appearance Ryan…

  18. Ilya Kovalchuk's stunning contract with the Devils: By the numbers

    Jul 19, 2010, 8:41 PM EDT

    Rich Chere from the Newark Star-Ledger is the bearer of bad news for fans of fiscal responsibility as we know it as he gives us the official not-yet official (Tom Gulitti tweets that it’s not official yet but the NHL approving it won’t be an issue) contract numbers on the deal signed by Ilya Kovalchuk…

  19. LA Kings might regret missing out on Gagne more than Kovalchuk

    Jul 19, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    For many people, the Los Angeles Kings will seem like “losers” because they didn’t land Ilya Kovalchuk today. Some might say that they weren’t willing to pay enough to get him, others will say that their history of losing factored in. Optimistic folks will point out that this will make it much easier for them…

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