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  1. 2010 NHL free agency: Stars re-sign Ray Sawada

    Jul 17, 2010, 7:56 PM EDT

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    The Dallas Stars continued their off-season mission of making sure the AHL Texas Stars will have an experienced and ready to redeem themselves team again next season. As you may or may not know, the Texas Stars lost to the Hershey Bears in the Calder Cup final. The Stars have re-signed one time Cornell Big…

  2. Anyone heard from Bobby Ryan lately?

    Jul 17, 2010, 6:06 PM EDT

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    This isn’t the start of a poorly imitated Seinfeld joke, but… What’s the deal with Anaheim Ducks forward Bobby Ryan? The last we saw of Ryan was during the NHL Awards when he and Ryan Getzlaf were yukking it up in a hilarious skit about their United States versus Canada duel. Since then? Lots of…

  3. Is Ilya Kovalchuk holding out for a deal that trumps Alex Ovechkin's contract?

    Jul 17, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    When Alex Ovechkin was entering the league as a rookie, I thought it was unfair when people compared him to Ilya Kovalchuk. Ultimately, the comparisons weren’t fair … to Ilya. At this point, you’d have to be Kovalchuk, one of his family members or maybe his agent to think that he is on the same…

  4. Columbus Blue Jackets hope casinos might fix their money woes

    Jul 17, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    For a while, casinos seemed like they might have been the “answer” for the Pittsburgh Penguins when they were struggling to keep their team together many moons ago. Now it looks like at least a few people hope that they might help the Columbus Blue Jackets stop their considerable financial bleeding. The Columbus Dispatch has…

  5. The NHL has plenty of talent among its youngest and oldest players

    Jul 17, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Earlier this summer, a article that nominated Sidney Crosby as the best athlete in all sports under 25 years old sparked further discussion about the league’s incredible amount of talent in that age group. NHL.com produced two articles that shows the great players in the two largest age extremes in the league. First, NHL.com took…

  6. 2010 NHL Free Agency: LA Kings re-sign Brad Richardson

    Jul 17, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    The Los Angeles Kings re-signed spirited forward Brad Richardson to a one-year, $900K contract according to Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider. This allows the Kings and Richardson to avoid the often-painful salary arbitration process. Richardson had a career year in 09-10, benefiting from occasional spot duty alongside Anze Kopitar and Wayne Simmonds. He scored…

  7. 2010 NHL Free Agency: What about … Lee Stempniak?

    Jul 17, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

    At this point in free agency, the focus shifts from the gems to flawed guys who can still bring some skill to the table. So, going forward, we’ll spotlight individual players who are flying under the radar. Previous Entries: Slava Kozlov, Alex Frolov, Willie Mitchell Today’s entry: Lee Stempniak Name: Lee StempniakHeight: 6-0 Weight: 195Position:…

  8. The PHT Nightcap: Friday, July 16th

    Jul 16, 2010, 11:30 PM EDT

    Even in the depressingly hockey-free summer, we expect to be a productive bunch here at Pro Hockey Talk. Sometimes it might be difficult to follow our pace. We understand that. For that reason, whenever we can, we’ll put all of the day’s stories in one convenient post called the PHT Nightcap. Enjoy, hockey fans. Is…

  9. Sources say Ilya Kovalchuk-LA Kings talks are heating up, again. Supposedly.

    Jul 16, 2010, 10:40 PM EDT

    We’ve heard scuttlebutt about the talks heating up between Ilya Kovalchuk and the Los Angeles Kings before. At this point, it’s like Cold War-era kids getting ready for a fire drill; you know what to do. Take everything with a grain of salt. The latest rumor is that the Kings and Kovalchuk are boiling things…

  10. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Oilers sign Ryan O'Marra

    Jul 16, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

    The Edmonton Oilers signed forward Ryan O’Marra to a one-year deal today, according to TSN. The Tokyo, Japan native was originally drafted by the New York Islanders in the 1st round, 15th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by Edmonton in 2007 with Robert Nilsson and a 1st round pick in…

  11. Los Angeles Kings forward Justin Williams hopes to shake the injury bug

    Jul 16, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    You know what they say: age is just a number. Yet, in the realm of sports, you can seem old even if you’re not yet 30. Take a look at Patrice Bergeron, a 24-year-old player who seemingly experienced a career’s worth of highs and lows already. Los Angeles Kings forward Justin Williams is only 28…

  12. Montreal Canadiens hire new assistant GM Larry Carrière

    Jul 16, 2010, 8:10 PM EDT

    While Steve Yzerman and the Tampa Bay Lightning announced the signing of new assistant GM Julian BriseBois, the Montreal Canadiens also brought on a new right-hand man for Pierre Gauthier. The team appointed Larry Carrière, formerly of the Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres, as their new assistant general manager today. Larry Carrière was a member…

  13. KHL team UHC Dynamo hires Alex Ovechkin as an advisor

    Jul 16, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    Starting in July, Alex Ovechkin became an official member of KHL team UHC Dynamo. Is this the NHL/Washington Capitals’ worst nightmare? No, not exactly, because he won’t be playing for the team. Instead, Puck Daddy’s Dmitry Chesnokov reports that the Russian superstar will work in an advisory role with the offspring club of Moscow Dynamo.…

  14. 2010 NHL free agency: Tampa Bay re-signs Nate Thompson

    Jul 16, 2010, 6:23 PM EDT

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    If you’ve been keeping a list of all the players eligible for arbitration hearings, (why wouldn’t you be you’re a crazy fan, right?) you can cross off one more name from your list. Damian Cristodero from the St. Petersburg Times spills the details. The Tampa Bay Lightning avoided arbitration with Nate Thompson by signing the…

  15. College hockey's recruiting battle with the CHL

    Jul 16, 2010, 6:02 PM EDT

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    Fans of the NHL alone may not be aware, but in the youth ranks there’s a bit of a border war going on between NCAA college hockey and the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) where major-junior hockey is played. The two sides compete for the same players of around the same age. For the longest time,…

  16. Dallas Stars on the brink of being sold… Or are they?

    Jul 16, 2010, 4:56 PM EDT

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    The Hockey News’ Ken Campbell put a charge into things around the hockey world today saying that the Dallas Stars were on the verge of being sold to Canadian oilman Bill Gallacher for $225 million. Not only would the sale involve Gallacher but also a host of other wealthy guys, including one man who’s already…

  17. Lightning hire former Habs executive Julien BriseBois to be assistant GM

    Jul 16, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

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    Montreal Canadiens fans are going to start developing a complex when it comes to the Tampa Bay Lightning and general manager Steve Yzerman. First it was Yzerman hiring former Hamilton Bulldogs head coach Guy Boucher away to be the new head man of the Lightning and now Yzerman’s new assistant general manager is a guy…

  18. 2010 NHL free agency: Today's pile of depth signings

    Jul 16, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    There’s often way too many smaller signings that fly under the radar that even get by us sometimes. Instead of playing it like we’ve got Vesa Toskala-like skills, here’s a wrap up of everything that’s come through today signing-wise. If we don’t get too in depth on these signings, don’t hold it against us too…

  19. Mike Babcock believes Mike Modano is coming to Detroit

    Jul 16, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

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    We know we’ve talked a lot about this summer’s other free agent saga. You know, the one involving a 40 year-old future hall of famer, not the Russian mega-star on the brink of supreme financial freedom. I’m talking, of course, about Mike Modano. Today, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock poured some gasoline on the fires…

  20. Anton Volchenkov's first choice wasn't New Jersey

    Jul 16, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

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    The twists and turns of NHL free agency are a wicked and creative soap opera on their own, but it’s interesting to hear from players what might’ve been had things shaken out differently. For instance, take the case of new Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov. Believe it or not, the Devils weren’t his first choice this…

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