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  1. Islanders buy out Brendan Witt's contract

    Aug 2, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Last week we told you about how the Islanders put Brendan Witt on unconditional waivers and now the team has made it official, declaring they were buying out Witt’s contract. Witt was due to make $2.5 million next season, the final year of a two-year, $6 million deal. According to Cap Geek, the buy out…

  2. 2010 NHL free agency: Blues re-sign defenseman Erik Johnson

    Aug 2, 2010, 11:51 AM EDT

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    The St. Louis Blues have gotten their most important player back in the fold signing restricted free agent defenseman Erik Johnson to a two-year deal worth $5.2 million. Johnson was the number one overall pick in the 2006 NHL draft and lynchpin along the blue line. In two seasons, Johnson has 15 goals and 57…

  3. 2010 NHL free agency: Blackhawks walk away from Antti Niemi award, sign Marty Turco to one-year deal

    Aug 2, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

    In a stunning turn of events, the Chicago Blackhawks are walking away from the $2.75 million arbitration award for goaltender Antti Niemi and will be signing Marty Turco to a one-year deal for around $1 or $1.5 million (Update: $1.3 million is the number). While a report of this happening came out last night, this…

  4. Rangers obtain Todd White from Atlanta

    Aug 2, 2010, 10:39 AM EDT

    The New York Rangers have been looking for a little bit of help at the center position. With Chris Drury being essentially their one true top center, and he’s even been relegated to second or third line duty, getting another center with some offensive touch has been a bit of a priority for the Rangers.…

  5. The PHT Nightcap: Sunday, August 1st

    Aug 2, 2010, 1:00 AM EDT

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    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. It was a pretty…

  6. Update: Marty Turco might not be a member of the Chicago Blackhawks after all

    Aug 2, 2010, 12:05 AM EDT

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    A few moments ago, we shared a report that the Chicago Blackhawks might have signed Marty Turco to a one-year, $1.75 million deal. To add some confusion to the mix, Dave Pagnotta of the Fourth Period (the person who shared WGN’s original report on Twitter) says that it might not happen after all. Being told…

  7. Report: Chicago Blackhawks allegedly sign Marty Turco; Is Antti Niemi on the way out?

    Aug 1, 2010, 11:25 PM EDT

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    It’s pretty late so there might not be an official announcement – or even other media confirmations – but at least one report from The Fourth Period indicates that the Chicago Blackhawks signed erstwhile free agent goalie Marty Turco to a one-year contract worth $1.75 million. Again, please note that this is a report and…

  8. Rob Zombie shares his love for hockey, goalie masks and more

    Aug 1, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    It’s often interesting to hear celebrities share their love for hockey. For one thing, they’re the type of people who have access to money and power and groupies, so it’s kind of cool to find out they still have some puck appreciation. Beyond that, it’s kind of refreshing to hear from someone who has a…

  9. Which NHL teams might be contenders next season?

    Aug 1, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    It’s a pretty slow night, so such evenings lend themselves to meandering little curiosities like this Canoe.ca article regarding future contenders in the NHL. So who’s next? After adding Taylor Hall to a stockpile of offensive prospects that also includes world junior hero Jordan Eberle and skilled Swede Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson, the Oilers are being billed…

  10. Blackhawks goaltending a hot topic during Blackhawks fan convention

    Aug 1, 2010, 5:01 PM EDT

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    While the Chicago Blackhawks held their fan convention this weekend, much of the festivities were a bit overshadowed wondering about what the team will do with goaltender Antti Niemi. This is unknown territory really for any NHL team to have such great success one year winning the Stanley Cup to scrapping a lot of the…

  11. Assessing this year's arbitration decisions

    Aug 1, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

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    A lot of our attention this summer has been spent on restricted free agents and arbitration. With over 30 players having filed for arbitration, there was potential for a lot of drama between teams and players. As is generally customary, arbitration is the last resort in contract negotiations and the majority of players settled into…

  12. NHL challenging the NHLPA over legal contracts is nothing new

    Aug 1, 2010, 10:51 AM EDT

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    Believe it or not, there’s actually some history with the NHL and the NHLPA when it comes to bickering over the legality of contracts. I know, this is really mind-bending news to get on a Sunday morning but it’s true and the New York Post’s Larry Brooks is once again spending his Sunday skewering the…

  13. Marty Turco won't be a Flyer, but would've loved to be one

    Aug 1, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Marty Turco’s first summer in free agency hasn’t gone quite the way he was hoping it would. The free agent market for goaltenders dried up, teams are putting more faith in goalies who won’t break the bank and jobs that were thought to be around didn’t materialize. Of the handful of possible destinations Turco may…

  14. Niemi's arbitration split-decision is better than expected news for Blackhawks

    Jul 31, 2010, 11:53 PM EDT

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    While the Chicago Blackhawks have to be somewhat happy with how goaltender Antti Niemi’s arbitration case turned out today, rewarding him $2.75 million, finding out about where each side was hoping to end up in the grand scheme of things salary-wise is a curious matter. Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago checks in to tell us…

  15. 2010 NHL free agency: Oilers avoid arbitration, re-sign goalie Jeff Deslauriers

    Jul 31, 2010, 10:47 PM EDT

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    The Oilers have done the NHL arbitration-watching part of the world a huge favor and came to terms with goaltender Jeff Deslauriers on a one-year one-way deal. Deslauriers was set to be the last arbitration case to be heard, but now that won’t go down, leaving the Blackhawks decision on what they’ll do with goaltender…

  16. Source: News Corp. interested in buying the Dallas Stars

    Jul 31, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

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    The sale of the Dallas Stars has been getting plenty of attention amongst interested parties in Texas. Current owner Tom Hicks is looking to get out of sports franchise owning in a big way and both the Stars and the Texas Rangers in Major League Baseball are on the block. While Canadian oilman Bill Gallacher…

  17. Why a Marc Savard deal would (and wouldn't) make sense for the Kings and Bruins

    Jul 31, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    When the Boston Bruins chose to honor Blake Wheeler’s $2.2 million salary arbitration award, speculation began regarding how the team would clear up salary cap space. Shortly after the Bruins honored the deal, rumors began to circulate that the Los Angeles Kings might be interested in trading for playmaking center Marc Savard. Now, it’s important…

  18. Canada's Green Party names pugilist-turned-politician Georges Laraque their deputy leader

    Jul 31, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    It might be hard to believe, but one of the league’s best fighters in ages retired to a life that some might describe as cuddly. Some might even call him a “tree hugger.” Georges Laraque retired from hockey after being bought out by the Montreal Canadiens and the politically active pugilist was just named the…

  19. Report: Nashville Predators, Patric Hornqvist nearing a new deal

    Jul 31, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Casual fans might not be familiar with Patric Hornqvist, yet he is one of the highest impact players waiting for a new contract via restricted free agency. We’ve debated whether or not he’ll make good on his breakthrough 09-10 season already, but the bottom line is that he managed to score 30 goals next season.…

  20. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Alexandre Picard signs one-year, two-way deal with Habs

    Jul 31, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

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    The Montreal Canadiens signed defenseman Alexandre Picard (not to be confused with the Phoenix Coyotes version*, who is a left winger) to a one-year, two-way contract, according to Brian LeBlanc. * – Jeez, the two guys were born and drafted in the same year. I probably made identical “Star Trek” puns about them without even…

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