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  1. 2010 NHL free agency: Lightning re-sign Vladimir Mihalik, sign two others

    Jul 29, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

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    The Lightning continued their busy summer by helping to fill out ranks along the blueline by re-signing Vladimir Mihalik and signing Mathieu Roy and Mike Vernace. Mihalik is a big boy standing at 6’7″ and 244 pounds, but is a smooth skating offensive defenseman. He’s had a little bit of time with the big club…

  2. 2010 NHL free agency: Thrashers sign Andrew Ladd

    Jul 29, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

    The Thrashers have again avoided arbitration with one of their new acquisitions from the Blackhawks obtained in the Great Chicago Fire Sale of 2010. This time it’s Andrew Ladd signing a one-year contract with Atlanta. Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweets the final details of Ladd’s deal. Ladd signs one-year deal worth $2.35 million…

  3. Agent: Marty Turco will have a home in the NHL this year

    Jul 29, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    If you’ve been wondering what’s going on with free agent goalie Marty Turco you’re not alone. The quiet and mostly sad market for free agent goalies this season is one that’s chased Evgeni Nabokov back home to Russia, Jose Theodore into hiding and Antti Niemi off to an arbitration hearing that may end up making…

  4. Enforcer Aaron Downey to get tryout with Red Wings

    Jul 29, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    The Detroit Red Wings of recent years have never been a team to go crazy with enforcers and turn the rink into a boxing ring. After all, the days of the Bruise Brothers are long gone. One player that in recent years got a short run with the Red Wings in that role was Aaron…

  5. Flames likely to go to arbitration with defenseman Ian White

    Jul 28, 2010, 11:29 PM EDT

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    The summer of the Calgary Flames has been one of fan-infuriating intrigue and it appears that things will continue down that path with restricted free agent defenseman Ian White. Flames Insider has the scoop on what’s going on in Calgary. So, the Columbus Blue Jackets avoided arbitration with Anton Stralman and the Vancouver Canucks struck…

  6. 2010 NHL free agency: Thrashers avoid arbitration, sign Ben Eager

    Jul 28, 2010, 9:40 PM EDT

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    Scratch another potential arbitration hearing off the docket in Toronto. The Atlanta Thrashers have reached a contract agreement with one of the players they received in the Dustin Byfuglien trade in Ben Eager as TSN tells us. Forward Ben Eager avoided arbitration on Wednesday, agreeing to a negotiated settlement on a one-year deal with the…

  7. Bruins source nixes obviously bad rumor about interest in Bill Guerin

    Jul 28, 2010, 9:35 PM EDT

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    Contrary to what was starting to become popular belief, it appears that the Bruins supposed interest in free agent right wing Bill Guerin was nothing more than fiction. Joe Haggerty at CSN Boston lets the fans in Beantown down easy just in case they got a bit too over-excited. While a report circulated on…

  8. 2010 NHL free agency: Blackhawks officially re-sign Bryan Bickell and Jack Skille

    Jul 28, 2010, 8:32 PM EDT

    The Blackhawks have made it official that they’ve re-signed forwards Bryan Bickell and Jack Skille. Even though these signings were worked out a week or two ago (links to Bickell and Skille), it always helps to dot the “i’s” and cross the “t’s” on these things. Skille re-signed for one year and Bickell for three…

  9. Capitals trade prospect Stefan Della Rovere for Blues enforcer D.J. King

    Jul 28, 2010, 7:42 PM EDT

    While the Washington Capitals summer has been quiet, unless you count Maxime Talbot calling Alexander Ovechkin names news. Today, however, the Capitals made a definitive splash of sorts sending prospect Stefan Della Rovere to St. Louis for oft-injured enforcer D.J. King. D.J. King is plain and simple, an enforcer. Guys in St. Louis loved him…

  10. Broad Street Bullies Era Flyers named fourth 'most hated' sports team of all-time

    Jul 28, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

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    Falling behind two reviled creations of football coach Jimmy Johnson (the Miami Hurricanes and the Dallas Cowboys) along with the “Bad Boys” era Detroit Pistons, Sports Illustrated named the Broad Street Bullies the fourth “most hated” sports team of all-time. (Eh, I think this is a case of bigger sports getting the nod because the…

  11. Anaheim Ducks sign first rounder Cam Fowler to entry-level contract

    Jul 28, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

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    When we look back at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, it’s quite possible that the Anaheim Ducks will be heralded for getting a steal in 12th overall pick Cam Fowler. Many expected the offensively talented defenseman to go as early as No. 3 behind shoo-in forwards Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin but instead Fowler dropped…

  12. Should the Anaheim Ducks, Bobby Ryan consider a 'lifetime' deal?

    Jul 28, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    The Anaheim Ducks and forward Bobby Ryan are at a contract negotiation standstill right now. In a rare twist, it doesn’t appear that it’s a straight-up money problem. (I mean, sure, in the grand scheme of things it is … but work with me, here.) Instead, the biggest sticking point seems to be the length…

  13. The maddening fact that hockey didn't appear on "Mad Men"

    Jul 28, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Few TV programs leave audiences enraptured like AMC’s “Mad Men” does. While the misogyny makes many squirm, there’s little doubt that the smoky, boozy period piece provides some of the most artful and gripping television around. As if playing Don Draper wasn’t enough, star Jon Hamm is also awesome because he’s a hockey fan. Specifically,…

  14. Alex Radulov 'never regretted' leaving NHL for KHL, but could he return after next season?

    Jul 28, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    At this point, the KHL seems like a sponge for some of the NHL’s most unwanted contracts. Even when a good player like goalie Evgeni Nabokov departs for the Russian league, it no longer seems like a huge deal. Yet that wasn’t the case in 2008 when Alexander Radulov left the Nashville Predators for greener…

  15. Chance to live near Carrie Underwood wouldn't be enough for Mike Fisher to leave Senators

    Jul 28, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

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    When it comes down to it, we sometimes lose track of the real reasons a player chooses a destination – new or old. It would be great if the Stanley Cup was 90 percent of the reason, but other factors include whether that player is single or married, travel concerns, weather and plenty of other…

  16. Updated salary arbitration calendar

    Jul 28, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

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    I provided a list of the upcoming arbitration hearings on Monday and already quite a few decisions have been made. In most cases, those deals were made to avoid such an uncomfortable process. I thought I’d update that list with stories Joe and I wrote for completed contracts or decisions we’re still waiting on. Let’s…

  17. Ice Edge claims progress in Coyotes talks, report clarifies their troubles

    Jul 28, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Watching Ice Edge Holdings and certain members of the Canadian media trade barbs back and forth is about as tedious as sitting through an 11-hour tennis match. At some point you just want to see some resolution. Ice Edge is adamant that they’re making progress toward completing their attempted purchase of the Phoenix Coyotes, despite…

  18. Nikolai Khabibulin's court case pushed to August 27, will be judge-only

    Jul 28, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

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    To touch on an update Joe made last week, Nikolai Khabibulin’s extreme DUI hearing will indeed be delayed. His court date will take place on August 27 and there will only be a judge, not a jury according to the Oilers Report. Having Khabibulin’s court case in limbo must be a headache for the Oilers…

  19. Tim Kennedy, Buffalo Sabres went through salary arbitration Tuesday, currently await results

    Jul 28, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

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    In one of the increasingly rare cases of a salary arbitration hearing actually taking place, the Buffalo Sabres and forward Tim Kennedy told their sides of the story on Tuesday. The Buffalo News reports that an independent arbitrator will decide what Kennedy should earn either today or on Thursday. Here’s some conjecture regarding the amount…

  20. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Devils, Mark Fraser reach deal, will NJ utilize buyout window?

    Jul 28, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

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    In yet another move to avoid salary arbitration, the New Jersey Devils signed young defenseman Mark Fraser to a one-year, one-way contract worth $500K according to Tom Gulitti. With all due respect to Fraser, the signing might be most interesting because it gives the Devils a new 48-hour buyout window; some wonder if the team…

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