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  1. 2010 NHL free agency: Oilers re-sign forward J.F. Jacques

    Jul 14, 2010, 7:50 PM EDT

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    Prepare your “must be a slow news day, eh?” quips for this bit of news. The Oilers have re-signed one of their primary depth forwards for another year. General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with left-winger J.F. Jacques on a one-year deal. Jacques, 25, played in 49 games…

  2. Looking back at the most scandalous offer sheet dramas in NHL history

    Jul 14, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

    I’ve stated this quite a bit the last few days, but it’s surprising NHL teams are so reluctant to send promising players offer sheets. I imagine there’s a lot of “Golden Rule” justification for staying away (“What if I’m in their shoes?,” general managers would shout), but … wouldn’t Bobby Ryan be worth a few…

  3. Nikolai Zherdev claims that he is now a 'two-way player'; Is water no longer wet?

    Jul 14, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

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    During a conference call today, Nikolai Zherdev referred to himself as a “two-way player.” In other news from Bizarro Land, I condemn puns, hate bacon and find Madonna interesting. All joking aside, the talented Russian winger claims that he’s improved in one of the areas that once made Ken Hitchcock and John Tortorella pitch fits.…

  4. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Minnesota brings back backup goalie Josh Harding for one year

    Jul 14, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    Apparently, the Minnesota Wild saw my post* about the players who might be worth an offer sheet this summer. The team announced that they signed Josh Harding to a one-year contract, although financial terms have not been disclosed by the team. Update: Michael Russo reports that the Wild signed Harding to a one-year, $1.2 million…

  5. Scary, unsubstantiated rumor of the day: Could the salary cap ceiling drop to $48M in 2012?

    Jul 14, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Now, the most important thing to note is that this is a rumor. I thought I’d get that out of the way immediately. The thing is, this rumor comes from one of the most respected, stable and trusted writers in hockey (Lyle “Spector” Richardson, to be exact). With all the Donald Fehr talk, it’s natural…

  6. Simon Gagne's agent confirms rumors of a possible (though not 'imminent') trade

    Jul 14, 2010, 3:50 PM EDT

    There have been plenty of rumors about Simon Gagne being traded by the Philadelphia Flyers, but it’s one thing to hear an anonymous source say it and other to hear it straight from the horse’s/agent’s mouth. So, yes, it’s not startling to hear that the Flyers are allowing Gagne to discuss a future contract with…

  7. Report: Donald Fehr will stay with NHLPA but won't be executive director (yet)

    Jul 14, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

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    While lockout-wounded hockey fans probably still tremble at the name Bob Goodenow, Donald Fehr is the name bandied about as the player’s union figurehead during Major League Baseball’s hugely damaging strike. So seeing that (in)famous name connected to the NHL Players Association is like a professional wrestler hearing The Undertaker’s music. I’m not sure if…

  8. Teemu Selanne isn't ready to make his retirement decision just yet

    Jul 14, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

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    It’s become a summer tradition like sundresses and sweat-stained T-shirts. Teemu Selanne is once again needing some time to do some soul-searching regarding his retirement decision. You can’t call him Brett Favre because – even when he sat out some games – he still came back and never actually retired. Still, the creeping possibility of…

  9. 2010 NHL Free Agency: What about … Alexander Frolov?

    Jul 14, 2010, 1:30 PM 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. Yesterday’s entry: Vyacheslav “Slava” Kozlov. Today, I’ll take a look at Alexander Frolov. Name: Alexander FrolovHeight: 6-2 Weight:…

  10. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Antti Niemi's agent hopes to make deal before salary arbitration

    Jul 14, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

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    Antti Niemi’s potential July 29 salary arbitration case would be one of the most intriguing in recent NHL history. It could set a precedent for players who have skinny resumes with big bullet points like “won starting job over $5.6 million goalie” and “back-stopped team to Stanley Cup in first playoff run.” That being said,…

  11. Players wrestle with the inexact science of free agency

    Jul 14, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

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    In this free agent frenzy filled July, we often look at team building through a sober lens of numbers or – as fans – like we’re filling our plates at some hockey buffet table. The “human element” is often lost in this process, especially for the far-from-superstar players. While it’s quite reasonable to imagine that…

  12. Is Kansas City a Plan B if NY Islanders' Lighthouse Project falls through?

    Jul 14, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    When Kate Murray, the supervisor of Hempstead Town, unveiled a plan that would greatly reduce the scale of the Lighthouse Project, it was seen as a big blow to New York Islanders owner Charles Wang’s plan to make the team more profitable. As we discussed on Monday, the team is looking at some backup plans,…

  13. Can the Bruins survive without Marc Savard?

    Jul 14, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    We’ve talked here plenty about the trade rumors that have swirled around Bruins center Marc Savard and how this could work for the Bruins. The Bruins are searching for cap space and people have grumbled about how Savard is a bit of a handful to deal with in the locker room. But what about his…

  14. Everyone waits for Ilya

    Jul 14, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Another day, another update about Ilya Kovalchuk that doesn’t have too much else to share. He’s gone to Los Angeles, he’s met with Kings GM Dean Lombardi and he’s met with Kings players Dustin Brown, Jarret Stoll, and Matt Greene. He’s gotten the tour of the Kings practice facility and presumably been wined and dined…

  15. Lou Lamoriello's special connection to George Steinbrenner

    Jul 13, 2010, 11:35 PM EDT

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    The death of New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner is one that reaches across all parts of the sports world, even into the realm of hockey. About the one thing that NHL owners ever took away from Steinbrenner when is their ability to fire head coaches at will. While you could argue that Steinbrenner’s presence…

  16. Swiss olympic hero Roman Wick signs on with Senators

    Jul 13, 2010, 11:07 PM EDT

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    One of the international heroes of the Olympic hockey tournament is finally making his way to North America to play pro hockey. Switzerland sniper Roman Wick inked a deal with the Ottawa Senators today and will compete for a spot with the team. Sens GM Bryan Murray had glowing regard for Wick’s game which shined…

  17. Vancouver's Kevin Bieksa figures he won't be a Canuck for long

    Jul 13, 2010, 9:29 PM EDT

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    The Vancouver Canucks have a bit of a logjam it seems. It makes sense given that one of the team’s logos is a lumberjack named Johnny Canuck, but in this case it involves defensemen and not trees. After the team acquired Keith Ballard in a trade with the Florida Panthers and Dan Hamhuis via free…

  18. Dallas Stars sign 2009 first-round pick Scott Glennie

    Jul 13, 2010, 7:56 PM EDT

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    The Dallas Stars brought one of last year’s top draft picks into the franchise fold today, signing last year’s 8th overall pick Scott Glennie to a three-year, entry-level deal. “We are excited to reach an agreement with Scott (Glennie),” Nieuwendyk said. “He is a skilled player that we have seen develop very quickly over the…

  19. College hockey's Frozen Four comes to Pennsylvania in 2013 & 2014

    Jul 13, 2010, 7:04 PM EDT

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    The NCAA today announced two future dates for college hockey’s Frozen Four and if you’re living in the northeast you may want to start gearing up to spend a lot of time in the Quaker State come 2013 and 2014. The NCAA has awarded the 2013 Frozen Four to Pittsburgh and the 2014 event to…

  20. Plenty of salary cap headaches remain for the Blackhawks

    Jul 13, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    Despite moving players such as Dustin Byfuglien, Kris Versteeg, Brent Sopel and Andrew Ladd, the Chicago Blackhawks are still in a salary cap mess right now. Matching the San Jose Sharks’ offer sheet for Niklas Hjalmarsson won’t help things, either, even if it was a good move for their on-ice product. One thing to take…

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