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  1. Coyotes make re-signing Martin Hanzal 'a priority' while Lee Stempniak explores his options

    Aug 11, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

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    While most of the focus rests on the team’s off-ice issues, the Phoenix Coyotes also have some questions to answer on the ice. The two biggest ones center on unrestricted free agent Lee Stempniak and restricted free agent Martin Hanzal. Here is the latest news on those two players from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona…

  2. Eric Belanger won't name the team he signed with, inspires toothless rumors

    Aug 11, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

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    While he’s far from a big name or impact player, Eric Belanger is still one of the better centers remaining on the free agent market. Sources say that he’s chosen the team he’ll sign a one-year contract with, but cannot name that team just yet because his future employers need to clear up some cap…

  3. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Flames re-sign Craig Conroy to one-year, two-way contract

    Aug 11, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

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    When I think of the Calgary Flames now-near-mirage of a Stanley Cup Finals run, I think of a few things. Jarome Iginla making himself a true hockey household name. Miikka Kiprusoff becoming the first Finnish goalie name I’d struggle to spell for years. Mike Commdore sporting a hilarious ginger afro. The speed of Chris Clark.…

  4. The strange tale of the Prince of Wales engraving error (and one fan's quest to prove its existence)

    Aug 11, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    About a week ago, a Chicago Blackhawks fan Brendan Millhouser posted photos on Twitter that featured an error so difficult to believe … that no one actually believed it. During a Blackhawks fan function, Millhouser noticed a stunning error: the Prince of Wales Trophy’s 2009-10 winner was incorrectly engraved as the Washington Capitals. Here are…

  5. Stats I'd love to see: Third (or even fourth) assists

    Aug 11, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    Every once and a while, I try to introduce new stats ideas (or perhaps stats that I just didn’t know existed) to the hockey blogosphere and fans alike. One example is the incredibly simple Special Teams Plus/Minus stats I discussed during the 09-10 season. This could be a long-running series or a summer diversion, but…

  6. Tomas Kaberle's agent frustrated with Toronto media focus, trade rumors

    Aug 11, 2010, 6:13 PM EDT

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    When it comes to summertime trade rumors, the gift that keeps on giving the last couple of years has been Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle. Even in spite of having a no-trade clause, Kaberle would manage to end up in idle chatter about being traded. When Kaberle’s no-trade clause opened up on July 1st, it…

  7. Report: Chris Pronger could miss training camp, may not be ready for season opener

    Aug 11, 2010, 5:39 PM EDT

    One of the after effects of the Philadelphia Flyers making it to the Stanley Cup finals is often having to deal with injuries suffered during the playoff run. Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger wasn’t immune to such perils and now is likely to miss training camp thanks to a knee injury initially suffered in the second…

  8. Maple Leafs sign USA WJC star 2009 draft pick Jerry D'Amigo

    Aug 11, 2010, 4:37 PM EDT

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    The rumors about the Maple Leafs signing their 2009 sixth round draft pick Jerry D’Amigo came true this afternoon as the team announced they’ve reached a three-year entry-level deal with the Team USA World Junior Championships gold medalist. Leafs GM Brian Burke had this to say about D’Amigo: “We’ve been very pleased with Jerry’s progression…

  9. NHL not looking into Vincent Lecavalier's 11-year contract with Tampa Bay

    Aug 11, 2010, 3:53 PM EDT

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    While many players with egregiously long contracts get nervous about whether or not the NHL will come calling to see if their contract will get looked at a little closer, Vincent Lecavalier of the Tampa Bay Lightning doesn’t have to worry about anything. Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times gets the information that Lecavalier’s…

  10. Habs 2010 draft pick Jarred Tinordi chooses OHL over Notre Dame, sparks further debate

    Aug 11, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    In what continues to be a bad summer for college hockey fans, continues to be a great one for fans of Canadian junior hockey. 2010 first round pick of the Montreal Canadiens Jarred Tinordi will be playing hockey for the OHL’s London Knights this season rather than in the NCAA for Notre Dame. While it’s…

  11. 2010 NHL free agency: Blackhawks officially re-sign Jordan Hendry

    Aug 11, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

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    It’s the Blackhawks re-signing that’s been laying in the weeds for a while now. Heck we even talked about it last week, but today the Blackhawks have announced the official re-signing of defenseman Jordan Hendry. Hendry was a key depth member of the Blackhawks blueline last year and while he struggled a bit late in…

  12. 2010 NHL free agency: Lightning re-sign Juraj Simek

    Aug 11, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

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    The Tampa Bay Lightning have held onto some of their scoring depth by re-signing winger Juraj Simek to a one-year, two-way contract. Simek is likely destined to return to the AHL and the Norfolk Admirals next season but should things break right for him, it’s possible he could see fourth line time in Tampa Bay…

  13. Is it time for the NHL to consider expansion?

    Aug 11, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    With the glut of available players in free agency there’s a definitive issue at hand for the NHL and their players. While we’re sure that a lot of folks would like to hang the blame on Ilya Kovalchuk for seemingly bogging down the market for weeks with his free agency, that’s just not how it…

  14. Unsurprising news: Agent doesn't approve of Kovalchuk contract ruling

    Aug 11, 2010, 12:30 AM EDT

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    You had to know this was coming at some point in the wake of Richard Bloch’s ruling in favor of the NHL over the NHLPA regarding Ilya Kovalchuk’s nixed contract with the Devils. It’s just a little surprising that it took this long to get a response at all. NHL agent Kurt Overhardt sounded off…

  15. Devils hire head coaches for their AHL and ECHL affiliates

    Aug 10, 2010, 11:09 PM EDT

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    The New Jersey Devils have filled out their minor league coaching ranks hiring new head coaches for both the AHL Albany Devils and the ECHL Trenton Devils. Taking the reins in Albany will be Rick Kowalsky, as he’s earning a promotion up after coaching the Trenton Devils last season. Kowalsky brings on former Devils defenseman…

  16. 2010 NHL free agency: Blackhawks re-sign defenseman Nick Boynton

    Aug 10, 2010, 9:05 PM EDT

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    Turns out that winning can be a good thing for some players. The Chicago Blackhawks brought back a member of their Stanley Cup winning team at a big discount compared to what he was making before. Cap Geek has learned that defenseman Nick Boynton has re-signed with the team for one year at the league…

  17. NHL officially investigating mega-contracts of Hossa, Savard, Pronger and Luongo

    Aug 10, 2010, 7:25 PM EDT

    The fallout from yesterday’s ruling in the Ilya Kovalchuk contract grievance case which nixed his monstrous contract with the New Jersey Devils is that, thanks to the collective bargaining agreement, it gave the NHL the opportunity to look into other contracts to see if, perhaps, they too could be ruled to be guilty of cap…

  18. After being booed by Ducks fans for years, can Paul Kariya play for Anaheim again?

    Aug 10, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Most of the discussion regarding Paul Kariya’s possible return to the team he once starred for focuses on two questions: 1) do the Anaheim Ducks want him back? and 2) does Paul Kariya even want to play hockey anymore? But people outside the California area might not realize that there are some fresh wounds to…

  19. Rick Wilson becomes the Minnesota Wild's new assistant head coach

    Aug 10, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    The Minnesota Wild added Rick Wilson to their coaching staff today, filling a gap left by departed assistant coach Mike Ramsey. Here is more from Glen Andersen of the Minnesota Wild’s Web site. After a long, hurdle-ridden process, Wilson signed his contract in the Wild’s corporate offices today, his 60th birthday. The Wild had several…

  20. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Blue Jackets re-sign Mike Blunden

    Aug 10, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

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    The Columbus Blue Jackets made a minor move today, re-signing forward Mike Blunden to a contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Blunden was originally a member of the Chicago Blackhawks organization, as the 43rd pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. The Blue Jackets acquired Blunden in a trade for Adam Pineault in…

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