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  1. 2010 NHL free agency: Detroit, Florida, Ottawa, Columbus and Pittsburgh fill depth needs

    Jul 7, 2010, 3:36 PM EDT

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    The march through free agency continues and today saw a host of depth signings and re-signings by teams to help build up their reserves for a shot at the Cup next season. We’ll sum them up for you quickly. Detroit re-signs Patrick Eaves, one year $750,000 Eaves did well for Detroit in limited duty on…

  2. Evgeni Nabokov leaves the NHL, signs with KHL's SKA St. Petersburg

    Jul 7, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

    If you missed the 2010 Western Conference final between the San Jose Sharks and the Chicago Blackhawks, you missed Evgeni Nabokov’s last game in the NHL. Russian newspaper Sovetsky Sport is reporting that the former Sharks goaltender has signed a four year contract with SKA St. Petersburg (link is in Russian) in the Kontinental Hockey…

  3. 2010 NHL free agency: Capitals re-sign Jeff Schultz for four years, $11 million

    Jul 7, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    The Capitals continue to take care of their in-house business today by signing defenseman Jeff Schultz to a long-term contract. Tarik El-Bashir spreads the word from Washington. The Caps have re-signed restricted free agent Jeff Schultz, I’m told, and thus will avoid salary arbitration. is reporting the deal is worth $11 million over four…

  4. 2010 NHL free agency: Rob Niedermayer signs with Buffalo for one year

    Jul 7, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

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    The Buffalo Sabres continue to do what they do best come free agency season: Be patient and fill holes on the roster wisely. The Sabres responded to losing defensemen Henrik Tallinder and Toni Lydman on the first day of free agency by signing defenseman Jordan Leopold away from Pittsburgh. Today, they’ve helped stabilize their center…

  5. Report: Kovalchuk "close" to signing with KHL team, Nabokov to join him?

    Jul 7, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    Stop me if you’ve heard this before. A report from a Russian publication called Sport Express is reporting that Ilya Kovalchuk is close to signing a deal with the KHL’s SKA St. Petersburg. Oh, you’re not stopping me? All right then. Rich Chere at the Newark Star-Ledger gives us the details. SKA general manager Andrey…

  6. Prospect Ryan McDonagh signs with Rangers, decisions await on Staal and Girardi

    Jul 7, 2010, 10:39 AM EDT

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    The New York Rangers are about to make life interesting on both head coach John Tortorella and general manager Glen Sather. The Rangers have signed prospect defenseman Ryan McDonagh and while that’s a great thing overall for the Rangers it puts them in a curious position, one which Glen Sather probably doesn’t mind. The Rangers…

  7. Oilers get a first-hand look at their future

    Jul 7, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

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    A lot of teams are holding their development camps to get a look at the prospects they’ve been harvesting through the draft the last few years. One place that is getting a lot of attention from its own fans is Edmonton and with good reason. With this year’s top pick Taylor Hall, Canadian junior hockey…

  8. The biggest winner with Jaroslav Halak's new contract? Antti Niemi

    Jul 6, 2010, 11:36 PM EDT

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    Earlier today, new St. Louis Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak, formerly of the Montreal Canadiens, signed a four-year contract with the Blues worth $15 million. While the Blues are likely ecstatic they got a budding young superstar locked up for a cap hit of $3.75 million a year, there’s another team out there that’s probably terrified…

  9. Caps finally sign someone, re-sign Boyd Gordon for one year

    Jul 6, 2010, 10:34 PM EDT

    Capitals fans have been a bit anxious since the start of free agency on July 1. For some reason they feel troubled that their 121 point team has only lost some small-time players from their farm team and missed out on plenty of bloated free agent contracts to players that could’ve helped them out. Don’t…

  10. Mike Modano: It's Detroit or retirement

    Jul 6, 2010, 9:32 PM EDT

    We don’t know if the Red Wings courtship of Mike Modano amuses you, saddens you or makes you want to hurl, but at the very least it’s provided a nice, heartwarming like a G-Rated movie kind of side show to the Ilya Kovalchuk circus of inaction that continues to go on. We mentioned last night…

  11. Probert autopsy shows "no foul play"

    Jul 6, 2010, 7:52 PM EDT

    Windsor Regional Hospital in Ontario have found out that no foul play affected the death of former NHL enforcer Bob Probert.’s George Malik has been all over everything about what’s going on with the death of Probert, and I can tip my cap to him for virtually every thing that’s been said or found…

  12. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Predators roll the dice with Sergei Kostitsyn

    Jul 6, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    When the Kostitsyn brothers (sort of) burst onto the scene, Andrei was considered the better finisher/generally more talented of the two but Sergei was the “fast” one. Either way, it seemed like the two had a chance to be a solid sibling set for the Montreal Canadiens. As you may know, things fell apart for…

  13. LA Kings should not worry about luring big-time free agents

    Jul 6, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Perhaps I’m in the minority here, but I think the Los Angeles Kings are better off without Ilya Kovalchuk … at least at the kind of money and years he seems determined to receive. Los Angeles Times writer Helene Elliott seems to think it’s a sign that the team cannot lure in high-end free agents,…

  14. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Janssen, Lundin, Purcell and Drew Miller sign one-year deals

    Jul 6, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

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    Let’s take a look at a few minor signings from around the NHL. The Tampa Bay Lightning signed defenseman Mike Lundin and recently acquired forward Teddy Purcell to one-year contracts. Pierre LeBrun reports that Lundin’s contract will be worth $750K. Lundin had three goals and 10 assists for 13 points in 49 games for the…

  15. Concussion problems might force Kim Johnsson to retire

    Jul 6, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

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    While hockey players often skate through the playoffs with all kinds of grisly injuries, one of the most troubling ailments cannot be easily corrected with surgery or even rest. Concussions are a sad reality in all violent sports, affecting not only a player’s ability to function as a hockey player but also causing dire longtime…

  16. The home of the Vancouver Canucks is now Rogers Arena, not GM Place

    Jul 6, 2010, 3:23 PM EDT

    The Vancouver Canucks will no longer be playing in GM Place. OK, that’s a little misleading, as it turns out that the naming rights to the home of the ‘Nucks will now be Rogers Arena instead, according to Jeff Marek. The Globe and Mail expands on the situation. It was widely believed that the contest…

  17. Jaroslav Halak's contract: Better for Halak, the Blues … or the Habs?

    Jul 6, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

    Four years from now, we’ll look back at this summer as a turning point for both the Montreal Canadiens and St. Louis Blues. The question is: will the Habs look wise for taking Jaroslav Halak’s impressive playoff run with a grain of salt or will the Blues point to that trade (and subsequent signing) as…

  18. 2010 NHL Free Agency: St. Louis signs Jaroslav Halak to four-year, $15M deal

    Jul 6, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

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    One of the biggest restricted free agent mysteries just went solved as the St. Louis Blues signed former Montreal Canadiens playoff hero Jaroslav Halak to a four-year, $15 million contract according to Nick Kypreos. That works out to a $3.75 million cap hit for each year. I’ll expand on this soon, but I thought I’d…

  19. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Blues reportedly sign Carlo Colaiacovo to two-year, $4.25M deal

    Jul 6, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

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    To the chagrin of St. Louis copy editors and the benefit of their blueline, the Blues are reportedly on the verge of re-signing defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo to a two-year, $4.25 million deal. (Source: TSN.) Colaiacovo, an unrestricted free agent, scored seven goals and 25 assists in his first full season with the Blues. He came…

  20. Bring back the rats: Panthers add '96-era players Brian Skrudland, Gord Murphy to front office

    Jul 6, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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    For some NHL franchises, a Cinderella run to a Stanley Cup finals sweep would be a prelude of better things to come. For the great ones, it would possibly be a little bit embarrassing. For the mediocre ones, it might be a vibrant memory in a montage of occasional playoff appearances. Yet for a moribund…

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