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  1. Dale Tallon not worried about getting his due from the Hawks

    Jun 14, 2010, 11:29 PM EDT

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    Everyone knows that Dale Tallon was the man behind the curtain, building the Chicago Blackhawks into the team they were this past season as the won the coveted Stanley Cup. Forget that Tallon also managed to put the Blackhawks into an incredible hole when it comes to the salary cap; he deserves credit for making…

  2. Alex Burrows has shoulder surgery

    Jun 14, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    Some small news out of Vancouver this evening after the Canucks released a statment that leading-scorer Alex Burrows had undergone successful shoulder surgery, “for damage suffered during the course of the season.” “At the conclusion of our season and after further consultation with our medical staff it was determined that shoulder surgery was the required…

  3. Rob Blake expect to announce his retirement on Friday

    Jun 14, 2010, 8:30 PM EDT

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    There’s been speculation this was coming ever since last week, but with the Stanley Cup finals now over we have the formal announcement coming: Rob Blake will retire, announcing his retirement at a 11 a.m. press conference on Friday morning. From David Pollack at the San Jose Mercury News: Since the only real suspense surrounding…

  4. Richard Dent: Bears' Super Bowl more impressive than Hawks Stanley Cup

    Jun 14, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    Everyone seems to want to rain on the Blackhawks’ proverbial parade. All of the local sports heroes are happy for the Blackhawks and their Stanley Cup win, as it’s always great to see a city rejoice in unison. Especially when hockey is involved. Yet a day after Ozzie Guillen claimed that the White Sox parade…

  5. Tuesday marks the start of two-week contract buyout period

    Jun 14, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    Most of the talk in the next month or so will be about teams adding players. Whether it is through the draft or free agent splurges, the majority of players leaving teams will be doing so by choice (some might say because of greed). There is, however, one big exception: buyouts. The contract buy-out window…

  6. Toronto Maple Leafs officially announce Dion Phaneuf as captain, jersey redesign

    Jun 14, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    As we expected, the Toronto Maple Leafs named Dion Phaneuf their newly minted captain during a press conference today. There was more news than that, though, as the Leafs look to be echoing their past in other ways too. Check out their “new” jerseys, which as Icethetics points out, bring back a shoulder patch used…

  7. First NHL '11 trailer

    Jun 14, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    I’m pretty sure the E3 Conference is going on right now, which is basically a magnet for video gamers, dorks and some of the world’s most deodorant-shy humans. In other words, it’s probably a lot of fun. Overall, it’s not particularly relevant to puckheads aside from one important exception: news regarding hockey games, of course.…

  8. Should the Penguins bring back Petr Sykora?

    Jun 14, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    The most exciting moments of hockey off-seasons come when a team lands a big, expensive free agent. Yet, nine times out of ten in sports, splashy deals fail miserably (see: the Dan Snyder era with the Washington Redskins). Just look at last summer; while Jay Bouwmeester made headlines when he signed with the Calgary Flames,…

  9. Donald Brashear: Worst value of the 2009-10 season?

    Jun 14, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    In the previous post, I took a look at the players who were the best bargains during the 2009-10 season. It’s important to note that the study only took into account points per dollar earned, so subjective factors like “hustle” as well as other important numbers (like time on ice) weren’t part of the experiment.…

  10. Was Rich Peverley the NHL's biggest bargain of the 2009-10 season?

    Jun 14, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    With free agency just a few weeks away, teams and fans alike are dreaming of finding the perfect match. General managers might want to attempt to track down big-name stars, but winning clubs often get by with bargains and “steals.” Capgeek.com has a list of “bargains” that is pretty interesting. Now, I want to make…

  11. Chicago Blackhawks take Stanley Cup to Wrigley Field

    Jun 14, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    While we can debate Ozzie Guillen’s claims that the 2005 Chicago White Sox World Series parade was better, there’s little doubt that the city of Chicago is going Cup crazy at the moment. The team was honored at Wrigley Field yesterday during a Cubs-White Sox contest. TSN captured some of the most interesting details. The…

  12. Web site hits, TV ratings, general sales up across the board for 2010 playoffs

    Jun 14, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    While it’s probably a long-shot for the NHL to ever leapfrog the NBA for more than a few scattered evenings, that shouldn’t overshadow the fact that hockey is on a hot streak. Naturally, the fantastic Vancouver Olympics were a huge draw but the playoffs and Winter Classic also made a huge impact. NHL.com features an…

  13. Free Agent All-Star team: Restricted

    Jun 14, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    In the last post, I put together a First All-Star team of unrestricted free agents. Though restricted free agents tend to attract less attention, there could be some intriguing situations. While I broke down the last list of players into forward positions (left wing, center, right wing), this time I’ll just choose three forwards, plus…

  14. Free Agent All-Star team: Unrestricted

    Jun 14, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    For some hockey fans, reality might have set in late Wednesday last week or perhaps last Thursday morning. But it might not truly set in until the Monday of the first full week of the off-season. So, as we gather ourselves on this bittersweet day, preparation for the 2010-11 season is already underway. To tackle…

  15. Flyers bolster goalie depth by signing Johan Backlund to 2-year extension

    Jun 14, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    He’s not a big name goalie and he contributed little to their unexpected run to the Stanley Cup finals, but Johan “don’t call me Bob” Backlund – not Michael Leighton – is the latest goalie to sign with the Philadelphia Flyers. TSN reports that the Flyers extended the contract of the Swedish goalie (who managed…

  16. Dallas Stars sale down to two Canadian businessmen

    Jun 14, 2010, 1:29 AM EDT

    Dallas Stars fans, start rejoicing. The time when Tom Hicks is no longer the owner of the Stars is drawing ever closer, which can only be a relief during a time in which the team is completely handcuffed financially. Hicks Sports Group, the holding company that owns the Stars, is locked in a financial battle…

  17. Ozzie Guillen says the White Sox parade was better

    Jun 13, 2010, 6:38 PM EDT

    Maybe he didn’t mean for it to come across the way it did. Then again, I doubt that Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen really cares about how his comments are perceived. Before tonight’s game at Wrigley Field, where the Chicago Blackhawks will be honored before the Cubs and White Sox crowd, Guillen made this…

  18. Blackhawks coming to terms with the coming changes

    Jun 13, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    It’s unfortunate that the Chicago Blackhawks haven’t been able to just sit back and enjoy their Cup win. Oh, I’m sure they’ve been enjoying themselves individually. From what I’ve heard, the players have torn the city of Chicago upside down since their Wednesday night victory and I don’t doubt that the young superstars have had…

  19. Forsberg was offered chance to play for Flyers

    Jun 13, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Per TSN, and according to the Swedish newspaper Expressen, Peter Forsberg was offered the chance to sign with the Philadelphia Flyers on March 2nd. “Yeah, it’s true,” Forsberg told Expressen. “But I felt that I wasn’t in good enough shape to go.” “Obviously it would’ve been cool since I know so many of those guys…

  20. Todd Bertuzzi on his way out of Detroit?

    Jun 13, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Chris McCosky of The Detroit News has an interesting column up about the Detroit Red Wings and their attempt to re-sign Todd Bertuzzi. It seems that while it might have been thought Bertuzzi would be easy to sign – perhaps for a bit of a paycut — it turns out that it appears Bertuzzi is…

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