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

    Jul 28, 2010, 5:15 PM EST

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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…

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

    Jul 28, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 28, 2010, 3:45 PM EST

    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,…

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

    Jul 28, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 28, 2010, 2:15 PM EST

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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…

  6. Updated salary arbitration calendar

    Jul 28, 2010, 1:15 PM EST

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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…

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

    Jul 28, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

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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…

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

    Jul 28, 2010, 11:50 AM EST

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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…

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

    Jul 28, 2010, 11:45 AM EST

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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…

  10. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Devils, Mark Fraser reach deal, will NJ utilize buyout window?

    Jul 28, 2010, 11:15 AM EST

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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…

  11. KHL nabs another Russian NHL player as Denis Grebeskhov signs with SKA

    Jul 28, 2010, 10:50 AM EST

    In a move that raised some eyebrows this morning, Puck Daddy’s Dmitry Chesnokov reports that former Nashville Predators (and Edmonton Oilers) defenseman Denis Grebeshkov signed a two-year deal with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL. While the 26-year-old blueliner’s 21 points in 09-10 might not “wow” people, he’s a very effective player when he’s healthy…

  12. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Blue Jackets, Anton Stralman agree on 'last minute' deal

    Jul 28, 2010, 10:35 AM EST

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    We’ve discussed a handful of deals that were made in the “last minute” before salary arbitration, but the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline reports that the Blue Jackets and Anton Stralman’s contract might have taken that seriously. Apparently the two sides met an hour before the 9 a.m. deadline and agreed on a one-year, $1.9 million…

  13. The PHT Nightcap: Tuesday, July 27th

    Jul 28, 2010, 12:15 AM EST

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    Even in the depressingly hockey-free summer, we expect to be a productive bunch here at Pro Hockey Talk. Sometimes it might be difficult to follow our pace. We understand that. For that reason, whenever we can, we’ll put all of the day’s stories in one convenient post called the PHT Nightcap. Enjoy, hockey fans. Coyotes…

  14. Evidence that NHL officials make fewer penalty calls late in games; A list of the worst offenders

    Jul 27, 2010, 10:45 PM EST

    During the CCPT Podcast last Sunday, we eventually discussed the thankless job of officiating. My main point during that discussion was NHL referees are human and therefore imperfect, but at least they don’t provide the kind of tinfoil-hat-wearing-fodder that plagues the NBA. Still, there’s no doubt that officials can dictate the way an NHL game…

  15. Penguins, Capitals might turn to two career AHLers to fill lineup gaps

    Jul 27, 2010, 10:00 PM EST

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    As Ray Shero discussed in a story we referenced on Sunday, NHL teams can’t stock their teams with high-end players like they did in the pre-salary cap days. Instead, general managers must look for bargains to fill out their rosters, whether that means a savvy veteran, a reclamation project or – sometimes – an AHLer.…

  16. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Capitals, Tomas Fleischmann also avoid arbitration

    Jul 27, 2010, 9:15 PM EST

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    The trend of NHL teams narrowly avoiding salary arbitration continues tonight as the Washington Capitals and forward Tomas Fleischmann agreed to a one-year, $2.6 million deal. (Financial details via Tarik El-Bashir) Here is more regarding Fleischmann from the Caps. Fleischmann, 26, set career highs in goals (23), assists (28), points (51) and plus/minus (+9) in…

  17. Blake Wheeler's agent says arbitration hearing was 'professional'; How much is he worth?

    Jul 27, 2010, 8:10 PM EST

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    As I mentioned yesterday, Blake Wheeler can be a tough nut to crack in negotiations, or so it seems. The young power forward in the making had his salary arbitration case with the Boston Bruins today. The arbitration award either hasn’t been made public or flat-out hasn’t been made yet – they have 48 hours…

  18. Breaking the ice: Lemieux, Crosby become first people to skate at Consol Energy Center

    Jul 27, 2010, 7:30 PM EST

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    For years, the Pittsburgh Penguins enjoyed the increasingly rare advantage of playing at home in an old arena. Rather than playing in a sterile*, impersonal new megadome the team played in crusty old Mellon Arena. As you may know, starting next season, that will change as the Penguins open the arena that Mario Lemieux, Sidney…

  19. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Oilers, Gilbert Brule avoid arbitration, agree to two-year pact

    Jul 27, 2010, 7:00 PM EST

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    The Edmonton Oilers and forward Gilbert Brule were the latest parties to avoid salary arbitration, as the two sides agreed to a two-year deal worth $3.7 million (or $1.85 million per year) according to TSN. “Gilbert made a big step last year in his development,” said Oilers’ general manager Steve Tambellini. “We are excited to…

  20. Reports: Former Wild first round pick Nick Leddy signs with Blackhawks

    Jul 27, 2010, 6:01 PM EST

    One of the effects of the great Chicago fire sale of 2010 is that after trading away so many players to help clear salary cap space, Chicago’s system has taken a hit so as to help fill out the Blackhawks roster. Many players who spent major time in the AHL with Rockford will be virtually…

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