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  1. NHL '11 update: Introducing the 'Hustle Button' plus some gameplay videos

    Jul 29, 2010, 11:00 PM EST

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    Whether you play them for the interactive competition, the feeling of controlling your favorite team or just as a diversion when the “real” games aren’t on, hockey video games are a favorite pastime for many puckheads. With all due respect to “NHL Slap Shot” and 2K Sports’ offerings, “NHL 11″ is the marquee polygonal puck…

  2. Cover art for EA Sports' first Wii hockey game, "NHL Slap Shot"

    Jul 29, 2010, 10:20 PM EST

    Today seems to be an interesting one for video game news (I’ll provide some “NHL 11″ related nuggets later) for whatever reason. For those Wii-only owners who have been chomping at the bit for Wow, Wayne Gretzky looks so young in that photo. Boyish, even. Could it be the magic of Photoshop or the “Oil…

  3. San Jose Sharks sign Jason Demers to two-year, $2.5M extension

    Jul 29, 2010, 9:40 PM EST

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    It’s been a busy Thursday for the San Jose Sharks (or at least for Sharks news). Earlier tonight I touched on rumors that the team is close to coming to terms on a one-year deal with Devin Setoguchi and also began contract extension discussions with 2011-free-agent-to-be Joe Thornton. In other news, the Sharks signed young…

  4. Report: Blake Wheeler's arbitration award is one-year, $2.2M; Bruins must decide within 2 days

    Jul 29, 2010, 9:00 PM EST

    An independent arbitrator awarded Blake Wheeler a one-year, $2.2 million decision according to ESPN Boston’s Jimmy Murphy. It’s important to note that the Boston Bruins are not required to sign that deal, though. Instead, the Bruins have 48 hours to decide if they’ll honor the proposed deal, walk away from the contract or buy out…

  5. SJ Sharks rumors: Team close to signing Devin Setoguchi, begins talks with Joe Thornton

    Jul 29, 2010, 8:00 PM EST

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    When I looked at the San Jose Sharks’ July 2010 a while ago, it seemed like it had Impending Doom written all over it. I mean, after all, the team had to answer questions about impact unrestricted (Patrick Marleau, Evgeni Nabokov) as well as restricted (Joe Pavelski, Devin Setoguchi) free agents. Not to mention the…

  6. Dissecting Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman's Niemi-related press conference through Twitter

    Jul 29, 2010, 7:30 PM EST

    Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman recently held a press conference regarding the Antti Niemi arbitration hearing, although the team is waiting for answers just like the rest of the hockey world. The reason for that is simple: the arbitrator has a 48-hour window to assess Niemi’s value and may indeed take until Saturday to make…

  7. Kings defenseman Matt Greene to miss next three months after shoulder surgery

    Jul 29, 2010, 5:56 PM EST

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    The Los Angeles Kings failed bids to get defensemen Dan Hamhuis and Paul Martin are stinging a bit more today. The Kings announced that defenseman Matt Greene will miss the next three months after undergoing surgery on his shoulder. Greene has become one of the steadier defensemen on the Kings blue line and losing him…

  8. 2010 NHL free agency: Senators re-sign Peter Regin for two years

    Jul 29, 2010, 5:40 PM EST

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    The Ottawa Senators have locked down one of their emerging stars today and avoided arbitration in the process. Playoff and World Championships superstar Peter Regin signed a two-year deal with the Sens today to help shore up their scoring ability. Regin was a little-known player before last year’s playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins when…

  9. Sabres' Tim Kennedy wins arbitration decision for $1 million

    Jul 29, 2010, 4:01 PM EST

    Buffalo Sabres restricted free agent Tim Kennedy won a $1 million reward in arbitration today according to the NHLPA. The amount is significant because according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement and confirmed by NHL super agent Allan Walsh, the amount needed for a team to walk away from an arbitration award is $1,570,260. This means…

  10. Legendary Canucks color commentator Tom Larscheid retires

    Jul 29, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    Sometimes the most iconic people in an organization are the ones that bring the game to you over the radio and for Vancouver Canucks fans, Tom Larscheid is the guy who described the action on the ice with all the passion and excitement you’d want from a hometown guy. With the Canucks heading into their…

  11. Lightning reach affiliate agreement with ECHL's Florida Everblades

    Jul 29, 2010, 12:34 PM EST

    When the Lightning aren’t signing three defensemen to fill out their depth chart, they’re doing something they haven’t done since 2008. The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that they’ve reached a very logical affiliate agreement with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL. Damian Cristodero shares the news. The Everblades, founded in 1998 and a former…

  12. 2010 NHL free agency: Lightning re-sign Vladimir Mihalik, sign two others

    Jul 29, 2010, 11:48 AM EST

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    The Lightning continued their busy summer by helping to fill out ranks along the blueline by re-signing Vladimir Mihalik and signing Mathieu Roy and Mike Vernace. Mihalik is a big boy standing at 6’7″ and 244 pounds, but is a smooth skating offensive defenseman. He’s had a little bit of time with the big club…

  13. 2010 NHL free agency: Thrashers sign Andrew Ladd

    Jul 29, 2010, 11:35 AM EST

    The Thrashers have again avoided arbitration with one of their new acquisitions from the Blackhawks obtained in the Great Chicago Fire Sale of 2010. This time it’s Andrew Ladd signing a one-year contract with Atlanta. Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweets the final details of Ladd’s deal. Ladd signs one-year deal worth $2.35 million…

  14. Agent: Marty Turco will have a home in the NHL this year

    Jul 29, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

    If you’ve been wondering what’s going on with free agent goalie Marty Turco you’re not alone. The quiet and mostly sad market for free agent goalies this season is one that’s chased Evgeni Nabokov back home to Russia, Jose Theodore into hiding and Antti Niemi off to an arbitration hearing that may end up making…

  15. Enforcer Aaron Downey to get tryout with Red Wings

    Jul 29, 2010, 9:30 AM EST

    The Detroit Red Wings of recent years have never been a team to go crazy with enforcers and turn the rink into a boxing ring. After all, the days of the Bruise Brothers are long gone. One player that in recent years got a short run with the Red Wings in that role was Aaron…

  16. Flames likely to go to arbitration with defenseman Ian White

    Jul 28, 2010, 11:29 PM EST

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    The summer of the Calgary Flames has been one of fan-infuriating intrigue and it appears that things will continue down that path with restricted free agent defenseman Ian White. Flames Insider has the scoop on what’s going on in Calgary. So, the Columbus Blue Jackets avoided arbitration with Anton Stralman and the Vancouver Canucks struck…

  17. 2010 NHL free agency: Thrashers avoid arbitration, sign Ben Eager

    Jul 28, 2010, 9:40 PM EST

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    Scratch another potential arbitration hearing off the docket in Toronto. The Atlanta Thrashers have reached a contract agreement with one of the players they received in the Dustin Byfuglien trade in Ben Eager as TSN tells us. Forward Ben Eager avoided arbitration on Wednesday, agreeing to a negotiated settlement on a one-year deal with the…

  18. Bruins source nixes obviously bad rumor about interest in Bill Guerin

    Jul 28, 2010, 9:35 PM EST

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    Contrary to what was starting to become popular belief, it appears that the Bruins supposed interest in free agent right wing Bill Guerin was nothing more than fiction. Joe Haggerty at CSN Boston lets the fans in Beantown down easy just in case they got a bit too over-excited. While a report circulated on…

  19. 2010 NHL free agency: Blackhawks officially re-sign Bryan Bickell and Jack Skille

    Jul 28, 2010, 8:32 PM EST

    The Blackhawks have made it official that they’ve re-signed forwards Bryan Bickell and Jack Skille. Even though these signings were worked out a week or two ago (links to Bickell and Skille), it always helps to dot the “i’s” and cross the “t’s” on these things. Skille re-signed for one year and Bickell for three…

  20. Capitals trade prospect Stefan Della Rovere for Blues enforcer D.J. King

    Jul 28, 2010, 7:42 PM EST

    While the Washington Capitals summer has been quiet, unless you count Maxime Talbot calling Alexander Ovechkin names news. Today, however, the Capitals made a definitive splash of sorts sending prospect Stefan Della Rovere to St. Louis for oft-injured enforcer D.J. King. D.J. King is plain and simple, an enforcer. Guys in St. Louis loved him…

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