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  1. Mother of dead soldier objects to lake being named after Jonathan Toews

    Jul 15, 2010, 10:30 PM EST

    When we first heard that the Province of Manitoba would name one of its many lakes after local star Jonathan Toews on July 7, it seemed harmless (and amusing) enough. What we didn’t know was that the region has a tradition of naming lakes after fallen soldiers, a tradition that apparently was infringed upon –…

  2. 2010 NHL Free Agency: What about … Willie Mitchell?

    Jul 15, 2010, 9:40 PM EST

    At this point in free agency, the focus shifts from the gems to flawed guys who can still bring some skill to the table. So, going forward, we’ll spotlight individual players who are flying under the radar. Previous Entries: Slava Kozlov, Alex Frolov Today’s entry: former(?) Vancouver Canucks defenseman Willie Mitchell. Name: Willie MitchellHeight: 6-3…

  3. Report: Chris Bourque set to depart NHL, father's shadow for the KHL

    Jul 15, 2010, 7:40 PM EST

    One photo depicts Chris Bourque’s NHL career quite sadly (and accurately). Most of the time, I think of the KHL as a place for talented Russians to make more money and for aging, marginal players from the general area to seek refuge from hard-driving NHL coaches. Sure, that’s the general pattern, but let’s not forget…

  4. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Bruins hand Gregory Campbell a two-year, $2.2M deal

    Jul 15, 2010, 7:10 PM EST

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    With all of the rumors about the Boston Bruins pondering a Marc Savard salary dump, you’d think they become a little careful with their money. Instead, the team continues its tradition of overpaying just about everyone (except Savard), as they signed depth forward Gregory Campbell to a two-year, $2.2 million contract. (Jimmy Murphy of ESPN…

  5. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Minnesota hands Mikko Koivu richest deal in Wild franchise history

    Jul 15, 2010, 6:15 PM EST

    Mikko Koivu is one of the NHL’s most underrated players, but you won’t be able to call him one of the league’s most underpaid scorers much longer. Michael Russo reports that the Finnish center signed a seven-year, $47.25 million contract extension with Minnesota, the richest deal in Wild history. Sources: Koivu’s deal is 7 years,…

  6. 2010 NHL free agency: Islanders re-sign Dustin Kohn and Rob Schremp

    Jul 15, 2010, 5:50 PM EST

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    The Islanders locked down two of their own restricted free agents they had qualifying offers out to today. One name will be a bit more recognizable than the other but both are equally important to their depth. Defenseman Dustin Kohn was the first to get settled back in with the Islanders today, re-signing for one…

  7. 2010 NHL free agency: Three goalies sign on for two-way deals with three teams

    Jul 15, 2010, 4:50 PM EST

    Slow summer days are ideal days to find fun ways to bring stories together and find a unifying bond between them. Ahem, or it just means that it makes more sense to put stories about two different goalies bound for the AHL signing on with their respective parent clubs. First up, the Carolina Hurricanes signed…

  8. Former Canucks forward Pavol Demitra headed to the KHL

    Jul 15, 2010, 4:06 PM EST

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    Pavol Demitra’s run in the NHL appears to be at an end. The former Vancouver Canucks forward is headed to Russia according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun. Pavol Demitra has signed a one-year contract with Yaroslavl of the KHL, agent Matt Keator confirms to With Demitra headed to the KHL, that removes another veteran NHL…

  9. Hurricanes to retire Rod Brind'Amour's number in February

    Jul 15, 2010, 3:32 PM EST

    When Rod “The Bod” Brind’Amour retired at the end of this past season, it was a question of “when” not “if” he would get his number retired by the team he helped bring a Stanley Cup to in 2006. The question of “when” has now been answered by the Carolina Hurricanes. Jim Rutherford, President and…

  10. 2010 NHL free agency: Maple Leafs sign trio of players destined for AHL

    Jul 15, 2010, 2:46 PM EST

    The Toronto Maple Leafs have helped fill out their system with three experienced AHL veterans. Luckily for them, they’ll get to play in the same city when the season starts as these three are destined to play for the Leafs’ AHL team, the Toronto Marlies. TSN lets us in on who these guys are. The…

  11. 2010 NHL free agency: Blackhawks re-sign forward Jack Skille

    Jul 15, 2010, 2:32 PM EST

    While the Chicago Blackhawks are taking a beating in the public eye for disbanding a Stanley Cup winning team, there still is some business to attend to when it comes to icing a team next season. One of the young guys in the Hawks system that will be counted on to bring a bit more…

  12. 2010 NHL free agency: Red Wings re-sign Derek Meech

    Jul 15, 2010, 1:41 PM EST

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    The Detroit Red Wings have avoided arbitration with their one player eligible for it and retain his services at a bargain-basement kind of price. Tell us all about it Detroit. Restricted free agent Derek Meech and the Red Wings averted salary arbitration when the defenseman signed a one-year contract to remain with the club. Meech,…

  13. What if… The Sabres didn't match Edmonton's offer sheet for Thomas Vanek

    Jul 15, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

    Suspend your disbelief and throw your Back To The Future ways of dealing with “What if?” stories right now for a bit. James’ post yesterday about some of the most infamous offer sheets the NHL has ever seen got me thinking about one of the more recent, and infamous, ones dealt out. Edmonton’s offer sheet…

  14. The return of Nikita Filatov

    Jul 15, 2010, 10:29 AM EST

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    Believe it or not, the life of a top ten NHL draft pick is sometimes a rough one. Take, for instance, the career to this point of 2008′s sixth overall selection Nikita Filatov. He was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets and viewed to be the next guy to slide into the lineup with superstar…

  15. Are the Lightning eyeballing Flyers forward Simon Gagne?

    Jul 15, 2010, 9:45 AM EST

    Aside from the Ilya Kovalchuk circus that continues to plod along, the Simon Gagne trade rumor side show is this off-season’s other entertaining show. While Gagne has acknowledged that he’s indeed a target for trades, where he could be headed is a bit wide open for speculation. While Los Angeles, should they fail to land…

  16. Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov becomes a Canadian

    Jul 15, 2010, 9:00 AM EST

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    For a lot of players in the NHL, it can be tough to endear yourself to the hometown fans. Usually exceptional play and winning plenty of games will do all the hard work for you. But what if you’re already much beloved in the home city.  Is there another level you can take your popularity…

  17. Capitals sign RIT goalie Jared DeMichiel to minor league deal

    Jul 15, 2010, 1:00 AM EST

    If you recall back in April, there was one name that got a lot of mention during college hockey’s NCAA Tournament was RIT goaltender Jared DeMichiel. After all, he helped the low-ranked Tigers beat top-seeded Denver University as well as the University of New Hampshire to give the school their first berth in the Frozen…

  18. What's the right price for Carey Price?

    Jul 14, 2010, 10:51 PM EST

    One restricted free agent that’s not getting much notice of late is Montreal’s Carey Price. After all, when you lost your job halfway through the season and played backup to a guy that was a veritable Superman in the playoffs in Jaroslav Halak, it’s expected that what was once a very bright future might seem…

  19. Checking out the Blackhawks top candidates to be traded for cap space

    Jul 14, 2010, 10:35 PM EST

    Yesterday, James got into the salary cap woes facing the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. Yes, their issues are many and their answers to solving those problems all point towards further disbanding the team that just won the franchise’s first Cup since 1961. If something is going to be done and players are going…

  20. Maple Leafs sign German Olympian Marcel Mueller

    Jul 14, 2010, 8:38 PM EST

    Another day, another Olympic hero for their country signs on with a Canadian NHL team. Yesterday it was Switzerland’s Roman Wick signing with the Ottawa Senators and today it’s Germany’s Marcel Mueller signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed Olympic forward Marcel Mueller to a two-year entry-level contract, after a…

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