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  1. Does Eric Belanger have a 'leg to stand on' in pursuing legal actions against the Capitals?

    Sep 15, 2010, 7:10 PM EST

    When word broke that Eric Belanger signed with the Phoenix Coyotes yesterday, I have to admit that I was stunned that his deal with the Washington Capitals didn’t work out. As we’ve learned today, Belanger was stunned too, as his agent Joe Tacopina lashed out at Capitals management including general manager George McPhee (seen in…

  2. Oddsmakers weigh in on Montreal and Vancouver vacant captain spots

    Sep 15, 2010, 6:04 PM EST

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    Both the Vancouver Canucks and Montreal Canadiens are in the running for new team captains and we should know who both teams will pick before the season begins in October. What does that mean for us? It means it’s time to lay down some betting odds as to who the favorites are. Luckily for us,…

  3. Rookie tournament hype alert: Oilers "Big Three" to play on same line tonight

    Sep 15, 2010, 5:21 PM EST

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    Tonight’s major hype alert goes out to Penticton, British Columbia where the Edmonton Oilers will face the San Jose Sharks in the Young Stars Rookie tournament. Why the hype alert? Only because the future faces of the Oilers franchise will be playing on the same line together. Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal shares the…

  4. Thrashers prospect Patrice Cormier looks to put ugly past behind him

    Sep 15, 2010, 4:59 PM EST

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    To call Thrashers prospect Patrice Cormier’s last year turbulent would be being nice. The former Devils prospect spent the better part of the last year looking to get past being labeled as a reckless and careless player after a vicious elbow he laid on Mikael Tam during a QMJHL game last season, one that saw…

  5. Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason gives figure skating a try

    Sep 15, 2010, 3:44 PM EST

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    We’ve talked about how hockey players will sometimes do curious things to cross-train for the season. Justin Abdelkader of Detroit, for instance, took boxing classes earlier this off-season to be better prepared for the season. Other players, like Carolina’s Tim Gleason, an experienced pugilist in his own right, look for other methods to improve their…

  6. Canucks GM Mike Gillis lashes out at media over Cody Hodgson injury coverage

    Sep 15, 2010, 3:05 PM EST

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    If you thought we were just messing around the other day when talking about Vancouver GM Mike Gillis’ anxious relationship with the media in Vancouver, we’re here to offer you the finest in proof that even some days a team executive can have just about enough of the media’s scrutiny. With the developments the last…

  7. 2010 NHL free agency: Rangers re-sign Marc Staal

    Sep 15, 2010, 1:35 PM EST

    The Rangers summer of fretting and worry can finally come to an end today. The Rangers have come to terms with restricted free agent Marc Staal on a five-year contract. The final totals are five years at $19.875 million and the years and a cap hit of $3.975 million per year break down like this…

  8. Devils' Patrick Elias moving to left wing, could Parise or Kovalchuk move to the right?

    Sep 15, 2010, 12:34 PM EST

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    If you thought that things were going to stop being interesting in New Jersey once Ilya Kovalchuk’s situation was squared away, you’ve got another thing coming. Rich Chere finds out from Devils coach John MacLean that one prominent Devil will be switching his position and seemingly making the left wing a bit crowded this year.…

  9. 2012 NHL All-Star Game awarded to Ottawa

    Sep 15, 2010, 11:43 AM EST

    The world’s worst kept secret has been confirmed this morning in a press conference in Ottawa. The 2012 All-Star Game will be headed to Canada’s capital city. Well, at least a city near Ottawa (the Senators play in Kanata, Ontario). Ottawa is the last of the Canadian cities to host an All-Star Game. Gimmie some…

  10. Rookie tournament recaps: Tuesday, September 14th

    Sep 15, 2010, 10:24 AM EST

    Here’s your morning recap on what went down in the NHL rookie tournaments across North America last night. Things will be wrapping up soon because real NHL training camp opens up this weekend for everyone and for some of these guys it’s their last chance to make a first impression on their teams. Traverse City…

  11. Eric Belanger upset with Capitals for breaking verbal contract agreement

    Sep 15, 2010, 9:58 AM EST

    If you thought Eric Belanger signing with the Coyotes came as a surprise, you’re not alone. Weeks ago, rumors were flying about how Belanger would soon be signing with the Washington Capitals and that there would be a subsequent move happening in order to squeeze him into the lineup. After all, the Caps already had…

  12. Brendan Morrison waits it out for another job, might end up with reality check instead

    Sep 15, 2010, 12:00 AM EST

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    We’ve examined the free agent possibilities out there for a few players this off-season but there’s one formerly prominent scoring center out there still without a home. Former Canucks star Brendan Morrison is still looking for an NHL job and after down years with the Stars and Capitals the last two seasons, he’s looking to…

  13. Peter Forsberg returning to Denver for reunion, doubtful about resuming NHL career

    Sep 14, 2010, 10:59 PM EST

    We’ve had some fun at the expense of former Avalanche great Peter Forsberg this summer. The perennial awakening of stories about a potential Forsberg comeback to the NHL are always ripe for commentary. It seems that Forsberg at 37 years-old now is being realistic about his NHL future these days. While speaking on a conference…

  14. Bruins bring in AHL penalty minute record holder Brian McGrattan for tryout

    Sep 14, 2010, 9:38 PM EST

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    The Boston Bruins, never seemingly set to have enough actual punch in their lineup, are bringing in a fighting specialist on a tryout. Former Senators and Flames enforcer Brian McGrattan will be putting on the foil during training camp for the Bruins and his pedigree speaks for itself. While his NHL work is a bit…

  15. NHL Board of Governors officially eliminates shootout wins from tie-breaker process

    Sep 14, 2010, 8:12 PM EST

    The NHL has officially put an end to a relative injustice in the standings tie-breaking procedure today. The NHL Board of Governors officially approved a by-law eliminating shootout wins from being used in factoring tie-breakers at the end of the season to figure out playoff placement. In other words, winning in regulation or overtime just…

  16. Experts say race for No. 1 spot in 2011 NHL Entry Draft is wide open

    Sep 14, 2010, 6:10 PM EST

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    Variety might be the spice of life, but for sports writers, it’s often a lot more appealing to set one irresistible force versus an immovable object. Sure, the NBA must be delighted by the fact that Kevin Durant is emerging as a big star, but do they want him to muddle the Kobe vs. Lebron…

  17. Introducing … MC Malkin?

    Sep 14, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

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    You know what they say, a picture is worth a thousand words (or maybe a few hundred dropped jaws). Check out Evgeni Malkin’s … “throwback” hair style from the Pittsburgh Penguins media day. (click to enlarge, image via the Penguins’ official Twitter site.) And just for good measure, here’s Malkin strutting his stuff in what…

  18. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Phoenix Coyotes sign Eric Belanger to one-year, $750K deal

    Sep 14, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

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    Last I checked, it seemed as if Eric Belanger was primed to return to the Washington Capitals, which was a logical choice since the team is a bit light on suitable centers. Those rumors have now been proven false, though, as sources including Renaud Lavoie indicate that Belanger signed a one-year, $750K deal with the…

  19. Michael Ryder hopes to rebound from a tough 09-10 season, keep his spot with the Bruins

    Sep 14, 2010, 4:45 PM EST

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    Much like Sheldon Souray in Edmonton and Brian Rolston in New Jersey, Michael Ryder must be sweating out his status a bit when it comes to his place with the Boston Bruins. The snake-bitten forward discussed his hopes of having a bounce-back season after declining from 27 goals in 08-09 to 18 in 09-10. Here’s…

  20. Move over Super Bowl Shuffle, Blackhawks fans present the Chelsea Dagger dance

    Sep 14, 2010, 3:40 PM EST

    The Boston Red Sox adopted “Sweet Caroline.” Many years ago, the World Series winning 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates decided to embrace “We are family.” Throughout sports history, many teams associated eras with a specific theme song. Whether you’re a fan of the Chicago Blackhawks or one of the teams they stomped on their way to a…

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