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  1. A schedule of the remaining salary arbitration hearings

    Jul 26, 2010, 11:45 AM EST

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    Salary arbitration can be an ugly process. One infamous moment even caused former beleaguered goalie Tommy Salo to cry.* * – No word on if he cried because they showed the backbreaking goal he allowed against Belarus in the Olympics in an endless, “Clockwork Orange” style loop. In case my memory is fuzzy and that…

  2. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Canucks, Mason Raymond avoid salary arbitration

    Jul 26, 2010, 11:10 AM EST

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    Update: it appears that the Canucks narrowly avoided arbitration and signed forward Mason Raymond to a reasonable deal, which was settled at two-years, $5.1 million total according to Nick Kypreos. Van news. Mason Raymond…. Hearing settled. 2 years. 2.5/2.6M Looking at Raymond’s numbers from last year, I probably should have made him a part of…

  3. NHLPA faces 5PM deadline to file a grievance regarding Ilya Kovalchuk's contract

    Jul 26, 2010, 10:45 AM EST

    On Monday July 19, it seemed like a lengthy hockey nightmare was over. That day seemingly marked the end of the Ilya Kovalchuk Holding Pattern Era and the continuation of the Kovalchuk-Devils pact. Of course, you should know that the league said “hold on a second” and rejected his contract at this point. Today marks…

  4. The PHT Nightcap: Sunday, July 25th

    Jul 26, 2010, 12:30 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. Lightning…

  5. Report: Rangers, Kings interested in Alexander Frolov

    Jul 25, 2010, 11:40 PM EST

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    With Ilya Kovalchuk (kind of) gone from the unrestricted free agent market and Simon Gagne traded, Alexander Frolov remains one of the best options out there. In fact, I’d argue that Frolov’s game is one of the most blemish-free of the available players. That’s why I’ve been confused by the seeming lack of interest in…

  6. PHT's list of players who must prove they're fluke-proof

    Jul 25, 2010, 11:15 PM EST

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    Earlier tonight, I took a look at NHL.com’s list of the seven players hoping to not be “one-hit wonders” next season and included a guess or two on who might succeed. Much like I did with a breakthrough player list, I thought I’d take a look at some other players who might apply. Feel free…

  7. NHL.com's seven players attempting to prove last season wasn't a fluke

    Jul 25, 2010, 9:30 PM EST

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    I often find it unfair when people call certain bands “one-hit wonders” for a simple reason: perhaps they didn’t want to make another big single? Now, most of you (especially more cynical types) will roll your eyes at such a stance; after all, doesn’t every artist want to make buckets of money and bathe in…

  8. The sad story of failed prospect Dan Ryder, brother of Boston Bruins forward Michael

    Jul 25, 2010, 7:30 PM EST

    (Michael Ryder, older brother of Dan.) Even though we love hockey – or maybe because we love it too much – it’s often easy to lose perspective on the situation. Fans, writers and hockey people get so wrapped up in numbers – from salary cap/contract issues to point totals and Corsi numbers – we often…

  9. Penguins GM Ray Shero discusses team building, salary cap strategies

    Jul 25, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

    (Note: This probably won’t be the last time I discuss team building on PHT. Just a fair warning.) Just like there’s no wrong way to eat a Reese’s and no easy way to dump a significant other, my opinion is that there really isn’t a “blueprint” for building a Stanley Cup-winning team. Just look at…

  10. Are the Avs interested in Edmonton's Andrew Cogliano?

    Jul 25, 2010, 5:41 PM EST

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    The Denver Post’s Adrian Dater picked up on the scent of something that the Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson dropped a brief mention of recently and got to wondering if there’s much to it. In it, Matheson wondered aloud that the Colorado Avalanche have some interest in Edmonton center Andrew Cogliano. Cogliano is an unsigned restricted…

  11. Report: NHL may fine the Devils over Kovalchuk contract

    Jul 25, 2010, 4:52 PM EST

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    The strange and unprecedented journey that is the Ilya Kovalchuk story continues to take some more strange turns. Mark Everson of the New York Post reports today that the NHL may be considering taking action against the Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk for their potentially cap circumventing contract. A league source said the NHL is not…

  12. ESPN vendor inspection: Caps' Verizon Center dirtiest in NHL

    Jul 25, 2010, 3:39 PM EST

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    It’s always an “out of sight, out of mind” experience when you go to get your favorite food at the concession stand in your favorite NHL arena. You don’t think about where the food and drinks come from, and you just want to enjoy your hot dog and beer or soda in peace without putting…

  13. Sami Salo's injury shrouded in secrecy

    Jul 25, 2010, 3:13 PM EST

    The other day we told you about Canucks defenseman Sami Salo tearing his Achilles tendon while playing floor hockey (or rather Floor Ball) this summer. What’s been a bit odd about everything is the lack of details about the injury being offered up by anyone. Salo isn’t discussing it, the Canucks aren’t commenting on matters,…

  14. Columnist Larry Brooks unloads on Gary Bettman and NHLPA over Kovalchuk contract squabble

    Jul 25, 2010, 1:04 PM EST

    Today’s must-read piece on the Ilya Kovalchuk contract squabble between the NHL and the NHLPA comes from the New York Post’s Larry Brooks. While many people familiar with Brooks’ NHL writing might find him to be a bit polarizing and some may enjoy when he gets chewed out by a coach during post-game interviews, one…

  15. 2010 NHL free agency: Lightning sign forward Chris Durno

    Jul 25, 2010, 11:34 AM EST

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    The Lightning are at it again. It might be a Sunday morning in late July but that isn’t stopping Steve Yzerman from helping the Lightning fill out ranks on the team as the team announced the signing of forward Chris Durno today to a one-year, two-way contract. The six-foot-four 205-pounder had four goals and eight…

  16. 2010 NHL free agency: Blackhawks sign former first round pick Hugh Jessiman

    Jul 24, 2010, 11:12 PM EST

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    Thanks to a tidbit of information from SBN’s Oilers blog Copper And Blue, we’ve found out (via CapGeek) that former 2003 first round pick of the New York Rangers, Hugh Jessiman, has landed a one-year, two-way contract with the desperate for depth Chicago Blackhawks. Even more amazing than reading the name “Hugh Jessiman” was reading…

  17. Derek Boogaard believes NHL teams value enforcers, Red Wings question that belief

    Jul 24, 2010, 10:31 PM EST

    I don’t know anyone who would ever want to get in an argument with Derek Boogaard. In fact, I’m a bit scared to even write about the guy. He’s an intimidating human both on and off the ice so when he says that he feels there’s still a role for enforcers in the NHL, I’m…

  18. What are Chicago's goaltending options if they don't keep Antti Niemi?

    Jul 24, 2010, 9:17 PM EST

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    While the Blackhawks continue to try and work out a contract agreement with goaltender Antti Niemi before his arbitration hearing on July 29th, it’s not the worst idea in the world for Blackhawks fans to start taking a look around elsewhere for potential new goaltenders. After all, if Niemi does go to arbitration and lands…

  19. College hockey opts not to adopt controversial rule change

    Jul 24, 2010, 7:18 PM EST

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    A while back we mentioned how the NCAA rules committee was looking into instituting a new rule where teams would not be allowed to ice the puck when on the penalty kill. The NCAA, instead, wanted to penalize teams killing penalties further by calling icing on those teams thus leading to a face-off back in…

  20. Fake Steve Yzerman Facebook account goes missing

    Jul 24, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    You’d think that Steve Yzerman would be pretty busy, what with his new job as the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning and all the activity that entails. Yet, there he seemed to be to many on Facebook … accepting friends and sharing status updates one might expect to see from an NHL GM.…

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