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  1. Boston GM Peter Chiarelli: Marc Savard will not be traded

    Sep 4, 2010, 9:15 AM EST

    While one player’s saga comes to an end, it would’ve been fitting if another’s off-season of rumors and possibilities continued to rage on. Instead, the summer that featured trade rumors of all kinds and contract-destroying possibilities involving Bruins center Marc Savard, today is going to feel like Christmas for Savard. First, the NHL and NHLPA…

  2. 2010 NHL free agency: Devils sign Ilya Kovalchuk (For real this time)

    Sep 4, 2010, 8:21 AM EST

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    After a night and early morning of pushing back deadlines, we can now say it’s official. Ilya Kovalchuk is once again a member of the New Jersey Devils. Kovalchuk’s 15-year, $100 million contract was registered and approved by the NHL. Meanwhile, the NHL and NHLPA came together on an agreement to amend the collective bargaining…

  3. Ducks have started informal talks with RFA Bobby Ryan

    Sep 3, 2010, 11:44 PM EST

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    Now that Ilya Kovalchuk and his contract are out of the way, we can now spend the rest of our summer speculating on when restricted free agents are going to sign. Wait, it’s September now? All right, fine. It’s September but that doesn’t mean we still can’t speculate on those RFAs. One guy who has…

  4. Former Canucks goalie Kirk McLean lands job as Avalanche goalie coach

    Sep 3, 2010, 9:59 PM EST

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    If there’s a random joy in hockey that I like it’s seeing players that I grew up watching get coaching jobs. Sure, it’s got that special side effect of saying, “Dude, you’re getting so old now,” but seeing names and faces from your formidable years as a hockey fan is great. Case in point, the…

  5. This will be Teemu Selanne's last year in the NHL

    Sep 3, 2010, 8:55 PM EST

    When Teemu Selanne decided to come back for another year with the Anaheim Ducks, many folks speculated that this year could be his last year in the NHL. While Selanne looked to Paul Kariya to join him for another go-round in southern California (which won’t happen) the motivation is now pretty clear why he tried.…

  6. NHL and NHLPA CBA amendments in the wake of the Kovalchuk signing

    Sep 3, 2010, 7:22 PM EST

    Now that the New Jersey Devils, Ilya Kovalchuk and the NHL have all come together on an agreement to make things work out, the focus turns to just how the collective bargaining agreement will be amended to in order to “fix” things from this point on until it expires in 2012. While Kovalchuk’s deal and…

  7. Now that Kovalchuk is a Devil, who might be on their way out of New Jersey?

    Sep 3, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    It took two months and two days – and it felt like two years – but Ilya Kovalchuk finally got his way. The Russian winger saw the nine figures he wanted, receiving a 15-year, $100 million contract that will cost the New Jersey Devils a satanic annual salary cap hit of $6.66* million. * –…

  8. Blackhawks prospect Kyle Beach hopes to benefit from Chicago's salary cap exodus

    Sep 3, 2010, 5:15 PM EST

    The reports of the Chicago Blackhawks’ demise as a Stanley Cup contender are greatly exaggerated. Sure, they lost some valuable pieces. Dustin Byfuglien was a jumbo-sized headache for goalies like Roberto Luongo and Evgeni Nabokov. Kris Versteeg could provide the occasional jolt of goal scoring energy while Ben Eager and Andrew Ladd were quality character…

  9. Andreas Lilja admits he made a mistake when he turned down Detroit's $1M offer

    Sep 3, 2010, 4:25 PM EST

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    Self-awareness isn’t a particularly common trait in society, but it’s even less prevalent in the world of professional sports. After all, these are grown men playing a child’s game for a ridiculous amount of money and they are paid that handsome sum to believe in their abilities to the fullest. Perhaps it is a savvy…

  10. Report: CBA will be amended to curb contract loopholes but Kovalchuk's deal will be grandfathered in

    Sep 3, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

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    Just as soon as we were getting comfortable with the idea of yet another extended deadline … the NHL and NHLPA are reportedly in the process of making two huge steps. First, word is that the contract between the New Jersey Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk will be approved. Secondly, the two sides will amend the…

  11. Can Sidney Crosby hit the 50-goal mark again next season?

    Sep 3, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    During his first four seasons, Sidney Crosby was transparently pass-first. That’s not a bad thing in many ways since setting up teammates is a naturally selfless act and Crosby is one of the NHL’s most gifted playmakers. Still, when you consider how much the Pittsburgh Penguins depend on his production, opposing teams might have benefited…

  12. Tampa Bay hires former NHL forward Steve Thomas as player development consultant

    Sep 3, 2010, 1:15 PM EST

    The Tampa Bay Lightning added another piece to their new front office puzzle today as the team signed former forward Steve Thomas as a player development consultant, TSN reports. Thomas will monitor and oversee all of the Lightnings prospects. Thomas played 1235 games in the NHL, scoring 421 goals over 20 seasons. He played for…

  13. Which coaches are in the greatest danger of being fired?

    Sep 3, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

    Being a head coach in professional sports is often a risky proposition but the NHL is a particularly cruel place for a bench boss. Aside from outright anomalies in Buffalo (Lindy Ruff) and Nashville (Barry Trotz), hockey coaches experience about as much job security as college football coaches show loyalty. ESPN’s Scott Burnside released his…

  14. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Penguins sign Mike Comrie (Mr. Hillary Duff) to one-year, 500K deal

    Sep 3, 2010, 11:50 AM EST

    After all these years, the Pittsburgh Penguins finally added some real star power. I mean, sure, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin could occasionally light up a scoreboard and Marc-Andre Fleury provides the occasional highlight reel save. But when, exactly, were those guys going to pop up in US Weekly? Expect a few more tabloids to…

  15. Don't be shocked if the deadline to rule on Kovalchuk's contract gets postponed again

    Sep 3, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

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    Some deadlines are more legitimate than others. Don’t be surprised if the postponed-but-now-rapidly-approaching deadline to reject or approve the second contract between the New Jersey Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk gets pushed back again. We will keep our eyes on the proceedings in case there is a decision by the alleged 5pm ET deadline, but much…

  16. The PHT Nightcap: Thursday, September 2nd

    Sep 3, 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. Mario…

  17. Sean Avery hopes to be a thorn in the side of opponents instead of his own team next season

    Sep 2, 2010, 11:15 PM EST

    Few hockey players speak their mind and establish themselves as interesting people – but love him or hate him – Sean Avery is one of the NHL’s biggest personalities. That being said, Avery distinguishes himself from the Terrell Owens/Chad Ochocinco-types by falling short of star status when the games actually take place. Sure, people are…

  18. New Columbus coach thinks he can turn things around for Steve Mason, Nikita Filatov

    Sep 2, 2010, 10:30 PM EST

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    The Columbus Blue Jackets are hoping for an improved output in 2010-11 after a horrific 09-10 campaign, even though they haven’t added much in terms of talent. The Blue Jackets are pinning their hopes on the internal improvement that could come from adding new head coach Scott Arniel. The question is, can Arniel save the…

  19. Nashville Predators ownership group gives William 'Boots' Del Biaggio the boot

    Sep 2, 2010, 9:30 PM EST

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    The history of sports is littered with swaggering, more-talk-than-walk owners, especially in the not-always-financially-stable NHL. Old money guys might not be the most PR-savvy or exciting, but aside from the occasional breakthrough in the form of Mark Cuban, most of the attention-seekers tend to fall on their faces (see: the Tampa Bay Lightning’s former owners…

  20. Ken Hitchcock helps others nab a shoplifter, makes headlines in process

    Sep 2, 2010, 8:45 PM EST

    These moments don’t come along every day, but it seems like they follow a similar script: A minor crime is committed OR someone is in peril. Sports semi-celebrity intervenes. People blow that intervention out of proportion. It happened when Brooks Laich helped a stranded motorist, when broadcaster Ron MacLean had a Good Samaritan moment and…

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