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2011 free agency

  1. Hedging their bets? Blackhawks invite Ray Emery to training camp for tryout

    Jul 27, 2011, 6:26 PM EDT

    Patric Hornqvist, Ray Emery, Scott Cherrey

    The Blackhawks reportedly invited Ray Emery to training camp on a tryout basis, a low-risk move that could provide the team with valuable goalie insurance in case Alexander Salak flops as a backup.

  2. Rangers re-sign defenseman Steve Eminger to one-year, $800K deal

    Jul 25, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

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    Tim Stapleton, Steve Eminger

    The Rangers wrapped up another bit of business, re-signing defenseman Steve Eminger to a one-year, $800K contract.

  3. Report: Alexei Yashin’s agent says they’re negotiating with Islanders, ‘seriously considering’ the offer

    Jul 22, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

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    It’s tough to tell if this is just another negotiating ploy or not, but Alexei Yashin’s agent says that they’re negotiating with the Islanders. Yashin and his agent are reportedly “seriously considering their offer.”

  4. Detroit Red Wings officially announce Ty Conklin’s one-year contract

    Jul 20, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

    Ty Conklin

    The Red Wings confirmed rumors that Ty Conklin will be Jimmy Howard’s backup in 2011-12.

  5. Report: Red Wings stick with nostalgic backup plan, look primed to sign Ty Conklin

    Jul 20, 2011, 1:06 AM EDT

    Chris Osgood, Ty Conklin

    Chris Osgood won’t be the Red Wings backup next season, but reports indicate that they’ll bring back another familiar face in Ty Conklin.

  6. Alexei Yashin update: Agent claims that one NHL team sent an offer

    Jul 18, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    alexyashingetty

    Here’s a little more about the Alexei Yashin situation: his agent claims that at least one NHL team might be interested in adding him. Click “Read More” for the latest update.

  7. Ryan Miller responds to critics of his former teammate Tim Connolly

    Jul 16, 2011, 12:07 AM EDT

    Ryan Miller, Tim Connolly

    Tim Connolly left Buffalo with critics and his signing with Toronto brought some dissent as well, but Ryan Miller is adamant about defending his former teammate.

  8. Another big turnover: Chris Campoli won’t be back with the Blackhawks next season

    Jul 15, 2011, 8:40 PM EDT

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    Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman revealed that Chris Campoli won’t be back with Chicago, regardless of the results of his salary arbitration. That means that his legacy with the team might boil down to that regrettable turnover in Game 7 of their series against the Canucks.

  9. Calgary Flames retain Brendan Morrison with one-year, $1.25M deal

    Jul 15, 2011, 7:38 PM EDT

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    NHL Heritage Classic - Montreal Canadiens v Calgary Flames

    The Flames brought back Brendan Morrison with a reasonable one-year, $1.25 million deal. PHT takes a quick look at this move in relation to the team’s shaky overall structure.

  10. Can Brad Richards revive Marian Gaborik’s career in New York?

    Jul 14, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

    New York Rangers v New Jersey Devils

    Can Brad Richards revive Marian Gaborik’s career? The Rangers are gambling almost $20 million next season that they can work it out.

  11. Small moves: Senators re-sign Bobby Butler, Flames trade for goon and Matt Smaby joins Ducks

    Jul 14, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT

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    Cam Janssen, Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond

    Two small moves so far today: the Senators re-signed solid young forward Bobby Butler while the Flames sent a fifth round pick to the Devils for Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond. (Update: the Ducks also added Matt Smaby.)

  12. Why ‘sad goalie’ Tomas Vokoun isn’t a member of the Detroit Red Wings

    Jul 12, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

    Florida Panthers v Pittsburgh Penguins

    As it turns out, the Capitals weren’t the only team in the running for Tomas Vokoun. A translated report indicates that the Red Wings had some interest, too. This post explains why Washington won the Vokoun derby.

  13. Monday’s minor moves: Ducks re-sign ‘Big Sexy’ and more

    Jul 11, 2011, 9:45 PM EDT

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    Dan Sexton, Alex Goligoski

    Need to catch up on Monday’s moves? Here’s a rundown of the smaller signings.

  14. Steve Yzerman expects talks with Steven Stamkos, Teddy Purcell to resume Monday

    Jul 9, 2011, 7:05 PM EDT

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    Teddy Purcell, Simon Gagne, Steven Stamkos

    Expecting some big details on Lightning free agent forwards Steven Stamkos and Teddy Purcell? Don’t expect many during this weekend.

  15. Wild sign former Lightning defenseman Mike Lundin to one-year, $1M deal

    Jul 9, 2011, 6:32 PM EDT

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    Mike Lundin, Scottie Upshall

    The Wild hope to slightly improve their quietly lousy play in their own zone by adding puck-moving defenseman Mike Lundin with a one-year, $1 million deal.

  16. More minor moves: Leafs sign two players, Mark Parrish joins Senators’ system

    Jul 8, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

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    The Maple Leafs re-signed Matt Lashoff and added Philippe Dupuis while the Senators inked Mark Parrish to a two-way deal.

  17. Tomas Kaberle took his brother’s advice by signing with Carolina

    Jul 6, 2011, 6:04 PM EDT

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    Boston Bruins v Vancouver Canucks - Game Seven

    Tomas Kaberle received the kind of money he wanted to join the Hurricanes, but he also received some positive feedback about Carolina from his brother (and former Canes defenseman) Frantisek.

  18. Sigh of relief: Leafs, Clarke MacArthur avoid arbitration with two-year, $6.5M compromise

    Jul 5, 2011, 7:26 PM EDT

    Mikhail Grabovski; Nikolai Kulemin; Clarke MacArthur

    The Maple Leafs and Clarke MacArthur can breathe a sigh of relief as they avoided the awkward salary arbitration process by agreeing to a two-year, $6.5 million deal.

  19. More minor moves: Coyotes add McElhinney, Oilers re-up Peckham, Flames close in on Babchuk

    Jul 4, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Curtis McElhinney

    Here are a few more minor moves from around the NHL today.

  20. Small holiday signings: Capitals ink Richmond, Sabres lock up Weber

    Jul 4, 2011, 12:55 PM EDT

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    Daniel Carcillo, Mike Weber, Ryan Miller

    The Capitals signed Danny Richmond while the Sabres agreed to terms with Mike Weber during this holiday afternoon.

  21. Better bring your cup to training camp: Penguins sign Boris Valibik to two-year deal

    Jul 3, 2011, 7:40 PM EDT

    Boris Valabik, Shean Donovan

    Sidney Crosby and Boris Valabik might have an awkward reunion at Penguins training camp after the team signed the defenseman to a one-year, two-way contract.

  22. Should the NHL be upset with the structure of Brad Richards’ new contract?

    Jul 2, 2011, 5:56 PM EDT

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    The NHL probably won’t contest Brad Richards’ new contract with the Rangers, but in a way, it pretty much perpetuates the same cap-circumventing loophole work that made the league come down hard on the Devils’ first contract with Ilya Kovalchuk. This post compares those deals to show that the Richards deal should get through, but carries the same spirit.

  23. Red Wings hope to reduce impact of Brian Rafalski’s retirement with Ian White

    Jul 2, 2011, 5:03 PM EDT

    Jonathan Ericsson, Ian White

    The Red Wings hope to replace some of Brian Rafalski’s production by committee. Signing former Sharks defenseman Ian White could help them do that.

  24. Flyers West? Los Angeles Kings shrewdly sign Simon Gagne to two-year, $7M deal

    Jul 2, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT

    Simon Gagne

    The Kings continued their transformation into the Flyers of the West with the addition of Simon Gagne. His health makes him a risk, but this post details why his two-year, $3M contract might be the best bargain of free agency so far.

  25. Brad Richards consolation prize? Maple Leafs sign Tim Connolly for two years, $9.5M

    Jul 2, 2011, 3:51 PM EDT

    Tim Connolly, Ondrej Pavelec

    The Maple Leafs fell short of getting Brad Richards, settling for Tim Connolly at two-years, $9.5 million. Will injury-prone Connolly be worth the shorter-term risk?

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