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Ilya Kovalchuk Deal Could Be Devastating for the NHL

August 5th, 2010 2 Comments

It is widely believed that the Ilya Kovalchuk deal and subsequent hearings have all but kept many NHL teams and unrestricted free agent players from making more of a splash this summer. Numerous trades—most notably a deal involving Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle—have been sitting on the back burner for quite some time, leaving many NHL teams and fans feeling like they have been kept hostage all summer long by the Kovalchuk saga. Yesterday, arbitrator Richard Block began hearing the arguments for and against the Kovalchuk contract from both the NHL and the Players Association. A decision on Kovalchuk’s 17-year, $102 million contract is expected by this Friday, if not by Monday at the latest. In the end, there are only really two scenarios that can come of Block’s findings. First, Block upholds the Kovalchuk deal, which will force

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Remembering the 2010 Winter Classic: Philadelphia Flyers Vs. Boston Bruins

August 3rd, 2010 No Comments

Last year I had the opportunity to cover the Winter Classic between the Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers. As an accredited writer I was able to take part in numerous interviews and take some pretty great pictures along the way. With the 2011 Winter Classic between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals already starting to steal the headlines I felt it might be cool to look back at my experience in Boston. Here is a look at some of my pictures: This is the first picture I took after the cab dropped me off on Yawkey Way right outside the legendary Fenway Park. The City of Boston and the NHL did a great job of promoting the event both in the media and on the streets of Boston. If you got within a square mile of Fenway you knew

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Carolina Hurricanes Training Camp Position Battles to Watch For

July 23rd, 2010 No Comments

As a summer of surprises around the NHL rolls on, the Carolina Hurricanes have begun to quietly fill out their roster. All of the Hurricanes’ restricted free agents heading into the offseason have been signed. In addition, 15 players have been inked to one-way contracts for the upcoming season. However, with nearly $12 million left in cap space, Carolina has plenty of room to fill the remaining holes in their depth chart. Many of the new-look Hurricanes players are also younger than those who were starting in their places last season. Carolina has moved up from the second-oldest team in summer 2009 to the seventh-youngest team in the NHL today. Additionally, only four contract holders for the ‘Canes are above the age of 30 (Erik Cole, Sergei Samsanov, Tom Kostopoulos, and Joe Corvo). This plethora of prospects translates into a

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NHL Free Agency: Carolina Hurricanes Team Report (July 16 Edition)

July 16th, 2010 No Comments

Despite a period of silence surrounding the Carolina Hurricanes over the past week since they signed Joe Corvo, several minor signings have began to fill out the depth chart for the ‘Canes new minor league affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers. Carolina’s official website, as well as plenty of other sources, report that 26-year-old defenseman Bryan Rodney, 24-year-old goaltender Justin Pogge, and 24-year-old center Nick Dodge have all been signed to new contracts by the Hurricanes. All three had become restricted free agents on July 1st. Bryan Rodney, the only of the three to make an NHL appearance for Carolina last season, was inked to a one year deal that will pay him $525,000 at the NHL level in the upcoming year. Rodney was a significant part of the Albany River Rats’ defense last season in both the regular season and playoffs, as well

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NHL Free Agency: Joe “Scorvo” Corvo Returning To Carolina Hurricanes

July 8th, 2010 No Comments

Joe Corvo is returning to Raleigh. After being traded to Washington at the 2010 Trade Deadline in a deal that sent a 2011 second rounder (eventually traded to Philadelphia for Jonathan Matsumoto), prospect Oskar Osala (in the AHL), and defenseman Brian Pothier (now a free agent) to Carolina, Corvo is once again coming back to a place where he just might have prospered most. The 33-year-old powerplay specialist was inked to a two-year, $4.5 million contract Wednesday afternoon by the Carolina Hurricanes; perhaps a deal that will finally settle Corvo down for the remainder of his career. After being drafted in the fourth round, 83rd overall, by the Kings in 1997, at the age of 19, Corvo didn’t even begin play for Los Angeles until the 2002-2003 season. However, the American defenseman blossomed there, progressing from 50 games and 12 points in ’02-’03 to 72

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2010 NHL Draft Results: Carolina Hurricanes Analysis and Recap

June 27th, 2010 6 Comments

We knew that the 2010 NHL Entry Draft was going to be a busy one for the Carolina Hurricanes, who held a league-high 11 draft picks going in. And, when it was all said and done, through picks and trades and hours of negotiating, the Hurricanes can come away from Los Angeles with high hopes for the future. General Manager Jim Rutherford had a busy weekend, as the Hurricanes were the seventh team up in the first round Friday night and then continued to have selections all through Saturday as well. Despite having the option of going with Cam Fowler or Brandon Gormley, both of whom were expected to go earlier and both of whom could be a great addition to the ‘Canes’ needy defensive unit, the Hurricanes decided to go with center Jeff Skinner with the seventh pick. Center

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