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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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Mike Modano Headed to HockeyTown?

August 3rd, 2010 No Comments

The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Mike Modano will sign a contract with the Detroit Red Wings. Modano, who spent 20 seasons with the Dallas Stars, is expected to make the announcement on Thursday. Originally drafted first overall by the Minnesota North Stars in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, Modano played a total of 1,459 games, registering 557 goals and 802 assists for a total of 1,359 points. Known for his skating ability, leadership qualities and penchant for scoring the big goal, Modano should fit in nicely in Detroit where he will likely assume a role on the Red Wings’ third line. Modano may also see spot duty on the second line and, in a pinch, could provide a spark to the Red Wings’ power play. At 40 years old, nobody is expecting Modano to be the player he

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Marty Turco In, Annti Niemi Out?

August 1st, 2010 No Comments

When the arbitration ruling came back in Annti Niemi’s favor it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that the Chicago Blackhawks were going to be forced to part ways with the Finnish netminder. The Blackhawks are thought to have presented a case for Niemi making about $1.75 million, with Niemi’s agent countering with a demand near $4 million. In the end, the arbitrator awarded Niemi a one-year deal worth $2.75 million, which effectively priced Niemi out of Chicago’s plans for the 2010-11 season. Through 39 regular season games with Chicago Niemi assembled a 26-7-4 record while posting a 2.25 goals against average and a .912 save percentage. Niemi followed up a decent regular season by backstopping the Blackhawks to a Stanley Cup victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. During the playoffs Niemi compiled a 16-6 record with a 2.63 GAA and

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12 NHL Goalies That Must Step It Up For The 2010-11 Season

July 22nd, 2010 No Comments

The 2009-10 NHL season saw a lot of otherwise unknown goaltenders establish themselves as the go-to netminders for their respective teams. Jonathan Quick in Los Angeles, Michael Leighton in Philadelphia and Jimmy Howard in Detroit all had excellent seasons, followed by more than respectable playoff runs. With the 2010-11 season just a few months away, many NHL netminders will be looking to duplicate or surpass their 2009 success, with others trying to re-establish themselves as the number one crease beast. With that in mind, let’s take a look at 12 NHL goalies that must step up their play in order to have a successful 2010-11 season. Michael Leighton: Philadelphia Flyers Picked up on waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers late in the 2009-10 season; Michael Leighton had a very successful run with the Flyers, including a run to the Stanley Cup

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2010-11 NHL Season: 12 Developing Players To Watch

July 15th, 2010 1 Comment

Every year NHL fans wait with great anticipation to watch the newest crop of NHL rookies arrive on the scene. Last season we saw several rookies post impressive seasons, including Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers and Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask. With their rookie seasons behind them, the 2009-10 rookie crop will now be counted on to exceed their totals as sophomores, something many struggle with. Let’s take a look at the 12 sophomores you should be looking out for during the 2010-11 season. Tuukka Rask: Boston Bruins, Goaltender Tuukka Rask put up some of the most impressive numbers for a rookie goaltender in recent memory. Rask ranked first overall in Save percentage (.931) and goals against average (1.97), while his five shut outs ranked Rask seventh overall. Rask played 45 games last season, posting

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