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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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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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The NHL is Waiting on Ilya Kovalchuk to Sign

July 12th, 2010 No Comments

Once again the NHL is waiting on the Kovalchuk saga to end prior to beginning the quest for other talents. Currently it is rumoured that the New Jersey Devils have offered a 17 year contract worth $100 million. While the rumoured deal with the LA Kings would be 15 years worth $100 million. The structure of the Devils contract offer appears to be front loaded money for the first 10 years of the contract and then the remaining seven years drop down to $1 million or $2 million per season. This would keep the deal to approximately a $5.8 million cap hit over the 17 year term. In Toronto, GM Brian Burke seems to have decided to sit on the offers for Tomas Kaberle at this time. Surely once Kovalchuk is signed some of the teams that missed out will

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Leafs Sign Defenseman Brett Lebda—Is A Kaberle Deal Close?

July 8th, 2010 33 Comments

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke continued to put his stamp on the club, signing unrestricted free agent defenseman Brett Lebda to a two-year, $2.9 million contract on Wednesday. Lebda’s contract will pay him $1,450,000 in each of the next two years, either in the AHL or the NHL. Lebda, who spent parts of the past five seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, stands 5’9” and weighs in at 195 pounds—not exactly your prototypical “Burke” player. Through 63 games with the Red Wings in 2009-10 Lebda posted one goal and eight points to go along with his minus-2 rating. His best season came in 2006-07 where he scored five goals and added 13 assists for a career high 18 points to go along with his impressive plus+16 rating. Originally an undrafted player, Lebda, 28, brings a little playoff experience

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