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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Lightning not shopping Martin St. Louis

10:30 a.m.ET At the end of the regular season, Martin St. Louis did not rule out demanding a trade out of Tampa Bay if the Lightning decide to go into rebuilding mode. The hiring of Steve Yzerman has likely changed that stance and Yzerman tells the Tampa Tribune that signing St. Louis to an extension is a top priority.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Game 5 brings in high ratings

1:10 p.m.ET The Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers continue to deliver high ratings as Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final had a 4.0 rating, the highest non-OT game since 2002..

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Martin likely to test Free Agency?

9:10 a.m.ET NJ Devils defenseman Paul Martin told the New York Post that he and GM Lou Lamoriello agreed to wait until after a new Devils coach is hired to discuss contract. According to the Post, that scenario could be troublesome, considering that Jacques Lemaire was hired last July 13 and other teams could swoop up Martin, who made $4.5 million last season, on July 1.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Report: Lightning to hire Steve Yzerman as GM

11:10 a.m.ET The Tampa Bay Lightning made their first bold move under new ownership, hiring NHL great Steve Yzerman as their new General Manager. Source: ESPN.com

Monday, May 24, 2010

Flyers advance to Cup final

10:01 p.m.ET -The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 Monday night, advancing to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1997. Game 1 of the Cup Final is Saturday night in Chicago.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Bruins buzz: Thomas, Wideman staying put?

1:01 p.m.ET – Goaltender Tim Thomas has undergone hip surgery that will sideline him for 3-4 months, according to the Boston Globe. The surgery likely means that Thomas is staying put this summer. The 26 year old backup has three years left on his deal with a cap hit of $5 million per season. The Boston Globe also reports that it’s a good bet that defenseman Dennis Wideman has a cap hit of $3.85 million is staying put.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Marleau will be highly coveted

12:49 p.m.ET -San Jose’s Patrick Marleau is coming off 44 goal regular season and 8 goals in the playoff, including a 5 performance in the Western Conference Finals. The 30 year winger/center will be one of the most highly coveted players in free agency. Among the early front runners include, Los Angeles and Toronto,

Monday, May 24, 2010

Wings top targets include Cooke and Armstrong?

12:30 p.m.ET – The Detroit Red Wings are looking to add some grit and Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke is believed to be at the top of their radar, per a league source. Atlanta’s Colby Armstrong is also expected to be at the top of the Wings wishlist. Armstrong, 27, made $2.4 million last season.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Hossa makes history

7:00 p.m.ET – The Chicago Blackhawks advanced to the Stanley Cup Final, sweeping the San Jose Sharks in four games. Right winger Marian Hossa has been quiet in the playoffs but has now made history becoming the first player to reach the finals three straight years with three different teams.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Bill Daly on NHL CBA

2:57 p.m.ETLiz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal reports, NHL’s Bill Daly says league would like to know “sooner than later” if players want to extend CBA. The current CBA expires in September, 2011, but players can extend it one year. — Twitter Updates

Saturday, May 22, 2010

NHL in better financial position than NBA?

11:04 a.m.ET – Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonis believes the NHL’s hard salary cap has put the NHL in better financial position than the NBA. Leonis who now owns the Capitals and Washington Wizards, is getting a first hand look. “I’m surprised because now I see all of the NBA financials,” Leonsis told the National Press Club on Friday. “And I’d honestly have to say at this point in time that the NHL is stronger than the NBA, clearly because it has a CBA in place that protects owners from taking stupid pills.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Kings assistant coach charged with sexual abuse

10:50 a.m.ETAccording to the Associated Press, Los Angeles Kings assistant coach Mark Hardy was charged Friday with sexual abuse after a woman said he fondled her in a hotel room, according to charging documents. District of Columbia police arrested Hardy early Friday, shortly after the incident was reported. According to court documents, Hardy and the woman walked from a bar in northwest Washington to the Mayflower Hotel, where Hardy had been staying since Wednesday. The documents said the woman told police that she and Hardy were very intoxicated.The documents state that the woman fell asleep in a bed in the hotel room and awoke when she was being fondled. The woman ran from the bedroom to the living room area of the suite, then went to the front desk for help. That’s when police were called.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Hawks take 3-0 series lead

11:48 a.m.ET – Dustin Byfuglien scored 12:24 into overtime and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Friday night to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. The Blackhawks are one win away from earning their first trip to the Stanley Cup finals since 1992 when the Hawks were swept by Mario Lemieux and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Flyers hopeful for Carter to return for series

8:48 a.m.ET – The Philadelphia Flyers lead the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals and the team remains hopeful that star center Jeff Carter will return at somepoint in the series. Carter took the next step in his rehab process from a broken right foot by participating in his first full team practice on Thursday.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Armstrong has his sights set on free agency

8:45 a.m.ET – Pens fans hoping to see Colby Armstrong return to the Pittsburgh will get their opportunity to at least “hope” on July 1. Kevin Allen of the USA Today reports that there appears to be no “chance” of Armstrong returning to Atlanta.