1. NHL Lockout: 4 Schedule Formats the NHL Could Use for a Shortened Season

    Still holding out hope for a full season? Throw any remaining fantasies out the window. Yesterday marked the passing of the NHL's unofficial deadline that ruled out the possibility of an 82-game season in 2012-2013...

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  2. NHL Lockout: Oct. 25 Deadline for 82-Game Season Passes with No Negotiations

    In the NHL and NHLPA's chess game of scathing press releases and sleazy fan manipulation, the pawns have fallen into one position, and one position only. Stalemate...

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  3. NHL CBA Proposal: Will a $59.9M Salary Cap Be Possible Without Salary Rollbacks?

    At first glance, the NHL 's latest CBA proposal looks to be a bundle of compromises straight from the Founding Fathers. A 50-50 split of hockey-related revenue? A reduced but reasonable $59...

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  4. NHL Lockout: Details and Analysis on Every Topic of NHL's New CBA Offer

    One month. After announcing the start of a lockout, cancelling two weeks of regular season games and meeting together on six occasions with little progress, could a virtually meaningless ...

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  5. NHL Lockout: Will Two-Week Season Cancellation Change CBA Negotiations?

    Officially, the 2012 NHL lockout began almost three weeks ago. But, in many ways, the work stoppage's real impact is only beginning now. No longer are the players and owners toiling through summer's dog days in their stubborn misery...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about almost 2 years ago 1,055 reads 3 comments

  6. Fantasy Football: 4 Hot Waiver Wire Players You Shouldn't Pick Up

    For desperate waiver wire searchers, Week 4 was a Sunday from heaven. Unusually high scores helped boost a number of unheard-of players into the fantasy stratosphere—at least for now...

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  7. NHL CBA Negotiations: Could the Lockout Potentially End This Weekend?

    The league-wide lockout is approaching its two-week milestone, the entire preseason has been officially cancelled and the NHL vs. NHLPA stalemate hasn't progressed in a month...

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  8. NHL Lockout: 5 Dynamic AHL Teams to Follow During the NHL Work Stoppage

    The minor leagues are receiving major attention. Since the NHL lockout went into effect Saturday night, owners and players have yet to reestablish contact and the state of the 2012-2013 hockey reason remains very questionable...

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  9. NHL Lockout: Comparing the 2012 Lockout to the 2004 Season-Cancelling Dispute

    The lockout is official. As of 11:59 p.m. ET Saturday, the National Hockey League and the NHL Players Association have formally separated, ending the league's collective bargaining ...

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  10. NHL Free Agency: Detroit Red Wings Sign Carlo Colaiacovo, Fill Defensive Holes

    Have the Detroit Red Wings finally found their Nicklas Lidstrom replacement? Probably not. But the signing of 29-year-old defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo will be a start. Colaiacovo, who has established himself with four solid seasons in St...

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  11. NHL Lockout: 5 Teams Who Could Benefit from a Brief Work Stoppage

    The threat of the third NHL lockout in 18 years is slowly changing from worst-case scenario to most-likely reality. July 13th. August 14th. August 28th. September 1st...

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  12. NHL Southeast Division: The Division's Days as a Laughingstock Are Long Gone

    The NHL 's former punching bag has found a new identity. Long a distant sixth in hockey's divisional totem pole, the revamped Southeast Division is prepared for a breakout season in 2012-2013...

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  13. Carolina Hurricanes: Lack of Changes on Defense Will Spell Problems for 'Canes

    While the revamped Carolina Hurricanes ' offense grabs headlines and anticipation for the hopefully-upcoming 2012-2013 season grows throughout Raleigh, the 'Canes defense sputters along weakly in the shadows...

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  14. NHL CBA Negotiations: The Stats About Luxury Tax and How It Would Kill the NHL

    Luxury tax? That's one indulgence the NHL can't afford. It's been well over a week now since the league Player's Association made their counter proposal in the NHL's ongoing ...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about almost 2 years ago 1,347 reads 14 comments

  15. NHL Trade Rumors and Free Agency: Are the Latest Rumors Fact or Fiction?

    For the last NHL teams still negotiating trades and deals, it's become a shady venture. After all, the elephant in the room—the soon-to-expire Collective Bargaining Agreement—casts a pretty large shadow...

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  16. Carolina Hurricanes: What Will the 'Canes Lines Look Like in 2012-2013?

    Kirk Muller has a puzzle to solve. The signing of winger Alexander Semin and acquisition of center Jordan Staal have filled the Carolina Hurricanes ' pool of forwards to the brim ...

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  17. Alexander Semin Signs with Hurricanes: Are the 'Canes Cup Contenders?

    Jim Rutherford and the Carolina Hurricanes have finally made their move. They lost out on Zach Parise . They lost out on Ray Whitney. They lost out on Rick Nash. Now, at last, they've cashed in on Alexander Semin ...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 2 years ago 1,837 reads 42 comments

  18. NHL Free Agents: Carolina Hurricanes Sign Tim Wallace, Jay Harrison, Prospects

    With many of the free agent market's biggest names now off the board, the Carolina Hurricanes and GM Jim Rutherford have turned towards their internal to-do list...

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  19. Rick Nash Trade: How the Deal Impacts New York Rangers' Salary Structure

    Rick Nash ... ...is a New York Ranger. In a matter of moments, Rangers GM Glen Sather was able to do what 29 other NHL GMs failed to complete in five months of negotiations—to draw disgruntled All-Star winger Rick Nash out of Columbus ...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 2 years ago 4,682 reads 15 comments

  20. MLS Expansion: 4-Hour Thunderstorm Delay Raises Questions About Southeast US

    In NASL action last night, the Carolina Railhawks defeated the Minnesota Stars 1-0 to pull within eight points of the league lead...

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  21. 2012 NHL Free Agents: 5 Teams Who Should Submit an Offer Sheet for Jakub Voracek

    For the first time in 15 years, the NHL free agent market is beginning to grow a new dimension. Restricted free agents are now fair game...

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  22. NHL Free Agents: History Predicts Predators Will Match Shea Weber's Offer Sheet

    It's official. After remaining uncharacteristically quiet for much of the offseason, the Philadelphia Flyers have made their big splash of the summer. This year, it's a move almost unheard of in today's NHL —an RFA offer sheet...

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  23. 2012 NHL Free Agents: Where Each of the Top 25 Remaining Free Agents Will Sign

    Almost three weeks have passed since the opening of NHL free agency, but by the looks of the remaining market, it's nearly impossible to tell. Shane Doan . Pavel Kubina...

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  24. 2012 NHL Free Agents: Have Hurricanes Made an Offer Shane Doan Can't Refuse?

    It's an offer that blows all others out of the water. Highly sought-after veteran Shane Doan is set to begin considering offers Monday, and he'll immediately be met with a proposal of jaw-dropping caliber...

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  25. NHL Trade Speculation: How Devin Setoguchi to Carolina Hurricanes Makes Sense

    It's a match made in heaven. For the Carolina Hurricanes , it's driven by a desperate need for more top-six offensive talent. For the Minnesota Wild , it's driven by a crammed salary-cap situation and an unproven defensive cast...

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