1. 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...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 2 years ago 4,471 reads 16 comments

  2. 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...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 2 years ago 4,189 reads 27 comments

  3. 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 ...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 2 years ago 6,525 reads 16 comments

  4. 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...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 2 years ago 1,192 reads 6 comments

  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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 2 years ago 1,406 reads 14 comments

  9. 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...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 2 years ago 7,807 reads 44 comments

  10. 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 ...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 2 years ago 2,446 reads 48 comments

  11. 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 1,867 reads 42 comments

  12. 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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  13. 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 4,782 reads 15 comments

  14. 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...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about over 2 years ago 1,671 reads 8 comments

  15. 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...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about over 2 years ago 3,765 reads 51 comments

  16. 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...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about over 2 years ago 2,883 reads 54 comments

  17. 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...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about over 2 years ago 6,181 reads 45 comments

  18. 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...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about over 2 years ago 8,301 reads 38 comments

  19. 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...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about over 2 years ago 3,379 reads 14 comments

  20. 2012 NHL Free Agents: Marc-Andre Gragnani Signing a Smart Move by Hurricanes

    The ice has finally been broken. After 10 days of mere speculation, Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford has, at last, dipped into the free agent market again. But it's not Alexander Semin...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about over 2 years ago 2,652 reads 11 comments

  21. 2012 NHL Free Agents: Carolina Hurricanes Must Sign Alex Semin or Shane Doan

    The once-teeming field of top-tier NHL free agents has been whittled down to a mere two. Alexander Semin. And Shane Doan ...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about over 2 years ago 2,799 reads 4 comments

  22. 2012 NHL Free Agents: Analyzing Each Team Pursuing Alexander Semin

    Zach Parise is gone. Jiri Hudler is gone. PA Parenteau is gone. Ray Whitney is gone. Jaromir Jagr is gone. The 2012 free agent market of top-tier forwards has been whittled down to it's final remaining piece: Alexander Semin ...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about over 2 years ago 9,521 reads 32 comments

  23. Zach Parise & Ryan Suter to Minnesota Wild: Why Wild Are Stanley Cup Contenders

    The unfathomable is now a reality. Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, arguably the two most sought-after free agents in a decade, have finally signed their respective contracts. In the exact same state...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about over 2 years ago 4,847 reads 68 comments

  24. 2012 NHL Trades: Derek Roy Trade Makes Dallas Stars Playoff Contenders in 2013

    In April, a five-game, season-ending losing streak knocked the Dallas Stars out of the playoffs at the very last minute. Next year, the Stars will have other plans in mind...

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  25. 2012 NHL Free Agents: Carolina Hurricanes Signing and Trade Tracker on July 1st

    NHL free agency is underway, and for the first time in years, the Carolina Hurricanes will be front and center. With GM Jim Rutherford flush with cash and holes to fill, expect an afternoon of hockey headlines in Raleigh...

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