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Coburn's Nightmare Season Likely Ends

General Manager Paul Holmgren announced on Friday that Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn will be out indefinitely with a separated shoulder. With only a handful of games left in the season, this likely means his season is done.

The length of his departure all depends on the degree of his shoulder's separation, but risking further injury in a season like the one that has unfolded makes close to zero sense. Coburn's departure has promped a callup of Adirondack Phantoms defenseman Oliver Lauridsen.

Originally a steal in the trade from the Atlanta Thrashers for Alexei Zhitnik back in 2007, the 28-year-old Saskatchewan native posted just five points through 33 games—a stark contrast to his 36 point season in 2007-08. His point production has sharply decreased since that point to the lowest it has ever been in his career as a Flyer by far.

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The Minnesota Wild's Summer

As the summer draws to a close so too does the Minnesota Wild’s most exciting offseason in history. In addition to the well publicized Zach Parise, Ryan Suter Fourth of July signings, the Wild added needed depth in forwards Zenon Konopka and Torrey Mitchell. They also re-signed steady backup net minder Josh Harding to below market value.

The result has been a boost of optimism for a club that so desperately needed it.

All parties involved-ownership, management, players, and fans- watched as the team slowly came down from the high of a promising start for their franchise. In the Wild’s first ten seasons, they qualified for the postseason three times, won a divi...

Flyers Fly Back Home To Take On the Jets

The Winnipeg Jets Fly into Philadelphia this evening to take on the Philadelphia Flyers. The Last time the original Jets team was in Philly was March 16.1996. Ron Hextall picked up a 3-0 shutout.
You can see the game on CSN-PH and TSN-Jets at 7:00pm EST.

Are You Ready For Some Hockey?

...Too bad the sharks aren't playing any today. We still have to wait until Friday to watch another Shark's game. But maybe, just maybe, what seems like a punishment might actually be a blessing in disguise. You see, a myriad of Sharks are out right now with various injuries and would not have been ready to go on an earlier date. Havlat is still recuperating from a shoulder injury. Niemi is recovering from minor surgery that removed a cyst from his knee. And Marleau has missed every practice this week with the flu. Two of these three players, sans Marleau, also missed the opening game of the season. Which is a real testament to how stacked this Sharks team is with depth at all position...

Breaking News: Atlanta-Winnipeg Deal Done!

TSN is reporting that at 11AM central (noon eastern), True North Sports and Entertainment, along with Gary Bettman, will hold a press conference to announce the death of the Atlanta Thrashers, and the rebirth of the Winnipeg Jets. It is expected that they will announce the sale of the Thrashers, pending 75% majority approval of the NHL Board of Governors of course, upon their next meeting on June 21st. The Thrashers are all but officially done, and will not be playing in Atlanta next season. The surprising part of all of this? The new "Jets", or whatever the team ends up being called, will have to play their first games in the Eastern Conference, until the NHL can put forth a plan ...

Thrashers to Winnipeg Deal Imminent?

Conflicting reports on Thursday evening seem to indicate that a deal that would send the financially struggling Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg could be imminent. The Globe and Mail is reporting that an agreement has been reached between the NHL, current owners Atlanta Spirit LLC, and a group out of Winnipeg called True North Sports and Entertainment that already owns the Manitoba Moose and the MTS Centre that would house the team. The deal would of course move the failing team North immediately. The Globe speculated that the deal to move the Thrashers had been more or less in place for months, but the fact that the Phoenix Coyotes were also, once again, in play for a period of time del...

Thrashers sign Dustin Byfuglien to 5-year, $26 million extension

At a time where most teams are looking to acquire new players, or ship off old ones, the Atlanta Thrashers are taking care of their current players. It was announced on Tuesday that the Thrashers had signed Dustin Byfuglien, their top defenseman and leading scorer to a brand new 5-year, $26 million contract extension. The deal will average out to a $5.2 million cap hit and will keep the defenseman-turned-forward-turned-defenseman in HOTlanta through 2016. As we said, Byfuglien is currently the Thrashers leading scorer, with 17 goals and 26 assists for 43 points (even rating), which also happens to be the 5th most points among defensemen, and by far the most goals. Byfuglien was no...

Management Changes in Atlanta

Only a few days removed from the firings of Rick Tocchet and Brian Lawton in Tampa Bay, Atlanta has jumped onto the firing boat, removing John Anderson from his position as head coach, ''promoting'' Don Waddell to team president and making Rick Dudley General Manager, bumped up from Associate General Manager. "We have a lot of important pieces in place, and I look forward to building this organization even further and working closely with Don, the owners and our staff towards achieving our goals," Dudley said in a statement. "I've been in this situation before and we will accomplish our objectives. I appreciate Don and the owners giving me this opportunity to build on what has already...

Thrashers Sign Chris Chelios

Sportsnet is reporting that the Atlanta Thrashers have signed defenseman Chris Chelios to an NHL contract. Chelios has been playing with the Thrashers AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, accumulating 5 goals and 16 assists in 44 games. No details of the signing have been made available at this time. Chelios is considered one of the greatest defensemen of the last 20 years, having three Norris-winning seasons with the Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Blackhawks, not to mention 3 Stanley Cups with the Canadiens and Detroit Red Wings. The 47-year-old has 185 goals and 763 assists for 945 points in a whopping 1,645 games in the NHL. He is 4th in most games played behind only Ron Francis, Mark Me...