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NHL owners open their wallets and put good sense on hold

The collective bargaining agreement between NHL owners and the players association expires at the end of next season, and it already appears certain that absurdity is in the offing.

That much was made clear by events this weekend. It was touted as "free agent frenzy", which it decidedly wasn't, just as the NHL entry draft a week earlier was about as exciting as watching the Sedin twins throw themselves to the ice in faked agony every time they feel a breeze from a passing player. There was no frenzy, just more evidence (in large amounts) that the people who own hockey teams don't deserve to be protected from themselves, so blatant and repetitive are their acts of s...

Introducing: Max Talbot

The changing of the guard in Philadelphia continued on Friday as the beginning of the free agent signing period began.  One of the four deals signed on Friday included the addition of former foe Maxime Talbot. Talbot is probably most famous in Philadelphia for his fight with Dan Carcillo in Game 6 of the 2009 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, which saw Carcillo beat Talbot to a pulp. Following the fight, Talbot rose to his feet, placed a finger to his lips, and attempted to quiet the crowd. Following the bout, the Flyers blew a 3-0 lead that saw them lose the game and the series.

Max Talbot is a 27-year-old forward from LeMoyne, Quebec. ...

Isles Get Reasonable, Sign Marty Reasoner to Two-Year Deal

I decided to wait until the latter portion of the evening before I posted anything about today's action for the New York Islanders with free agency having officially kicked off at 12 PM today. Granted, the Isles typically are not the most active team on July 1st, usually making their moves in the days that follow.

For example, Snow was able to swoop up Mark Streit with a five-year deal that arguably has been his best signing in his relatively short tenure as General Manager. Dwayne Roloson was another diamond in the rough signing that many were not expecting, making him a fan-favorite and possibly the most consistent player to wear an Islanders uniform in the past two seasons be...