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Leafs Acquire Versteeg, Many Deals Heading Into Free Agency, LIVE CHAT!

June 30th traditionally brings one major deal to kick off the free agent proceedings of the next day. After the Montreal Canadiens acquired Scott Gomez last year, the Leafs took their stab at the pre-Free Agency deal by trading with the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. The deal will send forward Kris Versteeg as well as Bill Sweatt in exchange for Viktor Stalberg, Chris DiDomenico and Philippe Paradis, all forwards. Further details on the trade can be found here. There were plenty more deals and signings throughout the day. Of course, all the details will be discussed thoroughly in tomorrow's Free Agent Frenzy coverage, but here are a few of the more significant transactio...

List of 2010-11 NHL Home Openers

The full schedule for the 2010-11 regular season will be announced later today, but the NHL has already made available the dates for the home openers of all 30 teams. As we already know, the season will officially kick off with the annual Montreal-Toronto game at the Air Canada Center on Thursday, October 7th. The NHL's opening night will also see three other matches, including the Avalanche hosting the 2010 Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks, a battle of Alberta in Edmonton vs. Calgary, and a battle of Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia. The Carolina Hurricanes will have the latest home opener on October 27th versus the Washington Capitals, but of course, they start their season...

TCL Top Ten 2010 Stanley Cup Moments

The 2009-10 season in the NHL was a memorable one for fans, playoffs, and the league itself. An outstanding playoffs brought us upsets, Cinderella runs, record-breaking games and series, and moments that will forever live on in history, and in infamy in the minds of many fans. We all have our favourite moments, our favourite games and stories that will be passed on throughout the years, but what were the top 10 moments of these past playoffs? What were the best games, the best stories to come out of the league over the last couple of months? With the Stanley Cup Finals finally over, and with a couple of weeks gone by for all of us to decompress and look back at what was an outstand...

Biggest Surprises and Upsets

Perhaps the most anti-climatic goal in playoff overtime history, but it still counts. The Chicago Blackhawks had an unbelievable ride to the top this past season and they deserved to win the Stanley Cup. Just a few days later, it's already time to start looking ahead to next season. The NHL draft is only a couple of weeks away, as well as the award ceremony. On June 22nd, the NHL master schedule will be released, but we already know one game on it. Pittsburgh will host the Capitals at Heinz Field on New Year's Day 2011. Numerous experts have looked at the top players for the entry draft, but the lists haven't stopped changing. Everyone's rankings are different, but their opinions don't...

The Franchise Player Rule

This year something happened that left me scratching my head and really questioning the current CBA. The Atlanta Thrashers were forced to trade their franchise player, Ilya Kovalchuk in the midst of their own attempts to make the playoffs. The reason being of course that the Thrashers were unable to get him under contract for next season before the trade deadline and were not willing to take the risk of negotiating with him after the deadline where they could lose him for nothing come July 1st. To make it clear, I understand why the Thrashers had to do what they did, but I just don't see how this is good for the NHL, especially for struggling franchises like the Atlanta Thrashers. Do I...