2010 NHL Free Agency: After one day, who's left?

With one day in the books in the 2010 NHL free agency period — that
wasn’t really a frenzy as much as it was nutty — here’s the top free
agents remaining (and their 2009-2010 cap hit) who are still looking for
jobs.

Forwards:

Ilya Kovalchuck – 27 –
$6,389,300

Pavol Demitra – 35 – $4,000,000

Mike Modano – 40 –
$3,450,000

Fredrik Modin – 35 – $3,250,000

Patrick
O’Sullivan – 25 – $2,925,000

Owen Nolan – 38 – $2,750,000

John
Madden – 37 – $2,750,000

Lee Stempniak – 27 – $2,500,000

Matthew
Lombardi – 28 – $2,900,000

Maxim Afinogenov – 30 – $800,000

Alexei
Ponikarovsky – 30 – $2,105,000

Ryan Potulny – 25 – $525,000

Eric
Belanger -32 – $1,750,000

Mike Comrie – 29 – $1,250,000

Kyle
Wellwood – 27 – $1,200,000

Raffi Torres – 28 – $2,250,000

Aaron
Asham – 32 – $640,000

Defensemen:

Marc-Andre
Bergeron – 29 – $750,000

Pavel Kubina – 33 – $5,000,000

Carlo
Colaiacovo – 27 – $1,283,333

Ruslan Sulei – 35 – $3,025,000

Denis
Grebeshkov – 26 – $3,150,000

Joe Corvo – 33 – $2,625,000

Kim
Johnsson – 34 – $540,000

Shaone Morrison – 27 – $1,975,000

Nick
Boynton – 31 – $1,500,000

Goaltenders:

Evgeni
Nabokov – 34 – $5,375,000

Marty Turco – 34 – $5,700,000

Jose
Theodore – 33 – $4,500,00

Ray Emery – 27 – $1,500,000

Vesa
Toskala – 33 – $4,000,000

Denis Yann – 29 – $500,000

Patrick
Lalime – 35 – $1,000,000

Wade Dubielewicz – 31 – $600,000

Matt
Climie – 27 – $574,500

Some thoughts:

The run
was on defensemen the first day, leaving plenty of forwards for the
pickings in the next few days. With the amount of overly expensive
contracts we’ve seen so far, it’s not surprising to see teams take it
easy and wait for the market to shake out a bit.

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    Military veterans take to the ice with ‘Sled Preds’

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    NBC Sports celebrates Hockey Day in America this Sunday with an NHL tripleheader on NBC and NBCSN, as well as a collection of stories and features which explore hockey’s impact and influence across the U.S.

    United States Marines Ben Maenza, Joseph Woodke, and John Curtin met while recovering from serious injuries sustained in the line of duty in Afghanistan. After leaving Walter Reed Military Hospital and going their separate ways, Joseph and John moved to Nashville to bring the group back together.

    The trio fully committed to sled hockey playing for the Nashville Sled Preds and have gone from novices in the sport to Paralympic hopefuls. From the hospital bed to the elite ranks of American sled hockey, the men share a bond that looks a lot more like family than close friends.

    The “Sled Preds” represent another compelling story as part of “Hockey Day in America.”

    NBC Hockey Day in America schedule
    Red Wings at Penguins – NBC – 12 p.m. ET (Watch live) – 
    John Forslund will call the matchup with Joe Micheletti from PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pa.

    Bruins at Rangers – NBC – 3 p.m. ET (Watch live) – Mike Tirico will call the matchup at Madison Square Garden alongside Pierre McGuire and Mike Milbury.

    Blues at Predators – NBCSN –  6 p.m. ET (Watch live) – Chris Cuthbert will call the action from Bridgestone Arena alongside Darren Pang.

    James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

    Michaels and Tirico recall ‘Miracle on Ice’ in NBCSN special

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    NBC Sports celebrates Hockey Day in America this Sunday with an NHL tripleheader on NBC and NBCSN, as well as a collection of stories and features which explore hockey’s impact and influence across the U.S.

    Al Michaels may never get tired of talking about “The Miracle on Ice,” and can you really blame him?

    NBC Sports will debut a 30-minute special – “Miracle on Ice – 40th Anniversary” – featuring Mike Tirico’s conversation with Michaels on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Michaels and Tirico look back at the U.S. Olympic men’s ice hockey team’s gold-medal run at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y.

    As you can see from the video above, Michaels and Tirico set the scene, depicting a tough time in America. That stunning victory gave the country a boost, and created an enduring memory. You don’t get much more “Hockey Day in America” than the “Miracle on Ice.”

    NBC Hockey Day in America schedule
    Red Wings at Penguins – NBC – 12 p.m. ET (Watch live) – 
    John Forslund will call the matchup with Joe Micheletti from PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pa.

    Bruins at Rangers – NBC – 3 p.m. ET (Watch live) – Mike Tirico will call the matchup at Madison Square Garden alongside Pierre McGuire and Mike Milbury.

    Blues at Predators – NBCSN –  6 p.m. ET (Watch live) – Chris Cuthbert will call the action from Bridgestone Arena alongside Darren Pang.

    James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

    U.S. Pond Hockey Championships: ‘The ultimate event in grassroots hockey’

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    NBC Sports celebrates Hockey Day in America this Sunday with an NHL tripleheader on NBC and NBCSN, as well as a collection of stories and features which explore hockey’s impact and influence across the U.S.

    The 15th anniversary edition of the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships took place in January. Judging from the video above, the festivities earn the tag “the ultimate event in grassroots hockey.” Clearly, pond hockey carries the spirit of “Hockey Day in America.”

    The 2020 edition drew 300 teams and 2,400 players. The sheer variety of players is something to behold, including pond hockey participants from Great Britain and Australia.

    One of the highlights of the video profiles Reagan Rust, who uses the cheeky Twitter handle @RonaldReagan__. Rust learned about the opportunity to play via Instagram. Noticing that “The Mighty Drunks” of Nashville needed a player, she pounced on the chance to play pond hockey. As a former Beanpot tournament star, Rust fit right in.

    NBC Hockey Day in America schedule
    Red Wings at Penguins – NBC – 12 p.m. ET (Watch live) – 
    John Forslund will call the matchup with Joe Micheletti from PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pa.

    Bruins at Rangers – NBC – 3 p.m. ET (Watch live) – Mike Tirico will call the matchup at Madison Square Garden alongside Pierre McGuire and Mike Milbury.

    Blues at Predators – NBCSN –  6 p.m. ET (Watch live) – Chris Cuthbert will call the action from Bridgestone Arena alongside Darren Pang.

    James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

    WATCH LIVE: Penguins vs. Red Wings on Hockey Day in America

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    NBC’s coverage of the 2019-20 NHL season continues with Sunday’s matchup between the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins. Coverage begins at 12 p.m. ET on NBC. You can watch the game online and on the NBC Sports app by clicking here.

    Pittsburgh enters this matchup just three points back of the Metro-leading Capitals as the Penguins look to extend their playoff run with a 14th straight appearance. The Pens enter this matchup after a 4-1 win against Montreal on Friday night to improve to 4-1-1 since the All-Star break.

    Sidney Crosby and newly acquired Jason Zucker led the way over Montreal. With 3 assists, including one on each of Zucker’s goals, Crosby paced all players on Friday night. Since returning from a 28-game absence due to core muscle surgery, Crosby has 17 points (5G-12A) in 11 games and the Pens are 7-3-1. Part of those 17 points are two overtime goals (Jan. 17 at DET, Jan. 31 vs PHI) and a game-winner at FLA on Feb. 8.

    Zucker, who was acquired on Monday and playing his second game with the Pens, put up his first multi- goal game this season (47 GP). The 28-year-old was born in Newport Beach, California, raised in Las Vegas, competed for the U.S. National Team Development Program, played his college hockey at the Univ. of Denver and spent the first eight-plus years of his NHL career with the Wild after Minnesota drafted him in 2010.

    Detroit will look to avoid a season sweep in this third and final meeting after falling to Pittsburgh on Dec. 7 (5-3) and Jan. 17 (2-1 OT). The Red Wings, who have lost 26 of 31 on the road this season (5-24-2), conclude a four-game road trip with this game (0-3-0 thus far). For the Penguins, this is the third game of a four-game homestand that ends on Tuesday vs Toronto. Pittsburgh is the second-best home team in the league this season (20-5-4, 44 pts) behind Boston.

    Detroit has lost 46 of their first 60 games this season, while their 32 points have them the frontrunners for the top overall pick. The Wings are on pace to finish this season with just 43 points, which would be the fewest points by any team in an 82-game season since the expansion Atlanta Thrashers in 1999-00 (39 points).

    [COVERAGE BEGINS AT 12 P.M. ET ON NBC]

    WHAT: Detroit Red Wings at Pittsburgh Penguins
    WHERE: PPG Paints Arena
    WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 16, 12 p.m. ET
    TV: NBCSN
    LIVE STREAM: You can watch the Red Wings-Penguins stream on NBC Sports’ live stream page and the NBC Sports app.

    PROJECTED LINEUPS

    RED WINGS
    Robby FabbriDylan LarkinAnthony Mantha
    Tyler BertuzziValtteri FilppulaAndreas Athanasiou
    Darren HelmLuke GlendeningFrans Nielsen
    Adam ErneChristoffer EhnBrendan Perlini

    Filip HronekMike Green
    Patrik NemethAlex Biega
    Trevor DaleyGustav Lindstrom

    Starting goalie: Jimmy Howard

    PENGUINS
    Jason Zucker – Sidney Crosby – Dominik Simon
    Jared McCannEvgeni MalkinBryan Rust
    Zach Aston-ReeseTeddy BluegerBrandon Tanev
    Sam LaffertyAndrew AgozzinoPatric Hornqvist

    Jack JohnsonKris Letang
    Marcus PetterssonJustin Schultz
    Juuso RiikolaChad Ruhwedel

    Starting goalie: Tristan Jarry

    NBC Sports celebrates Hockey Day in America this Sunday with an NHL tripleheader on NBC and NBCSN, as well as a collection of stories and features which explore hockey’s impact and influence across the U.S.

    The HDIA tripleheader begins at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC, when Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins host Tyler Bertuzzi and the Detroit Red Wings, followed by an Original Six matchup with David Pastrnak and the Boston Bruins visiting Artemi Panarin and the New York Rangers at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

    Coverage shifts to NBCSN at 6 p.m. ET for a Central Division battle as Ryan O’Reilly and the St. Louis Blues head to Music City to battle Roman Josi and the Nashville Predators.

    Hockey Day in America pre-game coverage begins at noon ET on NBC from the plaza outside Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Host Liam McHugh and analysts Keith Jones, Anson Carter, and Brian Boucher will anchor pre-game, intermission, and post-game coverage throughout the day.