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PR rep to reporter: 'No no no no' | Articles | Home — You can bet that this tactic is probably not part of any public relations textbook. St. Louis reporter Elliot Davis tried to score an interview with the city's comptroller, Darlene Green. The request was denied via email, so Davis went to City Hall to speak with her about the city-owned car she drives, which costs taxpayers $26,000.

The winners, losers and strange moments from Day 1 of the NHL draft — SUNRISE, Fla. - As is the often the case, the most exciting events of the NHL draft day happen before the draft began. The Boston Bruins created a major buzz heading into the draft when they traded blue chip defenseman Dougie Hamilton to the Calgary Flames for a first-round pick and two seconds.

Expectations high for Michigan recruit Kyle Connor in NHL — Youngstown Phantoms forward Kyle Connor's star potential may be the worst-kept secret of the 2015 NHL draft. He is rated 13th among North American skaters by the NHL's Central Scouting and yet no one expects him to still be on the board at No. 13.

NHL mock draft: Predicting the first round picks — The first two picks in the NHL draft are all but a certainty, but who will the Coyotes take at No. 3? USA TODAY Sports' Kevin Allen sizes up who could go in Friday's first round in Sunrise, Fla.: 1. Edmonton Oilers: Center Connor McDavid (Erie Otters, Ontario Hockey League).

List of 10 NHL players on trade market includes Maple Leafs’ Phil Kessell, Dion Phaneuf — With less than two weeks before the June 26-27 NHL draft, the trade market is already starting to fill with chatter. It's expected that several trades will be made at the draft in Sunrise, Fla.

Brand Managers Ignore 80 Percent of Complaints on Twitter — Twitter can be a very effective tool for addressing questions about a brand's product or services, but it's not being used effectively, according to a new study. Socialbakers reports that 80 percent of questions posed to United States companies are ignored.

Blackhawks, Lightning players say they won’t give up their playoff beards — NBC Sports Chairman Mark Lazarus' criticism of the NHL's playoff beard tradition hasn't prompted players to run for their razors. "It's part of our tradition," said Chicago Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling. "... It shouldn't be up to anyone but the players to decide if they have a beard or not."

New documentary looks at the unreal life of ex-NHL center Derek Sanderson — Not everyone remembers former NHL player Derek Sanderson, but NBC Vice President Mark Levy has a fact that seems to pique people's interest about him. "It widens everyone's eyes when we tell them that he was once the highest-paid athlete in the world," Levy said. "They say, "Who?"

Blackhawks’ Versteeg on the birth of his son: ‘It was pretty much a whirlwind’ — The Stanley Cup Final doesn't start until tonight (8, NBC) and yet Chicago Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg already is celebrating. When he was about to catch a plane for Tampa, he received word that his wife, Brittany, was in labor. He headed to Toronto where his wife gave birth to their first child, a son, Jaxson James Versteeg.

Steve Yzerman says Jonathan Toews is a better player than he was — TAMPA - On the eve of the start of the Stanley Cup Final, Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman took the "respect your opponent" idea to a Hall of Fame level. Yzerman said Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is a better player than he was.
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Jul 02, 2015

Martin St. Louis proved he wasn't much of an underdog after all. My column on his retirement:

Jul 01, 2015

Ranking the winners on Day 1 of NHL free agency - Penguins, Red Wings top the list:

Jul 01, 2015

Penguins GM Jim Rutherford: 'You have Alex Ovechkin and then (Steven) Stamkos and then Phil Kessel':

Jul 01, 2015

Lots of player movement on Day 1 of free agency. Check out our updates, analysis:…

Jul 01, 2015

The Red Wings didn't believe they would get Mike Green because they wouldn't give a long-term deal. He agreed to a three-year deal.

Jul 01, 2015

RT @DetroitRedWings: BREAKING: The #RedWings signed free agent defenseman Mike Green to a three-year contract.

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