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NHL Hasn’t Done Enough About Head Shots

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Adam Proteau at The Hockey News:

So a concussed MMA fighter sits out 90 days, but a concussed NHLer often returns to action the following game, or even the same night. Does that sound to you like a league that can claim to be progressive in its approach to head injuries? If it does, stop reading this column and immediately visit your doctor – you may be concussed yourself.

Now, it’s entirely possible that, even with a much more serious approach to concussion treatment and prevention, Crosby and any of the aforementioned players would’ve been caught up in the sticky web of concussions.

However, the fact of the matter is, had the NHL treated long-since-retired concussion victims as if they were the future of the sport, we might already have had a full-on ban on head shots many seasons ago and far fewer players might be dealing with head injuries today.

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  Tags: concussions, sidney+crosby

The New Guy in Town

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Kevin Allen at USA Today:

With NHL training camps roughly three weeks away, here is my list of the 10 players who moved this summer and will have the biggest impact on their new teams

1. Ilya Bryzgalov (Philadelphia): Fans in Philadelphia have waited more than a decade for a goalie with the ability to win games by himself. The Flyers have that now in Bryzgalov, who has posted save percentages of .920 and .921 over the past two seasons. The Flyers had no shutouts last season, and Bryzgalov had seven. He has had 15 over the past two season.

2. Mike Richards (Los Angeles):...

continued with 8 more players on Allen’s list

Update 3:14pm ET: From Mike Morreale at NHL.com, “Bryzalov Aiming for 40 Wins with Flyers

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  Tags: ilya+bryzgalov

Point Shares: A Sabermetric Goal

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

One of the big achievements in baseball sabermetrics is Bill James win shares system.  This is a system that assigns wins to the individual players on baseball teams. It works very well to rate individual players.  One goal in hockey sabermetrics is to come up with a similar system.  Of course there are differences between hockey and baseball which make building a hockey system more difficult, but that hasn`t stopped Justin Kubatko at hockey-reference.com from trying.  I am going to look at his system and its results.  I think it is an important goal, but we are not able to do it properly yet.  As a result, he has built an approximate system which can give unreasonable results in some cases.

Kubatko makes three conceptual changes from the Bill James system.  First in the baseball system, a win is worth 3 win shares.  In the hockey system one point in the standings is worth one point share.  The hockey version of this is problematic because of point scheme that the NHL uses.

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Voice Of The Islanders Howie Rose Is Living His Childhood Dream

Blog: KK Hockey By William Morrison


From Dyan LeBourdais and the NY Islanders Official Website:

Waking up every day to do something that has inspired you since you were a child is not something many people can say about their lives. Howie Rose, the Islanders and Mets play-by-play voice, is one of the lucky few.

In the summer of 1961, Rose fell in love with baseball. Just a few miles from his childhood home in the Bronx stood Yankee Stadium. Though, Rose was not a casual or periodic visitor to the historic ballpark. His father and extended family were huge Yankee fans that spent countless summer afternoons and evenings rallying around their favorite team.

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Nice Problem To Have?

Blog: KK Hockey By Vince Maranto


As Training Camp draws near (seems like I’ve been saying that forever) one of the most interesting battles will be that of the back up goal tending position. Battling for the number 2 spot will be Alexander Salak and Ray Emery. The Hawks acquired Salak along with forward Michael Frolik, in the trade which sent Jack Skille (and 2 minor league players )  to Florida. Emery was invited to camp as a free agent, back in July.  I’d like to take a minute to tell you what I know about each of them.

Alexander Salak

Back in May, the Hawks signed a 2 year deal with Salak. He has 2 NHL games to his credit, both with Florida. The 24 year old net minder played all of last season in the Swedish League. He lived in the Czech Republic, where he was born, until a couple of weeks ago. Salak has moved to Chicago and has begun working out in the United Center, assisted by the team’s trainers.  Salak was quoted as saying “I always work as hard as I can.. I’m going to work hard and stop pucks. What happens, will happen. If they send me there (Rockford, AHL) I’d go there and play. I’m happy that they’re (the Hawks) are giving me a chance. I just want to make sure that I am ready.”


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Human target

Blog: KK Hockey By petshark


Sharks Ice, Wednesday morning.

I’m not sure how many times I’ve seen this particular player at Sharks Ice but I know I’ve seen him at least twice now. I’ll call him 45.  It is possible that the other players were helping him work on his balance, by knocking him down whenever they could.  Or maybe 45 agreed to act as a human target for these morning skates.  One spectator came over and asked who number 45 was.  Number 45, or his fate, made a distinct impression on the audience.

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  Tags: captain's+practice, corporate+name+change, sharks+ice, svse

Oil Kings Open Training Camp

Blog: Oil Patch By Lisa Brown

Finding August lacking in hockey just a little too much? You’re not alone. The Edmonton Oil Kings have started their fifth training camp today and are inviting WHL and hockey fans in general to put on some socks and shoes, maybe grab a sweater and step out of the sun.

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Oil Kings Open Training Camp

Blog: KK Hockey By Lisa Brown


Finding August lacking in hockey just a little too much? You’re not alone. The Edmonton Oil Kings have started their fifth training camp today and are inviting WHL and hockey fans in general to put on some socks and shoes, maybe grab a sweater and step out of the sun.

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Edmonton Oilers, Non-NHL Hockey, Minor League, Lisa McRitchie, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Mueller Enters Season With Concussion Problems Behind Him

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Peter Mueller thought his concussion problems were over last September, only to suffer another one in his first game back in the Avalanche’s preseason.

He missed the entire regular season. Mueller is saying all the right things again, but with a noticeable uptick in his voice.

“I’m excited to be a hockey player again,” Mueller said Wednesday in his first public comments since last September. “Obviously, I’ve had concussions in the past and it’s something I have to deal with, but right now everything is in the right direction. Everything is pointing forward. I’m excited that it’s all behind me.”

Mueller, a left winger whose good health could be a major key to how successful the Avs are this coming season, has been skating regularly and will undergo physicals with the rest of the team Sept. 16. Assuming he passes, he’ll be on the ice with no restrictions the next day, the first of training camp.


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  Tags: peter+mueller

Jarkko Ruutu Still Looking For Work

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Helsingin Sanomat,

Ruutu celebrated his 36th birthday on the ice in Myyrmäki, and later in the gym. He is training hard for the upcoming season, even though he does not know yet where he will be plying his trade.

“I have kept myself in shape. I am not worried about the situation. I could have signed a contract whenever, had I wanted to”, Ruutu said in Myyrmäki.

Even in the NHL there is interest towards the Finnish veteran.

Ruutu has received offers from the NHL, “but not very satisfactory ones”.  “It is still an option”, Ruutu says referring to the NHL, “But the team is not going to be Anaheim. That is clear.”

When it comes to choosing his team, Ruutu appears measured.

“A city and place where I would feel at home, a good team with prospects of success, and a suitable compensation package”, Ruutu says and receives quiet grunts and snorts from Sami Lepistö of Chicago Blackhawks and Toni Lydman of Anaheim Ducks, also doing some pre-season training in Myyrmäki.

“It will be a comprehensive package, and these are its components”, Ruutu continues.


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  Tags: jarkko+ruutu

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