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Byfuglien Passed Breathalyzer but Charges Still Likely

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Gary Lawless at the Winnipeg Free Press:

A police report, expected to be released in the next 48 hours will state Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien passed a breathalyzer test administered by Hennepin County Sheriff’s department police officers.

Byfuglien submitted to a breathalyzer test but refused to provide a urine sample when asked, according his lawyer Mitch Robinson.

Byfuglien was arrested on suspicion of boating while impaired and refusing a test.

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Despite the clean breathalyzer, charges are still likely to be laid, as per Mike MacIntyre in yesterday’s Winnipeg Free Press.

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Young Jets Come Out Flying

Blog: KK Hockey By BMS

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Anxious Winnipeggers couldn’t have asked for much more from their rookies and prospects at the Young Stars tournament in Penticton last night. All that was missing from the Jets’ near-perfect 4-0 victory over the San Jose Sharks prospects were the official uniforms (the team wore white modified practice jerseys).

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  Tags: edward+pasquale, jason+gregoire, levko+koper, mark+scheifele, ryan+nugent-hopkins

“Thunder” Expected In Bay Area This Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning unveiled its ‘Be The Thunder’ marketing campaign for the 2011-12 regular season today, calling on all hockey fans throughout the Bay Area to come together and be loud in support of the Bolts all season long as the highly-anticipated start of the regular campaign quickly approaches. 

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Sometimes Words Are Just That

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Landsberg of TSN,

E-mail, texting and instant messaging all have places in our lives. But I believe I have relied too much on them, often replacing personal contact with letters and words and symbols that are like the Buckingham Palace Grenadier Guards - conveying no emotion, revealing no subtlety. They are zombies devoid of anything meaningful outside of the obvious.

How many times have you wondered while reading a text whether someone was serious or joking, sarcastic or straight? Have you ever wondered when you ask someone how they are, whether fine really means fine?

Fine written in text always looks the same, but in person, on the phone, fine can reveal so much more. I am having a tough time forgiving myself for texting Wade Belak seven days before he died and accepting his fine.

Wade was my buddy. That didn’t make me unique. Wade was everyone’s buddy. Even guys he fought with on the ice liked him.

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Dominik Hasek By Point Shares

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I have been looking at goaltender point shares lately.  This is a system devised by Justin Kubatko of hockey-reference.com to try to give credit for team wins to individual players on the team.  I find the offensive portion somewhat successful because offensive stats are not too difficult to isolate.  The defensive and goaltending portions are not as good.  Defence is harder to evaluate on the individual level.  This system estimates how many goals a team prevented when compared to a replacement level team and then shares those goals out via ice time and position.  Although it should be clear that some players on some teams are more important to defence than others of the same position, this is not something this system can assess.  As a result, goaltending and defensive point shares are too dependent upon games played and not upon goaltending and defensive success.  The best players will be underrated and have some of their shares given to lesser players on their team, who are thus overrated.

One prominent example of this is Dominik Hasek and I will look at him today.

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A Trio Of Devils Information

Blog: KK Hockey By David Pavlak

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Now that school has started for me, the ease of getting to a computer becomes limited to early in the morning, and very late at night. For my absense on the website for the past couple of days I apologize. Now that things are slowly calming down, I figured I would get back into things here on KK. I have news on the Devils bankruptcy rumor, some player who will be joining the Devils on a tryout, and some other interesting bits of information.

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  Tags: anton+stralman, bryce+salvador, jeff+vanderbeek, justin+barnett, lou+lamoriello, peter+deboer, petr+sykora, sergei+brylin, steve+bernier, thomas+nesbitt.

All T.J. Oshie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

JR: Congratulations on your contract. What was that process like for you?

TJO: “It was tough. The first time for me. I was kind of just sitting back, trying to take it all in ... take it slow. It came down to the wire (before the start of restricted free agency). They threw out a number that we were really comfortable with and felt like it was best for both sides.”

JR: Some Blues fans were hoping that you would signing a long-term deal. Why only one year?

TJO: “It’s a chance for me to prove that I can go away for a summer, have a good summer on my own, working out and training. I was doing all of (Blues strength coach Nelson Ayotte’s) stuff, but I just wanted to prove to them after everything that happened (an unexcused absence at practice, leading to a two-game suspension), that I’ve matured and have grown up. I’m just ready to step in and hopefully play as good as I can for that big contract next year.”

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Penguins Announce Third Jersey Schedule…

Blog: KK Hockey By brianmetzer

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The Penguins have announced their third jersey schedule, but what is more interesting is the fact that they have made last year’s Winter Classic dark blues the official third jersey. That won’t sit well with many fans who were a bit disappointed with the jerseys upon their unveiling last fall.

Personally, the more I saw the jersey last season, the more that it grew on me. In fact, I would say that by the end of the season I actually liked it quite a bit.

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  Tags: capitals, nhl, penguins, winter+classic

Busy Couple of Weeks

Blog: KK Hockey By Matthew Tate

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Finally we are coming down the homestretch of a long summer.  With the start of the NHL season just a few weeks away, I wanted to let Caps fans out there know what the team has going on in the next couple of weeks. 

Rookie Camp (Ongoing): The rookies have been at Kettler all week, but there are still a couple of opportunities to see the kids in actions.  Tomorrow will be the end-of-camp scrimmage starting at 11:45 a.m.  This will mark the lone rookie camp activity I will attend.  If you can make it, I suggest doing it.  Rookies worth watching include Cody Eakin, Dmitry Orlov, and Mattias Sjogren (who has a decent shot at cracking the opening-day roster).

Rookie Flyers Game (September 15): This has become an annual event over the past couple of years.  Unfortunately, this year it will be played in Philadelphia.  If for some reason you find yourself in Philly on Thursday with free time, the game starts at 5 pm at the Wells Fargo Center.

 

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Busy Couple of Weeks

Blog: F Street Faithful By Matthew Tate

Finally we are coming down the homestretch of a long summer.  With the start of the NHL season just a few weeks away, I wanted to let Caps fans out there know what the team has going on in the next couple of weeks. 

Rookie Camp (Ongoing): The rookies have been at Kettler all week, but there are still a couple of opportunities to see the kids in actions.  Tomorrow will be the end-of-camp scrimmage starting at 11:45 a.m.  This will mark the lone rookie camp activity I will attend.  If you can make it, I suggest doing it.  Rookies worth watching include Cody Eakin, Dmitry Orlov, and Mattias Sjogren (who has a decent shot at cracking the opening-day roster).

Rookie Flyers Game (September 15): This has become an annual event over the past couple of years.  Unfortunately, this year it will be played in Philadelphia.  If for some reason you find yourself in Philly on Thursday with free time, the game starts at 5 pm at the Wells Fargo Center.

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