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Guerin Would Like To Play In Philadelphia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,

Veteran right wing Bill Guerin makes no bones about it—he wants to be a Flyer.

It’s why he was scrimmaging with 30 other players at the SkateZone on Thursday and why he’ll be back on the ice today before the Flyers’ prospects take over the SkateZone for a weeklong camp beginning Sunday.

“Right now I’m just kind of skating and being around the guys,” Guerin told the Courier-Post after a 50-minute scrimmage Thursday. “This is a team I would definitely like to play for, but we’ll see.”

With the start of training camp one week away, the Flyers have 23 players under contract and are just $877,000 below the NHL’s $59.4 million salary cap. Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren declined comment when asked if anticipates offering Guerin a tryout contract.

“He’s in a tough position right now, I understand that,” said Guerin, who has played 17 NHL seasons and will turn 40 in November.


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Halak Arrives In St. Louis

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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

Blues players said Thursday that while it was difficult to see Mason move on, having Halak helped ease the disappointment.

“At first, you don’t think about the guy coming … you think about the guy you’re losing and you feel bad for that,” Blues forward David Perron said. “We’ve got memories with what happened with (Mason). He was such a good guy and such a good goalie. (But) after that, you turn the page and you realize how good of a goalie we’ve got as well.”

Halak, who was drafted by Montreal in the ninth round (No. 271 overall) in 2003, has a record of 56-34-7 in 101 NHL games, along with a career goals-against average of 2.62 and a save-percentage of .919.

Before last year, though, Halak had only played in 56 games in three seasons. Then in December, he took the starting job away from Price and was brilliant in the postseason, posting the league’s fourth-best save-percentage (.924).

“I watched every single (Montreal) game in the playoffs,” Perron said. “He was just unbelievable. He would carry the team and it was unreal … non-stop saves.”


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  Tags: jaroslav+halak

Is Seguin Ready For The NHL?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Tyler Seguin is here, with a pristine Bruins sweater, No. 19, set aside for the taking. All he has to do is reach for it, eagerly wrap his strong but adolescent arms around the black-and-gold fibers and slip it over his muscular, well-sculpted torso. Simple. Ready to wear. Such an easy fit.

But the question remains, is he ready for the fit?

“Yeah,’’ said the much-ballyhooed 18-year-old forward, who arrived in town four days ago in anticipation of the club’s rookie camp next week. “I do believe I am ready.’’

For the record, the most talked-about Bruins rookie since Joe Thornton (last seen in the Hub in that No. 19 sweater) said those words evenly and confidently, yet with no amount of hubris nor hint of braggadocio. Seguin’s “ready’’ is a healthy one, a smart one — verbalized as respect for those already on the roster, and also in acknowledg ment that a mediocre showing in the next 2-3 weeks could return him to the Plymouth Whalers for another year of junior hockey.


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  Tags: tyler+seguin

Twittering Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

Mike Komisarek was dragged into Twitter kicking and screaming. Colby Armstrong had some time on his hands and thought he’d try it out.

Tyler Bozak, well, he got on to Twitter so he can hear from singer Taylor Swift.

“She’s my favourite singer,” said the Leafs 25-year-old centre, who got all sheepish when he brought up her name. “I’d like to meet her. You never know.”


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Top 20 Scorers By Shootout Goals Versus Threshold

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

My sabermetrics and hockey post today is a look at the 20 best players (goalies will be ranked separately in an upcoming post) in the NHL last season by shootout goals versus threshold.  Since shootouts are reasonably clear statistically, i.e. the player with the most goals on the least shots will be the top player, this portion of Tom Awad’s goals versus threshold system it quite reliable.  The only question is if the goals valuations are correct.

Here are the top 20 players by shootout goals versus threshold:

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Watch Out For The Red Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

When Vancouver Canuck fans scan their team’s opposition in the Western Conference this season they will likely be happy about the fact the Chicago Blackhawks lost much of their depth and will now rely on a lot of young, minimum wage types to fill in positions around their stars.

They will look at the San Jose Sharks and understand the changes they made were to try to get this team into the Cup final again but with the loss of Evgeni Nabokov and a couple of good parts in Rob Blake and Manny Malhotra the question has to be whether they have in fact improved.

But when their scanning eye hits upon Detroit, fear enters their mind knowing this just might be the best team in the west.


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Watch Out Sidney

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Cal Clutterbuck answered some fan email at Wild.com,

Question: Who are you most looking forward to meeting as an opponent this year to lay a big hit on?

(laughs) Ahh, probably anyone from Vancouver. Maybe Sidney Crosby.

Editor’s Note: Many people asked about former Penguin and current Senator Sergei Gonchar, who took a run at Clutterbuck last year and delivered a heat shot. This was brought up to Clutterbuck.

(laughs) That was a long time ago, but if I have the opportunity to hit him cleanly, I’m going to take full advantage.

more Q & A…

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  Tags: cal+clutterbuck

The best of the rest - UFAs play the waiting game

Blog: KK Hockey By The Upper Canadien

In the summer of inaction we saw Kovalchuk sign, unsign, and then sign again. We saw players head to Russia. We saw Canadiens forward Glen Metropolit, and Islanders stalwart Richard Park head to Switzerland. But more than anything, we saw unrestricted free agent after unrestricted free agent after – wait for it – unrestricted free agent remain unsigned. And don’t even get me started on the RFA players still sitting at home without a contract. 

So who’s left?

Without further ado, The Upper Canadien presents the best of the rest – ten players left as unrestricted free agents who could step in and make a difference across the NHL.

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  Tags: guerin, nolan, theodore, tucker, ufa

Ellis’ Twitter Tiff is Simply a Sign of the Times

Blog: KK Hockey By Jon Jordan

This is not a story.

Alas, I’ve been forced to write something on the matter because there’s no shortage of lunacy out there right now.

What’s been made of Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Dan Ellis’ recent Twit-roversy is shameful.

How far it’s gone is embarrassing.

And, really, it’s much ado about nothing but, in an effort to talk some sense into the masses, here goes nothing:

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  Tags: dan+ellis, greg+wyshynski, puck+daddy, twitter

High Rise Rink

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Jennifer Schwarz of NBC Chicago,

The John Hancock Center announcing today they’ll be installing an ice rink on their 94th floor observatory deck early next year.

That’s more than 1,ooo feet in the air, making it the world’s highest ice skating rink according to management.

The 1,000 square foot rink will take 8-12 hours to install and will be made of synthetic ice.  It will be open from January through March of next year.

thanks to a KK member for the pointer

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