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Kariya Will Not Play This Season Due To Post-Concussion Syndrome

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

WINNIPEG (August 27, 2010) –Statement from Certified Agent Don Baizley regarding Paul Kariya’s playing future:

“Paul Kariya will not play hockey during the 2010/11 season. After being examined by concussion specialist Dr. Mark Lovell, Paul is not able to play hockey due to post-concussion syndrome.”

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  Tags: paul+kariya

Khabibulin DUI Trial Update

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sarah McLellan (Arizona Republic) has been tweeting from the trial for about 1 1/2 hours.  Doing a great job with the updates and her latest is…

Judge not buying Khabibulin’s lawyer’s argument of errors in the blood testing argument

update 6:55pm, Khabibulin found guilty on 3 counts- DUI with BAC of .08 or more, excessive speed and extreme DUI with BAC of .15 or more.

All via the tweets of Sarah and sentencing is on a later date not yet determined.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Edmonton Oilers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: nikolai+khabibulin

Top 20 Goalie’s Goals Versus Threshold

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Lately, my sabermetics and hockey posts have been about Tom Awad’s goals versus threshold system, which is an attempt to score each player on how many goals her produces versus a threshold replacement player.  I have listed the top 20 players by the offensive portion of the system.  Today, I will rank the top 20 players using the goaltending portion of this system.

Here are the top 20 players by goaltending goals versus threshold from the 2009/10 season:

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Marc Staal Wants To Stay In New York

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

As negotiations between the Rangers and restricted free agent Marc Staal drag on into late August, rumors of pending offer sheets for the talented young defenseman have started to surface.

But offer sheets aren’t the focus right now, said Staal’s agent Paul Krepelka of the Orr Hockey Group.

“The report of an offer sheet is absolutely unfounded and our priority and focus is on finalizing a deal with the Rangers,” Krepelka wrote in an e-mail to Sporting News.

t’s been a quiet summer so far for restricted free agents without arbitration rights but slowly deals are getting done. Thrashers forward Bryan Little signed earlier this week to a two-year deal worth $7.15 million and Patric Hornqvist signed a three-year, $9.25 million contract with the Predators following Little’s deal.

Plenty of restricted free agents remain, however, including Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan, Colorado’s Peter Mueller and Atlanta’s Niclas Bergfors.


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Minor Toronto/Tampa Trade

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired right wing Alex Berry and forward Stefano Giliati from the Toronto Maple Leafs today in exchange for defenseman Matt Lashoff, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced. 

Berry, 6-foot-2, 212 pounds, played in 55 games with the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies last season, recording three goals and seven points.  His 97 penalty minutes ranked sixth among all Marlies skaters.  Berry has played in 63 career AHL games during the previous two seasons. 

A native of Danvers, Massachusetts, Berry also played in five ECHL games last season with the Reading Royals, recording five points.  He also appeared in 16 Kelly Cup playoff games with the Royals, notching two goals and six points.

Berry was drafted by Toronto in the fifth round, 153rd overall, of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.  He played college hockey at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, appearing in 124 games, notching 29 goals and 62 points. 

Giliati, 5-foot-11, 200 pounds, played in 25 games with the Marlies in 2009-10, recording three goals and nine points.  He has played in 78 career AHL games, registering nine goals and 24 points with 24 penalty minutes

Filed in: NHL Teams, Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs, | Hockey News Wire | Permalink

A Fan Asks Gary Bettman For Answers: Transcribing Fingernails On A Chalkboard

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

A lot of people find it difficult to listen to Bettman interviews.  Some mentioned in the comment section of this post that they couldn’t listen to all of my interview with Gary at the recent Shanahan Summit.

The A2Y interns are not fans of Bettman, either.  When I asked them to transcribe our interview, they kept muttering something about wanting hazard pay and trauma counseling for the job.  Knowing A2Y’s budget has been blown on hookers, puppies, fire-trucks, and H2H bail, I sent them home and started to transcribe my interview with Gary Bettman myself.

As part of A2Y’s fair and biased forum, I will simply give you the transcript of our interview now.  I’ll save my commentary for another post, including my feelings on Gary Bettman referring to the 2004-2005 lockout as “the offseason”.

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Kovalchuk A Devil Again And Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Tom Gulitti tweet,

This is a little late because others are saying it’s done too, but I did get second confirmation on league thumbs up.

added 2:33pm, Another tweet from Tom,

There’s a chance that there might not be an official announcement from Devils on signing until Saturday

added 2:47pm, Tom tweets again,

I hate to do this, but i’m told now that it is not done yet with NHL.

added 2:58pm, Another Tom tweet,

I’m told NHL has not completed review and it’s more than a formality, but latest proposal addressed previously rejected concepts.

added 3:07pm, Darren Dreger tweets,

NHL says it has not approved any deal between Kovalchuk and the Devils. The saga continues.

added 3:50pm,
Multiple reports state the Devils have indeed filed a contract with the NHL and the League has five days to approve/reject.  Hopefully they decide quickly.

added 4:18pm, via Darren Dreger tweet,

15 years, around $100 mil is close…according to source. It’s going to be interesting to see if the league approves NJ’s latest attempt.

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Team USA North

Blog: KK Members Blog By Anthony Murphy

The fate of Head Coach Ron Wilson is a major issue looming over the Maple Leafs as the new season approaches. His job is secure for now, but consensus is that if the Leafs put together a start as poor as last season’s, Wilson will be out by December.

The work Wilson got out of the Leafs in 09-10 was some of the worst the city has seen in years, but in a three week stint in February, Wilson coached a rookie squad of Olympians all the way to overtime in the gold medal game against the best team in the tournament. Observing the levels of focus, commitment and execution Team USA brought to each game, it was clear the bench had bought into what Wilson – and GM Brian Burke – were selling.

The Olympic Games left Leaf fans hoping the momentum these two old soldiers brought out of Vancouver would carry over into the Leafs dressing room. In order to capitalize on their success, the path is clear for Burke: to get as many Team USA members as possible on Toronto’s roster. No easy task, as the Olympic squad was made up of some of the best young talent in the game, but Burke was able to capitalize on the Chicago’s cap-crunch and add Kris Versteeg to the Leafs’ Team USA members Phil Kessel and Mike Komisarek, who sat out the tournament with injuries.

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  Tags: brian+burke, maple+leafs, ron+wilson, team+usa, tim+kennedy, toronto

The Improving Southeast Division

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,

Every team in the division has gotten better,” Coach Bruce Boudreau said. “The 24 games we play within the division are not going to be easy for us. For the most part, we’re a very similar team to what we were, so they will know what they’re facing whereas, with some of these teams that have changed more than the others, we’re facing the unknown.”

No team may have altered the landscape more than Tampa Bay as new owner Jeff Vinik brought in Steve Yzerman, who has simultaneously bolstered the franchise’s credibility while overhauling its on- and off-ice personnel in his first few months as general manager.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Atlanta Thrashers, Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Have Kovalchuk, Devils And NHL Reached Common Ground?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

This contract is supposed to stick. For the umpteenth time since July 1, the Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk are believed to be on the verge of a deal Friday, the difference being that this one is expected to receive approval from the NHL.

Kovalchuk reportedly issued a deadline of this weekend for receiving league approval of a Devils deal, or he would have embraced lucrative offers from St. Petersburg of the Russian Kontinental League.

Details of the latest attempt were unavailable, but presumably answered NHL objections to the length of prior contract offers, their drop to near-minimum salary levels, and the ease by which the Devils could get out of the final seasons of the pact.


added 2:10pm, via Tom Gulitti tweet,

It’s looking like Devils got a thumbs up on a contract proposal with Kovalchuk. Waiting for a confirmation.

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

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