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Niklas Kronwall Still Bothered By Knee Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Kronwall told blogger Marie Hallman, “The knee’s still not feeling quite 100 percent.”

Kronwall said he can’t make certain moves he’d like because the knee doesn’t possess the necessary strength.

“He’s not happy at this point; he was hoping he’d feel better,” said Wings general manager Ken Holland.

Holland said Kronwall has been in regular contact with Wings athletic trainer Piet Van Zant and is expected to arrive in Detroit in the next week….

Holland hasn’t spoken to Kronwall this summer, but is under the impression Kronwall will be on the ice for the start of training camp.

Kronwall mentioned in the hockey blog that surgery could ultimately be an option. But Holland said the possibility of surgery never has been broached or mentioned.


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  Tags: niklas+kronwall

IIHF President Puts Cart In Front Of Horse, Telling NHL He Will Fight Expansion In Europe

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

On the stage, at the Air Canada Centre, Rene Fasel, the normally mild-manner dentist who doubles as the president of the International Ice Hockey Federation, essentially told the NHL to stay out of Europe with whatever expansion plans it may have in the future.

“I will fight like hell and not allow anybody to come from abroad,” said Fasel Tuesday, when asked about the much-rumoured, but never actually articulated idea that European expansion is the NHL’s next frontier.

It was an unusually strong position for Fasel, a man known for his mediating and negotiating skill and overshadowed the other small admission that he made during Day 2 of the World Hockey Summit regarding future NHL participation in the Olympics.


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  Tags: rene+fasel

Lamoriello On Kovalchuk Negotiations

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Mike Mazzeio of the Star-Ledger,

Asked if he saw a resolution in sight in the near future, Lamoriello responded: “Well, we haven’t signed him yet, so we’ll wait and see.”

Lamoriello, who inked Kovalchuck to the longest and one of the most lucrative contracts in NHL history (17-years, $102 million) on July 19, only to have it voided by Bloch on Aug. 9, remains confident a re-worked pact can be reached.

“I don’t even know why that’s a question,” Lamoriello said. “(Kovalchuck) wants to be a Devil and we want him to be a Devil.”

Nevertheless, Lamoriello understands that Kovalchuck doesn’t have a contract with the Devils at this point, and remains an unrestricted free agent, who can negotiate with any team he chooses.

“Until something’s done, it’s not done,” Lamoriello said. “So we’ll just have to wait and see.”

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Stastny’s Offensive Value

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In this summer’s look at sabermetrics and hockey I have started looking at goals versus threshold (so far only the offensive portion).  This is a system developed by Tom Awad, which is kept by behind the net.  The idea is to rank players with one number that shows how many goals they produce over a hypothetical replacement player (the kind that could be found in the AHL or on waivers).

When we compare player’s ranks in the NHL scoring list to their rank on the offensive goals versus threshold list, we see some discrepancies.  To better understand these discrepancies, I have looked at Alexandre Burrows offensive value since he is a player who does significantly better by offensive goals versus threshold.  Today I will look at Paul Stastny of the Colorado Avalanche.  He is a player who ranks poorly when compared to his rank in the top NHL scorers.

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Nashville Agrees To Terms With Patric Hornqvist

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Dirk Hoag tweet,

The Predators now confirm 3 years, $9.25M for Patric Hornqvist

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  Tags: patric+hornqvist

Aaron Ward Retires

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via James Mirtle tweet,

Defenceman Aaron Ward announces his retirement.

added 11:38am, via NHLPA,

“I’m very proud to have played for as long as I did in the NHL, with and against the best players in the game,” said Ward. “This game has left me with countless memories and relationships, especially from those Stanley Cup winning teams in Carolina and Detroit. Thank you to my family, fans, friends and teammates for all of the great years.”


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  Tags: aaron+ward

Hockey Is Getting Closer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Hockey on my mind, even in the heat of summer.

Read my NHL.com blog for my views.

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Bobby Ryan Wants To Remain With Anaheim

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Bobby Ryan was careful with his words as he spoke, understandably so given that his contract negotiations with the Ducks have the appearance of two stubborn sides trying to see which one will blink first.

But the goal-scoring winger had this clear message that he wanted to convey. He doesn’t want to be traded, he isn’t seeking a trade and his goal is to be at training camp when it opens on Sept. 18 at Anaheim Ice.

“I don’t want a trade,” Ryan told the Register on Monday following a workout. “I’m not asking for a trade. Iwant to be here in Anaheim. This is where I want to be.

“If it comes to a situation where there’s heads butting, then I guess it would be best. But I am not looking for a trade. I have no intentions of being traded. I love it here and want to remain a Duck.”


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Osgood Ready To Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit Free Press,

...as he heads into his 21st season as a pro, 14th in Detroit, Osgood is not only fully invested, he has no intention of doing anything but playing well and finishing his career with the Red Wings.

“You know, I never know from year to year, anymore,” Osgood said of a career he acknowledges is clearly easing into the last few—maybe several—seasons. “Every time I think I know what’s going on, it changes. Every year, it seems to be different now, than it used to be. It’s hard to predict anything. I just come in positive and thinking anything can happen—much more so, now, than when I was younger.”

The knowledge Howard is the top hammer in the net for the perennial Stanley Cup contenders is not lost on Osgood, one of three goaltenders in the long history of the franchise to be the playoff goalie for more than one Cup in Detroit (1998 and 2008). Terry Sawchuk won three (1952, 1954 and 1955) and Johnny Mowers two (1936 and 1937).

In fact, Osgood said he cannot help but cheer for Howard, whom he mentored throughout the 2009-10 season, as they both prepare for 2010-11.

read on

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  Tags: chris+osgood

Regier Talks World Hockey Summit And Sabres

Blog: KK Hockey By @DaveDavisHockey

Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier is at the World Hockey Summit and will be involved in a symposium on junior hockey development this afternoon at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.

Much of the discussion is expected to revolve around the Canadian Hockey League and the impact of the influx of young players from European countries.  The panel will be moderated by Hockey Night in Canada’s Jim Hughson and will include such heavy hitters as Regier, IIHF Vice President Murray Costello and USA Hockey’s Jim Johannson.

“It’s very important for the hockey community to share best practices, ideas, and concerns that everyone has regarding junior development,” Regier said this morning on Toronto’s FAN 590.  “There are a lot of choices out there for kids and I think it’s critical that they choose hockey over all other sports.”

As Sabres fans are well aware, the value of player development for a budget conscious team like Buffalo is a big issue to Regier.  “We don’t get heavily involved in the unrestricted market, and with players becoming unrestricted at the latest at age 27, it puts tremendous pressure on junior development, and we’re very dependent on it.”

Regier also admitted that the Olympics affected franchise goaltender Ryan Miller as the season wore on.  “I think at the end we did see him maybe not as sharp as he was at the top of the season.  When you have someone playing that many games and with very little rest time it’s going to impact him.”

The Sabres open training camp with “Puck Drop 2010” at HSBC Arena on September 18.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Buffalo Sabres, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: darcy+regier, jim+johannson, murray+costello, puck+drop+2010, ryan+miller, world+hockey+summit

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