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A Different Type Of Workout

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

Proving they’re adaptable to change, and immune to any playful razzing from teammates, Carolina Hurricanes goaltenders Cam Ward and Justin Peters have added interesting twists to their off-ice exercise routines.

Ward has turned to Pilates.

Peters is into yoga.

Hot yoga, that is. Very, very hot yoga.

Goaltenders can be a little different and at times very stubborn about all their routines. But Ward and Peters, who both come off as sensible - read “normal” - types, insist they have found benefits in adding something new to previous all-too-predictable offseason workouts.


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Done Deals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Tom Gulitti tweet,

It’s official, Papework done. Kovy a Devil for next 15 years.

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

The Ilya Kovalchuk saga has come to an end.

Kovalchuk will be a New Jersey Devil after all, and the circumvention investigations of the contracts for Roberto Luongo, Marc Savard, Chris Pronger and Marian Hossa will not be pursued.

Earlier Saturday, the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association agreed to a global settlement to cease the investigations linked to cap circumvention for the above contracts while adopting regulations to govern long-term contracts of five or more years.

The regulations will be added as a supplement to the Collective Bargaining Agreement and apply to all contracts signed from today. As a result, NHL officials agreed to register the new Kovalchuk contract as it was submitted by New Jersey last week and terminate their reviews of the contracts already registered for Luongo, Savard, Pronger and Hossa.


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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

A Look At Mike Comrie- Yesterday & Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Josh Wingrove at the Globe and Mail,

“Don’t take a picture of this,” pleads Mike Comrie, looking nervously over his shoulder as he lights several candles in his living room. Designer blankets bearing a giant “H” adorn the chairs and couches.

“My street cred is going to go down,” he says, with a grin.

The candles and blankets, as well as the bodyguard and pets (four dogs, two cats) are all part of newlywed life for Comrie. Three weeks ago, he married his girlfriend of three years. They had just enough time for a quick honeymoon – four days across the Mexican border in ritzy Cabo San Lucas – before rushing back to Los Angeles. He was in training for the National Hockey League season, although he had no idea where he would play.

A decade in the league has seen him with five teams, some more than once, but he is still most closely associated with Edmonton. It’s where he grew up and started his career with great fanfare, signing a multimillion-dollar contract live on Hockey Night in Canada.


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Top 20 Forwards Defensive Goals Versus Threshold

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In my recent sabermetrics and hockey posts, I have been looking at Tom Awad’s goals versus threshold system.  I have listed the top 20 players by the offensive the goalie and the defensive portions of the system.  I am still trying to come to grips with the defensive part of the system and I think a good method to do so is to look at the top 20 forwards by this system.

Here they are:

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Wrong Agenda

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

...we have yet to see if Bettman will actually punish any of these owners for smashing the spirit of the current collective agreement to smithereens. That would be a lot tougher than pounding this sad-sack union one more time.

The NHLPA just got caught in the train tracks here as a group of influential owners pursued an outlaw agenda, specifically the likes of Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, Philadelphia Flyers chairman Ed Snider and Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch.

You wouldn’t include New Jersey owner Jeff Vanderbeek in that influential group, at least not yet. But you would believe that Devils president and GM Lou Lamoriello would include himself as one of Bettman’s staunchest supporters.


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The Bolts Beat, 09/03/10: With Special Guests Steve Downie and Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski

Blog: KK Hockey By Jon Jordan

In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat (and the show’s debut here at Kukla’s Korner), JJ and co-host Mike Corcoran visit with Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steve Downie to discuss last season’s individual success, off-season training with Gary Roberts, rivalries and much more. Puck Daddy editor Greg Wyshynski drops in as well and touches on Ilya Kovalchuk, the recent Mt. Blogmore series, the newly rekindled bloggers/main stream media access debate and gives his opinion on how the Lightning might fare in 2010-11. Finally, Tampabaylightning.com contributor Mark Pukalo steps into the studio to add his two cents while helping to answer questions from The Bolts Beat mailbag.


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  Tags: carter+ashton, dana+tyrell, ilya+kovalchuk, james+wright, jaromir+jagr, steve+downie, steven+stamkos, teddy+purcell, zenon+konopka

Avs Hire Kirk McLean As Goaltending Consultant

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

The Avalanche today confirmed the hiring of Kirk McLean, who won 245 games in an NHL career that spanned 16 seasons, as the team’s goaltending consultant.

McLean, 44, tended goal for New Jersey, Vancouver, Carolina, Florida, and the New York Rangers, and was best known for his nearly 11 full seasons with the Canucks from 1987-88 until his January 1998 trade to the Hurricanes.


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The CBA Amendments

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources tell TSN that the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association have reached an agreement on an amendment to the rules that govern long-term contracts.

The two sides have also agreed to extend the 5pm et deadline to complete the paperwork involved with the Ilya Kovalchuk contract situation.

The amendments addresses two specific rules which only apply to long-term contracts (contracts defined as five years or longer).

First: For long-term contracts extending beyond the age of 40, the contract’s average annual value for the years up to and including 40, are calculated by dividing total value in those years by the number of years up to and including 40. Then for the years covering ages 41 and beyond, the cap charge in each year is equal to the value of the contract in that year….

Secondly, for long-term contracts that include years in which the player is 36, 37, 38, 39 and 40; the amount used for purposes of calculating his average annual value is a minimum of $1 million in each of those years (even if his actual compensation is less during those seasons).


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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Internet-Based Ownership

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Perkins of the Toronto Star,

Kasperski, a guy with a computer background who also is the rugby coach at St. Mike’s, is floating the idea of Internet-based mass ownership of a junior hockey team. Owners could come from anywhere, but once they buy in, they would be entitled to vote on key decisions such as personnel, budgets, ticket prices, sponsors, suppliers, even sweater design.

“If one man with lots and lots of money can own a team, why couldn’t lots and lots of people, each with a little money, own a team, too?” he wonders in his proposal, adding, “the wisdom of the crowd says that a big bunch of people are very often smarter than a small group.

“It’s the ultimate rotisserie league. You would get to make real decisions about real people using real money,” said Kasperski, who has pitched his idea to, among others, Hockey Canada, which is asking for more information, and to the fledgling women’s pro league, which certainly should be interested. He also took it to the CBC, suggesting a launch could somehow tie in with its annual national Hockey Day. The broadcaster said he should come back with a sponsor and he’s working on that part.


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All Anze Kopitar

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kings.com,

LAKings.com: As you look forward to the upcoming season, what are your thoughts?

Kopitar: After Terry Murray’s first season [going into last season] we said we were going to make the playoffs. Now that’s the goal and we’re expected to be there. There’s going to be a little more pressure, it’s going to be a little more harder, but I think last year’s experience is going to make a difference. We know what we have to do to get there now and know what to do when we get there. It will be a little eaasier with from the experience standpoint, but a little harder from the pressure standpoinit. We have to take that pressure in a positive way and build on that.

a few more questions and answers…

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  Tags: anze+kopitar

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