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Halak Signs With Blues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Nick Kypreos tweet,

Blues Doug Armstrong wastes no time getting ex- Canadian playoff hero Jaro Halak signed, sealed delivered. Done 4 yrs 15M. 3.75M cap/hit

added 1:44pm,

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has signed goaltender Jaroslav Halak to a four-year contract.

“Jaroslav will be a big help for our organization moving forward,” said Armstrong.  “He has made a great commitment to the Blues as he enters the prime of his career.”

“I’ve been looking forward to playing in St. Louis ever since the trade was announced,” said Halak.  “I believe in my abilities and hope to do some good things for the Blues.”


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The Value Of Antti Niemi

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Kiley of Blackhawks Confidential,

The fact that Niemi is among 31 NHLers filing for salary arbitration does prompt the question of how differently his agent, Bill Zito, and the Hawks view the gap between Niemi, a Stanley Cup-winning hero, and Niemi, that guy who has yet to be asked to play a full season in the NHL.

In a perfect world without salary comparisons and so on to drive figures, Niemi deserves somewhere around 3 million a year. How about 4 years, $12 million?

Sounds about right without crunching all the numbers and such that Zito is paid handsomely to do on behalf of his client.

How about 4 years, $16-$20 million, which could be closer to where Zito wants a deal done. He may be asking for 6 to 8 years for all I know. Sounds excessive.


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Tuesday Hockey Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

• Twitter readers keep asking about Anaheim restricted free agent Bobby Ryan. The latest is not much—contract talks were still at a standstill as of Tuesday morning. The Ducks’ last two offers—five years, $25 million and four years, $18.4 million ($4.6 million average)—were as far as the Anaheim front office says it will go. The Ducks say they’re ready to sit back and see if there’s an offer sheet from another team, in which case they can match or take the compensation. Stay tuned on this one.

• It’s hard to believe Maxim Afinogenov remains unsigned. He’s the second-highest point producer on the UFA market behind only Kovalchuk and he has one of the best agents in heavyweight Don Meehan of Newport Sports. Afinogenov, 30, had 24 goals and 61 points this past season with Atlanta. He can help a team.

more topics…

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Stay Cool

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Here in the Detroit area, temps are in the mid-90s and humidity is high.

So to try to keep you cool, sit back and watch Pond Hockey below.

Note, I believe Hulu.com still only allows US IPs to watch their movies but I could be wrong.

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Top 20 Raw Corsi Ratings

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I am continuing looking at sabermetrics and hockey, by looking at Corsi Numbers.  I will not spend as long on them this summer as i did last year, but I want to look at the league’s best and worst while looking at them a few different ways.

A Corsi Number is a total of all shots directed at the net (whether on goal, blocked or missing the net) for minus those taken against while a player is on the ice in 5 on 5 situations.  The best source for Corsi Ratings online is behind the net, but it tends to look at things on a rate (per minute) basis and I find it is often more useful to look at counting totals over the full season.  They tend to better show who had a good season, as opposed to who played well in a more limited situation.

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Boughner Ready For Next Challenge

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

“I’m looking forward to a new challenge after winning two Memorial Cups,” Boughner said. “I’ve made no secret that my goal is to be a head coach in the NHL, and joining (Arniel’s) staff is going to make me a better coach.”

Boughner was majority owner, president and coach of the Windsor Spitfires, an Ontario Hockey League team that just won the Canadian junior title for a second straight year. It’s one of the most lucrative junior clubs in Canada.

He’ll maintain his ownership stake in the Spitfires, Boughner said, but he was drawn to the Blue Jackets on two levels.

First, by the young, energetic staff being compiled by Arniel. Boughner joins Brad Berry and Dan Hinote, giving the Blue Jackets a staff of four former NHL players. Arniel is the oldest, at 47.

Second, Boughner said, the proximity of Columbus to Windsor was the key.

“I don’t have to uproot my wife or my four kids,” Boughner said. “And if I need to get home on an off day, it’s not a big deal.”

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Kings Can’t Attract That Top UFA

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

So the Kings have had to settle for third- and fourth-tier free agents. The exception was defenseman Rob Scuderi, who came here last summer mainly because they gave him more security and money—four years and $13.6 million—than anyone else.

The Kings targeted the smart and steady Martin but he signed with Pittsburgh for $25 million over five years. Mobile Dan Hamhuis was Plan B but he wanted to be close to home and signed with Vancouver.

It’s a chicken-and-egg dilemma for the Kings. They can’t attract elite free agents until they become a Cup contender, but they can’t become a contender until they lure players they haven’t developed—a productive winger, second-line center and fleet defenseman.

They will try to fill holes with prospects such as centers Brayden Schenn and Andrei Loktionov and defensemen Thomas Hickey, Viacheslav Voynov and Jake Muzzin. That’s a lot to ask.


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Is Modano A Done Deal Already?

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An interesting day awaits Wing fans on Tuesday.  Much of our time will be spent remembering Bob Probert, while a smaller bit of our attention will be devoted toward wondering if Mike Modano’s final season will be played wearing the Winged Wheel.

It’s starting to look like it’s much more than an “if”, though.  He’s taking a trip “home” tomorrow to meet with Wing execs, because I guess at age 40 discussions of salary and systems can’t be done over the phone, eh? 

Mike Heika/Dallas Morning News

“It’s such an intriguing place,’’ he said of Detroit. “They want to win and they can win now. They have great players and a great system. They believe they can find a way for me to fit in. It’s flattering that they think I could help them, and I really want to see if that’s possible.’‘


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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

At least Probert’s life did not end like that of the enforcer John Kordic, who died after a fight with police in Quebec City. Compared to that, Probert’s demise was almost mercifully mundane. As was the case after the death of Mark (The Bird) Fidrych of the Detroit Tigers in 2009, Probert’s passing will bring the blur of nostalgia and sentimentality in the region. Fans in Detroit and Windsor will mourn Probert and their stories of him will flow like tears from eyes or blood from a cut or water of a river current moving away, so swift and strong and soon gone.

-Joe Lapointe of Fanhouse (I do believe Joe was a writer/columnist for the Detroit News).  More from Joe on Probert.

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31 Players Elect Salary Arbitration

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NHLPA,

TORONTO (July 5, 2010) – Thirty-one players have elected Salary Arbitration:

The deadline for Club-Elected Salary Arbitration notification is July 6, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. Hearings will be held in Toronto from July 20 to August 4, 2010.

read on for the complete list..

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