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Carey Price is, apparently, hitting the picket line

Blog: KK Hockey By The Upper Canadien

News this evening that Carey Price has told Habs management to pay up or he’s going “on strike.”

A good synopsis is available here, courtesy of the always informative Habsinsideout:

Price to strike?

Not to worry though Habs fans. Halak is a capable goalie, and he can step in and– oh, wait, did we trade him BEFORE we signed Price? You mean, Gauthier gave up all that starting goalie leverage, etc. etc., and now our starting goaltender could, nay, would be, Alex Auld?

Well I for one am excited about the upcoming Alex Auld era, because… I couldn’t even keep that up for 15 seconds.

What wonderful news to usher us into September, with 15 days to training camp.

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  Tags: contract+talks, price

The Phil Kessel Effect

Blog: KK Members Blog By @TheDailyBites

I heard a caller on the radio the other day talk about the effect the Phil Kessel trade has had on the Toronto Maple Leafs. Most people think that the trade was a disaster for the Leafs, but I was a proponent of the trade when it first happened.  However, I did not think Brian Burke needed to give up 2 first round picks to get Kessel because he had the threat of the offer sheet and only needed to give up a first, second, and third round pick if he were to go that route (I know Burke lashed out at Kevin Lowe for the Dustin Penner offer sheet, but the biggest issue he had with Lowe was that he didn’t approach him first about a deal; he felt blind sided). That being said, I do not want to sit here and discuss how good or bad that deal was.  Back to the caller, he made what I thought to be a great point, he essentially said that if Burke did not make the Kessel trade, some of the other deals he made later in the year probably would not have happened since the Leafs would have most likely been tanking the season and playing for Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin. So to judge Burke solely on the Kessel trade would not be fair. You need to look at the effect of that trade on the other moves he has made and I tend to agree with him.  Thus, the Leafs most likely would not have made the Phaneuf or Giguere trades, which essentially brought the Leafs their young captain and also ridded them of bad contracts (Blake, and I would argue Stajan, and White as well).

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Members Blog | Permalink
  Tags: burke, kessel

Nikolai Khabibulin Sentenced

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

He received the minimum sentence and fine.

vai AZ Vibe Sports tweet,

Min sentence = 30 days Min Fine = $507.60 DUI Assesment + $500.00 DPS + Jail Costs. Plus State Certifed Alcohol Screening and counseling.

added 6:17pm via Sarah McLellan tweets,

Talking now with lawyer. They are appealing

No estimate on appeal process but will be at camp

added 8:03pm, via TSN,

“I understand that (Khabibulin) has appealed the conviction and the resulting sentencing has been stayed pending appeal,” said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. “I don’t expect having any reaction or response until the conclusion of the appeal process.”

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  Tags: nikolai+khabibulin

10 Things You Didn’t Know About the KHL

Blog: KK Members Blog By Phil Davies

1. That all team members are required to bunk in dorms that are built into each
arena, prior to a game the next day. Ideally, this allows players to focus on the task at hand, rather than any domestic or social outlet. This isn’t quite as stringent as the Soviet era, where Central Red Army players were required to live and train together in a secluded facility for eleven months of the year.

2. That legendary National Team Coach; Viktor Tikhonov started his career as a defenceman for the Air Force team. His coach; Vasily Stalin; son of Joseph Stalin.

3. That many Soviet-era teams were made up of players from the army, KGB and trade unions. Moscow Dynamo was comprised of KGB agents, Spartak was made of of trade union members and Central Red Army was comprised of…you guessed it…army members.

4. That the emergence and strength of the KHL is partly due to the fledgling oil
and steel industries in Russia. Many oil and steel tycoons invest in or own a KHL franchise.

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Matt Ellis Staying In Buffalo

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

Buffalo - Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have re-signed unrestricted free agent forward Matt Ellis to a one-year contract.

Ellis (8/31/1981, 6’, 212 lbs.) spent last season in Buffalo where he set career highs in games played (72), points (13) and assists (10). Ellis, who turns 29 today, now has 33 points (13+20) in 187 career NHL games with Buffalo, Los Angeles and Detroit.

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  Tags: matt+ellis

Aaron Johnson Signs Two-Way Contract With Nashville

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

Nashville, Tenn. (August 31, 2010) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed free-agent defenseman Aaron Johnson to a one-year, two-way contract worth $550,000 at the National Hockey League level and $105,000 at the American Hockey League level.

        Johnson, 27 (4/30/83), split the 2009-10 season between Calgary (22 games) and Edmonton (19 games), posting a career high in goals (4) while tying a personal best in points (10). The 6-1, 208-pounder also a averaged career high 15:39 of ice time a season ago. In an NHL career that started in 2003-04 the Port Hawkesbury, N.S., native has racked up 46 points (14g-32a) and 191 penalty minutes in 225 games with the Flames, Oilers, Chicago, N.Y. Islanders and Columbus.

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  Tags: aaron+johnson

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“This will be an interesting camp. I’ve been watching him skate with a number of NHL players. It’s not camp and it’s not game time, but he looks good. He looks real good. Last year he was a ways off, but now I’d say he’s much closer.

“But we’ll see. The Atlanta Thrashers would be thrilled if he could get to this level as quickly as possible.”

-Atlanta Thrashers GM Rick Dudley on Angelo Esposito.  More on Esposito from John Mannsso of NHL.com.

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  Tags: angelo+esposito

Top 20 Defensive Goals Versus Threshold

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Lately, I have been looking at the sabermetrics and hockey problem of valuing players above replacement players.  I am looking at the solution of Tom Awad’s goals versus threshold.  I have explained the offensive, goaltending and defensive portions of this system.  I have listed the top 20 players by the offensive portion and the top 20 players by the goalie’s portion.  Today I list the top 20 by the defensive portion of goals versus threshold.

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Kronwall Had Knee Surgery This Morning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall had athroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday morning. Doctors discovered a lateral meniscus tear.

Kronwall is expected to be idled for two weeks but should be ready to skate at the start of training camp Sept. 18 in Traverse City.


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  Tags: niklas+kronwall

NHL Appoints Charles Coplin Executive VP of Content

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

The National Hockey League today announced that it has appointed Charles Coplin to the new position of executive vice president of content. Coplin had been with the NFL since 2001, most recently as the NFL’s vice president of programming, where he shared Emmy Awards for his work on the America’s Game documentary series, and where his Super Bowl halftime productions were among the most acclaimed in NFL history.

In his new role at the NHL, Coplin will integrate and focus the efforts of all League media and content, including NHL.com; oversee and optimize programming and production for NHL Network; manage all television broadcast and rights-holder relationships; and direct the NHL Digital Studios and original broadband productions.


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  Tags: charles+coplin

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