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DiPietro Expects To Be Healthy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brett Cyrgaus of the NY Post,

Rick DiPietro doesn’t need motivation. The Islanders goalie doesn’t need outside pressure and expectations, doesn’t need the judging glare of the hockey world or the critical eye of the New York fans to get him up in the morning, to get him to the rink on time, to get him to be the best damn goalie he can be.

All of that pressure comes internally for DiPietro. And all of that pressure sits on his broad shoulders this season, which technically started yesterday when the Islanders players showed up to IceWorks in Syosset for the first day of training camp that included off-ice testing and physicals.

“I put a tremendous amount of pressure on myself,” DiPietro told The Post. “The Islanders made a huge commitment in signing me to that long-term deal and I fully expect to be back and healthy and make good on that promise that we’re going to bring the Stanley Cup to Long Island.”


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Early morning Red Wings updates

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By George Malik

As the Red Wings’ main training camp begins today, the Red Wings’ coaches and scouts essentially have four days in which to determine whether the team’s “greener” prospects are ready to play exhibition hockey, and Red Wings GM Ken Holland tells the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan that his focus won’t be on the Wings’ veterans:

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Is Goals Versus Threshold Biased Toward Goalies?

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Yesterday, I wrote a post listing the top 20 players in the 2009/10 regular season by goals versus threshold.  One of the most obvious conclusions upon looking at the list is that half of the top 20 players (ten of them) are goaltenders.  Considering that teams dress 20 players per game and only two of them are goalies (and usually only one plays in any given game) this is a high number.  Is this number reasonable?

The main reason this conclusion looks reasonable is that the top goaltenders lead the league in minutes played.  They play 60 minutes a game and often play in 60, 70 or even more games in a season.  They are clearly important to their team when they are on the ice.  A goaltender can steal a game with a great performance or give it away with a poor performance.  I had a good conversation about this in comments of the previous post with a commenter called Bossy Rules.

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A note about the regularity of my posting, and and congnitive dissonance made simple

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By George Malik

Of brief note: because someone who has more clout than you and I put together asked, and he and his co-workers want to know: I officially said farewell to Snapshots on Thursday, and I’m now on KK full time.  For the duration of training camp, and until all the bugs are worked out, I will not be posting every story I find as soon as I find it; when I get home and The Malik Report gets rolling full-time, for better or for worse, I’ll be back to my usual just-after-it-breaks level of coverage and posting.  The new KK will allow you to adjust what you see on the main page, so if you’re not diggin’ the level of posts, you can tweak your settings and not see certain posts on the main page. 

Of longer note: I just had one of the strangest nights of my life attending the Red Wings’ charity dinner (I did not attend the golf tournament, but you may look at the Free Press’s gallery thereof here) as a guest of my pal Kat, and…

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Kaberle & Wilson Have Had Positive Talks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

When Wilson was asked if the much anticipated summit with the defenceman had taken place after a summer of salvos across the Atlantic between Brian Burke and Kaberle’s father, he warmed to the topic.

“We’ve sat down and talked,” Wilson said ” All our talks have been really positive, as I expected them to be.

“I’ll get this out there now so there are no issues, he may only play one of the first five exhibition games (next week). Because I know what he can do and I know he can play with other people. Kabba is 32 years old. At the end of training camp I need to have him fresh. You don’t want your team dead after one week.

“I know (a feud) is a nice story for you guys to hang your hats on,” he said added with a smile, “but there really isn’t an issue. I just wanted to get that out there and be on the offensive and give you the information so you aren’t running around thinking (he’s benched) and there is something else going on.”

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Are The Flyers A Better Team This Season?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Stree Bull at the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The Flyers, coming off a stunning run to the Cup Finals, are understandably excited about being back in training camp.

  Did they make the right off-season moves that will make them Cup contenders again?

  We will find out in the upcoming months. From here, the Flyers have more overall toughness and are much better defensively than at this time last season. The offense appears a little weaker, as does the goaltending.

  But chemistry can make up for some deficiencies, and the Flyers seem to be a tight-knit group.

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Langkow Not Cleared For Contact

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Torie Peterson of Flames.com,

While he has made great strides over the summer, Daymond Langkow has not been medically cleared for contact and will not take part in the Calgary Flames training camp.

“Right now, I’m going to skating on my own,” he said on Friday. “I just can’t take contact right now and it’s kind of frustrating. It’s kind of a day-to-day thing and we’ll just go from there.”


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Blackhawks Hope To Extend Seabrook

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times, Defenseman

Brent Seabrook is in the final year of his second contract with the Blackhawks. So it’s time for the Hawks to start looking at keeping him around.

Seabrook is considered part of the Hawks’ young core, and is definitely in line for a raise from his current $3.5 million salary.

“Now that we’ve gotten through the summer with the changes we had to make, we’re going to start to look at that,” Hawks GM Stan Bowman said Friday about Seabrook’s contract status. “You’re always trying to look ahead.


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Ducks Re-Sign Matt Beleskey

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed left wing Matt Beleskey to a two-year contract extension through the 2012-13 NHL season. Per club policy, no terms of the deal were disclosed.

Beleskey, 22 (6/7/88), appeared in 60 games for Anaheim in his rookie NHL season in 2009-10, collecting 11-7=18 points with 35 penalty minutes (PIM). Among NHL rookies, Beleskey ranked tied for 10th in goals, tied for third in game-winning goals (3), seventh in hits (94) and 10th in shots (123). He also finished sixth among team leaders in goal scoring and tied for fourth in game-winners.

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City Of Glendale Off The Hook For Now

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rebekah L. Sanders and Cecilia Chan of the Arizona Republic,

For now, Glendale appears off the hook for the $25 million it pledged last May as an insurance policy to keep the Phoenix Coyotes in the city at Jobing.com Arena.

The city announced Friday that a potential buyer has agreed to fund the $25 million that the National Hockey League demanded from Glendale in order to cover the team’s operating losses this season.

“As the city and the prospective buyer work toward finalizing documents, in a show of good faith, the prospective buyer has deposited $25 million dollars into escrow,” Glendale’s statement read.

Glendale officials would not name the potential buyer, but the city has been negotiating for weeks with Matthew Hulsizer, a Chicago investor.


added 7:33pm, from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

However, the $25 million, essentially a show of good faith and evidence of Hulsizer’s financial wherewithal, has nothing to do with a separate $25 million the City of Glendale has promised to the National Hockey League to cover costs of operating the team while a new lease agreement with the city and an ownership deal with the NHL can be completed.

The City of Glendale issued a release late Friday that suggested otherwise.

The release said the new escrow account established by a potential owner “shows the City has met the NHL deadline for finding a qualified buyer, who will keep the team here, a requirement to release the City’s $25 million currently in escrow.”

Yet multiple sources say that is not the case.

Hulsizer’s escrow amount has nothing to do with the city’s agreement to pay operating costs to the NHL only the eventual purchase price of the team. The City of Glendale has no access to the new $25 million account, multiple sources told ESPN.com.


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