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Few Senators Fans Show up to Support Spezza

Blog: KK Hockey By Tony

From the Canwest News Service:

Not all Jason Spezza supporters are fair-weather fans, but, judging by the size of the group that gathered Saturday on Parliament Hill, a lot of them are.

“We doubled!” organizer Louise Tremblay said when the size of the rally she had organized grew from two to four mid-afternoon.

About 20 fans, most of them wearing red Ottawa Senators jerseys, eventually trickled in to show their opposition to the rumours and criticism circulating about the oft-criticized Spezza.

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Predators’ David Poile discusses the Hamhuis/Arnott trades

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From NHL.com:

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NHL Draft Preview: Taylor or Tyler?

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From the Toronto Sun’s Bruce Garrioch:

Will Taylor or Tyler be No. 1.?

Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini will provide the answer when he steps up the microphone Staples Center in Los Angeles Friday and announces the top selection in the NHL entry draft.

While there’s not much of a gap between Windsor Spitfires winger Taylor Hall and Plymouth Whalers centre Tyler Seguin, one is going to be the cornerstone of the Oilers’ rebuilding program.

“I believe both are going to be ready to play next year,” said Boston GM Peter Chiarelli, who will select second with a pick he acquired last year from the Maple Leafs, who got back Phil Kessel.

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Predators Trade Jason Arnott back to Devils for Prospect and 2011 2nd Round Pick

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Per various sources, the Nashville Predators continue their busy day by trading their Captain, Jason Arnott, back to New Jersey Devils for prospect Matt Halischuk and 2011 2nd round pick.

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Nashville Trades Rights to D Dan Hamhuis to Philly for Ryan Parent

Blog: KK Hockey By Tony

Per HNIC’s Elliotte Friedman tweet:

Flyers trade Ryan Parent to Nashville for rights to Dam Hamhuis (via Predators announcement)

UPDATE:  A conditional draft pick is also sent to Philly.

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How Mark Fistric Led The NHL In Adjusted +/-

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When we look at the top 20 adjusted +/- ratings as a rate stat, we see a surprising player at number one.  He is Mark Fistric of the Dallas Stars.  This situation is not unlike the top 20 adjusted as a counting stat where Jeff Schultz leads.

Jeff Schultz leading is much more easily explainable as a good season than Mark Fistric.  In part, this is because of the adjustment method.  When a statistic is treated as a rate stat, you tend to select players who played well for a shorter period of time than players who played a significant role on their team and played well.  Essentially, you get the top per game scorers in the league instead of the scoring leaders, who are in the Art Ross race.

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Kings offer assistant coaching job to John Stevens

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From the Los Angeles Times:

Former Philadelphia Flyers head coach John Stevens, who was fired by the team in December, is the Kings’ choice to fill the assistant coaching vacancy created by Mark Hardy’s resignation and has been offered the job, and his hiring could be announced next week, confirmed an NHL source, who was granted anonymity because the organization is not ready to make the decision public.

Key Kings executives know Stevens well. Kings Coach Terry Murray, previously part of the Flyers’ staff, worked with Stevens in Philadelphia, and Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi and assistant GM Ron Hextall are familiar with him from their past employment in the Flyers’ organization.

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Flames will wear ‘heritage’ jerseys at 2011 outdoor Classic

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From the Calgary Herald’s Vicki Hall:

Stock up on the long underwear, Calgary. Pull that giant winter parka out of the closet along with those mitts, tuque, scarf and boots.

The National Hockey League competition committee granted approval Friday for the Calgary Flames to host the Heritage Classic outdoor game Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011.

The venue? McMahon Stadium. The opposition? Michael Cammalleri and the Montreal Canadiens.

Only one formality remains: ratification by the NHL Players Association next week in Chicago.

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Lars Eller looks forward to being a Montreal Canadien

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From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford:

Former Blue Lars Eller spoke with the Team 990 radio station in Montreal today and said that he is looking forward to playing for the Montreal Canadiens.

And he thinks it could be this season.  “What (Montreal GM Pierre Gauthier) told me was that they were happy to have gotten me in this trade,” said Eller, who went to the Habs Thursday in the trade that brought goalie Jaroslav Halak to St. Louis. “He said I have a good chance to make that Montreal team. It’s going to be up to me.

“That was my goal in St. Louis, to make that club this year. I’m going to have the same mindset coming into Montreal. I know that Montreal has a big fan base and there are big expectations for the team and the players as well. But I put pressure on myself. I see this in a positive way.”

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Vinny excited about new additions, Bolts

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From the Tampa Tribune’s Erik Erlendsson:

Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier’s thoughts understandably have been preoccupied of late, filled more with 3 a.m. feedings and diaper changes than hockey.

But during the past month, following the birth of daughter Victoria on May 3, Lecavalier has watched from afar as Tampa Bay has undergone an extreme makeover in the hiring of GM Steve Yzerman and head coach Guy Boucher.  Considering the events of the past two years, when things played out like a soap opera, Lecavalier is encouraged by what’s taking place with the only franchise he has known since entering the league in 1998.

“I’m very, very excited about what is happening with this organization from new ownership, to a guy like Steve Yzerman, who knows where he is going,” Lecavalier said. “He’s got a plan, he’s an honest person and comes from an organization of winners over the past 20 years and he will bring that mentality.

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