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League Has Questions For Balsillie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

The value of a franchise in Hamilton is important because it would form the basis of how much Balsillie would have to pay – on top of his $212.5 million (all figures U.S.) offer for the team – in indemnity and relocation fees to the league and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The NHL letter to Balsillie’s company outlines 23 specific pieces of information the league says it needs before it can approve Balsillie as an owner including “all data, information and/or sources used in calculating the estimated value of an NHL expansion fee ($225 million – $265 million).”

The NHL has never put a price tag on an expansion fee for Hamilton.

Balsillie’s legal team indicates he’s a bit more than halfway to providing the information.

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  Tags: jim+balsillie

Team Corsi Numbers

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In this summer’s look at sabermetrics and hockey, I have been looking at the Corsi Number as an alternative to +/-.  Corsi Numbers are the difference between shots directed at the goal (shots on goal, missed shots and blocked shots) for and against when a player is on the ice in five on five situations.  The benefit is that they encompass a lot more events than +/- does.  However, whether or not it is a better or comparable series of events is somewhat of an open question.

I have calculated the Corsi Numbers for all 30 teams in the NHL.  These can be compared to team +/- ratings.

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Welcome To Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Blackhawks welcome Marian Hossa and Tomas Kopecky.

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  Tags: marian+hossa, tomas+kopecky

Nilan Tried To Save A Few Dollars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tony Catinella of the Patriot Ledger,

Chris Nilan, a former professional hockey player known for his frequent trips to the penalty box, was arrested on a charge of stealing a bathing suit from the Lord & Taylor store at the South Shore Plaza.

“I just wanted to save a few bucks,” he told police.

The case was dismissed Thursday in Quincy District Court. Nilan, a former Boston Bruin and Montreal Canadien, was ordered to pay $100 in court costs and to stay away from the store.

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  Tags: chris+nilan

Ortmeyer Signs With Sharks

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

SAN JOSE –  San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed right wing Jed Ortmeyer to a one-year contract.  Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Jed is a skilled, two-way player who adds tremendous depth to our organization,” said Wilson.  “He’s the type of player that pushes his teammates and competes with a high level of energy.”

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Has Tanguay Signed?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Steve Gorten of the Florida Panthers Blog at the Sun Sentinel,

Reports by RDS.ca and Hockeybuzz.com that free agent winger Alex Tanguay has signed with the Panthers apparently are not true.

Panthers’ assistant general manager Randy Sexton just said through a team spokesman (4:20 p.m.) that reports the Panthers have signed Tanguay are ‘false.’ I’ve left a message for Tanguay’s agent. Waiting to hear back.

added 4:35pm, via George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—Word from the Panthers is the latest Alex Tanguay rumors regarding his signing with the team are false. But Florida is one of the teams the talented left winger is considering, so as always, stay tuned. I’m northbound and down, 10-4 good buddy…

added 4:56pm, Just to clear up the RDS mention from Steve Gorten, it was reported on one of their forums, not by RDS staff.

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KHL Responds To Hudler Situation

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from Jeff Z. Klein of SlapShot at the NY Times,

Is peace breaking out between the K.H.L. and N.H.L.?

In his first public statement on the international dispute over Detroit forward Jiří Hudler, K.H.L. president Alexander Medvedev sounded a conciliatory note, saying on Thursday that the Russian league would wait for an N.H.L. arbitrator’s decision on Hudler’s status with the Red Wings before registering the contract the player signed with Dinamo Moscow.

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added 6:21pm, from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,

Holland said he spoke to Hudler’s agent today and the two sides plan to continue to talk over the next two weeks.

While Hudler’s actions suggest he no longer wants to play for the Wings, Holland said he would welcome him back into the fold and there would not be any animosity from management nor players toward Hudler.

“Jiri has tremendous respect for his teammates and the organization,” Holland said. “He was made an offer that, at this stage in his financial career, he couldn’t pass up. I don’t think it had anything to do with the hockey aspect. He was made a financial offer he couldn’t pass up.”

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  Tags: jiri+hudler, khl

Duchene Signs Entry Level Contract

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has signed first-round draft choice Matt Duchene to a three-year, entry-level contract.

“Matt is an integral part of our future,” said Avalanche General Manager Greg Sherman. “He is a very skilled, two-way player with a strong work ethic and great character.  We’re excited to have him under contract and look forward to him participating in training camp this fall.”

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One Thing Baseball Does Better

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The baseball All Star break is ending.  It happened without the current American League MVP, Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia.  Pedroia was voted by the fans to be the starter at second base.  He skipped the All Star Game because his wife is having complications in her pregnancy.  Though he missed a couple games earlier in the season to be with his wife, he did not miss the game directly prior to the All Star break and he will not miss the game directly after it.  He was not at the All Star Game to mingle with the press.  This would not have been tolerated in the Gary Bettman NHL.  In the NHL when Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk missed the All Star Game to rehab injuries, they were effectively suspended for the game following the break.  Sidney Crosby was also planning to miss the game due to injury, but chose at the last minute to attend in a non-playing role and this was considered to be OK.

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KK- A Little Down Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

It is that time of year, when news is slow and about to get even slower.

Therefore, I plan to be in relaxed mode through the weekend.  I am still around, but posting will be be relaxed, meaning when I feel like posting, I will.

The time has come for me to recharge my batteries a bit and recover from a very long season.

Please understand this it the first time in four years that I am doing this and may even extend the relaxed mode into next week, but I do need to do some things around the house and get outside and enjoy this great weather.  Maybe even chase a little white ball around some green grass!

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