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Luckily, We Are Not Part Of This

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

We should be thankful this is not prevalent in the NHL.  Probably the closest player would be Alexander Ovechkin, but you cannot put him in the same category as LeBron James.

If the NHL ever gets to this point, you can cross my name off of the fan list.

from Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News,

It’s Day Five since LeDecision rocked America, and we haven’t even begun cleaning up the ego droppings and broken fantasies. It’s amazing and polarizing and all-encompassing, and there’s more than enough embarrassment to go around.

Everyone involved is stained by this grand confluence of ego, passion and hypocrisy, so don’t try to pin it just on LeBron James. He’s a great basketball player turned into a caricature, a King without a Ring, addicted to hype, but he’s not the lone clown in this show.

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert joined the fun with his childish, hypocritical whine, accusing James of “cowardly betrayal.” Of course, Gilbert was merrily willing to play the butt-smooching superstar game right up until the moment the superstar bit him.

Then naturally, the Rev. Jesse Jackson had to jump in for his slice of ego nourishment, accusing Gilbert of a “slave master mentality.” That’s a laughable, shameless attention grab by Jackson, and it’s not worth deep discussion.


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  Tags: lebron+james

OT- George Steinbrenne Dies At Age 80

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Richard Goldstein of the New York Times,

George Steinbrenner, who bought a declining Yankees team in 1973, promised to stay out of its daily affairs and then, in an often tumultuous reign, placed his formidable stamp on 7 World Series championship teams, 11 pennant winners and a sporting world powerhouse valued at perhaps $1.6 billion, died Tuesday morning. He was 80 and lived in Tampa, Fla.

“He was an incredible and charitable man,” the family said in a statement.

“He was a visionary and a giant in the world of sports. He took a great but struggling franchise and turned it into a champion again.”


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  Tags: george+steinbrenne, new+york+yankees

Talking Twitter

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I answered a few questions from readers regarding all things Twitter at my NHL.com blog today.

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Team Corsi Ratings

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In some sabermetrics and hockey posts this summer, I have listed the top 20 and worst 20 players by Corsi when listed as counting numbers and the top 20 and worst 20 when listed as rates.  The biggest error in attributing the positions of players on these lists to their playing ability comes from team effects.  Players on good teams tend to have good Corsis and players on bad teams tend to have bad ones.  In order to take this into account we need to know how the various NHL teams stacked up with respect to Corsi.

Corsi is the difference in shots directed at goal (shots on goal, missed and blocked) taken by a team and those taken by their opponents.  In this study, only 5 on 5 situations are looked at.

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Maxim Lapierre Re-Signs With Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

The Montreal Canadiens locked up Maxim Lapierre for the 2010-11 season, keeping him in the fold with a one-year contract.

TSN’s sister station in Quebec RDS reports that the deal will pay him $900,000.

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  Tags: maxim+lapierre

Let’s Go Old School- Punch Imlach Returns To Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Erin Pollina of Sabres.com,

When George ‘Punch’ Imlach accepted a job as manager of the Buffalo Sabres in 1970, he did so for two very distinct reasons:

First, he wanted to establish a winning hockey club and take on the unique challenge of building an expansion team from scratch.

Secondly, he desperately wanted to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Prior to joining the Buffalo staff, Imlach served as the head coach of the famed Canadian squad for 11 years – from 1958 until 1969 – claiming four Stanley Cup Championships during his tenure.

He did so by maintaining an unwavering policy of loyalty with both his players and the personnel around him, preferring to build around a core group of athletes.

Unfortunately for Imlach, that mentality also led to his downfall in Toronto.


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  Tags: punch+imlach

Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

For Hawks fans who have waited so long for a great team, losing Sharp on the heels of seeing Dustin Byfuglien, Kris Versteeg, Andrew Ladd, Adam Burish and John Madden leave would be crushing - Stanley Cup or no Stanley Cup.

-Tim Sassone of Between The Circles.  More from Tim on the Blackhawks cap issues.

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Blackhawks Will Have Some Great Memories

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

Leave it to Jonathan Toews to find a silver lining when most observers see a lightning-quick dismantling of the Stanley Cup champions.

“It was something that was kind of inevitable,” Toews said of the recent flurry of trades involving key members of the Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup run. “We knew it was going to happen but we’ve got some great memories that we can look back on.”...

“Again, you try to enjoy it for what it is,” said Toews, who signed autographs and posed for pictures with the Stanley Cup on Monday. “We had a special team, a special group of guys this year and we’ll never forget what we accomplished.”

Toews admits the celebrations have taken on a bit of a muted tone, with the news that several key cogs — including Dustin Byfuglien, Kris Versteeg, Brent Sopel, Ben Eager and Andrew Ladd — will all be playing hockey elsewhere next season.

“It’s tough for you in a selfish way because you want those guys to be there and you want the team to stay the same,” said Toews. “It’s worse for those guys who don’t get to stay in a great city like Chicago. We knew something was going to happen, but we didn’t expect so many guys to be moved so quick.”

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Kings Not Talking

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Tim Leiweke, the Kings’ governor and chief executive of the team’s parent company, AEG, declined to comment Monday. Lombardi did not respond to several requests for an assessment of where the Kings stand and whether his talks with Kovalchuk’s agent, Jay Grossman, will continue Tuesday.

Grossman has been silent about his client’s status since last Monday, when he said via Twitter that Kovalchuk’s choices had been “narrowed down.” Much has changed since then, including the Kings’ return to the negotiating table. They twice walked away after deciding they couldn’t fit his salary under the cap, retain their core players and add the players they will need to become a Stanley Cup contender.

Kings captain Dustin Brown said he met Kovalchuk at the rink Monday and was impressed. “I like him. He seemed like a humble and good guy,” Brown said at a launch party for his DLO23 sticks and clothing line.

He added he doesn’t know where the talks stand and is not involved in the process.

Center Jarret Stoll also met Kovalchuk, as did defenseman Matt Greene. “It seemed like he cares about being here and hopefully playing for the Kings,” Stoll said. “He wants to win, and that’s the most important thing for anybody to say and to think.”


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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Take The Money And Run Away Mike

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

You’re 40.  You’ve been tossed aside by a mediocre team losing money by the buttload.  You’ve got, maybe, one year left and a few options to consider.  The Detroit Red Wings come calling and offer you a million bucks along with a damn good shot at a Cup.  You say all the right things and the wheels start to turn.  You run your mouth a few times, talk about legacy and the importance of one more run.

But when it all comes down to it…

It’s about the money. It’s always about the money.

That’s McCosky and he’s probably hit the mark.


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