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from the Windsor Star,

The casket of former NHL tough guy Bob Probert was taken to the cemetery today on the sidecar of a Harley Davidson motorcycle, following about 60 other thundering hogs.

The procession of mourners and motorcycles — half a dozen of which belonged to Probert — was led by a piper from Windsor Christian Fellowship through an honour guard of NHL players and officials.

Hockey legend Steve Yzerman and two of Probert’s young daughters were among those who spoke at his funeral.

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added 1:09pm, from Tom Leyden of WXYZ,

Not surprisingly, Bob Probert went out with a roar.

A line of more than 50 motorcycles led a lengthy procession to Windsor Christian Fellowship, in Windsor, Ontario, where hundreds of mourners gathered to honor the former NHL player.

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Report- First Offer Sheet Of The Year

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via Bob McKenzie tweet,

I am not working, but I can tell you TSN’s Gord Miller reports San Jose has signed Niklas Hjalmarsson to a four-year, $14M offer sheet.

added 1:14pm, from NHL.com,

“We feel Niklas is a top-three defenseman in the National Hockey League,” Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson said. “We saw his abilities first-hand in the playoffs last season and he was an important piece of a Stanley Cup-winning team. He is a solid player that would be a good fit on our team now and in the future.”

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Bruins Not Making Any Moves Right Now

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via Danny Picard of NECN,

The Bruins officially announced the re-signing of 26-year-old defenseman Mark Stuart today, and general manager Peter Chiarelli addressed the media at Ristuccia Arena, saying the one-year deal given to Stuart could be extended after further evaluation next season.

“I look at it as a bridge contract to something more,” said Chiarelli. “He’s [an unrestricted free agent] next year, so we’ll evaluate during the year and we may extend him during the year.”

As for what the Bruins will do next, with limited cap room and restricted free agents Blake Wheeler and Gregory Campbell still unsigned, Chiarelli said that as of right now, he’s not making any moves.

“Right now we’re standing pat,” he said. “You look out here, there might be a few guys that are going to challenge [for a spot on the B’s roster]. I like our prospect depth. Right now I’m standing pat. That may change, but right now I’m standing pat.”

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Gonchar Sees Long Playoff Run For Senators

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from James Gordon of Hockey Capital at the Ottawa Citizen,

The Ottawa Senators are “very close” to a being true Stanley Cup contender, according to their new No. 1 defenceman.

Speaking with with the press in Ottawa for the first time since signing a three-year, $16.5 million contract on July 1, Sergei Gonchar argued his squad is well positioned to skate with the big boys in the Eastern Conference.

“Hopefully, with my addition, we can go far in the playoffs and win the Cup,” he said Friday.

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Top 20 Corsi Rates

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I think it is usually more meaningful to look at counting stats than rate stats when determining the best players in the NHL.  As such I have listed the top 20 and worst 20 player’s individual Corsi Ratings from last season, where Corsi is the difference between the shots directed at goal (on goal, missed net and blocked) for a player’s team and the opposition when the player is on the ice in 5 on 5 situations.  This is a strong gage of puck possession in NHL games.

Throughout this process, commenter GoPens has been asking about why I like counting stats over rate stats.  I think the best way to explain this is to give the top 20 players by Corsi rate (Corsi per minute) and compare with the top 20 by counting stats.

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SoCal Prospect

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from Marcia C. Smith of the OC Register,

Emerson Etem felt like a jaywalker, stepping left, bolting right and hitting the brakes in his Vans sneakers and fresh-from-the-embroiderer black Ducks No. 65 sweater.

The second of the Ducks’ two first-round selections in June’s NHL draft, Etem couldn’t believe the heavy, oncoming traffic of bulky padded-wide kids and stick-wielding teens rolling through The Rinks – Huntington Beach Inline last week at the 2010 AAU Inline Hockey Junior Olympics.

“I started on inline skates, too, but there wasn’t all of this hockey here when I was a kid,” said the right winger, a just-adult of 18 himself, wading through the some of the 2,500 U.S. and international players in the 11-day tournament. The event runs through Sunday at Irvine’s 949 Roller Hockey Center and at this Ducks-operated Huntington Beach facility.

“Hockey has progressed so much. More rinks today. More leagues. More teams. More competition. More ice. I had to start playing outside on Rollerblades at the Long Beach YMCA. I had to leave home for four years to come back home in NHL.”

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Are Prospect Camps Worth The Cost?

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from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

All the usual nice things were said Wednesday at the Canucks prospects camp with everyone going through the traditional verbal motions and patting themselves on the back at what will be accomplished.

But you have to wonder whether all the money allocated to this couldn’t have been better spent.

It’s one thing for a player to come to Vancouver for the first time, and get the feel of the organization and get a sense of what’s being asked by the organization. That makes sense, good sense.

But what does it do for Anton Rodin or Peter Andersson (or Jordan Schroeder for that matter), for instance, to fly all the way over from Sweden and back for a few days of climbing the Grouse Grind, listening to the Iron Chef and finishing with a 3-on-3 tournament?

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Sabres Hearing Impaired Prospect Has Sights On The NHL

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from Paul Peck of wivb,

While die hard Sabres fans may not know the name “Gregg Sutch” just yet, after learning more about him, it may be hard not to cheer the fifth round draft pick all the way to a roster spot with the blue and the gold.

Draft choice Gregg Sutch feels the game but he doesn’t always hear it. Gregg is hearing impaired, and has been for nearly all of his life.

“I can hear the crowd. I can hear the game, skating, the crash and all that. The finer things, the whistle kind of thing, somebody yelling for a pass in the middle of a loud crowd. Trying to pick that out, that’s the difficult part,” explained Sutch.

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Oilers Could Use Some Veteran Leadership

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from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

Even after all these years, we’ve got Gretzky on the brain here in Edmonton. We’re expecting that old story to happen again. We’re looking for that one great, young player to come in, and with a group of other great young players, rise up and grab hold of the Stanley Cup.

Hell, we are so captivated by that particular narrative that we even convinced ourselves a few years back that the group of talented youths led by Sam Gagner was a some kind of remake of the Gretzky years, with Gagner playing the Wayne Gretzky Superstar part, and Andrew Cogliano, Robert Nilsson, Tom Gilbert, Ladi Smid, Denis Grebeshkov and others in that tarnished group filling in as the supporting cast of shiny disciples.

And now we’re doing it again, the true believers, the faithful, heading out to the Clareview Arena to watch the Oilers latest bunch of young hot shots, Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Magnus Paajarvi, Anton Lander, Teemu Hartikainen, Jeff Petry and others, go through repetitions of boring drills.

This is how we roll in Edmonton. Nothing too wrong with it, as far as us fans go, but I wonder if the adoration of this particular narrative doesn’t also have some impact on Oilers management, who get a bit too swept up in the youth movement themselves.

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Players Watching The World Cup

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from Mitch McDonald of NHLPA.com,

The biggest single event in sports, the World Cup, has dominated the sports landscape over the past month, bringing action from South Africa to fans in all four corners of the globe. With the Netherlands and Spain set to square off in the final this Sunday, July 11th fans are stoked for what will undoubtedly be a thrilling cap to a fantastic tournament.

With a membership that is made up of players from countries around the world, it comes as no surprise that many of the members of the NHLPA have taken time in their summer workout schedules to enjoy the action of the beautiful game.

Michael Cammalleri, a left-winger for the Montreal Canadiens, has Italian heritage on his father’s side and grew up cheering for Juventus and Inter Milan, two teams in the Italian Serie A. Inter Milan is the club team that is supported by the town where Cammalleri’s descendants originated from.

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