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KHL Claims NHL Broke Agreement

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via RussiaToday,

A major row over transfers has erupted between the two biggest ice hockey leagues in the world. The KHL claims the NHL has reneged on an agreement not to poach players.

Canadian Joel Kwiatkowski has agreed to join the Atlanta Thrashers next season despite having already signed a two-year deal to play for SKA St Petersburg.

This is the first such precedent after the International Ice Hockey Federation introduced its new rules concerning player transfers. The move was dubbed “a non-aggression to Northern America pact” as it banned clubs in Europe from signing North American players on contract. In return, the NHL promised not to poach European players under contract.

The KHL says that breaks a gentleman’s agreement between the two leagues.

KHL president Alexander Medvedev says he’ll now call on the International Ice Hockey Federation to act.

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  Tags: joel+kwiatkowski, khl

Could Kovalev Convince Heatley To Stay In Ottawa?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

A Senators team with both Alex Kovalev and Dany Heatley in the lineup could be a reality.

Kovalev said he would be willing to talk to Heatley about his request to be traded and try and get the two-time 50-goal scorer to change his mind.

“He’s a hell of a player. It would definitely be nice for him to stay on the team,” said Kovalev, whose two-year, $10 million contract (all terms US) signed Monday pushed the Senators over the salary cap by about $1.5 million. Keeping both Kovalev and Heatley would necessitate Senators GM Bryan Murray moving some contracts.

continued

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  Tags: alexei+kovalev, dany+heatley

Canucks Prospect Pays His Own Way To Camp

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

Jordan Schroeder, the Vancouver Canucks’ first-round pick in last month’s draft, had to borrow money from his father to attend the NHL team’s prospect camp at the University of British Columbia this week.

Schroeder, who attends the University of Minnesota, is subject to the strict rules of the U.S. National Collegiate Athletic Association. To protect his amateur status, and to be eligible to play for the Golden Gophers later this year, Schroeder had to pay his own way and must take care of his own lodging while in Vancouver.

“I definitely wanted to come and show the organization that I’m interested,” said Schroeder, the 22nd pick in the draft who has yet to sign a professional contract. “I wanted to prove to them that I can come in and pay my dues, even if it costs a little bit.”

continued plus the Canucks are now offering voluntary workshops (workouts)...

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  Tags: jordan+schroeder

Panthers Lower Ticket Prices

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sarah Talalay of the Sun-Sentinel,

After initially announcing they would freeze season-ticket prices for the 2009-10 season, the Panthers are instead reducing prices across BankAtlantic Center, offering tickets in the lower bowl for as low as $35 a game and the upper level for $7 a game.

Prices have been reduced in 11 of 14 seat categories, marking what Panthers team President Michael Yormark calls the “most aggressive price reduction” in team history.

Prices for full-season ticket plans are dropping $2 to $17 a game. Among the changes: Terrace level seats are dropping from $9 to $7; Goal Zone from $17 to $12; Lower Bowl Sideline from $77 to $65.

continued

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Versteeg Contract Finalized

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

A source confirmed the Hawks and restricted free agent winger Kris Versteeg have finalized a three-year deal worth more than $9 million. The contract could be announced officially by the team on Wednesday.

Signing Versteeg for roughly $3 million puts the Hawks just about at the $56.8 million salary cap. A $3 million cap hit for Versteeg would put the Hawks’ payroll at approximately $55.578 million, not counting the salary for the backup goalie.

It’s looking more and more that a trade will need to be made to move out some salary, possibly Versteeg or Cam Barker or even Patrick Sharp.

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  Tags: kris+versteeg

Pronger Contract Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I know this was a hot topic on the web yesterday and now it looks like we have an answer…

Elliotte Friedman of HNIC and co-hosting Fan590 morning show this week contacted Bill Daly this morning. Daly said even if Pronger retires before his contract expires, his cap figure will remain on the books for the Flyers.

Check out Elliotte’s Twitter for a bit more…

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  Tags: chris+pronger

Corsi Numbers

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In this summer’s look at sabermetrics and hockey I have began by looking at +/- ratings and the results of a couple standard methods of their adjustment.  +/- ratings are sometimes considered a problematic starting point.  One problem is “signal to noise” there may be slightly over 100 goals scored in even strength for a given player in a given season.  Their +/- is the difference between the goals for and the goals against.  If there are a few fluke events they can carry the majority of the signal (i.e. if a player is on for a few fluke goals those goals can greatly influence their +/-).  One way to try to get around this is to increase the number of events we are looking at.  Buffalo Sabres goaltender coach Jim Corsi has pioneered another metric.  Why not keep track of all even strength shots directed at the net both for and against a team when a player is on the ice.  This includes goals scored, shots on goal, blocked shots and missed shots.  The NHL keeps enough data in its games online that this can be calculated for each game.  The main benefit of this method is that it gives roughly sixteen times the number of events for a player that standard +/- does.  This is intended to increase the signal to noise (in experimental physics any counting number has an experimental error that scales with its square root so in principle the Corsi Number could be four times better).

Continue Reading »

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Schneider Will Compete For Canucks Backup Goalie Position

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

Goaltender Cory Schneider will be given a chance to make the Vancouver Canucks this fall, which could result in recent signing Andrew Raycroft playing for the AHL Manitoba Moose, general manager Mike Gillis said Tuesday.

“He (Schneider) is going to come and compete to make this team,” Gillis said. “If he makes it, he stays. If he doesn’t, he’ll have to go and spend some more time in Manitoba.

“Our long-range plans are to keep him as a Vancouver Canuck and having him play here.”

continued

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  Tags: cory+schneider

A Look At The Wings Future Goaltenders

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

Barring a sudden change in thinking, 1991 Wings draftee Chris Osgood will carry Detroit’s goaltending load during the 2009-10 National Hockey League season, occasionally relieved by Jimmy Howard, a 2003 Wings pick.

For the first time since the dismal 1985-86 season, when Greg Stefan and Mark Laforest handled the bulk of the netminding chores, the Wings are intent on going with two homegrown products between the pipes.

Look for it to become a trend.

“They’ve always been good at bringing up players and I think they’ve definitely shifted their attention into trying to bring up some goalies,” McCollum said.

With a salary cap governor on his bankbook, Detroit general manager Ken Holland, himself an ex-NHL netminder, is of the opinion that investing heartily in a goaltender is not money spent wisely.

more

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Stars In Need Of Backup Goaltender & Sign Woywitka

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The new Stars GM said the upside of getting a goalie like Jonas Gustavsson was worth the gamble. Yes, he would have prefered that Gustavsson made his decision earlier. Yes, the Stars would have been in on talks for other goalies (they were high on Clemmensen) had Gustavsson just made up his mind earlier..

Yes, he is both frustrated and disappointed, but he said he believes the Stars will solve the problem.

He said they have done their homework on several goalies who could be backups, and now have to work the negotiations with the goalie they like best. Again, the team is on a budget, so the negotiations could take a few days. Some goalies are waiting for bigger offers and the Stars want to get a goalie at the right price.

continued

via TSN,

The Dallas Stars have signed defenceman Jeff Woywitka to a two-year contract worth $1.3 million ($600,000 for the 2009-10 season, and $700,000 for 2010-11).

“We are pleased to welcome Jeff Woywitka to the Stars organization,” said Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk. “He’s gained some solid experience the last few years with St. Louis and we feel he brings valuable depth and stability to our defensive corps.”

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