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Tie-Breaker Rule Change

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via E.J. Hradek tweet,

NHL confirms this rule change: Regulation/OT wins (shootout Ws EXCLUDED) now will be first way to break ties in the standings.

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Top 20 Offensive Goals Versus Threshold

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Yesterday I began looking at the sabermetrics and hockey problem of goals versus threshold as formulated by Tom Awad.  I began by looking at the offensive portion of this system.  Today I want to look at the top offensive players in this system.  This will be similar to the scoring leaders in the NHL except it values goals over assists and takes into account ice time by subtracting off the scoring that a replacement level (threshold) player would have provided with that ice time.

Here are the top 20 players by offensive goals versus threshold compared with their rank in the NHL scoring race:

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Lecavalier Will Undergo Minor Procedure On His Knee

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that center Vincent Lecavalier will undergo a minor arthroscopic procedure on his left knee on Tuesday, August 24 in Tampa. The procedure will be performed by Lightning Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Ira Guttentag at the Florida Medical Clinic.

The recovery time will be 3-4 weeks and Lecavalier is expected to be ready to participate in the Lightning’s training camp, which begins Friday, September 17.

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  Tags: vincent+lecavalier

A little more on Carey Price

Blog: KK Hockey By The Upper Canadien

Another brief update on Carey Price today, with more discussion of his off-season rodeo habits - and a pretty snazzy picture of Mr. Price lassoing from atop a horse.

Now word that the Canadiens are in fact none to pleased with Mr. Price’s penchant for his horse habits, and while they softened their stance to allow his participation in a competition a week ago (as discussed on Kukla’s Korner) they are not enamoured with his choice of off-season training (scoop credit to Ron Reush of TheReushBlog).

Price Living Life like a Cowboy

So, what do fans think, Habs and otherwise: should NHL teams be able to mandate the off-season activities of their players? How about when they are not technically under contract, like Mr. Price? While the players are assets, and teams must protect their well being, they are also individuals with hobbies and interests.

How specifically should NHL teams be able to dictate the activities of their players?

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  Tags: carey+price, contracts, rodeo

Summer Ratings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Edward Fraser of The Hockey News,

...here are the top and bottom performers of the summer shopping season so far:

THUMBS UP
Chicago Blackhawks

Key Gains: Fernando Pisani, LW; Marty Turco, G; Jeff Taffe, LW; Ivan Vishnevskiy, D; John Scott, D; Viktor Stalberg, LW
Key Losses: Antti Niemi, G; John Madden, C; Andrew Ladd, LW; Adam Burish, RW; Kris Versteeg, C; Brent Sopel, D; Ben Eager, LW; Dustin Byfuglien, RW; Kim Johnsson, D

The Hawks were bleeding players, no doubt, but GM Stan Bowman did a remarkable job securing assets for skaters he was forced to get rid of under the crush of the cap.

read on

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“Of course, to play in the NHL is a dream.  You can go to any youth sports school and ask those who train there—everyone will say that they dream of the NHL.  There cannot even be a talk about comparing the two leagues.  The KHL right now is moving in the right direction, raising up a little, but there is no point to compare the leagues.  Let them call me names, call me a traitor, but this is true.

-Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals,  Ovechkin did an interview (many topics) with sports.ru and you can read the translated interview by Dmitry Chesnokov of PuckDaddy.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, khl

Retiring Theo Fleury’s Number

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

And there’s no telling when he might see his jersey lifted above the ice in Calgary. It took 22 years for his junior club to honour him, proving character is considered more important than talent when it comes to celebrating a star.

His hockey life has come full circle, joining the Hall in a city that both kickstarted his career and began a lifelong nightmare thanks to the alleged abuse of convicted pedophile Graham James — his first junior coach.

The Warriors have now determined Fleury worthy.

With years of sobriety under his belt and a new reputation being built as a voice against sexual abuse and violence against children, his character off the ice is finally catching up to the skill he always displayed on it.

If his life continues in the same direction, the Flames will undoubtedly follow suit.

As long as Fleury’s penchant for untimely outbursts doesn’t get in the way.

more

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  Tags: theo+fleury

Olympics Or World Cup?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

...selling yourself to an indifferent market like the United States takes more than a one-time shot. The television ratings in Vancouver were proof Americans will watch hockey, and getting a chance to show your wares on a world stage should never be considered a bad thing (although what the NHL really needs is the United States to win the men’s gold medal).

First, though, the NHL has to commit to the Games for the long term. It should also decide what it is going to do with the World Cup of Hockey – a competition that appears, it seems, only when the league feels like it.

Ideally, either the Olympics or the World Cup should be chosen as the sport’s major international competition.

Originally, there was a plan to have the World Cup every four years in between Olympics, so there would be a best-versus-best international competition every two years. But that could result in what we saw in the 1980s, with the Canada Cups and the world championships – international hockey burnout for the players.

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Getting Messy In Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Fuller of the Toronto Sun,

The Toronto Maple Leafs have a Tomas Kaberle problem. The longer it festers, the more likely it is to infect other regions of the dressing room.

This is hardly a revelation to team president Brian Burke. He’d have moved Kaberle months ago if, in his mind, he was getting equal value in return.

But this isn’t just about trading a player anymore. It’s about cleaning up a mess.

Burke likely won’t have to ask the veteran defenceman to waive his “no-trade” clause, which the GM is loathe to do. Kaberle and his people — from his father, Frantisek, to his agent, Rick Curran — understand the situation. And, the situation, I suspect, is becoming intolerable.

continued

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  Tags: tomas+kaberle

Counting Tuesdays With The Chief

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

Counting Tuesdays With The Chief.  That will be the title of my first book.  I’ll write that my Red Smith Award for outstanding contributions to sports journalism was my inspiration in the introduction.

Recently I played a dirty trick on everybody.  In two posts, here and here, I copied Mitch Albom articles, almost verbatim, in which he fabricated a story and then confessed his amoral ways a couple of days later.

It was wrong to bring the Delicate Genius to the blog.  Wrong to steal his lies and bring them to such a fine forum.  It was a satirical commentary on faux journalists like Mitch Albom, it had to be done.

It is too easy for someone with access to fake the facts.  Too easy to surround a few quotes with paragraphs of drivel.  It is tempting to betray the trust of the fans and the readers in the pursuit of selfish desires.  Writing sports stories isn’t about enhancing reality by spicing up quotes.  Writing sports stories is about telling the truth and bringing people with you to experience the moment.  It shouldn’t be up to a faux journalist like me to remind paid journalists that.  They are supposed to hold the truth sacred.

Apparently not everybody got the joke.

George Malik, showoff blogger and recent KK addition, sent me this email yesterday after I came clean and apologized via email for misleading him:

There is ONLY one tenet regarding blogging as “journalism” or anything near it—
“Don’t make shit up”—and you violated that tenet.  Don’t do it again.

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