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Now That’s What You Call A Hockey Collection

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jordan Hartshorn of the StarPhoenix at the Edmonton Journal,

Full of newspaper clippings and hockey cards, Alex McFadyen’s hockey scrapbook has no rivals.

McFadyen ventured to Saskatoon from his home of Shaunavon, Sask., on Saturday for Mike Babcock Day — a charity event honouring the Detroit Red Wings’ head coach — and brought his nearly 200-pound hockey archive with him.

The collection of 12,774 photos was enshrined in the Guinness World Records in 2004 as the largest collection of sports photographs. They range from newspaper clippings from local sports teams to personal photos of Gordie Howe, sent to McFadyen by Mr. Hockey’s father, Albert.


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What Will This Week Bring?

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Will Ilya Kovalchuk finally sign with the Kings or will the Devils or a new team emerge?

Reports were if Alexander Frolov did not find a NHL team to sign with this past week, he would turn his attention to the KHL.  Will that happen?

Is Bran Burke done fishing?  If so, does the Tomas Kaberle trade talk heat-up again?

Will the Bruins find a trade partner for either Marc Savard or Tim Thomas?

How about Simon Gagne, can the Flyers move his salary and get what they want in return?

Many questions still unanswered- Do you have any or maybe you have the answers?

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Let The Hate Flow Through You, Bitches, It Will Make You Powerful

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

I’ve only been back in the country for a short while.  Since then I’ve been catching up on hockey news as my post-Wings elimination, losing Stevie, losing Probert, depression has started to subside.

What started out as an enjoyable read through posts/comments at A2Y and the other Wings’ blogs, has slowly turned to anger.  Why?  Because all you bitches are obsessed with a 40 year-old dude with big teeth and a skank wife.

It’s not that I don’t understand your obsession, after all Chopper Willa was a great player.  Tick-Tock and Uncle Mike also think he will be a good fit for the team.  Typically that is enough to be gospel for me.  Seriously.  If it were up to me, all of Tick-Tock Holland’s quotes would be in red like a certain “good” book does it.

I think much free-agent obsession has to do with the reality of a salary-capped NHL.  Since the salary cap was introduced, hockey GMs’ hands have been handcuffed like Rosby to Li’l Gary Bettman’s bedpost.  There have been very few exciting player trades or acquisitions in the past several years.  Wings fans are used to Christmas coming thrice a year:  Dec 25, July 1, and Trade Deadline.  Back then, we’d see more action than Happy Hudler has been getting in Europe from all those happy hookers.  Not anymore.

It’s not Wings fans’ fault we have been obsessed with Chopper Willa, as the FNG McCosky is trying to assert, it is the overall lack of excitement at the time of year which used to be a spectacle of player movements.  If the FNG really understood us, he’d know that prior to the salary-cap Chopper Willa would be little more than an asterisk in our consciousness.  We’d have much bigger deals to discuss and debate.

Still, our latest obsession with Chopper Willa reminds me of our last free-agency obsessions:  Marian Hossa and Mats Sundin.  While touted to be the Mats-iah for our team, we were much better off without Sundin, as history has shown.  And as the salary-cap debacle in Chicago has proven, we really couldn’t afford to keep Hossa and not destroy the future of our team.

So enough is enough, bitches.  I am sick of talking about free-agents and obsessing over them.  In Tick-Tock we trust, all others pay cash.  Summer obsessions should be about all the sexy girls in sundresses walking around and not free-agents.

Taking the idea from a recent HFBoards thread, I’ve decided to shift the focus around here from Chopper Willa to those who really fill our hockey souls with pure hatred and loathing.

Who are your top 10 all-time most hated hockey players?

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Top 20 Offensive Zone Starters

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In today’s sabermetrics and hockey post, I am taking a temporary break from Corsi numbers to look at zone starts.  Eventually I will adjust Corsi Ratings to include zone starts, but today I want to look at zone starts themselves.  Zone starts are a measure of how easy or tough defensively a player’s assignment is.  The players on the ice for each faceoff are recorded and the zone in which it occurs.  Players who play more offensive faceoffs than defensive ones have less defensive responsibility than those that play more defensive faceoffs than offensive ones.  When it comes to Corsi Ratings, players who are put on the ice for faceoffs in their own zone will do worse than players put on in the offensive zone, because it is far easier for a shot to occur in the zone where the play starts.

There is nothing bad about being put on the ice for a significant number of offensive zone starts.  It is a sensible way to use an offensive player, but it is worth noting that player does not have the defensive responsibility of most NHL players.

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The Bottom Line On the Dallas Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

But the bottom line is Nieuwendyk and his crew are trying to improve this thing any way they can, and they believe they are taking steps forward, and that is reason for optimism. Plus, if you remember back to when Norman Green owned the team in 1995, things were falling apart everywhere. Tom Hicks bought the Stars, and they immediately started making changes and improving. Nieuwendyk has the team positioned to do that once more money is available, and that is reason for optimism.

So, will the Stars be one of the better teams in the NHL in 2010-11? I don’t think they will be. But should you be optimistic as a fan that Dallas is moving in the right direction? I think you should be.


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Keith Has His Day With The Cup

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from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

Jean Keith will never forget the day when she realized her hockey-crazed son, Duncan, was fixated on proving the skeptics wrong.

“One parent asked Duncan, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ and he said ‘I want to be an NHL player,’ ” Jean told NHL.com on Saturday. “And the parent just laughed because Duncan was just so small. But he was really mad that she laughed and he asked me, ‘Why is she laughing, mom?’

“He was 9 years old at the time, and I knew then his heart was in this for the long haul.”

It was a long road to the top but Keith he reached hockey’s pinnacle this past season – an Olympic gold medalist, Norris Trophy winning defenseman and Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks.

continued and Duncan Keith really likes the bagpipes, find out why below…

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Ducks Hold Tryout For Power Players Ice Crew

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Trying to stay cool on a soon to be hot Sunday.

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Lightning Will Remember The Past

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from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

In the hallway leading to the Lightning locker room at the St. Pete Times Forum, there is not one picture of the team celebrating its 2004 Stanley Cup title.

It is the same in the locker room, the players’ lounge, the weight room.

Think about that. The most memorable moment in franchise history gets zero play.

A glaring oversight, said right wing Marty St. Louis, who was part of that championship team.

“You’d like to see it,” he said, “and show the other guys what we’ve been through.”

That is the plan, said coach Guy Boucher, who wants those images where players can see them; a design makeover for those common areas he made sound like a history lesson, a tutorial and even a symbolic papering over of a culture of losing.


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Discussing The Salary Cap

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from Lyle Richardson of Spector’s Hockey,

Media speculation grew this past week over the possibility the National Hockey League might be considering lowering the salary cap ceiling in the next round of collective bargaining with its players to $48 million.

Of course it must be remembered labor talks between the league and PA aren’t expected to begin until the end of 2011-12, so with two more years to go anything can happen and this rumored cap lowering could amount to nothing.

Currently there’s been no comment from league spokesmen, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman or his lieutenant Bill Daly on the matter, though if left to percolate in the media during the dog days of summer it could become an issue which cannot be avoided by the league.

If however the league is seriously considering a reduction of the cap it could have serious consequences, not just in labor talks with its players or at the risk of another possible labor war which could result in yet another work stoppage via lockout or player strike, but upon teams which have kept pace with the ever-increasing cap since its implementation in 2005.


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The Difference Between Might & Could For The Bruins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Unlike that open wound that spewed fossilized BP bile into the Gulf of Mexico, the Bruins don’t have to come up today or tomorrow with a remedy for their salary cap woes. They have all of this month, next month, all of September, perhaps even well into November, to make a full roster “cap compliant,’’ and late last week general manager Peter Chiarelli said he expects both Tim Thomas and Marc Savard (a combined $9.08 million cap figure) to be sporting the spoked-B opening night in Prague.

Now, what might happen if Chiarelli could move either of these aged, pricey vets? That’s a whole different bucket of pucks. For now, though, might and could are the equal of fat and chance.

Let’s be real here, folks. Some two months after the club’s spectacular self-immolation in the playoffs, with the amateur draft now history and the July 1 patina worn off free agency, both Thomas and Savard are still under the employ of the spoked-B. Between them, they’re holding guaranteed deals that total 10 years and $43 million in cap obligations.

continued plus more hockey topics…

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