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Talking Heritage Classic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Lozo of NHL.com,

Eight years after it hosted the first outdoor game in NHL history, Canada will finally get a second crack at it.

The Montreal Canadiens and Calgary Flames—the last two Canadian teams to win the Stanley Cup—will take part in the 2011 Heritage Classic on Feb. 20 at McMahon Stadium, home to the Canadian Football League’s Calgary Stampeders. The League will make it official Wednesday afternoon during a press conference to take place on the field that will play host to the NHL’s sixth-ever outdoor game.

continued and you can watch the press conference at 5:00pm ET on NHL.com or the NHL Network.

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  Tags: heritage+classic

Helm Signs For Two Years

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Darren Dreger tweet,

Helm 2 year ext with Det. $825,000 and $1 mil.

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  Tags: darren+helm

Doug Jarvis Named Assistant Coach In Boston

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Boston Bruins,

Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has named Doug Jarvis as an assistant coach. Jarvis will serve as the club’s third assistant coach, joining Doug Houda and Geoff Ward.

The 55-year-old Jarvis spent four seasons behind the bench as an associate coach for the Montreal Canadiens, from 2005-2009, helping lead the Habs to three playoff appearances during his tenure, including the Eastern Conference’s best regular season record in 2007-08. He served part of the 2005-06 season under former Canadiens Head Coach/ current Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien.

continued

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Dave Scatchard Signs With Blues

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has signed forward Dave Scatchard to a two-way contract.

Scatchard, 34, spent his 2009-10 campaign between the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Milwaukee Admirals and the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Nashville Predators.  With Milwaukee, he made 36 appearances and posted 30 points on 20 goals and 10 assists to go along with 59 penalty minutes while he registered five points on three goals and two assists to accompany 17 penalty minutes in 16 games with Nashville.  During the past 13 seasons, the 6-3, 210-pound center has had an NHL-heavy career including stints with Vancouver, the New York Islanders, Boston, Phoenix and Nashville totaling 651 games, 268 points (128g, 140a) and 1034 penalty minutes.  In addition, his NHL playoff career has spanned 17 games and yielded four points (2g, 2a) and 34 penalty minutes.  He has also accrued 49 points (29g, 20a) and 138 penalty minutes in his 74-game AHL career which has included stops in Syracuse, Hartford and Milwaukee. 

The Hinton, Alberta native was originally drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the second round, 42nd overall in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.

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A New Defense In Anaheim

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Randy Youngman of the OC Register,

Nobody told Murray when he replaced Brian Burke two years ago that he would someday have to become a demolitions expert. That, however, became a necessity this summer because there wasn’t much to salvage on defense after the retirement of team captain and future Hall of Famer Scott Niedermayer.

The primary reason the Ducks missed the playoffs for the first time in five years was shoddy defensive play that led directly to six losses in which the team blew leads of two goals or more in the second period or later. The 2009-10 Ducks also ranked 29th in the NHL in blocked shots and 29th in shots allowed.

So Murray knew what he had to do. He had to blow up the blue line and start over.

read on

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Gillis In Control

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ed Wiles of the Vancouver Province,

On Tuesday, the Vancouver Canucks finally announced a decision that had been made two months ago.

Ryan Walter, who was GM Mike Gillis’s hand-picked appointment for the coaching staff, had been terminated and replaced by Newell Brown. Walter becomes the fall guy for the Canucks’ inglorious exit from the playoffs. Brown steps in. And this old world keeps spinning round.

Right? Well, that’s the way the Canucks and Gillis would want it. But there are a few troubling questions which linger over Walter’s dismissal, just as there are questions lingering over the sudden departure of Tom Larscheid. Unfortunately, you can’t get anyone to go on the record regarding these matters, although Walter did post a statement on his website in which he thanked everyone in the organization except Gillis.

Sources familiar with both situations paint a picture which doesn’t exactly flatter the Canucks or Gillis. We don’t know if the whole story will ever get out—something about buyouts and confidentiality clauses tending to impede the free flow of information.

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  Tags: mike+gillis

Everyone loves playing GM…so it’s my turn

Blog: KK Members Blog By The Upper Canadien

While I like to write about hockey generally, I am clearly a Habs fan. So, if you’ll allow me to dabble for a moment, my thoughts on the Canadiens roster - as of August 4.

Sidenote: While I’d like to add Kovalchuk, Selanne, etc. etc. – the cavalry ain’t coming. I have tried to be as realistic as possible with potential additions/subtractions. Now, onto the fun.

Forwards

Up front, Pierre Gauthier has made some significant changes, but perhaps more significant is what he has not done. Gauthier has brought in Dustin Boyd, a valuable fourth liner at a much lower salary than, say, Glen Metropolit. A good cap move that makes the team younger and faster. The big acquisition of the summer - so far - is Lars Eller. Acquired in the Jaroslav Halak deal, Eller gives the Canadiens a rising young power forward for the 3rd line centre role. He replaces Dominic Moore, bringing much more offensive upside and potentially more physicality.

Perhaps the most surprising move to many Habs fans was the re-signing of Tomas Plekanec to a five year contract. While I am a big Plekanec fan, even I must admit his playoff performance was lacklustre at best. After scoring the overtime winner in game one of the playoffs, he was virtually invisible as the Canadiens defeated Washington, Pittsburgh and then fell to Philadelphia. This suggests two things: one, the Canadiens felt Plekanec was good value at five million a year, and two, the Habs braintrust believes Plekanec will continue to grow into the role. What must be acknowledged is that while Plekanec scored 70 points last year, and 69 three years ago, he is also a great defensive cog for the Habs penalty kill. He is arguably the PK’s hidden secret, a catalyst for the Candiens success short-handed in the past two or three seasons.

What wasn’t done? Well, while Sergei Kostitsyn was shipped to Nashville in the Boyd deal, brother Andrei still finds himself in Montreal. Owners of perhaps the largest biceps in Quebec, Andrei Kostitsyn possesses incredible physical talent, but often seems out of synch with the rest of the team. Will having his meandering little brother out of the way lead to Andrei’s coming out party? Only time will tell.

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  Tags: 2010-2011, canadiens, free+agency

Worst 20 Team And Zone Adjusted Corsi Ratings

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In today’s sabermetrics and hockey post, I will look at the 20 worst team and zone adjusted Corsi ratings.  I have already posted the top 20 players by this metric.

Corsi ratings are the difference between the number of shots directed at goal (shots on goal, missed shots and blocked shots) in 5 on 5 situations for a given team and their opponents when a given player is on the ice.  It is a strong measure of puck possession.  There are several factors independent of the player in question that I have attempted to remove.  They are team effects - as good teams will tend to possess the puck more than bad ones regardless of which player is on the ice and the player’s usage, namely if he starts a lot more shifts in the offensive or defensive zones.

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Update On The KK Blogger Search

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I’ve started asking a few people to submit a story in the KK Member Blog and I have also noticed a few people have decided to use that area on their own too.

If you have applied for a blogging position and have not been contacted, don’t worry, you will be in the next few days.

I’m also asking KK members/readers to take a look at the posts there and feel free to leave a comment on any blog submission.

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Imagine Niemi In San Jose

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gary Peterson at the Mercury News,

But, and here we arrive at Niemi’s unique appeal where the Sharks are concerned, how delicious would it be to wind up with the goalie from the team that swept you in last season’s conference finals? Before you dismiss it as no factor, remember that Wilson, like most GMs in the NHL, isn’t known for pursuing restricted free agents, but he still signed Chicago’s Hjalmarsson to an offer sheet.

The Sharks and Chicago were the class of the West last season. The Blackhawks were the hottest when the two teams met in the playoffs. Now the salary cap has turned them into what could be a one-hit wonder. This could signal some high times for the Sharks, if they can get their goalie situation in order. If they can do that and strike a psychological blow against the reigning Stanley Cup champions? Reasonably priceless.

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  Tags: antti+niemi

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