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Flyers Sign Carcillo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Flyers.com,

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed 6’0’’, 205-pound left wing Dan Carcillo to a one-year contract, according to club General Manager Paul Holmgren. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.

“We are happy to have Dan under contract for the 2010-11 season,” said Holmgren.


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Sydor Retires And Named Asst. Coach For Houston Aeros

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from HoustonAeros.com,

The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild and the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Houston Aeros today named Darryl Sydor and Brian Wiseman as the Aeros’ Assistant Coaches. Sydor and Wiseman join Aeros Head Coach Mike Yeo in coaching the Wild’s AHL prospects. Sydor spent 10 of his 18 NHL seasons playing for the Dallas Stars and has won a pair of Stanley Cups. Wiseman teamed with Yeo to help the Aeros win the International Hockey League’s Turner Cup in the 1998-99 season.

    Sydor, 38 (5/13/72), retires after 18 NHL seasons and 1,291 games to join the Aeros coaching staff. Sydor spent the 2009-10 season playing with the St. Louis Blues.


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  Tags: darryl+sydor, houston+aeros

Elias Feels Kaberle Would Be A Fit In New Jersey

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from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Patrik Elias wasn’t happy to see the Devils lose defenseman Paul Martin to free agency, but he has a suggestion on how to fill that hole.

Tomas Kaberle.

Elias would like to see the Devils trade for the Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman.

“Personally, I wouldn’t be the only one to love to play with that guy,” Elias said. “It’s unbelievable how he controls the game. I think he’d be a wonderful addition to our team.

“Toronto’s been talking for three years that they want to trade him.”


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Jared Boll Re-Signs With Columbus

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COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed right wing Jared Boll to a two-year contract General Manager Scott Howson announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Boll, 24, recorded four goals and three assists for seven points and 149 penalty minutes in 68 games with the Blue Jackets in 2009-10. He led the club in penalty minutes for the third-straight season and ranked 15th in the NHL in that category.

“We are very pleased to complete this two-year deal with Jared,” Howson said. “He has proven to be a great teammate in his three years in Columbus and we look forward to seeing him continue to grow as a player.”

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Talking Dallas RFAs

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Q: Can you give us any update on any of the Stars’ restricted free agents. I have not heard anything and was just curious if Joe was close to signing those guys. I am surprised that Niklas Hjalmarsson got an offer sheet. Hope the Stars are close to signing Grossman and Neal and not losing either one of them or being forced to match an offer that will put them in more of a bind salary wise. Any news would be appreciated.

HEIKA: from what I have heard, none of the big three will sign their offer sheet by July 15, and this will go on throughout the summer.

I believe the Stars are offering James Neal two years at about $2.5 million a year. He wants a longer term deal for more money. I’m not sure what the Stars want to sign Nicklas Grossman for, but I believe they will hold strong on the qualifying offer for Matt Niskanen (just under $900,000)

Bottom line is none of these three will get a pay cut, so going past July 15 (when the Stars retain the players’ rights but can then offer a new contract lower than the qualifying offer) is not an issue. I think the Stars would find a way to match an offer sheet for Neal (unless it is outrageous) based on the fact that new ownership should be in place eventually and they would take care of paying Neal’s new contract.

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Luckily, We Are Not Part Of This

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We should be thankful this is not prevalent in the NHL.  Probably the closest player would be Alexander Ovechkin, but you cannot put him in the same category as LeBron James.

If the NHL ever gets to this point, you can cross my name off of the fan list.

from Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News,

It’s Day Five since LeDecision rocked America, and we haven’t even begun cleaning up the ego droppings and broken fantasies. It’s amazing and polarizing and all-encompassing, and there’s more than enough embarrassment to go around.

Everyone involved is stained by this grand confluence of ego, passion and hypocrisy, so don’t try to pin it just on LeBron James. He’s a great basketball player turned into a caricature, a King without a Ring, addicted to hype, but he’s not the lone clown in this show.

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert joined the fun with his childish, hypocritical whine, accusing James of “cowardly betrayal.” Of course, Gilbert was merrily willing to play the butt-smooching superstar game right up until the moment the superstar bit him.

Then naturally, the Rev. Jesse Jackson had to jump in for his slice of ego nourishment, accusing Gilbert of a “slave master mentality.” That’s a laughable, shameless attention grab by Jackson, and it’s not worth deep discussion.


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OT- George Steinbrenne Dies At Age 80

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from Richard Goldstein of the New York Times,

George Steinbrenner, who bought a declining Yankees team in 1973, promised to stay out of its daily affairs and then, in an often tumultuous reign, placed his formidable stamp on 7 World Series championship teams, 11 pennant winners and a sporting world powerhouse valued at perhaps $1.6 billion, died Tuesday morning. He was 80 and lived in Tampa, Fla.

“He was an incredible and charitable man,” the family said in a statement.

“He was a visionary and a giant in the world of sports. He took a great but struggling franchise and turned it into a champion again.”


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  Tags: george+steinbrenne, new+york+yankees

Talking Twitter

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I answered a few questions from readers regarding all things Twitter at my NHL.com blog today.

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Team Corsi Ratings

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In some sabermetrics and hockey posts this summer, I have listed the top 20 and worst 20 players by Corsi when listed as counting numbers and the top 20 and worst 20 when listed as rates.  The biggest error in attributing the positions of players on these lists to their playing ability comes from team effects.  Players on good teams tend to have good Corsis and players on bad teams tend to have bad ones.  In order to take this into account we need to know how the various NHL teams stacked up with respect to Corsi.

Corsi is the difference in shots directed at goal (shots on goal, missed and blocked) taken by a team and those taken by their opponents.  In this study, only 5 on 5 situations are looked at.

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Maxim Lapierre Re-Signs With Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

The Montreal Canadiens locked up Maxim Lapierre for the 2010-11 season, keeping him in the fold with a one-year contract.

TSN’s sister station in Quebec RDS reports that the deal will pay him $900,000.

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  Tags: maxim+lapierre

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