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Who Said This?

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“Obviously, I want to play a lot of games. For me, you look at last year and we did so much, but there is always more. And I want to do more. I want to win a Stanley Cup. That’s my goal. I want to help this team win as many games as I can. That’s the bottom line.”

The player is...

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Ryder May Be The Odd Man Out In Boston

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from Douglas Flynn of NESN,

Michael Ryder, come on down— you’re the next contestant on The Price Is Wrong.
While the Bruins still await the decision from Blake Wheeler’s Tuesday arbitration hearing—which will determine the full extent of their salary cap issues—it is clear that general manager Peter Chiarelli will have to find a way to move out some salary at some point….

So what will become of Ryder? Wheeler’s arbitration decision will open a new window for a buyout, though Chiarelli repeatedly has denied any interest in going that route this summer.

“I know everyone is talking about buying out Ryder,” Chiarelli said back in June. “He had a frustrating year. The year before, what did he score the year before? So I’m not going to buy out him, and nobody else. We need wingers, and we need wingers that can score, and historically, he has done that.”

Chiarelli might reconsider the option now that he’s so tight against the cap, but a buyout would be problematic for several reasons.


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Looks Like Ian White Headed To Arbitration

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from Vicki Hall of Flames Insider,

An arbitration hearing is scheduled for Friday, and all signs point to the proceedings actually going ahead as planned.

Assistant general manager Jay Feaster and senior vice-president Michael Holditch are already bound for Toronto. General manager Darryl Sutter is expected to join them on Thursday.

White is coming off a solid season in which he made $950,000 US. In 27 appearances with Calgary — after a Jan. 31 trade from Toronto — White collected 12 points, averaged 20:42 of ice time, and went plus-seven.


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Hated Teams

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sports Illustrated,

Of all the passions that teams ordinarily inspire, widespread hatred is a pretty notable achievement. Hearty contempt for rivals is a natural part of the sports landscape, but every so often a team unleashes a massive dose of loathing that consumes everyone but its own fans. Here is SI.com’s list of the most hated individual teams in sports.

2001-02 Toronto Maple Leafs

There was something “special” about this team, just like there is something “special” about a coming tax audit. You live to tell about it, but it won’t be pleasant. These Maple Leafs were more of a vocal than a vicious team, like the neighbor’s noxious terrier that doesn’t bite. (Often.) Indeed, one reason the Leafs were reviled—beyond coach Pat Quinn’s constant haranguing of the refs, a diver like Darcy Tucker, a stick man like Shayne Corson and an unabashed brawler like Tie Domi—was that they were viewed as something of a pet….

read on for the only other NHL team to make the list plus more on the Leafs…

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Still Available

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from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,

The No. 1 question I’ve been getting this week is “Who are the free agents still available that are worth watching?” So much so that I put together a list yesterday to keep track.

As of late July, here are 70 free agents, both unrestricted and restricted, of note. Two of the UFAs here, Denis Grebeshkov and Brian Pothier, have signed deals overseas and may be among the first to be crossed off. (Pothier’s has an out clause, however, so he can still land in the NHL.)

read on for the list…

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Top 20 Team And Zone Adjusted Corsi Numbers

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In today’s sabermetrics and hockey post, I will combine team and zone start effects to adjust Corsi Numbers.  The Corsi Number is the difference in the number of shots directed at goal (shots on goal, missed shots and blocked shots) for a team and its opposition.  It is a strong predictor of puck possession in a game.

There are several reasons why looking at raw, unadjusted Corsi Numbers can be flawed.  The biggest two are team effects and individual usage of players.  If a player is on a good team that possesses the puck well, he is likely to have a good Corsi Number as a result of his teammates.  The reverse is true on a bad team.  If a player is consistently used for defensive zone starts and not offensive ones, he is more likely to have shots directed at his goal and vice versa for players who get many offensive zone starts.

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Take That

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Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take has a subtle way of addressing the Max Talbot situation with Alex Ovechkin.

He points to this video..

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Rangers Get An Offensive Boost

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers upgraded their offensive capabilities yesterday by signing left wing Alexander Frolov to a one-year, $3 million deal that is not only cap-friendly but should serve as motivation for a player looking to build leverage in the market.

There is nothing negative about the signing of the 28-year-old winger whose personally disappointing 51-point season (19-32) in Los Angeles would have made him the Rangers’ third-leading scorer and whose contract leaves general manager Glen Sather enough cap space with which to maneuver.

The Blueshirts currently have approximately $6.7 million of space under the summer cap with which to sign restricted free agent Marc Staal and perhaps another defenseman.


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Why Is It So Slow?

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from Lyle Richardson of Spector’s Hockey,

The real reasons for the slow market this summer are two-fold; lack of depth of quality talent and too many teams with little available cap space.

Heading into this summer’s UFA market many observers agreed it wasn’t as deep in talent as in previous years.

Kovalchuk was the only superstar available; after him the depth of talent noticeably dropped with most of those available being aging stars passed their prime.

The notables included Paul Kariya (35), Marty Turco (34), Evgeni Nabokov (34), Sergei Gonchar (36), Pavol Demitra (35), Jose Theodore (33), Ray Whitney (38), Mike Modano (40), Saku Koivu (35), John Madden (37), Owen Nolan (38) and Bill Guerin (39).

This list of names would’ve been impressive, say, five or seven years ago, when all of these players were still in the playing primes.

Of those available who are in their primes – Afinogenov, Lee Stempniak, Denis Grebeshkov – most of them would’ve been considered second-tier in a much deeper market.


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Stralman Reaches Contract Agreement With Columbus Before Arbitration

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via Aaron Portzline tweet,

#CBJ and D Anton Stralman reach terms on a one-year, $1.95 million contract, avoid arbitration.

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