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The “Half” Assist

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

But unlike the NHL, in the NBA, an assist isn’t a big deal. It doesn’t get a player more money in contract negotiations or more status as a star player the way it does in hockey. The big stats in basketball are points, rebounds and steals, followed by blocked shots and assists.

We’re not advocating the assist fall that far down the food chain, but how about a system where an assist gets what it’s actually worth? We say goals should count for a point and assists for a half a point. (Shameless plug here: In Campbellnomics, a statistic you’ll find in THN that charts only important goals, assists are worth half a point.)

The NHL, of course, will never do this because it would compromise scoring records that have been established throughout history. And hey, they have a point there, but it’s probably not as drastic as you’d think. Here’s how the top 10 scorers of all time would look under the one point for goal and half point for assist system.

read on for the Top 10 and much more on this subject…

 

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Name That Line

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Yes, we’re going to make it official.  Name the Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Homer line.  Send in your suggestions and we’ll vote and happiness will ensue, as usual.  What do you get?  Why does it always have to be about “getting something”?  You get the warmth that accompanies seeing your brilliance used again and again within the cozy confines of A2Y.

So you get jack squat.

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: datsyuk, genius+a2y+readers, holmstrom, zetterberg

Bernier Back To Juniors

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Jonathan Bernier is heading back to junior hockey.

Sources tell TSN the Los Angeles Kings are in the process of returning the 19-year-old underage netminder to Lewiston of the Quebec League. He is expected to be back with his junior team as early as tomorrow.

continued

Updated 6:32pm ET:
Kings activate Jean-Sebastien Aubin from IR.

 

Filed in: NHL Teams, Los Angeles Kings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: goalies, jean-sebastien+aubin, jonathan+bernier, los+angeles+kings

Canes Get The Start They Wanted

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“If you look at our season last year, towards the end of the season, we were fighting for our playoff lives,” said Hurricanes’ goaltender Cam Ward. “You’d hate to look back at your early season, thinking or wishing that you’d had a better game here or there. Every game is huge. It’s not just all about the second half or the last week, trying to get into the playoffs. It’s about what you do the entire season that really matters.

“To get off to a great start, it does help the confidence of the team.”

Ward, the Conn Smythe Trophy winner in the ‘06 playoffs and the reigning player-of-the-week, is undefeated in regulation thus far.

“Right from Day One in training camp, you could definitely see the guys were a lot more excited and a lot hungrier,” he said.

read on

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  Tags: cam+ward, carolina+hurricanes

While We’re At It…You’re An Idiot Too

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So nice to see you. Just when we thought USA Today had come to their senses, here you are again to enlighten us with your glow of genius.

The Central Division looks interesting.

I think that may be the first time in four years anyone’s been stupid enough to actually put that thought in print.  But Ted Montgomery doesn’t stop there.

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: mainstream+idiots

Dominator on Wheels

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

With thanks to Roman at eNHL.cz, we’ve discovered Dominik Hasek’s new off season hobby.

(*Important to note that when Hasek spoke to eNHL.cz’s camera man, he was insistent that he does not ride during the NHL season.)

 

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey Related Stories, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: detroit+red+wings, dominik+hasek

Searching For Answers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Inside the Kings,

The dressing-room chemistry seems to be good. It’s a real good group of guys, on a personal level, and they seem to like each other. So I don’t think that’s a problem. Is the coaching staff getting through to them? Maybe that’s an issue. The fact that Dave Lewis was brought in, as sort of a ``father figure’’ to the players, tells me that there might have been an issue with Crawford’s ability to relate to the players. I don’t know that for a fact, but if there is, that’s a bigger issue than any X’s or O’s problem or an inability to kill penalties.

much more on the Kings slow start…

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  Tags: los+angeles+kings

Flyers Put Boulerice on Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

The Philadelphia Flyers placed suspended forward Jesse Boulerice on waivers on Monday.

Boulerice is serving a 25-game suspension for cross-checking Vancouver Canucks centre Ryan Kesler in the head last Wednesday

continued…

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  Tags: jesse+boulerice, philadelphia+flyers, waivers

Two Weeks In…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,

It’s early, but…

• It looks like Jason Spezza will win the Art Ross Trophy with no goals and 128 assists.

• Could we have been dead wrong? Will it be the New York Islanders, and not the Rangers, that succeed this season?

more

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Tough Guys In Transition

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

In days gone by, one team’s enforcer would engage the other team’s designated hitter and the code was to oblige. More and more though, the challenges that once meant an immediate throw-down now garner a dismissive shrug. So what’s a roughneck “role player” to do except try to redefine his role?

To that end, some have made the transition from baiter to skater and proved valuable forecheckers who can score a bit. Check out Chris Neil in Ottawa and Sean Avery in New York. Even Simon made the switch from puncher only to tough guy who could also take a regular shift.

read on

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  Tags: fighting

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