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The Emporer will be away for a while

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Paul just informed me that he’s currently in the hospital with a very high blood sugar level due to stress.

Because of that, things will be a little slower than normal, especially with the Free Agency period starting Thursday.

I will do my best to post the big stories and signings while Paul’s away, but unfortunately I don’t have the time now to go to the approximately 60 or so websites that I did last week when Paul was in Vegas.

Let’s all wish Paul a speedy recovery.

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Selke Voting: Still Messed Up

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Last year, I wrote that the Selke Trophy voting was all messed up.  I did this because there is no consensus on who to pick.  Last year, there were 70 names picked on the writers’ ballots.  The winner in Pavel Datsyuk was omitted from 10% of the ballots entirely.  People had significant showings for having high +/- ratings without being particularly strong defensively or because they had established reputations as defensive forwards, but did not have particularly good seasons.  For example, Rod Brind’Amour had the worst adjusted +/- rating in the league and several votes including one first place vote.

A year later little has changed.

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A Final Look At The 2010 MVP Race

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The Hart Trophy was awarded to Henrik Sedin last week.  I had been picking Alexander Ovechkin and feel that an incorrect choice was made.  Sidney Crosby was the third nominee and he was also a strong candidate in the race.

The three MVP nominees all finished with 109 to 112 points (Sedin had 112 and the other two 109).  Looking at raw offensive totals there is little difference between them.  The difference between them likely has to be found either by showing their offensive numbers are not as close as they seem or by looking at things not reflected in those numbers (primarily defence).

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Savard May Come Cheap

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

His seven prospects locked up in his suitcase as he returned to Toronto, Leafs GM Brian Burke set his mind on what will be a busy few days leading up to Thursday’s free agent frenzy.

First up is Marc Savard. The Bruins are said to be ready to ship their playmaking centre. The Leafs are in the mix, and the price tag is much cheaper than Thomas Kaberle.

This opportunity is an unintended consequence of the Phil Kessel trade.

continued

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Dino Ciccarelli’s Hall Of Fame Case

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

This past week the 2010 Hockey Hall of Fame inductions were announced.  The only male player inducted was Dino Ciccarelli. I think he is a player who belongs in the Hall, although there are other players who also belong there who were passed over this year.  In the comments of the Hall of Fame induction thread, I promised Matthew McCallum that I would lay out his Hall of Fame case with the Keltner List of Hall of Fame questions popularized by Bill James. 

Here it is:

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Modano Still Undecided If He Will Play

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from Sean Meehan of the Dallas Morning News,

Still unsure about his future in hockey, the Stars’ Mike Modano talked about some of his thoughts as he ponders next season.

On whether he feels he is part of the Stars’ plans next season: The vibes haven’t changed much. I have a sense of the direction that the team is going in, and I’m not sure if I’m part of that. I’ll have to see what unfolds in July.

On possibly playing for another team next season
: I can’t say that wouldn’t happen, but for me to go to a different team, it has to be an organization that I’m very familiar with. That way I would feel comfortable.

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Penguins Want Gonchar And Hamhuis

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from Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

It’s a vision the Penguins like. A lot. They will find out soon if they can bring it to life.

They see a defense that includes Sergei Gonchar, Dan Hamhuis, Brooks Orpik, Kris Letang and Alex Goligoski as their top five. They are willing to sacrifice bringing in a high-profile winger or two this offseason to turn it into reality.

“That would be the way we would go with our team, with the strength on defense,” general manager Ray Shero said Saturday. “We would go with the guys we have up front and give some needed opportunity to some younger players.”

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Another American In Montreal

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from Francois Gagnon of Cyberpresse (translated),

There is no reason to be surprised by the selection of an American as the first choice of Canadians in the 2011 entry draft.

Far from it.

Jarred Tinordi Friday became the eighth first-round pick of the Canadiens in the last 10 years the country of Uncle Sam…

Eleven Americans have also been claimed in the first round. That may explain that the Canadian had to follow the parade.  Especially that Quebec had no Louis Leblanc, Vincent Lecavalier and Marc-Andre Fleury to offer.

more

thanks to Habs Inside/Out for the pointer

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UFA And Trade Talk

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• The feeling is Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi is lukewarm about going after unrestricted free agent Ilya Kovalchuk but team president Tim Leiweke is a marketing guy and thinks Kovalchuk would be good for business. He’s about putting jazzing up the club, and they do play in the same building as the NBA champion Lakers led by Kobe Bryant.

• The Boston Bruins picked the wrong time to try to move Tim Thomas with Finn Tuukka Rask taking over as No. 1. There are too many free-agent goalies who will gladly sign for less than Thomas’s $5 million a year.

• Former Tampa Bay Lightning GM Brian Lawton didn’t do Steve Yzerman many favours. Stevie Y has over $70 million in long-term contracts for people like Andrej Meszaros, Ryan Malone and Matt Walker on the books, and he still has to re-sign Marty St. Louis and Steve Stamkos. Lawton is trying to get back into the agent business.

• The Washington Capitals can’t afford Anton Volchenkov at $4 million to $5 million as a free-agent blue-liner but they would love the Vancouver Canucks’ Willie Mitchell on the open market if his health is good. He has had concussion problems. They badly need a heart-and-soul guy back there who can match up against Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin.

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Observations On A Sunday Morning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• Hard to take the New York Islanders seriously when owner Charles Wang is sitting at their draft table and his chief advisor appears to be “E” from the television show, Entourage, actor Kevin Connolly. The new season of Entourage, by the way, starts tonight.

• There is a variety of opinion on Keith Ballard as an NHL defenceman, but almost everybody outside Vancouver thinks he’s overpaid at $4.2 million this year and for the next three years.

• We know Evgeni Nabakov is gone from the San Jose Sharks. What we don’t know is who the Sharks’ new goalie will be. Marty Turco may be the clubhouse favourite.

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