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Does Roenick Belong In The HHOF?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• What does it say about Nikolai Zherdev, when he’s only 24 years old, is one goal shy of 100 in the National Hockey League, is a free agent, and only teams with 10-foot poles want to touch him?

• Yes, Jeremy Roenick could talk and make you laugh, but the guy could play, too. A bunch. He’s borderline Hall of Fame and may be able to talk his way in.

• The math on Jerry Reinsdorf’s apparent offer for the Coyotes is somewhat startling. It goes something like this: He wants $23 million US, or thereabouts, in lease concessions from the City of Glendale, wants to deal Wayne Gretzky out of the game by not paying him his $8 million a year, and get some $15 million in revenue sharing annually from the NHL. In other words, he figures that, with $43 million in handouts, he has a chance to break even.

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Escrow & Kessel Talk

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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

• Revenues for 2008-09 have yet to be finalized. But based on current projections, players will earn only 85-87 percent of their contracts because of escrow. For example, Alex Ovechkin, due $9 million in 2008-09, would take home $7.65 million in pre-tax earnings. For 2009-10, escrow could become even more significant to make up for any revenue shortfalls. The 2009-10 figure hasn’t been set yet, but some agents are informing their clients that 20 percent of their salaries could be tucked away via escrow. “You always err on the side of caution,’’ said Andrew Ference, the Bruins’ player representative….

• For those fretting about Phil Kessel remaining unsigned, remember that there is no rush for either side to put pen to paper. The 21-year-old forward might not be ready to play until December because of rehabilitation following shoulder surgery. Kessel can continue his rehab and see if the Bruins sputter at the start, which could put pressure on the club to lock him up….

more hockey notes, most Bruins related…

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Worst 20 Corsi Rates

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In this summer’s look at sabermetrics and hockey, I have been looking at the Corsi Number.  The Corsi Number is the difference in the number of shots directed at the net (shots on goal, blocked shots and missed shots) taken by a team while a given player is on the ice and those taken by his opponents in five on five situations. I recently gave the top 20 adjusted Corsi rates.  This is a list of players who excelled in the roles that they played last season.  Today, I am listing the worst 20 adjusted Corsi rates.  The adjustment method involves calculating a player’s Corsi rate while he is on and off the ice and subtracting them to get the adjusted rate attributed to a given player.  This is similar to the adjustment that behind the net does with on/off ice adjusted +/- ratings.

Here are the 20 worst adjusted Corsi rates from 2008/09 among players with 50 or more games played:

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Will They Survive?

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from Michael Purvis of the Sault Star,

A group of current and former NHL hockey players will trade in their five-star lifestyles for two nights in the wilderness surrounding Hornepayne.

The three-day torture test is the brainchild ofSurvivorman TV star Les Stroud….

The event begins Aug. 14. Stroud will provide the participants with a brief survival class in the Hornepayne high school gym, toss them a copy of his book SURVIVE!, and set them loose for two nights and the better part of three days in the wilderness with no food or drink.

“We’re going to have to make our own shelter, make our own fires, find our own food,” said King. He said the experience will be a real test. “When you leave Hornepayne and you move to the Muskokas your bones tend to forget how cold things can really get,” said King.

Among the confirmed contestants are King, free agents Brad May and Andrew Peters, Alex Ponikarovsky, of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Steve Montador, or the Buffalo Sabres, the Colorado Avalanche’s strength coach, Chris Butler, and Brendan Morrison, of the Washington Capitals.

read on

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It’s A Sidney-Fest

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Sidney Crosby brings the Stanley Cup home.

Check out Empty Netters for all of the video hightlights…

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  Tags: sidney+crosby

Tuesday Should Be Fun In Phoenix

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Declarations filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court last night by the NHL on the heels of filings by Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes and prospective buyer Jim Balsillie promise that what was supposed to be a scheduling hearing next Tuesday will be a donnybrook.

Moyes and Balsllie fired first when they asked the court to rule at Tuesday’s hearing that the NHL has to turn over documents relating to the sale and consent to the examination of commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly by Moyes’ and Balsillie’s lawyers.

The NHL fired back by filing a lengthy argument that Balsillie’s $212.5-million (all currency U.S.) bid for the Coyotes should be rejected by the court because Balsillie was already rejected as an owner by the NHL governor. The league’s lawyers said in the filing, backed up by declarations from Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, the chairman of the league’s board of governors, and from Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold, that the NHL’s constitution and by-laws should be upheld ahead of the bankruptcy code and anti-trust law.

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Avalanche Looking For Turnaround

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from Todd Kimberley at NHL.com,

Wasn’t the pain supposed to end April 12?

That’s what Colorado Avalanche fans must be asking in the midst of a surreal summer—which followed the worst NHL season Denver has seen since the Avs relocated there from Quebec City in 1995.

A mea culpa comes from no less than team president Pierre Lacroix, who had waded back into the fray after working behind the scenes in semi-retirement since 2005.

“It was my mess. I caused it,” Lacroix said. “I have no excuses. We lost our way of doing business. But our people, our organization, our owner, our players and I will clean it up.”

continued

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Emery Makes It Rain Money

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Urban definition of Making it Rain- When you have a wad of cash and throw it in the air at a club.

via the Las Vegas Sun,

Former (news must travel slow in Vegas) NHL goalie Ray Emery didn’t let the downed economy or his faltering career stop him from making it rain, either, when he visited the Bellagio in May. The one-time star goaltender laid down $1,000 for the stunt, despite the fact that he doesn’t cash the same sort of paychecks he once did, and unleashed a blitz of dollar bills upon clubgoers at The Bank.

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Theo Wants To Return To The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Fron Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources tell TSN Theoren Fleury is attempting a comeback and wants to play in the NHL again.

After playing senior hockey last season, Fleury decided in February he was fit enough to give the NHL another try, so he hired a personal trainer and has been working diligently since.

Those close to him say he didn’t leave the National Hockey League the way he wanted, which is fueling his desire to return.

The 41-year-old has been sober for almost four years and has been skating daily in Calgary in the hope that an NHL team is willing to invite him to training camp.

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added 8:14pm, On March 13th 2009 on AM 640 Toronto, Theo Fluery was interviewed on the Bill Watters Show w/ Greg Brady about if he had any interest in making a comeback after good friend Claude Lemieux attempted one.  Watters informs Theo that he should give it a try!!  Theo responds with “It has crossed his mind, and You never know!”

Thanks to AM640 in Toronto for passing on the audio to KK.

added 9:28pm, from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun (Saturday edition),

You can bet everyone around him is supporting his decision to take one last run at the big time.

However, like most athletes, somewhere along the way he’s lost sight of the reality of father time.

more

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  Tags: theo+fleury

Start Saving Your Money

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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