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Team Russia Olympic Camp Roster

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the IIHF via Universal Sports,

The Russian Ice Hockey Federation has named 38 players for their Olympic Summer Camp from August 29 to September 1 in Moscow. The KHL and the NHL contribute with 19 players each.

continued and the compete roster is listed below…

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Closing The Book On Hudler

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from the Detroit Free Press,

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland confirmed today that Jiri Hudler will earn $2.75 million in the first year of a two-year arbitration award and $3 million in the second year. Holland said he learned of the arbitration ruling on Saturday afternoon.

The two sides had been working toward an agreement in the days leading up to the arbitration hearing and Holland was satisfied with the outcome.

“We thought we had a good chance to win a salary in the high 2s in year one, but based on the comparables, the second year was going to be a number in the 3s,” Holland said.

“He’s obviously going to Russia because it’s an opportunity for a financial windfall,” Holland said. “But right now his plans are to come back to the NHL and to come back to the Wings.”


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Loving The Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy,

Welcome to Puck Daddy’s August series, “5 Reasons I Love Hockey,” which will feature famous fans, infamous fans, bloggers, traditional media ... a plethora of puckheads. Our pitch was simple: We wanted five things that either made them a fan or that keep them watching hockey. As you’ll see every weekday until the end of the month, the reasons range from the sublime to the ridiculous. First up, a man who needs no introduction, even though we’ll give him one: Baba Booey..


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Burrows Accused Of On-Ice Incident

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from TSN,

Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows could be facing charges for an on-ice incident in a Montreal summer league game.

According to a report on RDS.ca, an investigation is underway in response to a complaint filed on July 21 that states Burrows violently struck the face of a goaltender with his stick during a game at the Excellent Ice Arena in Kirkland, Que.

The report said the family of the goaltender, 19-year old Koray Celik, would not comment about the incident on the advice of lawyers.


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  Tags: alex+burrows

Recchi Continues To Help Bruins

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from John McGourty of NHL.com,

Perhaps the biggest contribution Recchi made last season was helping Bergeron rediscover his skills. Bergeron, who suffered a serious head injury in 2007 and another lesser concussion in December 2008, looked like his old self when teamed with Recchi.

If Bergeron returns to the form that saw him score 70 points in two straight seasons from 2005-07, it would have an effect similar to signing one of the top available free agents this summer. Recchi thinks it can happen.

“You can see Bergeron is regaining his confidence,” Recchi said. “When you go through what he’s been through the past 1 1/2 or two years, it’s not easy. But I think he’s back to being the player everybody has seen in the past. He’s holding onto the puck and playing with strength. He’s a great two-way player.

“It’s fun to see him getting back to health and it’s fun to play with him. I’m just trying to support Chuck and Patrice by going to the areas that they need me to go.”


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Maybe Hamilton Should Find A New Dance Partner

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from Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail,

As much fun as it is watching Gary Bettman squirm - comfort the afflicted, afflict the comfortable, you understand - I’m getting the impression it’s almost time Jim Balsillie gets new legal advice or, at least, a new hobby.

After NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly sent the Hamilton Spectator an e-mail message saying: “This is all about Jim. At some point Jim has to look in the mirror and start taking responsibility for his actions. Hamilton is a great hockey town with passionate hockey fans. But it may be time for the city to come to the realization that it married the wrong spouse.”

Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger told the paper he would have some advice for the Blackberry Baron. “One is not going to be successful if you continue down the same path that has not succeeded in the past,” Eisenberger said.

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  Tags: jim+balsillie

Red Wings Hook-Up With The Walleye

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from Mark Monroe of the Toledo Blade,

A logjam of quality young goaltenders in the Detroit Red Wings minor league system all but guarantees the Toledo Walleye will have a gifted goalie in its inaugural season.

The Walleye will officially announce an affiliation agreement with the NHL’s elite franchise at a press conference Monday. The contract extends a longtime relationship the Red Wings have had with Toledo minor league teams.


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It Doesn’t Make Sense

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from Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,

All kinds of chirping in the blogosphere about a three-way – kinky! – involving the Canadiens, Senators and Sharks.

It all began with a Bruce Garrioch item in the Ottawa Sun saying San Jose was interested in Dany Heatley but a deal would have to include a third party, likely the Canadiens.

Let the guessing games begin.The most fanciful speculation didn’t even include Marleau: Heatley to SJ, the Sharks’ first-round draft choice and – wait for it – Mike Cammalleri to Ottawa, Jonathan Cheechoo and Christian Ehrhoff to Montreal.

Like Bob Gainey is going to trade Cammalleri, the free agent he signed on the day he let Alex Kovalev walk, to Kovy’s new team, which happens to be a divisional rival.

People, get a grip!


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Worst Corsi Rates

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

This summer in my look at sabermetrics and hockey, I have been looking at the Corsi Number.  They are a good judge of puck possession that is much like +/-, although it comes with different strengths and different weaknesses.

I have ranked the best 20 and worst 20 player adjusted Corsi Numbers.  This ranking is done treating Corsi as a counting stat accumulated over the season.  It can also be looked at as a rate stat and ranked per minute of 5 on 5 ice time played.  To that effect, I have listed the top 20 Corsi rates from 2008/09.  Today, I look at the worst 20.

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Canadian Readers- Enjoy Your Holiday Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I hope your August Long Weekend is great and soon hockey talk will be on the front burner.

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