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Sabres Sign Grier

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Greg Bauch of WGR550,

WGR 550 has learned that the Sabres have signed forward Mike Grier. The free agent played with Buffalo for the two seasons surrounding the NHL lockout in 2004.

added 7:44pm,

BUFFALO, NY (August 10, 2009) – Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with unrestricted free agent forward Mike Grier, who previously played in Buffalo from 2004-06.

Grier (1/5/1975, 6’1”, 225 lbs.) had 23 points (10+13) in 62 games for San Jose last season. He was third on the Sharks in hits with 147, and was tied for 12th in the NHL with four SH points. Grier missed 20 games with a knee injury last season, after averaging 77 games played during his first 11 NHL seasons. He has played at least 81 games in a season five times during his career.

 

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Zone Starts

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In this summer’s look at sabermetrics and hockey, I have been looking at the Corsi Number.  I have published top 20 and worst 20 adjusted Corsi lists with Corsi Number treated as both a counting stat and a rate stat.  Here are the top 20 and worst 20 adjusted Corsi numbers as a counting stat and the top 20 and   worst 20 adjusted Corsi numbers as a rate stat.  It is clear that the players who made the top 20 lists were players who excelled in the situations that they played and those who were on the worst 20 lists failed in their situation.  However, it is not clear how tough the role they played on their team was.  One piece of the context, which helps to interpret if the player failed because they are not NHL calibre players or because they played in a tough role in which it would be hard for any player to excel is important to try to make sense of Corsi Numbers, is which zone they tended to take faceoffs in.

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Toronto Signs Joey MacDonald To One Year Deal

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

Brian Burke, president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Monday that the hockey club has signed free agent goaltender Joey MacDonald to a one-year contract.

“We are pleased to be able to add a goaltender of Joey’s caliber to our roster,” said Burke. “He brings experience and character to our organization and gives us depth at the goaltending position.”

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Predators Sign Ryan Jones

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

Nashville, Tenn. (August 10, 2009) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed restricted free agent Ryan Jones on a two-year, $975,000 contract.

Jones, 25 (6/14/84), played 46 games with the Predators during his rookie season, amassing 17 points (7g-10a). The Chatham, Ont., native played his first NHL game on Oct. 10, 2008 at St. Louis and scored his first NHL goal five days later at Dallas. The 6-1, 206-pound right wing also posted 22 points (13g-9a) in 25 games with Milwaukee (AHL). He also tied for second on the Admirals in playoff goals (4) and led the team in postseason power-play markers.

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Bettman Deserves Credit For The Tampa Plan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

Regardless of how you feel about the Tampa Bay Lightning’s ownership issues, no matter if you believe Len Barrie or Oren Koules should have control of the team or if you think former owner Palace Sports & Entertainment should come back in the picture, you have to give commissioner Gary Bettman credit for at least pushing to get the situation resolved.

As we read in Sunday’s paper, Bettman has given Barrie a 60-day exclusive window to see if he can buy out Koules. If he fails, Koules gets a shot. If he fails, the league could find another buyer or former owner Palace Sports, which financed about $70 million of the $200 million purchase price and lent OK Hockey another $30 million in operating capital, could take the team back.

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Official- Pogge A Duck

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired goaltender Justin Pogge from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a conditional selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

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Crawford Ready For Coaching Return

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Stepephens at NHL.com,

Deep down in his heart, however, Crawford knew the television booth wasn’t where he belonged.

“I’ve been in the NHL a long time,” the newest coach of the Dallas Stars told NHL.com by phone. “I really missed not being involved with a team. I can remember one night specifically. It was Vancouver against Edmonton and Edmonton had lost 3-0. I watched Craig MacTavish behind the bench and I just thought, I even missed the miserable feeling of losing and knowing the dejection of not getting the job done.

“I looked at him and thought, ‘God, he’s dying a thousand deaths here.’ I wanted that feeling.”

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

As for the Hawks, maybe this is an opportunity to tone down some of the circus-is-coming publicity with which they have scorched the Chicago area. At times, it has been as over the top as a bearded lady. It only seems as if Kane and Jonathan Toews, the Hawks’ other young star, have made more public appearances than they have played hockey games.

The Hawks can’t try to sell themselves as one thing and then act another way in real life. How about this revolutionary thought: Just focus on winning.

-Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Tribune.  More on the Blackhawks from Rick…

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  Tags: patrick+kane

Ice Making

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Now that many of us are experiencing high temperatures in early August, how about we cool down a bit and watch the process of putting in the ice at an arena.

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The Most Talented Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Benjamin’s NHL Blog,

And so what was arguably the most talented line to ever play the game is no more, at least in North America. All great hockey careers eventually come to an end, but it strikes me that the league, the hockey media and the fans could wave goodbye to these three guys with so little fanfare or celebration of their careers.

read on to find out what players Tom feels made up the most talented line…

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