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Flyers Will Be A Tough Team To Beat

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Cerny’s Rink Rap,

This Flyers team is going to be an absolute bitch to play against this year, adding Pronger and Laperriere to the rugged and abrasive group that consists of Daniel Carcillo, Scott Hartnell, Riley Cote, Arron Asham, and Braydon Coburn.

But like the Broad Street Bully Flyers of the mid-‘70’s, this group is not just filthy. They are filthy good.

The team toughness is there in spades. However, so is the explosive offensive talent.

read on

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Wozniewski Signs With Bruins

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed defenseman Andy Wozniewski to a one-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“We want to do more than stay in th mix.  I’d like to chase Detroit. I’m tired of watching Detroit in first place. I’d like to chase them. Somewhere along the line someone has to make them bleed and it might as well be us.”

-Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock.  More from Ken by Tom Reed of Puck-rakers…

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  Tags: ken+hitchcock

Blue Jackets Re-Sign Picard

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed left wing Alexandre Picard to a one-year contract, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Picard, 23, collected one assist and 26 penalty minutes in 15 games with Columbus in 2008-09 and also registered 22-10-32 and 107 penalty minutes in 49 games with the Syracuse Crunch, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate. He tied for the team lead in goals, was second in power play goals (7) and tied for fourth in points. He became the only player in Crunch history to record back-to-back hat tricks when he scored three goals Mar. 20 vs. Rochester and four goals Mar. 21 vs. Albany. He finished the season scoring goals in 14 of the team’s final 22 games (20 goals).

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Zetterberg Dealing With Tweaked Groin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Elliotte Friedman’s Twitter,

Zetterberg was supposed to be at NHL Media event but tweaked groin and needed further examination.

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  Tags: henrik+zetterberg

Top 20 Zone Start Adjusted Corsi Numbers

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Yesterday, I wrote about the sabermetrics and hockey problem of combining zone starts and Corsi Number.  There is as method used by objective NHL that treats Corsi Numbers as a rate statistic and adjusts by a factor similar to the percentage of offensive - defensive zone starts divided by total zone starts.  I do not think this is the best method to treat this data. 

I take the raw Corsi Number as a starting point.  Since each extra offensive zone start is worth on average 0.8 Corsi (or each extra defensive zone start costs on average 0.8 Corsi), I merely add on a factor of 0.8 * (defensive - offensive zone starts).  I think this method is more straight forward and better accomplishes the adjustment we are looking for.

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Burke & The Kessel Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

We’ll say this: if the NHLPA pulls its collective head out of its butt before this deal sneaks past, they should be making some phone calls. Considering Burke’s complaints that Lowe overpaid for Penner, thus raising the salary bar for those of his ilk, then the PA should be eager to know if any discussions between GMs involves establishing a perhaps more cost-effective level for Kessel.

In fact, we’re e-mailing this column straight to our choice as the next union leader, Bonnie Lindros.

Burke is one of the most competitive men we’ve ever met. He sweats while watching a rugby game on TV — we’ve seen it.

But does warning a fellow GM that you intend to legally acquire one of his players have any place in the same sentence with the word “competitiveness?”

In this case, might the words “honourable” and “collusion” amount to the same thing?


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  Tags: phil+kessel

Chicago Shooting For First In the Central Division

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Coach Joel Quenneville’s primary goal is to win the Central Division, which won’t be easy despite the losses of Marian Hossa, Mikael Samuelsson, Jiri Hudler and Tomas Kopecky in Detroit.

The Red Wings have won eight straight division titles and still are loaded with Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Niklas Lidstrom, Johan Franzen and Dan Cleary. The Wing certainly need some kids to come through, however.

Will this be the year age catches up to Lidstrom, who is 39? And goalie Chris Osgood turns 37 in November.

The Hawks haven’t won a division title since capturing the Norris Division in 1992-93.

more Blackhawks topics…

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What’s Twitter?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Red Wings, old and young, turn out to be a bunch of Luddites. When the topic of using Twitter, not one Wing asked wanted anything to do with it.

After the skate this morning, Kirk Maltby said he wasn’t even sure what it was for the longest time. He yelled out to Kris Draper to hear if he used it. Draper scoffed, smiled, and said something along the lines of that he may twitter, but not on his phone. I asked Justin Abdelkader – he, after all, is only 22, and spent three years at Michigan State University – and he wasn’t the least bit enthused, either.


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Battles About To Begin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Training camps are about to begin and John Grigg of The Hockey News takes a look at the Top 10 battles within the camps…

1. Jose Theodore vs. Semyon Varlamov, Washington

Whoever wins this battle of the netminders will have a great team to play behind and should approach 40 wins. As in Anaheim, you have to give the more expensive Theodore the upper hand to begin, but Varlamov showed talent and mettle in the playoffs. Theodore also has traditionally not done well under pressure and a summer of personal tragedy will surely add another distraction. The safe money is on Theodore to begin the year as the starter and for Varlamov to finish it. But we’d put everything on Varlamov.


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