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No Comparison

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from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

There’s balls and then there’s balls.

Chutzpa versus cojones.

Exhibit A: Jim Balsillie; Exhibit B: Nicklas Lidstrom.

Both have taken it in the groin – one off the ice, from the courts; the other on the ice, from a hockey stick. You are invited to take the measure of each man.

We’ll start with the player, Detroit’s inestimable captain, a ferocious warrior who, despite gallant effort, was unable to capture a second straight Stanley Cup triumph for the Motor City.

How gallant?


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  Tags: jim+balsillie, nick+lidstrom

Roenick On the Awards Show In Las Vegas

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Bloggers Pick The Winners

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from Mike Halford of Orland Kurtenblog at the Vancouver Province,

We at KB headquarters are excited about the awards ceremony and, as such, have compiled THE definitive panel of hockey bloggers to predict tonight’s winners.

The panel includes:

James Mirtle, From The Rink

Richard Pollock, Illegal Curve

Paul Kukla, Kukla’s Korner

Greg Wyshynski, Puck Daddy

Reasonable Doubt, Melt Your Face Off

read on for the picks…

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Quinn Comments On Current Oilers

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from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey,

Pat Quinn is a helluva quote, that’s for sure, based on his recent interview with Dan Tencer of 630 CHED, where he essentially said goodbye to Oilers goalie Dwayne Roloson and criticized Oilers attack ace Ales Hemsky for not passing the puck.

Here’s Quinn on Roloson and the Oilers goaltender position: “We know there is very likely to be a change in goaltending.”

And here he is on Hemsky: “You’ve got a great talented center here that never distributes the puck. Is he a great talent? Yeah. But he’s like playing with the Lone Ranger.”


added 8:55am, from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

There have been no discussions between the Oilers and Kotalik’s agent, Larry Kelly, on a new deal, with the NHL free-agent store opening for business in less than two weeks.

Kotalik hasn’t told Kelly to tell the Oilers he’s going to try free agency, but the Oilers’ inaction so far would seem to indicate they are prepared to let the 30-year-old winger walk.

That seems strange, considering that Kotalik had seven goals and 11 points and was plus-six in his 19 games with the Oilers after they acquired him from the Buffalo Sabres at the trade deadline.

read on

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  Tags: pat+quinn

Deadmarsh Interviews For Avalanche Front Office Position

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from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Adam Deadmarsh could soon be coming back to the Avalanche.

His playing days are over, but Deadmarsh has interviewed for a management position with the Avs organization, the team confirmed Wednesday.

Avs vice president Jean Martineau said that while Deadmarsh is not up for the team’s vacant second assistant coaching position, he has interviewed for another management job and is being strongly considered.


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Bouwmeester Not Limited To Playing In W. Canada

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from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

A report in the Ottawa Sun last week cited anonymous league sources saying Bouwmeester has already told the Panthers he won’t return. Asked if that was true, Sexton, noting he has had “frequent” conversations with Bouwmeester’s agent, said, “Until such time we know exactly what’s going to happen, I don’t think it’s appropriate to comment.”

Asked about the same report, Bouwmeester’s agent, Bryon Baltimore, said Wednesday: “We have always said we’d wait to see what unfolded July 1 [the start of free agency]. That in itself speaks as to what is going to happen.”

Baltimore said he hasn’t given the Panthers a list of teams Bouwmeester would like to play for, but “we’d certainly be open to discussing that with them.”

Baltimore said that while returning to western Canada is a factor for the Edmonton, Alberta, native, he’s not limiting himself to that.


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  Tags: jay+bouwmeester

How About A Team In Vegas?

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from Ryan Greene of the Las Vegas Sun,

Even though Las Vegas is not an NHL town, it appears that there’s a running joke circulating among the league’s players regarding America’s playground as a potential home for a franchise.

“It’s obviously a very alive city and everybody enjoys coming here,” Calgary winger Jarome Iginla said. “There’s been a lot of talk about it, and usually among the players it’s pretty popular. Then there’s always the joke—I’m sure you’ve heard it a hundred times—is that the home team would sure have a nice advantage, which would probably bear some truth.

“It’s not just a joke. It might be difficult to be as focused, but it’d be fun. There’s a lot to do here, great restaurants, and I’d be all for it.”

more players respond…

added 8:24am, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The Las Vegas streets are overflowing, but only a handful of curious passersby stop to peer through the wrought-iron fence as Ovechkin and Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler lay down moves that will form the basis of the video game’s play.

This is a chance to test Ovechkin’s star power – and by extension, the NHL’s – in a market that has long intrigued commissioner Gary Bettman and his commitment to a U.S. Sunbelt expansion strategy.

Even if NHL expansion is not on the front burner at the moment, the expectation is that influential Hollywood mogul Jerry Bruckheimer eventually will land a team for Vegas.


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Sometimes It’s Funny When Life Sucks

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Two things make me laugh harder than most anything else:  a drunk person throwing up and one man giving another an open-handed slap to the face. 

Well, there’s a third but many of you wouldn’t find it amusing.  What?  Really?  Ok. But I warned you that it may just be me.

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Top 20 Adjusted +/-

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

One relatively simple sabermetrics and hockey statistic I like to keep track of is adjusted +/- ratings.  There are a few ways to adjust them.  Today, I am looking at the counting stat method outlined in The Hockey Compendium by Jeff Klein and Carl-Eric Reif.  The basic idea is that a team adjustment is subtracted from all players’ +/- ratings in order to give a more team independent value.  The statistic is good for identifying players who succeeded in their role with their team last year. 

Here are the top 20 adjusted +/- ratings (limited to players with 50 NHL games played in 2008/09 that played with only one team):

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Capitals Talk

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from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider at the Washington Post,

Before I went to watch Alex Ovechkin play poker this afternoon (more on that later) I caught up with GM George McPhee and asked him about Michael Nylander’s status with the Caps for next season.

McPhee stopped short of dismissing recent reports that the veteran center is attempting to negotiate a deal to join a KHL team, but he did say that he believes it’s unlikely Nylander will end up in Russia next season.

“If he wants to go he can, if it’s a mutual arrangement,” McPhee said of Nylander, who fell out of favor with Coach Bruce Boudreau last season and hardly played in the postseason. “There’s nothing to stop a player if he’s agreeable and the club is agreeable. What’s going to stop him? If he agrees and they agree, we assign him” to the KHL….

Asked if he expects Nylander to play in Russia, McPhee said: “Probably not.”

I also asked McPhee about a few other issues facing the Caps, namely the status of pending UFAs Sergei Fedorov, Donald Brashear and the assistant coaching vacancy. Here’s what he told me:

read on

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  Tags: michael+nylander

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