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Traverse City Tournament Producing Talent

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Last year, the tournament produced NHL—ready prospects like Patrik Berglund, Zach Bogosian, Cal Clutterbuck, T.J. Oshie, James Neal and Jakub Voracek.

This year won’t be any different.

These five players competing in Traverse City are ready to contribute in the NHL—now:

1. Brandon Sutter, F, Carolina Hurricanes
In his first two games in the tournament, Sutter had a goal and an assist and was a plus-2. He’s the NHL veteran of the group, having played in 50 games last season. Right now, he’s known more for the hit he took from Doug Weight that led to a concussion than anything he has produced on the ice. He’s ready for that to change.


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Sale Of Panthers Does Not Meet NHL Requirements

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald,

The proposed sale of the Florida Panthers to Sports Properties Acquisition Corp. has been derailed, at least for now, because the terms of the deal do not satisfy the NHL’s ownership requirements, according to people briefed on the situation.

Owner Alan Cohen has been trying to sell the franchise but also would be receptive to adding a minority owner with a substantial stake and has had advanced discussions with at least one local businessman.

Cohen wanted to complete the sale to Sports Properties, but the NHL recently balked because the buyer, a public company, does not have a primary investor with a substantial equity stake.


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Alexander Ovechkin Goes For A Zamboni Ride

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ovechkin on the Zamboni in NYC.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

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

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