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If Richard Peddie Took The Stand

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Perkins of the Toronto Star,

Judge Redfield T. Baum has denied Jim Balsillie’s attempt to have Richard Peddie testify at the Phoenix Coyotes’ bankruptcy case.

But a guy can dream, can’t he?

Attorney: Mr. Peddie, what is your current position?

Peddie: I am the lord high exchequer of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and I sitteth at the right hand of the almighty Ontario Teachers Pension Plan.

Attorney: You sitteth at the right hand? What about Larry Tanenbaum?

Peddie: The Plan is the father, I am the son and Larry is the Holy Ghost.

Attorney: Thank you. Now, Mr. Peddie, what is the stated goal of Maple Leaf Sports?

Peddie: To win the Stanley Cup.

Judge Baum: Mr. Peddie, I remind you that you are under oath. ... Bailiff, please instruct the spectators to stop laughing or I will clear the court.

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Top 20 Offensive Zone Starters

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Recently in this summer’s look at sabermetrics and hockey, I have introduced the concept of zone starts.  I recently listed the top 20 defensive zone starters, the players who most frequently are on the ice for faceoffs in their defensive zone and not those in their offensive zone.  This is a measure of players who play tough defensive roles with their teams and are thus more likely to have poor Corsi Numbers.  Today I will look at the opposite situation, players who are on the ice for the most offensive zone faceoffs minus defensive zone faceoffs.  These numbers were pulled from NHL game summaries by Vic Ferrari at Irreverent Oiler Fans.

Here are the top 20 offensive zone starters in the 2008/09 season:

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Questions For Team USA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Longtime American warriors—as Team USA GM Brian Burke likes to call them—such as Chris Chelios, Jeremy Roenick and Keith Tkachuk won’t be battling for roster spots when the camp opens Monday in suburban Chicago. Instead, it’s a younger, faster, American team that hopes to spend a few days developing chemistry and learning coach Ron Wilson’s system.

Factor in the expected appearance of Patrick Kane, who was arrested following an incident with a Buffalo cab driver, and there’s plenty to watch for during the three-day camp, including:

1. Will Patrick Kane talk?

The American players know that there might be a little more media coverage surrounding the Olympic orientation, thanks to Kane’s arrest and the proximity of the event to Chicago.

“If there were going to be 20 (media) guys there, now there will be 40,” said Hainsey, a key member of the improving Atlanta Thrashers defense. “From our side, we don’t have a clue about what happened.”


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A New Face For The Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen via the National Post,

Nazem Kadri can’t possibly know what’s in store for him.

Not just because there are always questions about a teenage prospect’s future in professional hockey, but because the 18-year-old centre from Komoka, Ont., southwest of London, is on the verge of becoming just the second Muslim to reach the NHL. (Ramzi Abid played 68 NHL games after being selected in the second round of the 1998 NHL entry draft by the Phoenix Coyotes.)

Unwittingly, Kadri, drafted seventh overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in June, is entering the NHL at an interesting time for a player of his ethnic background. Kadri’s father, Sam, left war-ravaged Lebanon in the late 1960s, emigrated to Canada and married a Canadian woman of Lebanese descent.

The NHL and especially Hockey Canada are on the prowl for a new face - a player such as Kadri - to represent a rapidly changing demographic, to attract new Canadians to the game.


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So, You A Betting Man?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’ve been inspired.  How so and how much so?  Well, I’ve begun a series of manifestos, a continuation of a project that started last summer then fizzled out when I lost my stamina.  I’m taking a different approach this time around and I think the results will be better, funnier and more dependable.

And that’s all I’m gonna say about that. But stay tuned.

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Oilers Stuck In Neutral

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Edward Fraser of The Hockey News,

It’s one thing for a contending team to be pressed up against the cap ceiling, but quite another for a middling squad to be shackled by financial restraints.

Teams such as the Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins, San Jose Sharks, Detroit Red Wings, Washington Capitals, Calgary Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks can take a win-now-and-worry-about-the-future-later attitude because they are all rational Cup contenders. Fans will forgive serial shedding of salary in the wake of a championship high.

Clubs like the Edmonton Oilers, however, don’t look good now and, thanks to roster mismanagement, don’t look good for the future, either.


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Preparing For Training Camp

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John McGourty of NHL.com,

In today’s NHL, there’s no such thing as getting ready in training camp. Now, players have to come to camp ready to go.

“You have to be ready right out of the chute,” Buffalo Sabres right wing Mike Grier said. “The coaches expect you to be ready to perform at a high level right away. The first day of camp is medical testing, the next day we’re on the ice, scrimmaging at a high level, and by the fourth day, we usually have an exhibition game. You better be ready or there’s a good chance of injury.

NHL teams are barred by the collective-bargaining agreement from directing players during the summer—but they can, and do, make suggestions to players about how to prepare for the upcoming season.


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Ted “Teeder” Kennedy Passes Away

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Fan590 in Toronto just reported Ted “Teeder” Kennedy has passed away.

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  Tags: ted+"teeder"+kennedy

Loving The Islanders

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News,

On a snowy night this past February, I became a kid again.

I’ve taken my children to Disney World, been to Sesame Place and walked through more toy stores than I care to remember, but it wasn’t until Ryan - my 4-year-old son - and I walked into Nassau Coliseum on the night of Feb. 3 that I truly felt like I was back in the glory days of my youth.

Being an Islanders fan growing up in Manhattan wasn’t easy. All my friends were Rangers fans, and half the team lived in the building across the street from me, as I would often run into Ron Greschner, Ron Duguay and Barry Beck at the local diner. Sure, I asked for some autographs every now and then, but they were never displayed in my room the way my Bobby Nystrom or John Tonelli signatures were.


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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“It has been a relatively busy summer with free agency and some trades.  It’s died down a bit and I think you’ve seen some GMs show restraint and patience, but there’s still been some big deals out there. I think once the [Dany] Heatley situation is resolved too, you will see more trades and signings as well as when camp gets closer, teams will need to address cap issues and fill out rosters. It will heat up soon.”

-Paul Kelly, Executive Director of the NHLPA.  More about Kelly from James Murphy at NESN.

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  Tags: paul+kelly

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