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NHLPA Undecided On What Direction To Take

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Ian Penny, the interim executive director of the NHL Players Association, said the process to find a new union leader hasn’t been determined because some players aren’t sure the old way is the best way to find the right person.

“Some board members expressed to me that we should be creative and think outside the box this time around,” Penny said.

The NHLPA has fired three executive directors in the past four years, including Paul Kelly, who was removed from office at approximately 3 a.m. Aug. 31, 1 after 30 NHL player representatives debated his job performance for many hours in Chicago

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Should Rob Niedermayer Return To Florida

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

Even with the first day of Panthers’ training camp just five days away, several big-name free agents remain on the market:

Some of the names: forwards Miroslav Satan, Michael Peca, Robert Lang, Maxim Afinogenov, Mike Comrie, Petr Sykora, Dominic Moore, Mats Sundin and Rob Niedermayer….

Five of those, in my opinion, make sense and would help the Panthers: Comrie, Sykora, Moore, Satan and Niedermayer, an original Panther from the inaugural team.

Let’s start with Rob, whose addition would also excite the fan base.

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Blues Sign Derek Armstrong

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced Tuesday the club has agreed to terms with forward Derek Armstrong to a two-way contract.

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Combining Zone Starts And Corsi Number

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In my sabermetrics and hockey posts this summer, I have introduced the concepts of the Corsi Number and of zone starts.  Corsi Numbers measure the number of shots directed at goal (including shots on goal, missed shots and blocked shots) and zone starts measure which region on the ice that a player is in when he is on the ice for a faceoff.  It should be clear that if you start frequently in the offensive zone that you should see a benefit in your Corsi Number as a result.  Similarly, if you take a lot of faceoffs in your own zone, it should hurt your Corsi Number.  This is one thing that can be adjusted for.  In fact, objective NHL has done this.

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Hockey Observations From The Maven

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from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,

Roberto Luongo got himself a 12-year $64 million deal from the Canucks and more power to him and his agent. But, let’s not forget that this is the same allegedly “best” NHL goalie who choked in the series-ending playoff loss to the Blackhawks last spring. Roberto the Great allowed seven goals in a game that was there for the Canucks taking, and look what he gets for it.

more from Stan…

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Blues Coach Likes Competition For Roster Spots

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeremy Rutherford of the Morning Skate at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Murray said that the Blues will have 56 players at training camp. The breakdown is six goalies, 20 defensemen and 30 forwards.

Murray said something interesting about how the final roster will be determined. He said it will be less about contract situations and more about which players deserve a spot on the team.

“There will be some battles,” Murray said. “Everyone can look at contracts and say, ‘Well, they don’t have many roster spots open.’ Well, as I’ve told a couple of guys coming to our camp, ‘Put a wedge in their for yourselves. It may look like it’s blocked off, but somehow stick a wedge in and open it up a little bit and push yourself through it.’

“We will keep the best players. If that means creating roster spots by moving guys that aren’t performing, then that will happen. We’ll ultimately find a way to get our best players in the lineup.”

more on the Blues…

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Oompa Loompa Who Did You Do?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Happy, happy, happy.

Atta boy.  What have I told you guys from the beginning?  Rainbows, frolicking puppies, firetrucks…and?

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Panthers Invite Two Dmen to Camp

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

The Panthers have extended training camp invitations to a pair of NHL veteran defensemen Martin Skoula and Christian Backman. Both are former first-round draft picks.

The Panthers haven’t signed either player, but both will fly with the team Saturday to Nova Scotia for the start of training camp Sunday in Port Hawkesbury, and will have a chance to earn a contract.

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William “Boots” Del Biaggio Sentenced To More Than Eight Years

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Sentencing came down today for “Boots”.  Read the AP story…

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Way Over My Head

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from DrugMonkey at ScienceBlogs,

Getting back to my discomfort with the lack of completeness in the vignettes provided by Gladwell, the comment thread at FSP’s blog points to the fact that Gladwell might have been wrong, slightly. This comment points to a hockey blog that objects to the Gladwell implications. Specifically:

If we only look at former Canadian junior players who were in the top sixth in NHL scoring, which was anyone with 42 points or more last year, the ratio of early-to-late birthday players over the last decade is about 1.20:1….. It turns out that the group where players with early birthdays are most over-represented is the league leaders in penalty minutes per game, and I can’t see anyone getting up in arms about whether some kid’s December birthday kept him from becoming the next Ogie Ogilthorpe.

My first thought is that it does not necessarily falsify the general point. If this analysis is true (and there are complications having to do with age cohorts, definitions of good performance, etc) it may simply point to the fact that NHL players are the outliers of the outliers of the outliers.

more, but it only confuses me…

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