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David Feher Name Comes Into Play For NHLPA Position

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lester Munson of ESPN,

David Feher, a nationally recognized sports labor law expert, is interested in helping the struggling NHL Players Association solve its problems….

“David Feher has a long history of player advocacy and would be just what the players need at this time,” said Paul Haagen, a professor at Duke and one of the nation’s leading authorities on sports and labor law.

“He is aggressive when it is necessary, and, more importantly, he can be calm and take a considered approach to the issues when it is necessary,” Haagen added. “With the brutal infighting that has gone on at this point, David will know how to end the warfare and to move into what works collectively for the players.”


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Out On A Limb Here…But This Sucks Hard

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO



Bad news on the Johan Franzen injury front: The Red Wings just announced that the big forward will be out a minimum of four months after sustaining a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Thursday’s 3-2 win over Chicago.General manager Ken Holland said the team has recalled Justin Abdelkader from Grand Rapids (AHL). Holland said he doesn’t know how or when Franzen was injured.  “I’m a little surprised because he finished the game,’’ Holland said. “He said after the game the knee was bothering him and didn’t know exactly when he injured it. The doctor said it was before he scored his goal.

If you weren’t shotgunning a beer by the time you got to the 8th word in that story, then you’re not my friend.

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Worst 20 Team And Zone Adjusted Corsi Numbers

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In order to conclude (for now) the off-season look at sabermetrics and hockey, I will complete the look at adjusted Corsi Numbers.  I am adjusting for two effects as I discuss here.  The Corsi Number is essentially a measure of puck possession.  Players who help their team control the puck will direct more shots toward the goal than those who do not.  I am attempting to remove zone start effects, as some players will tend to be on the ice more frequently in either defensive or offensive situations and this will be seen in their Corsi.  I am also attempting to remove team effects, as a player on a good team will be more likely to have a good Corsi due to his teammates being good players regardless of his individual play.

Continue Reading »

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Pat Quinn Fined For Post-Game Comments

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

Pat Quinn, head coach of the Edmonton Oilers, has been fined $10,000 for inappropriate public comments made following Thursday night’s game against the Calgary Flames, the NHL announced Friday.

“Mr. Quinn’s comments were inappropriate and without justification,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.

The money goes to the NHL Foundation.

Quinn’s comments concerned an incident between the Oilers’ Sheldon Souray and the Flames’ Jarome Iginla that took place 18 seconds into the second period when Souray crashed into the boards after being tripped by Iginla, who spilled on top of the Oiler defenseman.


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Yes, Peter Puck Is Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

PP Talks slap shots…

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Mule Has A Lower-Body Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Johan Franzen did not skate due to an unspecified lower-body injury sustained in Thursday’s game. Coach Mike Babcock wouldn’t reveal the injury, saying Franzen was sent for tests and is questionable for Saturday’s game against Washington.

“Franzen got bumped last night so we sent him over to get checked out,’’ Babcock said. “He wasn’t feeling as good this morning. We’ll see if he’s OK or not.’’

Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson practiced and is fine after taking a shot off the side of his left knee midway through the third period Thursday.

continue for more on the Wings…

added 3:49pm, via Jeff Marek’s (CBC) Twitter,

Johan Franzen out 4 months w/knee injury.

added 3:52pm, via the Detroit Red Wings,

Red Wings forward Johan Franzen has suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and expected to be out of the lineup a minimum of four months.

The injury occurred during Thursday’s 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in which Franzen scored the eventual game-winning goal during the second period. He has two points in three games this season.

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No Action Taken On Hartnell

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bob McKenzie’s Twitter,

No suspension or fine for Scott Hartnell.

added 3:12pm, via Allan Walsh’s Twitter,

Just spoke to client Scott Hartnell of the Flyers. We participated in a disciplinary hearing this am. The verdict, no suspension, no fine.

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Investigation Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sportsnet,

Colin Campbell, the NHL’s senior executive vice-president of hockey operations, told sportsnet.ca that the league is looking into the comments.

“The League disagrees with Pat Quinn’s post-game comments and his characterization of the Souray-Iginla collision,” Campbell said in an e-mail. “I have had preliminary discussions with (Oilers GM) Steve Tambellini about Mr Quinn’s comments.”


from CSNPhilly,

Scott Hartnell had a 15-minute conference call with Colin Campbell, the NHL’s Lord of Disciplone, on Friday morning….

The Flyers winger denied the incident.

“We’re all pretty honest players,” said Hartnell, who was back on the ice Friday morning practicing with the Flyers. “You don’t want to be eye gouging … we’re not savages. Anyone who knows me knows I’m not a savage. I just play the game hard.”


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  Tags: pat+quinn, scott+hartnell

Dead Wings?  Nope.

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

The Red Wings have been the NHL’s model franchise for a little more than a decade; a team that others look to for guidance and inspiration. The Anaheim Ducks may have bullied their way to a Stanley Cup title, but for the most part it has been the speedy and disciplined Red Wings that have been the league’s most influential team.

And suddenly because they drop a pair of games to the St. Louis Blues, games that could have gone either way, they are done?

Somehow I don’t think a team that has Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg as its marquee forwards is in dire straits. They are two of the best forwards in the NHL. Nor do I think a team that has Nicklas Lidstrom and Brian Rafalsi on its blueline is in peril.


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Baby Steps For The Lightning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

I know, you want to think the team will make the playoffs. Analysts said it was possible, but only if everything broke right. Realistically, if the Lightning finishes this season, say, 18th in the league, that’s a huge step, and after three games, though the team hasn’t won, there is no reason to believe that can’t happen.

So, what needs to get better? Well, for one, can they win a shootout? But after 3-10 last season and two losses this season, that probably has become mental. There also needs to be better exchanges between the defense and the forwards to get the transition going better and quicker.  Passing has to be crisper, no doubt. Goalie Mike Smith needs to make bigger saves, but give the guy credit for shaking off being run over by Jamie Langenbrunner and for making two staggering stops in overtime.

Vinny Lecavalier and Alex Tanguay have to get going. We know there is skill there, it just hasn’t clicked yet, though every now and then you see something that makes you think they can be a dynamic combination.


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