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Worst 20 Adjusted Corsi Ratings

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In this summer’s look at sabermetrics and hockey, I have been looking at the Corsi Number as an alternative to +/- ratings.  Today, I am listing the worst 20 adjusted Corsi ratings from 2008/09.  The adjustment is done in the same manner developed for +/- ratings in The Hockey Compendium by Jeff Klein and Carl-Eric Reif.  I discuss this adjustment method here.  In this method, a team adjustment is calculated from team Corsi Numbers.  Since five players are on the ice, team Corsi Numbers are divided by five to give a baseline team value that is treated as a “zero” for that team.  All individual player Corsi Numbers have the team adjustment subtracted off.

Here are the worst 20 adjusted Corsi Numbers from the 2008/09 season among players who played at least 50 games and with only one team:

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In Simple Terms- The Coyotes Have Lost A Lot Of Money

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Paul Waldie of the Globe and Mail (Friday edition),

With bids for the Phoenix Coyotes due in an Arizona bankruptcy court today, the club has revealed it lost more than $60-million (all currency U.S.) last season.

Documents filed in court show the club’s hockey operations posted a $27.1-million loss for the year ended June 30. Hockey revenue, which came largely from ticket sales, totalled $58.3-million, about $7-million less than the club expected.

The net loss, which included interest payments and other costs, was $67.1-million, according to the filing.

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What Good Is A Contract?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,

...But something is changing in the NHL and it appears that coaches and even GMs are forcing their way out of contracts, something that wasn’t the case even in the wild unchecked days when owners could own two teams in the same division.

“There seems to be a double standard,” said a former player who recently took a managerial role and does not wish to be identified. “There was a long time there when a general manager or a coach was expected to honor his contract as long as the club wanted him to do so. It was thought to be important for the integrity or at least the perception of the integrity of the league. It seems that’s loosened up a bit for administrators but not for players, at least not for players who maybe want to play somewhere else.”

Contracts in management were indeed pretty much sacred (unless, of course, you got fired).

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Surgery For Hossa

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Press Release-

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that right wing Marian Hossa will undergo surgery tomorrow, Friday, July 24, on his right shoulder to repair a small tear in his rotator cuff.

“Marian’s injury did not respond sufficiently to our non-operative treatment over the last three weeks so we have collectively decided today to go ahead with the surgery,” Blackhawks General Manager Stan Bowman said. “Marian is a franchise player and we want what is best for him and the Blackhawks long-term. This was a mutual decision and one we feel very confident is the right one.”

“Marian has a small right rotator cuff tear that he has been battling for a while and because he is not at 100 percent with non-operative treatment he is undergoing operative treatment tomorrow,” Blackhawks Head Team Physician Dr. Michael Terry said. “With this type of tear we anticipate a four month post-operative recovery period, after which we expect his shoulder to be 100 percent. This is the best thing for Marian and his career long-term.”

“After consulting with my family and the Blackhawks, I have no doubt that this is the correct decision,” Hossa said. “I plan on being a member of the Blackhawks for a very long time, which is why I want to get this done and begin my career in Chicago at 100 percent.”

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Have The Bolts Call You

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from Erik Erlendsson of Bolts Report,

Sure, this is a sales pitch by the team, but it is a rather unique approach to getting fans to try to purchase a ticket plan, but I gave this a try and it is a interesting new marketing idea. While the acting skills probably need to be sharpened by Ryan Malone, Mike Smith and Rick Tocchet (it’s not their chosen profession, I know), overall it’s a pretty nifty program.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Up front, we’ve lost 82 goals, between Samuelsson, Hudler, and Hossa, we’ve lost 82 goals. There aren’t many hockey teams that can afford that, us included, so we’re a little bit, um, concerned, to put it mildly, but we’re going to try to be active and try to get it at least half figured out, but, the salary cap has caught up to us.

-Detroit Red Wings Senior VP Jimmy Devellano.  More from George Malik of SnapShots at Mlive…

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Cammalleri The Canadien

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Ken Campbell of The Hockey News has a nice chat with Mike, who discusses what it will be like playing for Montreal.

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New Look For FloridaPanthers.com

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Florida Panthers,

Welcome to the official launch of your new FloridaPanthers.com.

While the Panthers build success on the ice, they also continue to enhance FloridaPanthers.com to make it the top site for Panthers fans to get all their news, features, promotions, video highlights, pre-game and post-game reports, and blogs.

The new FloridaPanthers.com has several new features, including enhanced game highlights, additional statistics on Panthers players and their opponents, easier access to promotions and the Panthers official social networks, and superior photographs.

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I have noticed a few more teams have gone in this direction too, basically the site is centered on your page and has a look and feel of nhl.com.

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Burke Not Blown Away By Kaberle Offers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke expects Tomas Kaberle to be in the lineup on opening night, and will be shocked if the defenceman is not.

Burke made the comments on Thursday during a press conference where former NHLer Dave Poulin was introduced as the club’s new vice-president of Hockey Operations.

“I’d have to be blown away,” Burke said in response to moving Kaberle before the season. “But that hasn’t happened and I don’t see what happening.”

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Ruutu Agrees To Terms With Canes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Tuomo Ruutu on a three-year contract. Under the terms of the deal, Ruutu will be paid $3 million in 2009-10, $4 million in 2010-11 and $4.4 million in 2011-12.

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