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Ryan Smyth Talks About LA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ryan Smyth, recently acquired from Colorado, met with Daryl Evans on his first day in Los Angeles as he joins his new team.

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Flames Sign Lundmark & Jaffray

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Calgary, AB – Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of forwards Jamie Lundmark and Jason Jaffray. 

Lundmark, a native of Edmonton, Alberta, is in his second stint with the Calgary Flames after spending parts of the 2005-06 and 2006-07 season with the Flames. Last season, Lundmark played 27 games with Calgary scoring eight goals and adding eights assists for 16 points and 17 penalty minutes. Lundmark has amassed 259 career NHL games over his career split between New York Rangers, Phoenix Coyotes, Los Angeles Kings, and the Calgary Flames.

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A Look At Chicago’s Cap Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Cycle Like The Sedins,

This post runs really long and might have some inexact math. The major point, though, is that the Blackhawks have painted themselves into an astonishing corner. It is legitimately difficult to imagine them holding onto two of Kane, Toews and Keith.

If they do keep all three, it will require the Hawks to deal with a stunning lack of depth.

Feel free to prove us wrong and point out mistakes. We expect this post to be a crucial part of how we look at this scenario.

And, obviously, we hope you find it interesting.


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Report- The Monster Chooses Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

A Swedish source told Sportsnet the long awaited decision by Jonas Gustavsson is over as he’s decided to start his NHL career with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

An announcement is expected as early as today as “The Monster” signed off on a 1-year, $900,000 to start the 09-10 season backing up Vesa Toskola.

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  Tags: jonas+gustavsson

Obama Pleased To Have Ovechkin In His City

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Stephen Dinan of the Washington Times,

We knew he was into basketball, but apparently President Obama keeps an eye on Washington Capitals hockey as well namely NHL MVP Alexander Ovechkin.

The Caps left wing made Mr. Obama’s list of great Russian contributors to the world, along with scientists, cosmonauts and pioneers of literature such as Pushkin.

“As a resident of Washington, D.C., I continue to benefit from the contributions of Russians—specifically, from Alexander Ovechkin. I’m very pleased to have him in Washington, D.C.” Mr. Obama said, drawing a laugh from the graduating class at the New Economic School in Moscow on Tuesday.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, president+obama

Flyers Take A Chance With Pronger Signing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The Flyers prefer to characterize the draft-day move as the opportunity to add a future Hall of Fame player who will solidify the back line for seasons to come. That might be exactly how it will turn out, too, but the stakes and the measuring stick for the Flyers remains as always: Cup or nothing.

And with that, the clock is ticking.

It is ticking because the Flyers paid an enormous price to acquire him, sending away two first-round picks, and - by including talented 19-year-old defenseman Luca Sbisa - the equivalent of a third first-rounder.

Three years from now, if the Pronger acquisition has not produced a Stanley Cup, the talent gap left by dealing those three top picks has the potential to leave some holes on the roster.

As it is, there are a few holes the Flyers will have to plug in the short term, too. Losing Joffrey Lupul in the trade and forward Mike Knuble because the team couldn’t afford to keep him will provide for some challenges on the scoring lines, particularly at right wing.

But those are the chances the Flyers have taken, with the future and with the present. And, for all the right reasons, those were the correct chances to take.

read on

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Rangers May Walk Away From Zherdev

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Nikolai Zherdev’s decision to file for salary arbitration probably means that it will be one-and-done on Broadway for the underachieving winger.

As it was, there was debate within the organization whether to qualify Zherdev at the required $3.25 million price tag after his uneven season that frustrated both Tom Renney and John Tortorella.

Now, with Zherdev seeking a contract believed in the neighborhood of $4.5M, there’s little doubt the Blueshirts would walk away from an arbitration award that’s even a nickel more than $3.25M, and thus make the 24-year-old winger an unrestricted free agent.


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NHL Investigating Tampering By Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

The Toronto Maple Leafs are under investigation for tampering because of comments made by head coach Ron Wilson about the club’s interest in Daniel and Henrik Sedin prior to the free-agent deadline on July 1.

Leafs general manager Brian Burke confirmed yesterday that the NHL has informed him that the league will examine potential tampering because of remarks made by the Leafs coach in an interview with a Toronto radio station last week.

“The league has indicated that they are looking into it, so we will have no public commentary at this time,” Burke said yesterday when asked to respond to a column published by the Vancouver Province last weekend in which an unnamed NHL executive remarked that what Wilson said was a “clear-cut case of tampering.”


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Worst 20 Adjusted +/- (Rate Stat)

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I have been looking at +/- ratings and their adjustments in some of my recent posts.  I have written about adjusted +/- as a counting stat and given the top 20 and worst 20 players from last season by this method.  I am comparing it to the rate stat adjustment that Gabe Desjardins of Behind the Net does.  I have listed the top 20 players by this method.  Here are the worst 20 players last season by this method of +/- adjustment (with a minimum of 50 games played).

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Monday Evening Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

(Ducks GM Bob) Murray said his preference at this point is to try and find a No. 2 center. He refused to discuss names, but a source had told ESPN.com last week the Ducks were among the teams along with Minnesota to talk to Koivu’s camp. Interestingly, New Jersey, according to a source Monday, was also in the Koivu mix. The Devils lost Gionta and John Madden via free agency.

Tanguay, for my money, remains the best forward left on the market. Ownership issues and all, the Phoenix Coyotes are one of the teams in talks with him. But another source told ESPN.com on Monday night that talking to Tanguay and the Coyotes actually signing him are two different things.


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