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Playing In Sweden

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At The Hockey News,

Defenseman Joe DiPenta returns to the NHL for a fifth NHL season after spending 2008-09 with the Frolunda Indians of the Swedish Elite League. The 30-year-old, who won a Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2006-07, will blog throughout the season about his experiences on the Buffalo Sabres blueline.

from Joe DiPenta at The Hockey News,

People say hockey players use too many cliches, but I’m afraid I have to throw another one out there: What a difference a year makes.

I finished the 2007 season playing a limited, but valued, role on the blueline of a Stanley Cup-winning team. After the 2008 campaign, one in which I was a healthy scratch more times than I care to count, my hockey future was a bit uncertain.

At the time I was a 29-year-old defensive defenseman with 174 NHL games on my resume and an Anaheim Ducks Cup ring in my back pocket. I was hoping that would be enough to get me another NHL ride, so when my agent told me there was interest in my services from a Swedish club in May of ’08, I initially dismissed the notion.

But as the weeks passed, I began doing some research and giving it a bit more thought.


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Afternoon Line

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“We want to go to camp and have competition for jobs. That’s going to be sorted out in training camp. If we get good luck with injuries, I believe we’ve got the potential of having a team that can contend with any team in our division and compete for the West(ern Conference).”

-Wings GM Ken Holland.  More on the Wings from Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner.

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Belfour Back - As A Consultant For The Blues

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via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Ed Belfour, a longtime villain in St. Louis as goalie for the Chicago Blackhawks, has been hired by the Blues as a goaltending consultant.

Blues fans no doubt recall with fondness the days when the derisive chants of “BELLL-four! BELLL-four!” rained down from the rafters at the old Arena on Oakland Avenue.

Belfour played 18 seasons in the NHL with Chicago, San Jose, Toronto and Florida.

“Ed is one of the winngest goaltenders in National Hockey League history and we’re thrilled to have him on our staff,” Blues president John Davidson said in a news release. “His knowledge of the position will be invaluable for our goaltenders in Peoria and the young goalies in our ogranization.”

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Top 20 Adjusted Corsi Rates

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In this summer’s look at sabermerics and hockey, I have been looking at the Corsi Number.  The Corsi Number is the difference in the number of shots directed at the net (shots on goal, blocked shots and missed shots) taken by a team while a given player is on the ice and those taken by his opponents in five on five situations.  I have given the top 20 and worst 20 adjusted Corsi Numbers found when treating Corsi as a counting number (total over the entire season).  A similar adjustment can be done as a rate stat (per minute of ice time).  The main difference between these adjustments is that players who succeed, but in lesser roles on teams are more likely to be found at the extremes of the ratings.

Here are the top 20 adjusted Corsi rates from the 2008/09 season among players with 50 or more games played:

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Glutton For Punishment?  Williams…Returning

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Nope. Don’t like it.  Don’t like him inevitably playing on the point and I don’t like the way he bitched when he was benched the last time.  Was never fond of Jason Williams, but my opinion definitely doesn’t count. 


The Detroit Red Wings are bringing back a familiar face.

The team signed free agent forward Jason Williams to a one-year contract on Thursday.

Discuss as you see fit. Yes, there’s an upside in that he can score.  Got it.  But, right now?  Not digging this one.  And based on past history, Jason Williams (who apparently would have preferred to stay in Columbus if he could have) starts out as the early-season replacement for Mikael Samuelsson, and you know what I mean by that.


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Wings Sign Jason Williams

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The Detroit Red Wings announced today that the club has signed free agent forward Jason Williams to a one-year contract. In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Bill Daly Talks Numerous Topics

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Bill Daly was on Hockey This Morning with Scott Laughlin this morning.  He talked about the future of the Coyotes, the Olympic insurance controversy, and the investigation into the Hossa/Pronger deals by the NHL.

You can listen to the interview here.

thanks to the guys from XM204 Home Ice for passing the link along to me.

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Heatley Needs To Answer Some Quetions

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Chris Neil has the same simple question for Dany Heatley that everybody else in Ottawa wants answered: Why does he want a trade?

Neil isn’t sure what prompted the club’s two-time 50-goal scorer to ask to be dealt out of the capital in June, but Neil said yesterday if Heatley shows up at training camp next month, he must come prepared to give everything he’s got.

“If Dany is in our dressing room when training camp rolls around, it’s because he wants to be here,” said Neil. “Anyone who shows up and wants to be here, we’d welcome. But if he doesn’t want to be here, then don’t bother showing up. I’ve said that from Day 1.

“Dany has been a great guy in the dressing room. As a teammate, you can’t say enough about the guy, and that’s why everybody finds this so surprising. We’re his teammates. If he comes back here, we’re going to welcome him with open arms.”


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All Bids For Phoenix Are Conditional

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

When asked last night what would happen should Balsillie be granted the franchise by the court on Sept. 10 after the NHL has already vetoed him as an owner, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told Sun Media: “I don’t anticipate that happening.”

The truth is, the NHL didn’t anticipate Balsillie getting this far, or for that matter, the dealings on the Coyotes getting this messy.

In fact, the NHL may find itself in a less than enviable position no matter what occurs in the auction next month. The NHL’s preferred bid for the Coyotes is the one headed by Chicago sportsman Jerry Reinsdorf who is heading up a group, although we are told none of his own money is involved with the bid, which would see the team remain in Phoenix.

The Reinsdorf offer, like Balsillie’s offer, like a still unofficial third offer from the Ice Edge Holdings group, is conditional.


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Players Urged To Purchase Insurance For Olympic Training Camps

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from CTV Olympics,

The NHL Players’ Association is recommending that players who participate in Olympic orientation camps this summer “seriously consider” purchasing additional insurance coverage in the event of injury because their contracts do not cover activities at the camps.

“The league has taken the position that our members’ Standard Player Contracts (SPC) will not cover activities at the Orientation Camps, and that they will therefore be participating at their own risk,” said Paul Kelly, NHLPA executive director, in a statement.

“Following discussions with Hockey Canada and USA Hockey, they have recently agreed to increase the insurance coverage they are providing to our members invited to their Orientation Camps,” he continued.

“Unfortunately the federations’ insurance coverage is still very limited.”


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