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Canadian Goaltender Beaten In Russia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Daphne Cameron of Cyberpresse (translated),

The goaltender Jonathan Boutin was savagely attacked in an alley in the city of Perm in the Ural Region, August 29. Before his departure he had signed a one year contract with the team who plays in the second division.

But upon his arrival in Russian soil this week, managers of the club told him that they finally had enough money to pay. The hockey player of 24 years then took steps to return to Quebec.

Visibly shocked, the victim’s father has refused to grant an interview to The Press of fear that the media coverage of the case would put the life of her son in danger

read on and you can read more on this topic at another Cyberpresse story (translated).

Thanks to a KK member for the pointer…

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Gathering Of Rookies

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Upper Deck recently head a NHL Rookie Shoot.  Fourteen first-year players gathered for the shoot which you can watch below.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

When a three-year extension was announced with Versus in 2008, your commissioner was all smiles and claimed interest in the game would grow in the U.S. along with the Versus viewership.

Well, surprise, surprise, that looks to be yet another ruse in a long line of poppycock propaganda that insults the intelligence of hockey fans across the board whenever it’s shamelessly used.

It’s time the NHL got its hands dirty to ensure its investment with the Versus product pays off, rather than sitting idly by and telling the rest of us everything will be alright.

-Rory Boylen of The Hockey News.  More from Rory on this topic plus what else, the Phoenix situation.

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Ordinary Player, Great Broadcaster

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from Michael Hurley of NESN,

Indeed, it seems as though the best broadcasters were either average players or didn’t play at all. With that being said, here are the top 10 ordinary athletes who turned into extraordinary broadcasters.

8. Andy Brickley
Andy Brickley was the final pick in the 1980 NHL draft but still turned in a decent career. Once his playing days ended, however, Brickley found his true calling in life as a color commentator for the Bruins. Brickley, who registered 222 points in 385 career games, brings the know-how and attitude that only a hockey player can bring, while still maintaining a universal appeal….

3. Barry Melrose
Barry Melrose’s career stats are worse than bad. They’re horrible. In 300 games, he registered 33 points and an impossible plus-minus rating of minus-119. His 728 penalty minutes were his best stat, but that didn’t stop Melrose from essentially becoming the face of hockey for most American sports fans.

more, but no other hockey names mentioned.  Maybe you can come up with a few of your own?

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IIHF President Walks A Fine Line

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from Jeff Z. Klein of SlapShot at the NY Times,

I.I.H.F. President René Fasel managed to strike a delicate balance at his news conference in Moscow on Tuesday, praising Russian hockey-fan-in-chief Vladimir Putin and the K.H.L. while at the same time asserting that the league must honor player contracts, and expressing resistance to the N.H.L. while at the same time vowing cooperation with it.

“In general, I like the K.H.L., and I think that the idea of pan-European leagues is smart, but I still say that national federations and leagues have to live by the same rules,” Fasel said in describing a meeting he had with Putin, an outspoken advocate of K.H.L. expansion into Scandinavia and Central Europe.

“I will never allow the absorption of the weak by the strong,” Fasel said.


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Hip Surgery For Adam Mair

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BUFFALO, NY (September 1, 2009) – Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today that forward Adam Mair underwent successful arthroscopic hip surgery. He is expected to be out a minimum of 6 weeks.

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Tanguay Signing Official

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from Mike G. Morreale of NHLcom,

After spending a majority of the offseason upgrading his team’s defense, Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Brian Lawton went on the offensive Tuesday with the signing of veteran left wing Alex Tanguay.

The deal was confirmed only after Tanguay’s completing a physical Tuesday. The rumor of his signing with Tampa Bay began to spread Saturday.


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Wing Bloggers Talk Pouty Poutertans and Sociopaths

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

George Malik’s on the clock for Day 2 of the Wing Blogger Roundtable.  His subject today?  The explosively volatile topic of Jason Williams and Todd “Hannibal” Bertuzzi.  He spoke with a bunch of us, copied some stuff and then pasted it all over hell and beyond over at Snapshots.

He asked us if we’re cool with the offseason work of one Tick Tock Kenny Holland.

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Chelios Talks NHLPA

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from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

On the day after Paul Kelly’s firing as the NHLPA executive director, Chris Chelios is in explaining mode. He was skating today in Detroit, trying to stay in shape as he waits for a contract offer (he’s ruled KHL out and confirmed talks with Nashville). But I imagine most of the calls he’ll get today will be about Kelly’s firing. Even as I type this, Chelios is on his cell in the hallway. He could be ordering a pizza, but I’m guessing Kelly’s firing will dominate most of his discussions.

I asked him what the response has been from his fellow NHLPA members as he explains the thought process behind Kelly’s firing.

“A lot of guys obviously don’t know what happened, couldn’t see it coming,” said Chelios, an NHLPA executive board member. “Half the board couldn’t see this coming until we got to the meetings. At the end of the day, once everybody is filled in on what happened, they’re going to understand and we’re going to move on.”


added 1:00pm, from the CP via TSN,

In an interview with The Canadian Press on Tuesday, Damphousse said Paul Kelly, who was fired by the association’s executive board Monday, was victim of “a kind of paranoia in the group.

“For the new guy coming in, the players need to let him work. There was maybe too much leeway before and now it’s like the guy is in handcuffs. He’s got to be able to work with confidence.”


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Team Fenwick Numbers

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

This summer, in a series of sabermetrics and hockey posts, I have began to look at the Fenwick Number as an alternative to +/- ratings.  It is an attempt to capture puck possession numbers by counting shots on goal and missed shots while a player is on the ice in 5 on 5 situations.  It will count more events than +/- and will thus have a better signal to noise (the question is whether the events it counts are as meaningful).  I have listed the top 20 and worst 20 player Fenwick Numbers.  Much like Corsi Numbers (which include blocked shots), these results have a strong team bias.  The top 20 list has players on good teams and the bottom 20 list has players on weak teams.  In an effort to see team effects, the total Fenwick Number for each team is listed here and compared to the team Corsi Numbers.

Here are the team Fenwick Numbers for 2008/09:

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