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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I had a great time on Beaver Island even though the weather was a bit cool and drizzly at times.

Enjoyed getting back to nature for a few days and even enjoyed a concert by the Screaming Orphans (make sure to check out their multimedia page).

I was sorry to hear about the death of Jose Theodore’s infant son and my prayers go out to his family.

Both Dany Heatley and Bryan Murray talked, but what happens next is anyone’s guess.

I am still receiving “panic emails” from readers, waiting for that trade to be made.  I am going to refer you to someithing I wrote on August 4th at my NHL.com blog...

I know fans want their team’s roster wrapped up in a little red bow so they can have a sense of relief that all is well and they can look forward to the upcoming season. Having the satisfaction of “the team is set” in early August is not going to happen. Those of us that live and die with our team are experiencing a little nervousness right about now, waiting for something to happen—and happen soon.

We know what moves need to be made, but frankly, many of those moves may not come until we get much closer to early September, and some of our hopeful moves may not be seen as a necessity by the GM, so we just may have to live with what we have.

One more thing.  It looks like changes coming in Tampa according to David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Those close to Len Barrie say he is likely to throw in the towel on his one-year run as co-owner of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning next Saturday, clearing the way for (sparring) partner Oren Koules to take over.

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The Fenwick Number

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I have been taking my usual look at sabermetrics and hockey this summer.  I have spent most of the time looking at the Corsi Number.  The Corsi Number is essentially an alternative to +/- ratings.  Instead of using only goals scored to tally ratings, it uses all shots directed at goal (shots on goal, missed shots and blocked shots).  This makes the numbers much larger and removes statistical noise to a better degree than +/- does.  Corsi is a good judge of puck possession of players.  Players with high Corsis tend to dominate in puck possession and those with low Corsis tend to have their opponents dominating in puck possession.

Corsi is not the only alternative to +/- that is used in this manner.  Another method, which is less common, is the Fenwick Rating.  It is named for Matt Fenwick from the Battle of Alberta blog.  He factors out blocked shots from a Corsi Rating to include only shots on goal and missed shots.

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Why Mike Babcock Is A Good Coach For Canada

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Of the Olympic hockey teams in 2010, no team has as many coaching choices as Team Canada does.  Most of the NHL’s coaches are Canadians.  The decision of who to coach Team Canada coach has many possibilities.  It doesn’t really have any wrong answers as long as somebody competent is selected and most (if not all) NHL coaches qualify as competent coaches. 

The ideal coach for Team Canada is somebody who has shown he can succeed with a talented team.  It is somebody who does not play a complicated system since there is little time for that to be learned (and let’s face it the six month early Olympic orientation camps are near useless).  The ideal coach for Team Canada should not have a conflict of interest where he appears to favor his teammates over other players who may be better fits.

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How Evgeni Malkin Made An MVP Run

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In the 2008/09 season, Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins led the league in scoring with 113 points.  He finished second in the Hart Trophy voting behind Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.  Does this mean that Malkin is the second best player in the NHL or did the circumstances of how he was played serve to improve his statistics?

Malkin was heavily played in offensive situations by the Pittsburgh Penguins.  In fact, he had the third most prominent offensive zone starter in the NHL last season.  This is quite a significant achievement given that Pittsburgh did not have a great season in terms of puck possession.  They had more defensive zone faceoffs than offensive zone ones.  They finished with a negative team Corsi number.  They were a team that got on a hot streak in time for the playoffs, but they had not been dominant in the regular season.  In fact, at times during the regular season they looked as though they might miss the playoffs.

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Tick Tock: Second Line’s Up For Grabs

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So, I guess you can take your pick.  Either a whining little bitch who’d rather be wasting away in Columbus or a player widely regarded by the MSM as Ted Bundy with a mean streak.

Malik

Well, my take would be that, at the end of the year, a real good line for us was Datsyuk, Zetterberg, and Cleary, and I would expect that would be a line that Mike Babcock would start the season with, and then, you know, Franzen, and Filppula form two thirds of our second line, and then I think it’s wide open for either Bert to go in there, or Jason Williams, I think those two guys would be the leading candidates for that position.

 

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Naysayers? Line ‘Em Up

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It’s been a long time since the Wings won a Cup, so I have trouble remembering how we celebrated it.  I’m sure in some corners of our state, or across this great country of ours that is home to nearly 19 million Wing fans according to recent census numbers, there were parties. 

Glorious events filled with recounts of Wing playoff wins and toasts and firetrucks, blocks of cheddar, warm PBR and dancers “working their way through med/law/stenographer school.”

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KK- A Four Day Vacation

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I am taking a mini-break and probably the last one until next summer around this time.

I’d love to tell you I am going to some exotic location, but with the economy the way it is, especially in the Detroit area, I have decided to head to Beaver Island.

I will not, repeat, will not be taking any kind of communication devices with me.  I am going the nature route and hope to enjoy the birds and the bees.

I will be leaving early tomorrow and will be back to my normal routine on Monday morning.

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Team USA Camp Was No Social Gathering

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

And so, 34 American hopefuls departed suburban Chicago on Wednesday with their Olympic appetites merely whetted.

The main course begins Oct. 1, when these players will begin a three-month audition for a berth on the 2010 U.S. Olympic team in Vancouver with the start of the National Hockey League’s regular season.

In the past, pre-Olympic gatherings like the three-day event that ended here Wednesday night would have been more a mixer, a social. Given a relatively shallow talent pool, the rosters would have been pretty much set beforehand.

Not now.

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Misdemeanor Charges Against Kane

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Natasha Korecki of the Chicago Sun-Times,

An Erie County grand jury has passed on felony charges against Blackhawks star winger Patrick Kane but indicted him and his cousin this afternoon on misdemeanor harassment and theft charges.

Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita said in a statement: “Patrick Kane will not be prosecuted more leniently or more harshly because he is employed as a hockey player.” The charges come following testimony from “all known witnesses, including a witness suggested by defense counsel,” according to the statement.

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National TV Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Make sure you’re not only free the night of Oct. 1, but that your television works properly. That night, the NHL returns in style to kick off the 2009-10 season, with four nationally televised games over three networks.

The NHL released its national television schedule Wednesday, and it begins with doubleheaders on Versus, TSN and CBC featuring Alex Ovechkin, Joe Sakic’s jersey retirement ceremony, Jay Bouwmeester’s first game as a Flame and the new-look Montreal Canadiens.

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added 2:37pm, for more detailed information on this topic, make sure to check out Puck The Media.

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