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Will Sundin Return Or Retire?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Amid speculation that Sundin has played his last NHL game, Sundin’s agent J.P. Barry, who is in Stockholm for Sundin’s wedding this Saturday, said he expects his client to make up his mind in short order after his wedding. Certainly, it won’t be the half-season soap opera we saw last season when Sundin was waffling over his hockey future before signing with the Vancouver Canucks.

“I think he’s going to talk to me next week, after all this is over,” Barry said. “I’ll get a clear picture pretty quickly. He’s not going to wait as long (as last year) or anything like that. This is an important event for him and then he’s going to make some decisions after this.”

Barry said he wasn’t sure whether Sundin would be available for training camps that begin in mid-September, but said Sundin has kept in shape and continued to train through the summer.

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Senator Demers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

Ex-NHL hockey coach Jacques Demers, who has spoken frankly about his lifelong battle with illiteracy, is about to be named to the Senate, his employer said Thursday.

Now a hockey analyst, Demers’s current employer—television network RDS—announced the appointment on its web site.

It says he will be named to the Senate by Prime Minister Stephen Harper during his swing Thursday through Quebec City.

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  Tags: jacques+demers

Top 20 Fenwick Numbers

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In my look at sabermetrics and hockey, I have recently introduced the Fenwick Number.  The Fenwick Number is alternative to the Corsi Number.  It is an attempt to show puck possession and track players similarly to +/- ratings, but with a smaller statistical uncertainty since it includes more events.  Fenwick Number is essentially Corsi Number with blocked shots factored out.  It is valuable to try these sabermetrics formulations from various starting assumptions because we want to be certain that any conclusions are not merely artefacts of a certain set of starting assumptions.

Today I present the top 20 player Fenwick Numbers from 2008/09 and compare them to the top 20 Corsi Numbers.

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Kane Case Put To Bed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via WIVB,

NHL star Patrick Kane and his cousin James Kane have pleaded guilty to one count of disorderly conduct.

The charges stem from an incident earlier this month.

The Kanes had been accused of beating the cab driver after a dispute over a fare.

Patrick and James Kane have been sentenced to one year conditional discharge and they will issue an apology to cab driver Jan Radecki.

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New Problems For McCarty

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Robert Snell of the Detroit News,

Former Detroit Red Wings star Darren McCarty, who won his fourth Stanley Cup ring in 2008 after recovering from alcoholism and a high-profile bankruptcy filing, has new money problems.

The IRS last week accused him of failing to pay $62,189 in federal taxes.

That’s the latest personal challenge facing the rugged, fan-friendly forward who became part of Detroit sports lore through his grinding style, charitable acts and legendary battles with Colorado’s Claude Lemieux.

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Stamkos Follows The Gary Roberts Workout Route

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

“I changed up my offseason workout plan and decided to work closely with Gary Roberts for 7-8 weeks throughout the summer,” Stamkos told NHL.com. “Everyone knows he’s a pretty fanatical guy off the ice and his workouts are tough, but I wanted to stay in shape and learn from him. I definitely see a difference in my body and muscle composition. I didn’t want to bulk up too much because that’ll slow you down, but I do feel stronger and that’s one area I really wanted to improve.”

Stamkos certainly isn’t the only player in the League learning from the best—Dallas Stars forward James Neal also trained with Roberts at his gym in Toronto. Stamkos’ program includes four days at Roberts’ facility for muscle training and two days of cardio—also prescribed by Roberts—on his own.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“He’s a Type A personality.  He’s a very focused, intense individual. He doesn’t move on anywhere until it’s done. If it’s not done right, he doesn’t care what the name is on the back, where you’re from or who you play for. You got to do the job. When he says you’ve got to play 200 feet, you got to play 200 feet. The game we want to play (in Vancouver) has a lot of pressure in it, a lot of skating in it. There’s no resting on the ice.”

-Ken Hitchcock on Mike Babcock.  More on Babcock from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated.

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  Tags: ken+hitchcock, mike+babcock, team+canada

McKenzie Loves Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Bob McKenzie of TSN tells you Why He Loves Hockey at Puck Daddy….

Sudden-Death Overtime.

And not just in the NHL. Have you ever been at a minor hockey game that goes into overtime? The sense of drama, anticipation and palpable fear and tension, on and off the ice, is unlike anything in any other sport.

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NHL/Russia War Just Heating Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,

You can put your money on the fact that the February Games in Vancouver will be the last time the NHL participates in the Olympics.

Expect a reversion to the old formula when collegians and other top amateur players, a la 1960 and 1980, when Uncle Sam won Gold Medals with the likes of Ken Morrow, Mike Eruzione (Winthrop, Mass.), et. al.

Remember this—the Russkies host the 2014 games in Sochi. The way the NHL feels about the KHL stealing of North American stars such as Jiri Hudler and Alexander Radulov, there’s no way Bettman Inc. will want to do any favors for the Europeans.

read on for more hockey observations…

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Can You Imagine Chelios In Nashville?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

One of the names being tossed around is 47-year-old Chris Chelios, whose abrasive style of play and frequent conversations with referees often made him a target of Predators fans.

Coach Barry Trotz and Chelios recently had a light-hearted talk on the topic.

“I said, ‘Chris, are you sure you’d have the interest of playing in Nashville, because you’re not exactly well-liked here?’ ‘’ Trotz said. “He said, ‘Trotzy, trust me, I’m not well-liked anywhere.’ I said ‘Yeah, I guess you’re right.’ ‘’

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