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Phoenix In The Spotlight Today

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from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

Judge Redfield T. Baum has his work cut out for him today as the proposed sale of the Phoenix Coyotes has proven to be anything but straightforward.

When the Phoenix bankruptcy court judge convenes a hearing today, he’ll have waded through dozens of legal arguments in hundreds of pages of documents filled with accusations and counter-accusations.

With the future of hockey in Phoenix and Hamilton hanging in the balance, the pride of billionaires on the line and a chance for the public to get a behind-the-scenes look at NHL financing and Wayne Gretzky’s tax record, to say various factions agree on very little would be understatement.

But like they say, you can’t tell the players without a program.

Here’s a look at who wants what from whom today:


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Corsi Numbers Worst 20

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In this summer’s look at sabermetrics and hockey, I have looked at the Corsi Number as an alternative to +/- ratings.  Because Corsi Numbers include far more events (all shots directed at the goal) they may be more accurate than +/- which only includes goals scored, as long as the events included are meaningful (are blocked shots and missed shots meaningful?).  The best source for Corsi Numbers online is behind the net.  It treats Corsi Numbers as a rate stat (per unit of time).  I think a more reasonable place to start in analysis is with the raw counting numbers.  I have already listed the top 20 players by Corsi Number.  Here are the worst 20 Corsi Numbers in the 2008/09 regular season.

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Clutch Time

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Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings pointed out a story from Gabriel Desjardins that appeared in the Wall Street Journal late Friday night…

Since most traditional hockey stats focus solely on offensive production, a better way to measure all-around talent is to pinpoint the players who are most important to their teams. To do this, we can rank every skater by who played the most in “clutch” situations—the last two minutes of tied or one-goal games. Those playing in these scenarios are, by and large, the most talented players in the league—NHL coaches know who needs to be on the ice when the game’s on the line, regardless of egos or contracts.

So which team has grabbed the most talent by this measure?

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Why Biron May Have To Look Outside The NHL For A Job

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from Brian Costello of The Hockey News,

Did Martin Biron price himself out of a job in the NHL? Looks like it.

Eleven days into the free agent season and virtually every team has filled their starter and backup jobs for 2009-10.

So Biron may have to look for a job in Europe or the Kontinental League. Same with the other NHL proven UFA goalies Manny Fernandez, Manny Legace, Martin Gerber, Brent Johnson, Joey MacDonald, Curtis Sanford, Wade Dubielewicz and Kevin Weekes. That’s nine looking-for-work stoppers and a shrunken market.

Here are the new goaltender jobs this summer:

Boston has top prospect Tuukka Rask as backup….


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Hockey, Mixed Martial Arts Or Soccer

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ESPN Poll- Which of the three sports has the brightest future in the United States?

See the results below and if you want to vote, go here and vote on the first poll to see the 2nd poll and so on.  At this time, the poll is the 5th one.

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How About An Interest Free Loan Eddie O?

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via Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun,

The 42-year-old was on his way to home to Chicago from the NHL awards show in Las Vegas when he put $166 down on a Pick 6 at California’s Hollywood Park. When he got home, he watched the action with glee as every one of his selections finished first.

The payoff? A cool $500,000.

“Every squirrel finds a nut every once in a while, so I just happened to get lucky,” Olczyk said. “It’s a tough enough game to pick a couple winners, let alone six in a row. But sometimes just the combinations have to come up right.

“I was one of three people to win, so I was pretty lucky. It’s like hitting the lottery.”

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Talking Hockey On A Sunday In July

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

• A West Coast team (possibly the Canucks?) is rumored to have offered the Ducks a better deal for Pronger than the whopping package (Joffrey Lupul, Luca Sbisa, and two first-round picks) the Flyers gave up. If it was the Canucks, a like package would have included Ryan Kesler and Kevin Bieksa, possibly Alex Edler.

• No progress in GM Peter Chiarelli’s attempts to strike a new deal with 36-goal scorer Phil Kessel. If an offer sheet is coming from another club, it’s not likely to be made until close to the season opener in October, at which time the Bruins, with little or no cap room left by then, would be forced to let him go or frantically dump salary. Unlike the summer, when clubs are allowed to go 10 percent over the $56.8 million salary cap, there is no overage allowed once the season starts. It’s far more likely that Kessel will be signed in the next few weeks or traded well before the start of October.

more NHL talk…


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What’s Going On With The Avalanche?

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from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

The Avalanche, once the envy of so many NHL cities because of the assembled talent and the sellout streak that ultimately reached 487 games, now has been transformed into a franchise jumping on the chance to “get young” and “rebuild” with a little too much enthusiasm.

That enthusiasm is all about money….

Now, in the wake of Joe Sakic’s retirement, it looks as if the Avalanche will end up with major cap room for next season. The rationalization will be leaving more room for flexibility in the future in what everyone knows has to be a rebuilding process.

Detroit isn’t the model. The model is Pittsburgh, which had elite draft choices and a payroll that has increased as their phenoms (e.g., Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Marc-Andre Fleury) matured and got beyond their first contracts. But this also is coming off as an ownership mandate that, well, the Avs are going to be rotten, anyway, so they might as well cut payroll to threaten the league-mandated minimum of $40.8 million.

Rebuilding doesn’t have to be the excuse for a complete scorched-earth policy.


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Central Division May Look Different At The Top

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from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

What lies ahead for the 2009-10 season, in the words of Red Wings general manager Ken Holland, is “the most challenging regular season we’ve had since the early 1990s.”

The Red Wings have won the Central Division every year since the Blue Jackets joined the league in 2000-01, an eight-season run that ranks as the longest current streak in the NHL.

But one must wonder whether a changing of the guard isn’t on the horizon in the Central.

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Flyers Blunder

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It’s mind-boggling that neither general manager Paul Holmgren nor the alleged cap expert within the Flyers organization—whomever that isn’t—understood that the seven-year Chris Pronger extension that begins in 2010-11 would be treated as an over-35 contract, applicable against the cap under essentially all circumstances as defined by the current Collective Bargaining Agreement.

And yet, Philadelphia likely will never suffer the consequences for the massive blunder in which management agreed to pay $33.4 million of the total $34.9 million within the first five years of the extension. And thus would be on the hook for a $4.921 million cap hit in 2015-16 and 2016-17, even with the defenseman in expected retirement.

The Flyers will not take the hit because the CBA will be long extinct by that time, with another round of rollbacks and amnesty buyouts expected to bridge the gap between the current labor agreement and whatever comes next.

continued and more NHL topics…

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