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Leafs Sign Rickard Wallin

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

Brian Burke, president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Friday that the hockey club has signed free agent forward Rickard Wallin (pronounced WAHL-ihn, RIH-kahrd) to a one-year contract.

“We’re pleased to get Rickard signed to a contract,” said Burke. “He’s a strong two-way centreman that will provide a solid presence in our dressing room.”

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Lundqvist The Performer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Rangers forward Sean Avery opened a New York restaurant and bar earlier this summer, and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was there to perform on the guitar.

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  Tags: henrik+lundqvist, sean+avery

Devils Sign Danis

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

Newark, NJ – The Devils have announced the signing of goaltender Yann Danis. As per club policy, no further terms were disclosed.

“Yann Danis is a goaltender with five years’ experience on the professional level,” said Devils’ President/CEO/General Manager Lou Lamoriello. “He will give us depth at that position as we head into training camp.”

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Not So Fast Jiri

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Jiri Hudler remains property of the Detroit Red Wings and therefore the recent contract he signed in the KHL is being contested.

The National Hockey League has approached both the IIHF and KHL, seeking their intervention.

According to the NHL, Hudler is contractually obligated to the Red Wings for next season.


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  Tags: jiri+hudler, khl

Niittymaki Signed By Tampa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TBLightning Twitter,

Tampa Bay Lightning have signed former Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Antero Niittymaki.

added 10:12am,

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent goaltender Antero Niittymaki today, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced.

“We fully recognized the need to add an experienced back-up goaltender this summer and today we feel we’ve accomplished that goal,” Lawton said. “Not only is Antero already an established number two in the NHL who can steal games, but we feel he is very capable of working with Mike Smith to give us a formidable 1-2 punch in goal.”

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  Tags: antero+niittymaki

Kwiatkowski Back To Russia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Z. Klein of Slap Shot at the NY Times,

The Russians were right.

Defenceman Joel Kwiatkowski, who was reported to have signed with the Atlanta Thrashers earlier this week, already has a two-year contract with SKA St. Petersburg and will return to Russia to play for SKA this season.

“After agreeing to terms on a contract with Joel Kwiatkowski, we learned that he had already committed to a team in the K.H.L.,” said Atlanta general manager Don Waddell in response to an e-mail inquiry late Thursday. “Therefore we have rescinded our offer and have been told that Joel will honor his agreement with St. Petersburg.”


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  Tags: joel+kwiatkowski, khl

Sharks Looking For Grit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Today’s hint of what’s to come: Look for the Sharks to acquire someone to fill the role of fourth-line center as early as Friday, no later than early next week. The goal is to bring in someone with a much grittier style of play than Marcel Goc or Tomas Plihal. Let the speculation begin.

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How About Zubov In New Jersey Or A Ranger?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

...That said, I think there might be something to this—though I can’t tell you the extent of the Devils’ interest. The Devils could use a defenseman that can run the power play and Zubov might come cheap on a one-year deal.

Grossman said that there has been considerable interest in the soon-to-be 39-year-old defenseman (his birthday is July 22).

“We’ve had quite a few inquiries, six to eight teams that I would say have legitimate interest,” Grossman said. “It’s a bit of a process on both ends finding a good fit.”

The Rangers are also believed to be among the teams interested in Zubov. Dallas wanted him back, but was hoping he would accept a one-year deal with performance bonuses—which is allowed for a player 35 or older that signs a one-year deal or a player coming off a long-term injury that signs a one-year contract. (If the Devils end up re-signing Brendan Shanahan, they will probably give him a one-year deal with reachable bonuses).

The obvious concern with Zubov, besides his age, is his hip.


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  Tags: sergei+zubov

Wings Need Offensive Help

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings have 21 players signed for next season at a cap number of $55.2 million. That takes into account 11 forwards, including Abdelkader, who might start the season in Grand Rapids depending on other moves.

It also includes eight defensemen. But if Andreas Lilja, out since Feb. 28 with a concussion, is not ready for the start of the season, he will go on long-term injured reserve, freeing up $1.25 million of cap space. If Lilja is ready, the club might opt to trade a defenseman, creating more cap room.

The Red Wings could use a goal-scoring winger and a gritty, fourth-line forward, preferably with decent size.

General manager Ken Holland said he has interest in some free agents. He also said he might opt to stand pat for now, leaving some cap space for a midseason or trade deadline move.

Here is a look at some forwards—scorers and grinders—still available in the free-agent market, with last season’s team and salary:

read on...

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Corsi Numbers Top 20

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In this summer’s look at sabermetrics and hockey, I have introduced the Corsi Number as an alternative to +/- ratings.  Let’s take a look at some of the players with the best Corsi Numbers from the 2008/09 regular season.  The best online source for this information is behind the net, but it treats Corsi Numbers as a rate stat (giving them per minute of ice time).  I think it is a much more logical starting point to look at the raw counting numbers.  This is how we most frequently view +/- ratings and should be best comparable to Corsi Numbers.  In the adjustment process, we may wish to treat them as rate stats, but not at this point.

Here are the top 20 Corsi Numbers from 2008/09:

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