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It Doesn’t Make Sense

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from Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,

All kinds of chirping in the blogosphere about a three-way – kinky! – involving the Canadiens, Senators and Sharks.

It all began with a Bruce Garrioch item in the Ottawa Sun saying San Jose was interested in Dany Heatley but a deal would have to include a third party, likely the Canadiens.

Let the guessing games begin.The most fanciful speculation didn’t even include Marleau: Heatley to SJ, the Sharks’ first-round draft choice and – wait for it – Mike Cammalleri to Ottawa, Jonathan Cheechoo and Christian Ehrhoff to Montreal.

Like Bob Gainey is going to trade Cammalleri, the free agent he signed on the day he let Alex Kovalev walk, to Kovy’s new team, which happens to be a divisional rival.

People, get a grip!


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Worst Corsi Rates

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This summer in my look at sabermetrics and hockey, I have been looking at the Corsi Number.  They are a good judge of puck possession that is much like +/-, although it comes with different strengths and different weaknesses.

I have ranked the best 20 and worst 20 player adjusted Corsi Numbers.  This ranking is done treating Corsi as a counting stat accumulated over the season.  It can also be looked at as a rate stat and ranked per minute of 5 on 5 ice time played.  To that effect, I have listed the top 20 Corsi rates from 2008/09.  Today, I look at the worst 20.

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Canadian Readers- Enjoy Your Holiday Today

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I hope your August Long Weekend is great and soon hockey talk will be on the front burner.

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Zherdev Gets $3.9M Award

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via Steve Zipay’s Twitter,

Zherdev receives $3.9 million in arbitration

added 3:08pm, The Ranges were offering $3.25M while Zherdev was looking at something between $4-5M.

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  Tags: nikolai+zherdev

Bertuzzii Could Be A Good Choice For A Few Teams

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from Brian Costello of The Hockey News,

There are many players still on the market and unfortunately a good chunk of them will never again play in the NHL. If you consider yourself picky, you might look at the UFA list and say there are only a couple names worth considering.

It all depends on what a team is looking for – from Maxim Afinogenov to Mike Zigomanis, there’s a role for a lot of these guys. One UFA who continues to catch my eye is the enigmatic Todd Bertuzzi.

Say what you want about Big Bert and his past crimes of poor judgment, he can still be a useful player on a handful of teams.

The days of Bertuzzi being a 40-goal scorer and point-a-game player on a top line are long gone. So are the stipends of $5 million plus per season.

read on

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  Tags: todd+bertuzzi

Oshie A Hit In St. Louis

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from Brad Elliott Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald,

As he’s done everywhere in his career, T.J. Oshie wasted little time becoming a major fan favorite in St. Louis. His name became a verb, fans campaigned to vote him mayor of nearby O’Fallon, Mo., and he was a landslide winner in fan voting for the most popular player on the team….

“I’ve never had the opportunity to pick a Mario Lemieux, a player who has all the physical attributes and skills to step right into the NHL and dominate a game,” Blues head scout Jarmo Kekalainen told NHL.com. “Rarely, in fact, do you find any kid who is physically ready to step into the NHL and make an impact.

“To me, we’re charged with the opportunity to identify skill, hockey sense, character and intelligence in a youngster and then calculate his future. We try to find players with the upside who can become an impact player. You might get a guy that will make your team right off the bat. But you can’t get carried away with that. If it takes four years to get him to the NHL, but he plays 12 years in the league, I’d much rather take that guy than the guy that makes it in the league the next year, plays 100 games and then vanishes.”


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  Tags: t.j.+oshie

Steve Mason Still Has Goals To Achieve

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from Ryan Pyette of the Toronto Sun,

Five goalies are invited to joust for the Vancouver trip. Three get the call.

The favourites—New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur and Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo—have reached crease superhero status. It’s difficult to imagine a Team Canada without them.

Mason is the youngest and, at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, the biggest. He’ll battle a couple of Stanley Cup winners—Carolina’s Cam Ward and Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury—for the No. 3 spot.

“I’ve played for Canada internationally before (MVP and gold medal at the 2008 world juniors) but this is a whole different level with all the star players in the NHL,” Mason, 21, said. “I idolized Martin Brodeur as a kid and I’ve played against Roberto Luongo, who I really respect.

“It would be unbelievable to get the chance to be part of it. I think the Olympics first hit home for me in 2002 when Canada won it.

“I was (13 years old) and I was at my best friend’s house (in Oakville) and we went out after the gold medal game and played road hockey.”


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  Tags: steve+mason

Kozlov Improves With Age

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from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

Vyacheslav “Slava” Kozlov is stronger today than when he first broke into the League as a 19-year-old rookie almost two decades ago.

And he has the numbers to prove it.

In his first eight full seasons in the League with the Detroit Red Wings, Kozlov averaged 73 games and 51 points. During his past six campaigns with the Atlanta Thrashers, the Russian winger has averaged 80 games and 65 points.

Surprised? You shouldn’t be.


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  Tags: vyacheslav+kozlov

Sunday Morning Hockey Notes

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via Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• I give up, why was Jason Spezza’s wedding covered on the national news?

• Dominic Moore turns 29 tomorrow and still is a handy man looking for a contract. Word around is he will end up re-signing in Buffalo.

• Keep hearing Doug Risebrough, Mike O’Connell and Pierre McGuire’s names as the finalists for the Florida Panthers GM job, if the Panthers ever getting around to changing owners and hiring a hockey boss.

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Bruins Talking Outdoor Sweater

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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

The Bruins, deep in discussions about the sweater they’ll wear for the Winter Classic, are hoping to create a jersey that can catch a piece of the magic the Penguins created two years ago. For the 2008 outdoor game at Buffalo’s Ralph Wilson Stadium, the Penguins went retro, pulling their 1968-69 jersey design out of mothballs. Today, the powder blue sweater - the Penguins switched to black and gold in 1979-80, following in the footsteps of the Steelers and Pirates - remains one of the league’s top-selling items.

“That worked,’’ said Bruins principal Charlie Jacobs, “because they’re not necessarily their team colors. There’s no black or gold. It’s a powder blue jersey, and that made it unique. It’s certainly recognized in their market. It’s not like the Pirates, Steelers, or anything else. It’s unique.’’

Jacobs hopes that by the end of August, the Bruins, in conjunction with Reebok and the NHL, will settle on a design that will serve multiple purposes: capture the Bruins’ heritage, stand out as a unique item for the New Year’s Day game against the Flyers at Fenway Park, and convince fans to hand over their money.

more plus additional NHL talk…

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