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Versteeg Contract Finalized

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

A source confirmed the Hawks and restricted free agent winger Kris Versteeg have finalized a three-year deal worth more than $9 million. The contract could be announced officially by the team on Wednesday.

Signing Versteeg for roughly $3 million puts the Hawks just about at the $56.8 million salary cap. A $3 million cap hit for Versteeg would put the Hawks’ payroll at approximately $55.578 million, not counting the salary for the backup goalie.

It’s looking more and more that a trade will need to be made to move out some salary, possibly Versteeg or Cam Barker or even Patrick Sharp.

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Pronger Contract Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I know this was a hot topic on the web yesterday and now it looks like we have an answer…

Elliotte Friedman of HNIC and co-hosting Fan590 morning show this week contacted Bill Daly this morning. Daly said even if Pronger retires before his contract expires, his cap figure will remain on the books for the Flyers.

Check out Elliotte’s Twitter for a bit more…

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Corsi Numbers

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In this summer’s look at sabermetrics and hockey I have began by looking at +/- ratings and the results of a couple standard methods of their adjustment.  +/- ratings are sometimes considered a problematic starting point.  One problem is “signal to noise” there may be slightly over 100 goals scored in even strength for a given player in a given season.  Their +/- is the difference between the goals for and the goals against.  If there are a few fluke events they can carry the majority of the signal (i.e. if a player is on for a few fluke goals those goals can greatly influence their +/-).  One way to try to get around this is to increase the number of events we are looking at.  Buffalo Sabres goaltender coach Jim Corsi has pioneered another metric.  Why not keep track of all even strength shots directed at the net both for and against a team when a player is on the ice.  This includes goals scored, shots on goal, blocked shots and missed shots.  The NHL keeps enough data in its games online that this can be calculated for each game.  The main benefit of this method is that it gives roughly sixteen times the number of events for a player that standard +/- does.  This is intended to increase the signal to noise (in experimental physics any counting number has an experimental error that scales with its square root so in principle the Corsi Number could be four times better).

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Schneider Will Compete For Canucks Backup Goalie Position

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

Goaltender Cory Schneider will be given a chance to make the Vancouver Canucks this fall, which could result in recent signing Andrew Raycroft playing for the AHL Manitoba Moose, general manager Mike Gillis said Tuesday.

“He (Schneider) is going to come and compete to make this team,” Gillis said. “If he makes it, he stays. If he doesn’t, he’ll have to go and spend some more time in Manitoba.

“Our long-range plans are to keep him as a Vancouver Canuck and having him play here.”


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A Look At The Wings Future Goaltenders

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

Barring a sudden change in thinking, 1991 Wings draftee Chris Osgood will carry Detroit’s goaltending load during the 2009-10 National Hockey League season, occasionally relieved by Jimmy Howard, a 2003 Wings pick.

For the first time since the dismal 1985-86 season, when Greg Stefan and Mark Laforest handled the bulk of the netminding chores, the Wings are intent on going with two homegrown products between the pipes.

Look for it to become a trend.

“They’ve always been good at bringing up players and I think they’ve definitely shifted their attention into trying to bring up some goalies,” McCollum said.

With a salary cap governor on his bankbook, Detroit general manager Ken Holland, himself an ex-NHL netminder, is of the opinion that investing heartily in a goaltender is not money spent wisely.


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Stars In Need Of Backup Goaltender & Sign Woywitka

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The new Stars GM said the upside of getting a goalie like Jonas Gustavsson was worth the gamble. Yes, he would have prefered that Gustavsson made his decision earlier. Yes, the Stars would have been in on talks for other goalies (they were high on Clemmensen) had Gustavsson just made up his mind earlier..

Yes, he is both frustrated and disappointed, but he said he believes the Stars will solve the problem.

He said they have done their homework on several goalies who could be backups, and now have to work the negotiations with the goalie they like best. Again, the team is on a budget, so the negotiations could take a few days. Some goalies are waiting for bigger offers and the Stars want to get a goalie at the right price.


via TSN,

The Dallas Stars have signed defenceman Jeff Woywitka to a two-year contract worth $1.3 million ($600,000 for the 2009-10 season, and $700,000 for 2010-11).

“We are pleased to welcome Jeff Woywitka to the Stars organization,” said Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk. “He’s gained some solid experience the last few years with St. Louis and we feel he brings valuable depth and stability to our defensive corps.”

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Good For Morley Scott

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Morley is a huge KK supporter and has turned on many of those involved in the NHL to KK.  I am happy to see Morley is back in the game and wish him much success.

VANCOUVER, BC - The Vancouver Giants are pleased to announce the appointment of Morley Scott to the position of Director, Broadcast and Media Relations.

Scott an Edmonton native will officially assume his role on July 20, 2009 and brings with him an extensive history of media and broadcast experience within the National Hockey League,

In his most recent role as the Edmonton Oilers play-by-play analyst,  Scott was charged with broadcasting games on radio and television as both play-by-play and colour analyst for 16 NHL seasons and close to 1500 games.

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  Tags: morley+scott

Stephane Veilleux Signs With Tampa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Michael Russo’s Twitter,

Tampa Bay Lightning sign Wild free-agent Stephane Veilleux

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Marchant Re-Signs With Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

fvia the Anaheim Ducks,

The Ducks announced today they have signed veteran center Todd Marchant to a two-year contract through the 2010-11 season.

Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.

“We’re pleased that Todd will remain a Duck for the next two seasons,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “His versatility on the ice and presence in the locker room is something this club has deeply valued over the past four seasons.”

via Dan Wood of Ducks Blog,

Marchant, set to turn 36 next month, will receive $1 million this season and $1.25 million in 2010-11.

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Pronger Signs Extension With Flyers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sportsnet,

The agent for Chris Pronger told Sportsnet that his client has signed a seven-year contract extension that will likely see the defenceman finish his career in Philadelphia.

The confirmation will come down later Tuesday.

The extension is front-loaded to lower the salary cap hit, and is rumoured to be worth $35 million, or five million per season.


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