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Hockey Abstract 2014

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Many of you know I am not into the advanced stats part of the game which continues to grow these days.

I just don't have the time and am probably a little old school on the topic, but I know many of you are and Rob Vollman has come out with his 2014 edition of Hockey Abstract.

One of the great reviews of the book is here...

from Dimitri Filipovicat The Sporting News,

... There'll surely be some noise in the form of Snake Oil salesmen that attempt to sneak in on a burgeoning product, but as long as you're looking in the right areas there should be plenty of reliable conduits of hockey analysis around. One of those is Rob Vollman , one of the first pioneers to mull all of these ideas over online back in the day, paving the way for those such as myself to dive headfirst into it. 

For the second straight summer, he has released his version of the ' Hockey Abstract ' (playing off of Bill James' Baseball versions), which attempts to continue and bolster the intelligent discussion being had as opposed to claiming to provide any sort of dubiously earth-shattering revelations. He says it best in the introduction of this year's book, describing it as " a book that's not about what we know about hockey, but what we don't know. Most topics begin with a question, which is then explored without any preconception of what the answer should be. Virtually everything I have ever done in this field began with the words 'I don't know' .” 

I've already parsed through the text with great pleasure this past weekend, and decided to share some of my favourite segments entrenched in the 300+ pages of work with the hopes that I don't spoil anything overly central to your own personal future enjoyment of it.

read on

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TSN 1200 reports that Ken Holland’s considering giving a try-out deal to Daniel Alfredsson

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated with KH on Marek vs. Wyshynski at the 21-minute mark at 5:19 PM: I'm trying to follow the trail of Red Wings GM Ken Holland's Friday radio appearances. Thus far I've found him speaking with WDFN's Art Regner and TSN Montreal's Morning Show, but I've got more to find, apparently, per The Score's Chris Battaglia:

That's very possible, that's a safe, sound and fiscally smart move, and it should've been the case for Daniel Cleary as well. I will look for the interview now.

Update: Here it is, from TSN 1200:

Holland also told TSN 690 Montreal's Morning Show that he feels Anthony Mantha can crack the lineup if he makes the "top 9," not just the "top 6"...

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Brain Burke Takes The Ice Bucket Challenge

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Red Wings afternoon news: Ken Holland on WDFN, Regner on KH and Whalers/Kocur Foundation reminders

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Amongst this afternoon's Red Wings-related stories:

Fox Sports Detroit's Art Regner penned a column about Ken Holland's 4-year contract extension this morning, and Renger was also filling in for WDFN's Matt Sheppard today, so he spoke with Holland for 26 minutes (Holland appeared on this afternoon's Marek vs. Wyshynski podcast; when that audio appears, I'll and post it):

As for Regner's article, Art believes that Holland has earned every penny of his new contract and/or extension, despite the team's free agency hiccups of late:

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Al Arbour Has Some Health Problems

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Herrmann of Newsday,

Al Arbour, the coach of the Islanders during their Stanley Cup run in the early 1980s, is experiencing health problems, former general manager Bill Torrey told Newsday.

"Al has had some health problems of recent vintage, but the family hasn't released anything and I respect the family," Torrey said. "I've talked to some of the former players who have called him, and they say the conversation doesn't last very long."

Torrey did not expand on Arbour's condition or mention any symptoms.

Bryan Trottier, who won four Stanley Cups playing for Arbour, said Tuesday on a Buffalo radio station that Arbour is suffering from dementia.

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The Outlook For Jakub Kindl

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

2014-15 outlook: After seemingly establishing himself as a key member of the defense for years to come in 2013, Kindl took a big step back in 2013-14. He seemed to lose confidence and wasn't as competitive as the year before. He is capable of playing with a physical edge but one of the knocks against him is his reluctance to take a hit to make a play.

Despite being a healthy scratch in Game 5 of the playoffs against Boston (he was replaced by rookie Xavier Ouellet), Kindl should be able to beat out Brian Lashoff for the sixth spot on defense. But his chances with the organization are dwindling.

If the Red Wings are able to acquire the right-handed shooting, power-play quarterback they've been seeking, Kindl would be the one most likely to be dealt.

Key question: Do you think Kindl still has some upside, or is he destined to be traded?

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The Summer Of Henrik Lundqvist

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Risto Pakarinen at ESPN,

You will hear New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist before you see him.

Or, rather, you will hear the roar of his black Maserati as it winds through the streets of this west coast city.

As a father of a 2-year-old daughter, he also has other cars, but there are no baby seats in the Maserati, so when he's driving solo, it's the Maserati with the matte finish that rolls out of the garage.

After the longest season in his career, Lundqvist took time off to recharge his batteries, but in the first week of August he was back on the ice, skating with local players in the Frolunda Indians practice facility, Frolundaborg, on the south side of town.

He arrives in the Maserati, stops at the parking lot meter, feeds it with a few kronor, grabs his ticket and parks his car around the corner, closer to the entrance. His famous hair is tucked under a baseball cap adorned with his own logo that combines his No. 30 with a crown.

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The Picture Said It All

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from E.M. Swift of Sports Illustrated,

For SI's 60th anniversary, we asked readers to vote on the most iconic cover in the magazine's history. The winner was the March 3, 1980 "Miracle on Ice" cover, which featured the U.S. hockey team's joyous celebration after its improbable victory over the Soviet Union at Lake Placid. Below is the cover story from that issue.

For millions of people, their single, lasting image of the Lake Placid Games will be the infectious joy displayed by the U.S. hockey team following its 4-3 win over the Soviet Union last Friday night. It was an Olympian moment, the kind the creators of the Games must have had in mind, one that said: Here is something that is bigger than any of you. It was bizarre, it was beautiful. Upflung sticks slowly cartwheeled into the rafters. The American players--in pairs rather than in one great glop--hugged and danced and rolled on one another (see cover).

The Soviet players, slightly in awe, it seemed, of the spectacle of their defeat, stood in a huddle near their blue line, arms propped on their sticks, and waited for the ceremonial postgame handshakes with no apparent impatience. There was no head-hanging. This was bigger, even, than the Russians.

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Mike Modano On The Dallas Stars

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from Katie Strang of ESPN,

"They have the pieces and the personnel, it’s just a matter of whether it will come together," said Modano, who helped bring Dallas its first Stanley Cup in 1999.

Trades for top playmaking centers like Seguin and Spezza don't come by often and they aren't easy to make, but Modano wasn't surprised Nill was able to pull it off in consecutive offseasons.

Modano, regarded as one of the best American-born centers to play the game, has known Nill for a long and knows him to be a savvy hockey mind. Nill knows the game, how to treat his players and understands the business side.

"I think it says a lot about Jim Nill. Good GMs around the league have a way of luring good players to play for their organization," said Modano, who amassed 561 goals and 1,374 points in 1,499 NHL games. "That comes with his history with the [Detroit Red] Wings, working with Kenny Holland, [Mike] Ilitch.

"You create some opportunities for individuals getting a second chance or reinventing themselves as players. He's kind of got that asset to him that he's able to do that and get them excited about being here. The stability with ownership here, that does a lot too." 

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“Thousands” Of Pre-Season Tickets Available For Toronto Maple Leafs Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Toronto Star,

The Maple Leafs have made available “thousands” of tickets to the public for the team’s four pre-season home games.

While the number is uncommon for a franchise with a decades-long waiting list for tickets, the club targeted a large ticket offering to help make the club more accessible to fans.

According to team officials, the Leafs gave season ticket holders the opportunity to turn down some or all of the pre-season games, specifically to open up the opportunity for fans who do not normally attend games.

Some 40 per cent of the season ticket holder base turned down the tickets, resulting in about 15,000 tickets being made available for the four pre-season games.

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