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Canadiens will need to find another director of player development

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

You tend to read a story like this, reported by the Canadian Press's Stephen Whyno, and you just hope for the best:

Patrice Brisebois is leaving the Montreal Canadiens for personal reasons, a source tells The Canadian Press.

Brisebois, who has served as director of player development for the past two years, told general manager Marc Bergevin of his intentions earlier this week, the source said.

The 43-year-old Montreal native played 16 of his 18 NHL seasons for the Habs. Between Montreal and the Colorado Avalanche he played 1,009 career games.

A team losing its director of player development is a big deal, and this will present a challenge and a half for Bergevin and his management group, but you've got to let folks deal with their personal lives first and foremost...

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Calgary Flames goaltender Jonas Hiller only needs ‘minor procedure’ to deal with appendicitis

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Via NHL.com, reading this kind of thing is usually quite scary, but the Calgary Sun's Wes Gilbertson reports that the Calagary Flames' new starting goaltender has

From NHL.com:

Calgary Flames goaltender Jonas Hiller needed a minor procedure after having an appendicitis attack working out in Switzerland, the Calgary Sun reported via Twitter.

Flames beat writer Wes Gilbertson wrote Hiller is "expected to make a speedy recovery."

Initial reports from Switzerland said Hiller had the attack at a goalie camp in Verbier. The camp director did not know if Hiller would need surgery.

The wonders of modern medicine, eh?

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Afternoon Line Part 2

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“The whole season overall wasn’t how I wanted it to be. It was unfortunate losing your confidence early. It’s a confidence game. So I’m just trying to get it back this summer. I know what I can do and can provide a team. I’ve done it in the past; I’m just trying to get there again.”

-Unrestricted Free Agent Michael Del Zotto.  More on Del Zotto from Luke Fox of Sportsnet.

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Pavel Datsyuk discusses his health, the Red Wings’ roster and his hockey school

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Pavel Datsyuk's hockey school in the Moscow suburb of Zelenograd hasn't received that much press as of yet, save a pair of Allhockey.ru articles/photo galleries, but today, he spoke with R-Sport's correspondents, positing successive comments about his health, the Wings' roster, soccer and more. What follows is roughly-translated, but it's good to hear.

First, Rogulev asked Datsyuk about his physical health...

Russian forward Pavel Datsyuk, who plays for Detroit, says he expects to be fully recovered for the start of the NHL season. Datsyuk missed 30 of the final 40 games of the regular season due to pain in his knee. The forward, who turns 36 on July 20th, registered 3 goals and 2 assists in 5 playoff games.

"Until today, I've been going through rehabilitation, doing special exercises," Datsyuk told reporters. "I will approach the season really prepared for it. I'm not quite there yet, but I'm moving in the right direction. I can't promise, but I hope to come to the season 100% ready."

Then R-Sport's Simon Galkevich asked Datsyuk about the Wings' roster...

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Talking Salary Arbitration The Hockey Analytical Way

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ian Cooper at the Toronto Star,

The free agent sweepstakes ended in a flash and two of our favourite players (Radim Vrbata and Benoit Pouliot) found themselves a new home and a significant raise.

For those who can’t get enough hockey in July, the league has served up its next round of entertainment: the arbitration game.

What could be more exciting than following the stories of 23 players as they, their employers, and a phalanx of lawyers and agents slowly wend their way toward a settlement on the courtroom steps?

NHL salary arbitrations have detailed rules and a veneer of science to them as the combatants try to come up with “comparables” to assess a player’s worth.

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New Jersey Is a Top Puck Possession Team

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In the 2012/13 lockout shortened season, the New Jersey Devils had the second best Corsi rating in the NHL despite missing the playoffs.  When Ilya Kovalchuk left to play in the KHL, many people picked the Devils to do quite poorly.  I bucked the trend and picked them to have a solid season with the addition of Cory Schneider in goal.  That didn't exactly happen.  The Devils again missed the playoffs.  They missed by five points last season and they again had a top Corsi rating.  The Devils had the fourth best team Corsi in 2013/14.  New Jersey seems to be the one team that most bucks the trend that good puck possession (as shown by a good Corsi rating) leads to success on the ice.  Why is this?

Corsi is not the only thing required to have a winning team.  Anyne who suggests this is probably making a strawman argument against Corsi ratings or totally misinformed.  Corsi only measures puck possession at even strength.  It does not look at special teams at all.  Power plays and penalty kills are important but are not covered at all with Corsi.  Corsi stats are only taken in 5 on 5 situations.  Corsi also does not measure goaltending or shooting percentage.  It only measures the number of shots attempted.  We can get a look at goaltending and shooting percentage in part by looking at PDO - this is the sum of saves percentage and shooting percentage for a given team.  New Jersey had the fourth worst PDO in 2013 and again they had the fourth worst in 2014.  PDO is generally taken as a measure of luck as it is not repeatable on an individual player level.  On a team level this isn't so true.  A team with poor goaltending will have a poor PDO.  New Jersey is an example of this.  In 2013, their goaltending of Martin Brodeur and Johan Hedberg was the worst in the NHL.  Last season, things were better.  Brodeur played fewer games (though still nearly half of the season's games) and was no better than he had been the previous year.  Schneider was an improvement on Hedberg and he played a larger percentage of games.  This was an improvement, but the Devils remained below average in goaltending thanks to Martin Brodeur.

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Red Wings afternoon news: a charitable challenge, prospect talk, RFA updates and bizarro fun

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

On a quieter day, I would've posted the triple interviews that Mike Babcock, Ted Lindsay and Tony Granato conducted today in a single "afternoon" post, but you've got to get that stuff out as soon as you find it, so:

The first "story" of note comes  via Twitter, while I was writing this, and I'll put it simply: Herm to Hockeytown is now an every-other-year-event, but its guru of organization, Jennifer MacRostie, is asking Wings fans to step up and help Children's Hospital sans event:

Second: I'm glad to have read that the Wings re-signed Mitch Callahan and Andrej Nestrasil to 1-year contracts. Callahan's worked his tail off and has already stated that he'll be more than happy to play in Grand Rapids for another year if that will allow him to remain part of the organization, and Nestrasil salvaged his pro hockey career via a superb 2013-2014 season performance with the Griffins.

The Griffins' press release regarding the contracts made Callahan and Nestrasil's respective statistical cases...

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In-Game Experience- Out With The Old, In With The New

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

The off-season is when NHL teams examine their rosters and look to improve. But as we know, there’s more to every franchise’s business dealings than the players themselves. There’s also the matter of the in-arena experience for fans who spend big money on tickets. While some teams are better at it than others, there’s lots of room for improvement in the way paying customers are entertained 41 nights per season. Here are three easy ways to do that:

1. Enough of the same old song. At the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, the same songs often are played not just game after game, but in the exact same circumstances every night. (I’m not talking about a team’s “goal song”. That’s fine.) While there are hundreds, if not a few thousand people on any given night who may only attend one or two games a year, there are many more who are season-ticketholders in attendance every night. It’s indefensible to subject them to a near-identical, cookie-cutter in-game experience, but that’s the reality in many rinks.

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Make it a trio of interviews: New Red Wings assistant Tony Granato appeared on The Fan 590 today

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Hell, I would've just posted the interviews in a single post if I'd known...Anyway, we've got Mike Babcock on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM, Ted Lindsay on WDFN, and this morning, new Red Wings assistant coach Tony Granato spoke with The Fan 590's Brady and Walker about his decision to join the Wings:

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Red Wings great Ted Lindsay talked charity and hockey on WDFN this morning

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

You don't expect July 17th to deliver a fantastic set of Red Wings radio interviews, but Mike Babcock was aggressive in speaking on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM today, and WDFN's Art Regner and Brad Galli spoke with Ted Lindsay this morning, talking about this weekend's HockeyFest in Canton, Lindsay's take on the NHLPA and many other topics in a nearly 17-minute-long interview:

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