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from Rick Nothrop of the Prince Albert Daily Herald,
Baseball has Bill James. Football has draft guru, Mel Kiper Jr. and Aaron Schatz, who started Footballoutsiders.com dedicated to statistical analysis of the National Football League.
But where do hockey fans look for insightful, investigative musings on the National Hockey League?...
Thankfully, there is a place hockey fans can turn: Hockeyanalytics.com. Allan Ryder maintains Hockeyanalytics.com, a website with reams of information that just might one day do for hockey what Bill James did for baseball.
Ryder’s regular columns in the Globe and Mail expound on the virtues of new statistics — called metrics — that shed new light on the game of hockey.
“We’re not only going to match any offer sheet, we’ll have enough space to go after your guys. Go ahead and make our day. If you sign our guy, we’re coming back with both barrels firing. You’d better be damn straight that you have the cap space and all your guys are signed.”
—Dean Lombardi, LA Kings GM
“Dang, snap, OH NO HE DIDN’T!”
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
...That leaves just two returnees: Chris Pronger and Robyn Regehr, although Regehr will be in tough to hold onto the seventh spot.
Joining those two will be Dion Phaneuf, Shea Weber, Jay Bouwmeester, Dan Boyle and Brent Burns. As a unit, they boast size (averaging 6-3, 211 pounds), mobility, and the versatility to manage special teams as adeptly as they do five-on-five play. All of them have international experience—Weber and Phaneuf were partners with the junior team—that should help them make the transition to this stage.
In the mix, but likely on the outside looking in: Washington’s Mike Green, Chicago’s Brian Campbell and Duncan Keith, Philly’s Braydon Coburn, and Ed Jovanovski of the Coyotes.
Roberto Luongo, another star of the World Cup semi-final win over the Czechs, should be ready to assume the No. 1 job in the Canadian nets after apprenticing behind Martin Brodeur at the last two majors.
read on for the forwards and coaching staff…
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
With the help of professional therapy, the support of his family and a fresh slate awaiting him in Russia, where he will tend goal for Atlant Mytishchi of the new Continental Hockey League, Emery said he’s ready to stop doing the same old things that saw him descend in startling fashion from a starting netminder with a Stanley Cup finalist to a pariah with a reputation in tatters and essentially no NHL options.
“I had lots of help,” Emery said. “I brought my family into things. I had friends I had to stop associating with. And I’ve got friends that I’m a lot closer with.”
It took the better part of two weeks to get our phone conversation lined up, and there was a feeling it might never happen, that perhaps Emery had no intention of addressing these issues with us. Yet he was text-messaging apologies and working to get a time lined up around his schedule as the team heads to training camp about an hour outside Helsinki, Finland.
from Mike Heika at the Dallas Stars Blog,
Sean Avery was in town for his introductory press conference today, and he was resplendent in a madras plaid out that included long shorts, an unstructured jacket and red leather dress shoes with no socks.
Avery is an interesting guy. He’s an agitator who can score goals and who loves fashion. He said he already has talked to Marty Turco and Brenden Morrow and believes he will fit into the locker room fine. He said he doesn’t think scoring 25 goals will be any problem at all.
a little more plus they will have a vid of the press conference up soon…
The Washington Capitals have signed center David Steckel to a one-year contract extension for the 2009-10 season, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Steckel was already under contract with the Capitals for the upcoming season and would have been an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of 2008-09.
Steckel, 26, completed his fourth professional season and first full NHL campaign in 2007-08. A 6’5”, 222-pound native of Westbend, Wisc., Steckel averaged 13:33 of ice time in 67 games, leading the team and finishing seventh in the NHL with a 56.3% faceoff percentage.
from Mark Hartigan’s Blog at the Hockey News,
Welcome to my first Insider Blog. I’m writing to you from Riga, Latvia, where I will be suiting up this season for Dinamo Riga of the Kontinental Hockey League, alongside my buddy and former Columbus teammate Duvie Westcott, not to mention a couple other ex-NHLers….
Even though it’s the middle of summer, things have been real busy for me. I left Minnesota last week, getting on a plane at 7:30 pm and landing in Amsterdam at 11 am the next morning. Duvie and I had a nine-hour layover in Amsterdam, so we rented a hotel room at the airport to get some sleep.
The beds were smaller than a single – I mean, if you roll halfway over, you’re on the floor – and the funny thing was the beds were pushed together, so Duvie pushed them apart and faced them towards the TV.
From J.P Press at AOL Sports Fanhouse,
With the Summer Olympics nearly underway, forgive us hockey fans for not yet being fully in the spirit of the Games.
Michael Phelps is impressive and all, but we prefer our water frozen and skated upon. Field hockey? Close, but no cigar. And while the NHL is not without its divers, we prefer our reverse three-and-a-half somersaults to be accompanied by unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. “8.8.08” may have meaning to most sports fans, but to puckheads it’s just “the day after Sidney Crosby’s 21st birthday.”
With a little finesse, however, there are hockey tie-ins, even in Beijing in August. And come September? Well, Shanghai will become Hockeytown…
Just a friendly reminder, Wayne Gretzky Week starts tonight on the NHL Network. Check out the schedule of shows and enjoy a sneak video preview of the NHL Network’s ‘A Day That Changed the Game: August 9, 1988’.
From the HHOF Stanley Cup Journal:
After being part of a boating convoy with the Wings’ GM, the Cup spent the night at the Osgood home with Chris and his wife Jenna. Curious readers of the Stanley Cup Journal know that the Keepers of the Cup accompany hockey’s most cherished trophy wherever it goes, and wonder what happens when players want to sleep with the Cup. “I tell them, ‘Move over,’” laughs Mike Bolt, one of the Cup’s Keepers.
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