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Video- All Todd McLellan

via Sportsnet,

Gene Principe sat down with new Oilers head coach Todd McLellan to talk about everything from Connor McDavid to goaltending to the high expectations of Edmonton’s patient fans.

 

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Report- The Latest On The Patrick Kane Case

from WGRZ,

2 On Your Side's Scott Levin has learned that a woman who was with Patrick Kane's alleged rape victim has been subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury on September 8.

Chicago Blackhawks player and south Buffalo native Patrick Kane is the focus of a rape investigation by Hamburg Police, although he has not been charged in the case....

Former Erie County District Attorney Frank Clark says he does not expect any decisions to be made by the grand jury before the end of this month. In fact, he says this process could take weeks or even months to play out.

"Right now, it looks as though the decider as to whether or not Patrick Kane is guilty of any criminal conduct or not will be an Erie County grand jury," says Clark.

With no criminal charges filed, a grand jury will take up the Kane case. Clark says the grand jury process may have started some time ago.

"They may have been listening to the case for a while, and we're just finding out about it. Or it could be that both the police and the prosecutor felt that they had some investigative work to do before they were comfortable in starting a grand jury action," he says.

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Jonathan Toews Stresses Team Unity Regarding Patrick Kane Situation

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Tmes,

Jonathan Toews indirectly addressed the ongoing Patrick Kane situation on a Winnipeg radio station on Thursday, saying, “You stay together as a team.”

Toews was asked how, as captain, he deals with off-ice concerns such as the police investigation involving Kane and a woman in Hamburg, N.Y., though the radio host on TSN-1290 only referred to Kane as “one of your star teammates.” Toews said the Blackhawks can draw on recent experience.

“I think you’ve just got to have confidence that things like that will resolve themselves over time,” Toews told the Hustler and Lawless show. “And for the time being, you stay together as a team, you support your teammate [or] teammates that are maybe going through a rough patch. We saw it last year with some rumors that spread around social media about several guys in our locker room. It’s not the first time we’ve seen situations like that.”

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Slava Voynov Taken Into Custody By U.S. Immigrations

from Nathan Fenno of the LA Times,

Slava Voynov was taken into custody Wednesday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, throwing the NHL future of the young Kings defenseman into question.

Voynov had been jailed at the Seal Beach Police Detention Center since July 7 following his no contest plea to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge in Los Angeles Superior Court.

After Voynov's release in Seal Beach, ICE took him into custody and is holding the Russian citizen at an unspecified detention facility pending a hearing by an immigration judge, an agency spokeswoman said Thursday.

Because of the violent nature of Voynov's legal entanglement — which brought him to the attention of ICE in the first place — the agency didn't set a bond.

The Kings declined comment while Voynov's agent didn't immediately return a request for comment.

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No Plans For PTO Players At This Point For The Minnesota Wild

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

Fletcher said as of now he's not inclined to bring in any unsigned veterans to camp on pro tryouts, although he said that could change once he meets with the coaches next week. I have gotten the impression the Wild has at least talked about bringing in some center insurance like Stephen Weiss, but like I said, Fletcher told me right now it's not in his thinking. If the Wild suffers injury or poor performance in camp, Fletcher feels those options may still be there (for instance, maybe you sign Weiss or James Sheppard or Scott Gomez, who will go to St. Louis on a tryout) or there will be guys available via trade or waivers.

more on the Wild...

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New Energy In Philadelphia

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Last season, the Flyers' offense was led by Jake Voracek (81 points), Claude Giroux (73 points), and Wayne Simmonds (28 goals).

"Our core players really care, and the one thing I expect from our core players is to take another step in the leadership department," Hextall said. "Part of being a good leader is obviously working hard, showing up to camp in shape, and never taking a shift off, a practice off. I think the other part of it is that you have to kind of grow into helping your teammates. That's the part where some of our guys need to get better. We've obviously had discussions with them."

Hextall says he wants more secondary scoring. He could use improved play from Matt Read, Brayden Schenn, and Sean Couturier.

Perhaps Hakstol will get more out of the trio.

"Obviously, the coach brings new energy," Hextall said. "Everybody, for the most part, is going to have a clean slate with Hak, and I think that brings a new energy."

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Forecasting Analytics

from Travis Yost of TSN,

One of the big reasons hockey analytics have really exploded in recent years is their ability to forecast mean reversion well in advance of the rest of the industry.

The two most prominent examples of that were the 2011-12 Los Angeles Kings and the 2012-13 Toronto Maple Leafs. That Kings team was marked as a sleeping giant by many who were paying attention to their underlying numbers, arguing that their middling performance in the standings wasn’t quite indicative of their true team talent. On the other side, you had the 2012-13 Maple Leafs – a team marked as unfathomably lucky and bound for long-term failure. 

Simple understanding of what is and isn’t repeatable talent can go a long way in forecasting future success/failure, and it’s one of the big reasons why so much attention is paid to stats like Corsi%. Controlling possession at even-strength correlates well with winning long-term and, most importantly, is a repeatable skill. Scoring on a high percentage of shots also correlates well with winning, but it’s prone to major fluctuations and exhibits very little repeatability over long samples.

Alternatively: a team with great Corsi% can bank on having a great Corsi% in a follow-up year.

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Is Marian Hossa A Future Hall Of Famer?

from Scott Powers of ESPN,

The Case For

On the one hand, Hossa's offensive numbers are almost good enough to get him in. He's produced 486 goals and 570 assists for 1,056 points in 1,172 career regular-season games. He's had 13 seasons of 25-plus goals. In the playoffs, he’s had another 144 points in 194 career games. But Hossa is much more than just an offensive player. What makes him special is his defensive game. He’s one of the game’s premier two-ways forwards and is especially respected for his backchecking ability. He’s been in the top 10 in takeways six times since the 2005-06 season and was 11th this past season. On top of that, he’s a winner. He’s won three Stanley Cups with the Blackhawks.

The Case Against

One of the arguments against Hossa is he's deemed a good player, but not exactly a great one. He’s been in the discussion for awards, especially the Selke, but he has never won one.

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Details For World Cup Of Hockey Will Be Announced Next Week

WHO: Gary Bettman/NHL Commissioner; Don Fehr/NHLPA Executive Director; Zdeno Chara/Boston Bruins; Sidney Crosby/Pittsburgh Penguins; Anze Kopitar/Los Angeles Kings; Henrik Lundqvist/New York Rangers; Ryan McDonagh/New York Rangers; Evgeni Malkin/Pittsburgh Penguins; David Pastrnak/Boston Bruins; Tuukka Rask/Boston Bruins; Brandon Saad/Columbus Blue Jackets; Steven Stamkos/Tampa Bay Lightning; James van Riemsdyk/Toronto Maple Leafs.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 1:00 p.m. ET

WHERE: Air Canada Centre

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Brad Treliving Excited For The Season To Start

from Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald,

“Let’s get going here,” the Calgary Flames general manager was saying on Wednesday at The Hamptons Golf Club. “We’re ready. I think when that calendar turns over to September, these last few days seem to creep by. But we’re ready to go. We’re eager to get going....

“You can definitely sense an excitement in town,” said Treliving who is entering his second season as the Flames’ GM. “But I don’t think it changes anything for us.”

Well, one thing has changed.

Especially after Calgary’s surprisingly impressive 82-game campaign and even more surprisingly impressive post-season.

“Last year at this time, people were questioning whether we could walk and chew gum at the same time,” Treliving said. “Last year at this time, the only belief was within the four walls (of the Flames dressing room). The expectation for us is going to be no different here.

“We also have to temper the comments outside. Regardless of what people think, you have to go out and do it. That’s the challenge for our group.”

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