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Testing, Can You Hear Me, Testing

A great idea!

via the Florida Panthers,

Join us for the 2017 Florida Panthers Broadcast & Game Presentation Camp on August 8!

The camp is for children ages 13-17 who want to learn more about broadcasting and what goes on behind-the-scenes at an NHL game.

Activities Include:

-Radio play-by-play

-On-camera segments

-Public address announcing

-Hands-on work

-Behind-the-scenes in the control room

-Instruction from Panthers broadcasters and more!

The registration fee is $50 per child and space is very limited. Completing the application does not guarantee admission.

Please contact the Client Experience team at 844-4CE-TEAM or clientexperienceteam@floridapanthers.com with any questions. 

My dream as an announcer would be this... I know wrong sport but still...

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Goalie Numbers

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

Player evaluation in hockey can be a complicated process, and perhaps never more than when it comes to evaluating goaltenders, an aspect of the game that has tended to confound both the eye test and data analysts. Scott Cullen takes a look at goaltenders using expected goals against.

For years, goals against average was a popular method to evaluate goaltenders, as if the number of shots allowed was something under the goaltenders control. So, to move beyond that, save percentage seemed to be a better indicator of goaltending proficiency. That’s an improvement, but there is still plenty of room for more details to be part of the evaluation process.

The focus now seems to be on finding a way to include shot quality as part of the evaluation. As Mike Smith could show you, or Tuukka Rask could show you, teams don’t necessarily allow the same quantity or quality of shots against.

One way to try to incorporate shot quality into goaltender measurement would be to include expected goals against and compare it to the actual goals against. Expected goal models are not perfect, and are still being refined, but they do attempt to address differences related to shot quality from one goaltender to another.

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A Five-Year Deal For Colton Parayko And The St. Louis Blues

Aribtration day was today.

 

 

 

added 11:11am, St. Louis release is below...

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Kyle Okposo Returned To The Ice Yesterday

from Jessi Pierce at NHL.com,

Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo skated in a game at Da Beauty League on Wednesday, his first since missing the end of the regular season because of an undisclosed illness.

Okposo took to the ice at Braemar Ice Arena, 19 miles from his hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota. He missed the final six games of last season for the Sabres after feeling ill before the start of a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 28. The 29-year-old reportedly was hospitalized for less than a week after being admitted to Buffalo General Medical Center on April 2.

"Obviously seeing a teammate go through something like that and struggle to get healthy is tough," Sabres forward Hudson Fasching said. "He's such a good guy and going through a lot with that whole deal, trying to figure out what was wrong.

"I'm just happy he's healthy and happy for him to get back."

Okposo, who did not speak to media, gave a wave when the announcer drew the attention of fans during his first shift in the 4-on-4 game. 

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Ranking The Off-Season Moves

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

All teams have been ranked from 1 through 31 according to off-season performance only. (This is not an order of strength heading into 2017-18 but strictly an assessment of recent front office moves.)...

The “previous ranking” number assigned to each franchise indicates their official standings finish in 2016-17.

1. Once Brad Treliving got his own contract, the dude put in overtime. Keeping UFA Michael Stone and adding Travis Hamonic gives the Flames one of the best D cores in the NHL. Mike Smith isn’t young but he’s solid and should be motivated to play for a team with a chance. And retaining complementary forwards Micheal Ferland and Kris Versteeg for $1.75 million cap hits is a tidy bit of business on Treliving’s part.
Previous: 16

2. Either Steve Yzerman is part genius, or there’s something to this “athletes don’t like paying taxes” thing. The Bolts locked up RFAs Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat for reasonable rates, secured one of the most enticing defence prospects (Mikhail Sergachev), and took a reasonable two-year gamble on Dan Girardi for blue-line depth.
Previous: 18

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The Attendance Issues For The Carolina Hurricanes

from Abbie Bennett of the News & Observer,

The Carolina Hurricanes have the second worst home game attendance in all of major league sports.

Financial news website 24/7 Wall St. published a report on “Sports Teams Running Out of Fans” on Monday that showed the Hurricanes have seen a serious dip in home attendance.

Over the last 10 years, attendance at Canes home games dropped 32 percent, with just 64 percent of all seats filled. Average home game attendance for the Canes is 11,776.

The Hurricanes relocated to Raleigh from Hartford, Conn., in 1997 and lackluster performances in recent years appear to be hurting ticket sales, according to the report.

The team often made postseason appearances during its first 10 years in Raleigh and won the Stanley Cup at the end of its 2005-06 season. The following season, home game attendance regularly topped 17,000.

But last season marked the eighth consecutive year that the Canes did not make a playoff appearance and average home game attendance was below 12,000.

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Jacques Plante And The Goalie Mask

from Stan Fischler at NHL.com,

For decades goaltenders never would think of donning a mask. But then again, why would they?

In the years leading up to World War I and the formation of the NHL in 1917, shots on goal were rarely as dangerous, and certainly not nearly as hard, as blasts from today's players. But by the end of World War II the NHL had become faster and more furious than ever, and so were the shots on goal.

Maurice "Rocket" Richard, with his backhand drive alone, could propel a puck at speeds of more than a mile a minute. When his teammate, Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion, developed a slap shot at even faster speeds, goalies were in big trouble.

Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Glenn Hall once told me in no uncertain terms, "Goaltending is sixty minutes of hell." Hall's teammates had no doubts about his statement; they watched him vomit before every game. Yet Hall, who starred on the Chicago Blackhawks' Stanley Cup-winning team in 1961, played 502 consecutive regular-season games without facial protection.

As it happened, one of Hall's contemporaries, Jacques Plante of the Montreal Canadiens, began getting the notion that being playing goal without a mask was a bad idea. Ever creative, even as a junior player, Plante began experimenting with the idea of a face protector.

At first he did it surreptitiously, and for good reason: He knew that Montreal coach Toe Blake would dismiss the idea of a goalie mask out of hand.

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The Top 50 Russians All-Time In The NHL

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

A Russian magazine recently unveiled it's list of the top Russian NHLers. Here's a look at the list along with their notable NHL accomplishments.

Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Evgeni Malkin did not manage to make the cut when the NHL unveiled its Top 100 players of all-time – an omission that essentially compromises the entire list – but he can take solace in not only being on another list, but being at the top of it. Russian magazine Sport-Express recently named the top 50 Russian NHL players of all-time and Malkin, who recently picked up his third Stanley Cup, is No. 1.

The magazine did its ratings based on the following criteria: level of play at the peak of the NHL career, consistency, titles and longevity. Careers in Russia and in international play were not considered.

So that’s what makes this list unique. Malkin is at the top of it, just ahead of Sergei Fedorov, only because of what he has done in the best league in the world. If the entirety of careers were taken into account, Slava Fetisov would be vying for No. 1 instead of being at 30. Soviet legends Alexander Kharlamov, Vsevolod Bobrov and Vladislav Tretiak would join Fetisov at the top of the list, with Boris Mikhailov and Alexander (Rags) Ragulin close behind....

1. Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh): Tied with Fedorov and Igor Larionov for most Stanley Cups (three) and could be No. 2 on all-time Russian scoring list by the time he retires.

2. Sergei Fedorov (Detroit, Anaheim, Columbus, Washington): Highest-scoring Russian player of all-time and joins Bobby Clarke as the only players in NHL history to win both the Hart and Selke trophies during the careers. Fedorov is the only player to do it in the same year.

3. Alex Ovechkin (Washington): Easily the greatest Russian NHL goalscorer of all-time, but has yet to get his team out of the second round of the playoffs. Father Time is chasing both him and the Capitals.

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Nico Hischier Wants To Be The Magic Man Part 2

from Dave Caldwell at ESPN,

Hischier's favorite hockey player, and the player he thinks he most resembles on the ice, is Pavel Datsyuk, the 38-year-old legendary left-handed center who played for the Detroit Red Wings for 14 years before joining St. Petersburg SKA in the Kontinental Hockey League last season.

Hischier wears No. 13 because Datsyuk wore No. 13. The Devils will decide later whether Hischier will become only the second player in the team's 35-year history to wear No. 13, but even if he is assigned another number, Hischier said he plans to keep playing like Datsyuk.

"I just really like his game," Hischier said at the Devils' development camp last week. "It's just his two-way game -- he's one of the best defensive centers, and offensively, he's pretty good, too. I try to be a center like Datsyuk."

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Jarome Iginla And Shane Doan Want To Continue Playing

from NHL.com,

Free agent forwards Jarome Iginla and Shane Doan want to play in the NHL this season but are having difficulty finding someone to sign with.

The veterans each told Kamloops This Week that they have been in contact with multiple teams.

"At 40, you want to be on a contending team," Iginla said last week. "With the parity in the NHL, there are probably 15 teams that have a chance. … You factor all that in, along with family. At this point, we're still uncertain."

Iginla had 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) and was minus-30 in 80 games for the Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings last season.

"I know last year I had a tough year, probably the toughest of my career," he said. "I look at it as fuel. I think I can bounce back and score goals and help a team in different areas."

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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