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from Barbara Ross of the New York Daily News,
New York Islanders owner Charles Wang was clocked with a $10 million lawsuit Monday by suitor Andrew Barroway for backing out of their deal to make a trade for $420 million.
In papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Barroway’s corporation, NY ICE claims the parties “shook their hands on an agreement” and NY Ice started to line up NHL approval and financing.
However, Wang “without notice, abruptly refused to proceed to close the transaction and honor the terms of their 70-page purchase agreement but instead “improperly sought to renegotiate the already agreed upon price” in March.
In midsummer, according to court papers, Wang demanded $548 million for the team. When Barroway refused, Wang notified him on Aug. 1 that he had sold the team to other bidders.
from Danny Ecker of Crain's Chicago,
Outdoor hockey is coming back to Soldier Field next year.
The third-annual Hockey City Classic is slated for the lakefront stadium on Feb. 7, offering a college hockey doubleheader of the University of Michigan versus Michigan State University and Miami University versus Western Michigan University.
After staging this year's games at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Chicago-based sports and entertainment company Intersport is bringing the event back to the site that hosted the inaugural games in 2013.
from Sean McIndoe of Grantland,
Advanced stats are nice, but they don’t tell the whole story
This is inarguably true. As has been well-documented, modern hockey stats are nowhere near the level of complexity and usefulness that we’ve seen in sports like baseball. There have been some significant discoveries, but there’s still a lot of work left to be done, and anyone who thinks you can replace an NHL scouting department with a spreadsheet is an idiot.
Luckily for us, those people do not exist.
That still seems to surprise some people. I’ve had conversations with more analytics folks than I can count over the last year, including most of the biggest names. I’ve followed the stats blogs. I’ve read as many of the reports as I could get my hands on, then read them again until I could start to understand them. I’ve asked questions, many of them hopelessly dumb, in an attempt to get my head around this stuff.
And in all that time, I’ve literally never once encountered anyone who thinks that stats tell the whole story. If anything, these guys tend to bend over backward to make sure you’re aware of how much they still don’t know, and how much work is left to do.
Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning named Perry Pearn to the Vancouver Canucks coaching staff today as an Assistant Coach.
“We are very excited to name Perry to our staff today,” said Jim Benning, Vancouver Canucks General Manager. “Perry brings a wealth of experience and knowledge at the NHL level to our organization.”
Pearn, 63, has been an Assistant Coach in the National Hockey League over the span of 19 seasons with the Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, and Winnipeg Jets. Most recently, Pearn spent the last two seasons as an Assistant Coach with the Winnipeg Jets. Prior to that, Pearn was as an Assistant Coach with the Montreal Canadiens from 2009 to 2011, Assistant Coach with the New York Rangers from 2005 to 2009, and Assistant Coach with the Ottawa Senators from 1996 to 2004. His NHL coaching career began in 1995-96 as an Assistant Coach with the Winnipeg Jets.
LOS ANGELES – Former Los Angeles Kings captain/defenseman and current club executive Rob Blake will have his No. 4 jersey retired by the Kings as part of a special pregame ceremony at STAPLES Center on Saturday, January 17, prior to the Kings-Ducks game, the club announced today.
Blake – who is also being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November – will become the sixth Kings player to be so honored by the organization, joining Luc Robitaille (#20 / 2007), Wayne Gretzky (#99 / 2002), Dave Taylor (#18 / 1995), Marcel Dionne (#16 / 1990) and Rogie Vachon (#30 / 1985).
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
"When you look at how young we are with some of our talent, it will be how they manage those expectations that are going to be placed upon them," Ruff said. "There's going to be no free nights."
The good news is Dallas fared well against the Avalanche, Blues, Blackhawks and Wild in the second half last season, going 5-2-1. Overall, Dallas was 12-10-6 against the other playoff teams in the West, including 5-2-2 against the three Pacific Division qualifiers.
"Our guys know they can compete against those teams," Nill said. "That's what excites me about our group. Our dressing room is unbelievable. They play for each other and they play the right way."
Nill has given the Stars the tools by making several shrewd personnel decisions since he was hired 15-plus months ago. His focus has been on building through the middle.
Speaking of the Penguins, here's a question worth mulling by Jim Rutherford-Mike Johnston: Malkin-plus-Crosby -- Can It Continue To Last: Or Is It Time To Deal The Russian?
Answer To Above: Take your best offer, Jim, and complete the change-over while keeping Captain Sid. The Gold Dust Twins are rusting.
-Stan Fischler of The Fishcler Report.
from John Manasso at NHL.com,
For the first time in the Predators' 16-year history, they have a new coach, and to an extent a new philosophy. It's not as simple as plugging in what could be six new forwards and then going about predicting how the Predators will perform.
Out as coach is Barry Trotz and in is Peter Laviolette. The only holdover on the coaching staff is assistant coach Phil Housley. The goaltending and defense, with the exception of the addition of Anton Volchenkov and subtraction of Michael Del Zotto, remain the same.
The major difference, along with the new faces up front, will be the philosophy, which will focus on generating more offense. Last season the Predators had four 20-goal scorers for only the second time since 2007-08 but finished tied for 18th in the NHL in goals per game (2.61). Nashville has had four players reach the 30-goal mark in its history and the franchise's single-season record for goals is Jason Arnott's 33 in 2008-09.
"I think it's going to be exciting, it's going to be interesting," general manager David Poile said. "What we know for sure it's not going to be the same and that's because of the number of changes, especially at forward; the coaching staff with a little bit different philosophy in how we're going to play. Pekka coming back is another situation that should be positive. I'm excited about the possibilities."
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
The first thing Jim Corsi wants the world to know? He didn’t invent the Corsi stat.
If that is a mystery to you, maybe you don’t know who Corsi is or what the stat named after him represents. If so, you haven’t been paying attention to the statistics revolution in the NHL that has made the last two months hockey’s summer of analytics.
Throughout the NHL, teams like the Maple Leafs, Devils, Penguins and Oilers have been gobbling up executives and statisticians who can walk them through what the blogosphere has been promoting for years — what some call analytics, or advanced statistics.
It’s growing social-media-powered movement with a fanatical following that believes there are means to measure a hockey player’s contribution to a team beyond the obvious stats of goals, assists and ice time.
And it all started with Corsi, hired this summer as goalie coach of the St. Louis Blues; he was previously with the Buffalo Sabres. He might otherwise be known as the WHA goalie who got a cup of coffee in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers and, though born in Montreal, played on Italy’s national team.
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