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Analyzing the Players

From Adam Kimelman at NHL.com,

The latest attempt to analyze players is psychological examinations. The League provided a five-minute test at the 2008 NHL Scouting Combine, coordinated by Dr. Ralph Tarter of EXACT Sports, with the results made available to all 30 teams. [...]

“What we’re using are three normed and validated, and American Psychological Association-approved, psychological tests that measure normal personalities,” [former NHL player Joe] Day said. “We’re not looking at any pathology. … It’s measuring normal adult behavior. Two of the instruments we use measure traits. Are you a dominant or aggressive person? Are you highly assertive? Another one measures emotional intelligence. So while you could be dominant and aggressive in social situations, with a high level of emotional intelligence you should be able to channel those traits appropriately to the context or situation. So it’s a nice blend.”

read on for a look at how the Blackhawks in particular are expanding their use of psych testing

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  Tags: nhl+entry+draft, psychology

The Offer Sheet Game

George McPhee was just on NHL Live and mentioned Mike Green looks like he will be playing the Offer Sheet Game and there isn’t much the Capitals can do about it.  They will just wait it out and see where it goes (earlier this week McPhee said he would match an offer sheet in about ten minutes).

He mentioned there is some interest in Sergei Fedorov but it has to be the right fit.  Talks with Huet continue but nothing new to report.

George mentioned there are about two or three teams that are trying to make some moves, but it doesn’t seem that active right now.

He was asked if he was concerned about the cap rising and he said yes.  He didn’t expect this when the new CBA came about.

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Don’t Move Marleau

from Edward Fraser of the Hockey News,

One of the names most bandied about – as it seems to be year after year – is Sharks center Patrick Marleau.

While his rumored deal to Columbus makes perfect sense for the Blue Jackets –filling their No. 1 center role, allowing Derick Brassard to slide onto the second line – it would be a mistake for the Sharks to part with their captain, unless they received a deal that (pardon the pun) blows them out of the water.

read on

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  Tags: patrick+marleau

Canadian Teams on Draft Day

Globe & Mail writers Matthew Sekeres, Eric Duhatschek, Allan Maki and Tim Wharnsby have put to together an assessment of the draft situation for all six Canadian teams.  They take a look at each team’s available picks, specific needs, salary cap space and the progress of their top picks from last year.

Article: What will the Canadian contingent do?

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  Tags: nhl+entry+draft

Take Your Time Scott

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

While it’s possible Scott Niedermayer will make a decision on his playing future either today or tomorrow, the Anaheim Ducks aren’t pressuring him to do so.

Ducks general manager Brian Burke called Niedermayer on Wednesday to tell him Friday wasn’t a deadline established by the Ducks, adding the real deadline for the team is July 1.


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NHL vs MSG and the New York Rangers

From Neil Best at Newsday.com:

The Sports Business Journal reported this morning that the NHL is taking legal action against the Rangers that could result in an attempt to take ownership of the franchise away from MSG.

No, really. Or so it says here:

“The NHL has proposed disciplinary proceedings against MSG that could result in the suspension or termination of their ownership of the NHL Rangers, according to a draft letter written by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman that was filed in New York district court late yesterday. The letter, part of the league’s ongoing legal fight against MSG, alleges that MSG – by suing the NHL – has violated the league constitution.”


Update 12:29pm ET: The complete text of the SBJ story has been reprinted at the Sporting News today.

Update 2:22pm ET: Press release from the NHL (below)

Update 2:39pm ET: Eric Duhatschek in the Globe & Mail’s hockey blog:

The war between the Rangers and the NHL started over who controls the rights to new media and the potentially lucrative revenue streams that it produces now and down the road. Three times, the Rangers’ lawsuits have gone to court; three times the NHL won its case. Instead of understanding the old maxim that three strikes and you’re out, the Rangers have challenged the NHL on an anti-trust basis – essentially arguing that everything the league does is unlawful.

In effect, Wednesday’s filing by the NHL is a counter-attack – what a source with knowledge of the situation described as “trying to put the Rangers at risk” after failing to abide by previous court rulings. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, passing through the lobby of a downtown hotel, declined comment. However, sources said the league was asking the court for permission to fine, suspend or in a worst-case scenario, forfeit the franchise, if it MSG persists in its action.

Update 3:45pm ET: NYR respond to the lawsuit. (noted below)

Continue Reading »

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Nashville Needs Help Up Front

from On the Forecheck,

While Poile’s patience has been a major asset to Nashville in building up this surfeit of defensive talent, the time has come to reap the benefit and deal from a position of strength. Letting opportunity pass will only turn this organizational depth into a bottleneck, and threaten the development of young prospects going forward. There are certainly worse problems an NHL general manager can have, but that doesn’t detract from the urgency of the situation.

more with a wish list…

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Pre-Draft Talk

from James Gordon at Hockey Capital,

Only one day until the NHL draft is held in Ottawa and the trade talk is heating up. since the potential for big deals is one of the most entertaining parts of the day, I thought I’d scour the ‘Net for speculation over who is headed where. Come back after draft day and see if anyone was right!

Atlanta Thrashers

Not too much out there the last few days, though the Atlanta Journal-Constitution predicts this will be the most important offseason in the team’s 10-year history. Star forward Ilya Kovalchuk becomes an unrestricted free agent in two years and his agent has served notice to the team: “Ilya wants to win.”

much more...

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A Day In NYC

from Ian Mendes of Sportsnet,

On the surface, a day-trip to Manhattan to rub elbows with the most powerful men in hockey sounds like a glamorous job.

I’ll let you be the judge, as I chronicle my trip from Ottawa to New York and back within 19 hours….

10:22am - I notice Cam Neely is one of the attendees at the meeting. I wonder how many of the old guard NHL guys know they are sitting at a table with a guy who was in Dumb and Dumber.

11:45am - The lunch carts roll outside the meeting room. I can’t tell what they are having for lunch, but until I see the board of governors eating flatbread sammies from Quizno’s, I’m going to just assume the league is on solid financial ground and the cap is going up next year.


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Botterill Would Rather Be On The Ice

from the Beaver County Times,

Now embarking on his second season as the Pittsburgh Penguins’ director of hockey administration, (Jason) Botterill hardly qualifies as dumb. C’mon, the guy has a master’s degree in business. And though he may have been a jock in his younger days — he did have an outstanding amateur hockey career — Botterill is taking more enlightened pursuits these days.

His job duties include monitoring the NHL’s salary cap, financial forecasting, performing contract research and working on salary arbitration cases.

But make no mistake, given his druthers, Botterill would still like to be on the ice instead of the front office. It just didn’t work out that way.

read on

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