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Pierre LeBrun With Some Hockey Talk

Pierre LeBrun of ESPN did an online Q & A today...

Is the year that Detroit's playoff streak ends? I mean it's an unreal streak when you stop and consider it.

Pierre LeBrun  Possible, although again, they're in the East so....If they can stay healthy, and they've started with Datsyuk out a month, they should be able to slide in but if injuries pile up again, I don't think they can perform the miracle twice

Flyers: Playoff team or no? Obv being in the East helps, but a net negative offseason for the team. Thanks!

Pierre LeBrun  bubble team

Is this the year the Penguins take a dip Oct-Apr, but make gains Apr-Jun? Regular seasons stats have been done here, and are no longer important.

Pierre LeBrun  Honestly not sure what to make of the Penguins this year. Don't have a feel for them either way. Not sure where they are headed

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Morning Line

In case you missed it earlier today, the Avs re-signed Stuart.

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Kraft Hockeyville Coming To the USA

NORTHFIELD, Ill. – Sept. 29, 2014 – Kraft will celebrate the passion and unity of hockey communities like never before with the launch of Kraft Hockeyville 2015 on both sides of the border.  For the first time, the award-winning program in Canada is expanding to help build better communities in the United States as well.  Now, hockey towns in the U.S. can enter for a chance to win a $150,000 arena makeover courtesy of Kraft, have an NHL preseason game played in its local arena showcased on TV and earn the title “Kraft Hockeyville 2015.”

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Brad Stuart Signs A Two-Year Extension With The Avs

added 11:22am, Press release below plus the Avs have also signed Cody McLeod.

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Previewing The Montreal Canadiens

from Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet,

Biggest storyline to watch: With Gionta and Gorges gone, this team has really been turned over to the next generation of Price, Subban and Pacioretty. Can they be the guys who lead Montreal back to elite status? It will be interesting to monitor how the top-nine forward group shakes out. Rene Bourque was a beast, at times, in the playoffs, but is there any chance he returns to 20-goal form? Parenteau will get a real chance to shine offensively, so we’ll see if he can put together a productive season. Sekac is a six-foot-two late-bloomer, and it seems reasonable to assume part of the reason he chose Montreal from a dozen or so suitors is because the Habs indicated there was a roster spot to be had. On the back end, Nathan Beaulieu and Jarred Tinordi both seem primed to make the full-time jump. Beaulieu brings speed and offensive awareness, while Tinordi moves well for a guy who stands six-foot-six. If both hit their stride, it will be a major boon to the blue line.

2014-15 prediction: Montreal will be good enough to make the playoffs but is in for a shorter spring than it experienced last season.

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Fundraising Campaign Starts Today For The AirBlade Hockey Stick

Last week I introduced you the AirBlade Hockey Stick from Carbon Sports.

Today they have started a campaign to raise funds for production of the AirBlade Hockey Stick.

Make sure to check out their Kickstarter page and I wish these hockey guys much success.

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The Boston Bruins Have Signed Torey Krug And Reilly Smith

from the Boston Bruins,

Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, September 29, that the club has signed defenseman Torey Krug and forward Reilly Smith to one-year contracts through the 2014-15 season, each worth an annual cap figure of $1.4 million.

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Two Questionable Hits From Games On Sunday

 

3RD PERIOD
01:55 MTL Jarred Tinordi served by Jiri Sekac  Elbowing (maj)  - 5 min against  Nate Schmidt
01:55 MTL Jarred Tinordi  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Chris Brown
01:55 WSH Chris Brown served by Nathan Walker  Instigator  - 2 min against  Jarred Tinordi
01:55 WSH Chris Brown  Fighting (maj)  - 5 min against  Jarred Tinordi
01:55 MTL Jarred Tinordi  Game misconduct  - 10 min
01:55 WSH Chris Brown  Misconduct (10 min)  - 10 min

via TSN,

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All Those Numbers

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

Hockey, I’m afraid, is in for the Year of the Number. We got an early indication when Brendan Shanahan’s Toronto Maple Leafs turfed a couple of veteran hockey people in the front office to bring in Kyle Dubas, a young hotshot whose ticket to the big-time was his supposed grasp of the relatively new discipline of hockey analytics — breaking down everything that happens on the ice and attempting to quantify it through various systems. (Pittsburgh, Chicago and Los Angeles are said to have had secret analytics departments for some time. If that’s the case, maybe it’s time everyone got on board.)

Whether you think it’s a fad or the future probably depends on whether you’re a poet or an accountant. But may I remind you — accountants run the world.

Inevitably, the stats movement has spread to the media. Newspapers and TV network websites are hiring journalists who are numerate rather than literate. That sometimes results in turgid prose, written in indigestible 500-word blocks that are enough to leave any reader yearning for the glory days of this profession, when sportswriters who could barely count wrote like angels.

When I reacted to TSN’s new analytics hire last week by saying I hoped it was a fad that would die before I do, I was bombarded with angry missives calling me a useless old curmudgeon and worse.

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A Look At The Barclays Center

from Christian Arnold of Islanders Point Blank,

The building was built for basketball and concerts, so trying to fit a hockey rink into it has been a process.

The scoreboard does not hang over center ice, there are obstructed view seats and in some sections the angle of the seats forces fans to have to physically turn their bodies to watch the action. “You’re facing this way and having to turn you head the other way to see the game,” one fan said while demonstrating how he has been viewing the game from his seat. To say the least, in those areas it’s not ideal.

But for two-thirds of fans, the view will be great. Islanders Point Blank explored the arena on Friday night and found the view was equal to that of Nassau Coliseum from most sections outside of the obstructed view sections. There was a clear view of the ice, albeit a steep incline in the 200s....

There are about 400 seats, according to the New York Times, in the Barclays Center that are obstructed view and you can not see a third, or more, of the ice....

“Just know that nobody’s kidding when they say you will NOT see anything that takes place in the near end past the face-off circle unless you sit in the first photo 2-2two rows,” said McGowen, who also took a trip to the obstructed seats. “I know the ‘Yotes previous building had similar issues but it somehow seems wrong to have seats like this in a building housing an NHL team charging NHL prices. If they do sell these seats to regular season games…and people are willing to pay for obstructed view at whatever price they do end up charging, I suppose no harm, no foul, but those thinking of buying these seats really need to be aware that this is an OOUS – an Obstruction Of Unusual Size.”

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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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