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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Reed of Puck-Rakers,

Q: Last season, the Flyers used Jeff Carter as a right winger almost exclusively. Will he be a center here or will you wait and see how it plays out?

A: “We have been working so hard to find a big right-handed centerman. I guess if other players were playing great and we had the luxury to move him over, but this organization has been waiting for a big centerman. He will be a big-body guy in the center of the ice and we don’t have a lot of that. If Ryan Johansen is fortunate enough to make our hockey club he’s a real good guy to watch how he plays the game.”


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A Whole New NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Lozo of NHL.com,

It took six hours, 15 people and 5 large cheese pizzas to get it done, but we drafted 690 hockey players to fill out 30 NHL rosters, and here they are.

To follow along with the order of the draft, just start with Edmonton Oilers in the first round, scroll down to the Boston Bruins, then scroll back up. The Bruins made the first pick in the second round in this snake draft.


Tell me, do you like your current NHL roster or the new roster selected by NHL.com?

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Officials Prepare For Camp

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Morgan Ian Adams of the Enterprise-Bulletin,

The men who patrol North America’s pro ice rinks will be back in the area in September to gear up for the upcoming NHL season.

This is the fifth year the National Hockey League’s officiating staff have held their training camp in The Blue Mountains, and according to referee Stephen Walkom, the trip north has proven to be a rewarding and refreshing experience for the men who keep order on North America’s professional ice rinks.

“A lot of the guys had never been up there, and the first time, it was a real surprise for everybody,” he said. “Training camp, at one time, was something we all dreaded.

“But now we look forward to getting on the bus (to come north) to get ready for the season,” he said. “It’s about team building and learning, and it gets us in the right mode for the season.”


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Cluster Pucks to Cover Red Wings HockeyFest 2011

Blog: KK Hockey By Doug Miller


I’m extremely excited to announce the news that I’ll be covering the 2011 edition of HockeyFest, down at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on September 10th. This is due to the fact that George will be up in Traverse City at the time to cover the Wings’ prospect tournament, as well as main training camp to follow.


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Technology Interferes with Team Bonding

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Adrian Dater at Sports Illustrated:

Ask many coaches, general managers and older players and you’ll hear a common gripe: chemistry on teams has been altered because of modern technology, and not for the better. The rise of smartphones, with all their instant-communication and entertainment options, have created insular worlds into which distracted players too often retreat instead of bonding with teammates.

Coaches and managers are particularly frustrated at the paradox of players fraternizing less with their own teammates, and more with the “enemy.” Players from opposing teams, they say, too often get each other’s cellphone numbers and start calling or texting back and forth, often griping about playing time and occassionally giving up little secrets about their teams.

“There are times I get frustrated, as an older manager,” said Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray, 68. “You get on the bus after a game and look back, and all you see are guys on their cellphones. Whether they’re calling their agent or a guy on another team, I don’t know. It may be to their wife, but more than likely to somebody else. Sometimes it’s about getting too much ice time, but most of the time it’s about not getting enough ice time or some other issue.”

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Buffalo’s First Niagara Center

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Sabres official Twitter:

Sabres president Ted Black officially announces that HSBC Arena will now be known as the First Niagara Center.

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NHL Hasn’t Done Enough About Head Shots

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Adam Proteau at The Hockey News:

So a concussed MMA fighter sits out 90 days, but a concussed NHLer often returns to action the following game, or even the same night. Does that sound to you like a league that can claim to be progressive in its approach to head injuries? If it does, stop reading this column and immediately visit your doctor – you may be concussed yourself.

Now, it’s entirely possible that, even with a much more serious approach to concussion treatment and prevention, Crosby and any of the aforementioned players would’ve been caught up in the sticky web of concussions.

However, the fact of the matter is, had the NHL treated long-since-retired concussion victims as if they were the future of the sport, we might already have had a full-on ban on head shots many seasons ago and far fewer players might be dealing with head injuries today.

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The New Guy in Town

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Kevin Allen at USA Today:

With NHL training camps roughly three weeks away, here is my list of the 10 players who moved this summer and will have the biggest impact on their new teams

1. Ilya Bryzgalov (Philadelphia): Fans in Philadelphia have waited more than a decade for a goalie with the ability to win games by himself. The Flyers have that now in Bryzgalov, who has posted save percentages of .920 and .921 over the past two seasons. The Flyers had no shutouts last season, and Bryzgalov had seven. He has had 15 over the past two season.

2. Mike Richards (Los Angeles):...

continued with 8 more players on Allen’s list

Update 3:14pm ET: From Mike Morreale at NHL.com, “Bryzalov Aiming for 40 Wins with Flyers

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Point Shares: A Sabermetric Goal

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One of the big achievements in baseball sabermetrics is Bill James win shares system.  This is a system that assigns wins to the individual players on baseball teams. It works very well to rate individual players.  One goal in hockey sabermetrics is to come up with a similar system.  Of course there are differences between hockey and baseball which make building a hockey system more difficult, but that hasn`t stopped Justin Kubatko at hockey-reference.com from trying.  I am going to look at his system and its results.  I think it is an important goal, but we are not able to do it properly yet.  As a result, he has built an approximate system which can give unreasonable results in some cases.

Kubatko makes three conceptual changes from the Bill James system.  First in the baseball system, a win is worth 3 win shares.  In the hockey system one point in the standings is worth one point share.  The hockey version of this is problematic because of point scheme that the NHL uses.

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Voice Of The Islanders Howie Rose Is Living His Childhood Dream

Blog: KK Hockey By William Morrison


From Dyan LeBourdais and the NY Islanders Official Website:

Waking up every day to do something that has inspired you since you were a child is not something many people can say about their lives. Howie Rose, the Islanders and Mets play-by-play voice, is one of the lucky few.

In the summer of 1961, Rose fell in love with baseball. Just a few miles from his childhood home in the Bronx stood Yankee Stadium. Though, Rose was not a casual or periodic visitor to the historic ballpark. His father and extended family were huge Yankee fans that spent countless summer afternoons and evenings rallying around their favorite team.

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