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Brim Full of Asham

Blog: The Confluence By Tony

From NHLPA.com’s Chris Lomon:

Asham is eager to take things a step further with the Penguins in 2010-11.  “We had a great run last year, but losing leaves a bitter taste in your mouth,” said Asham, who was selected 71st overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft and made his NHL debut with Montreal during the 1998–99 season. “I want to get back there. I think Pittsburgh gives me a great chance to win the Cup. I’m not getting any younger and I’d love to be able to experience the thrill of winning it all.”

There is no shortage of familiar faces in Pittsburgh for Asham, including three players and a head coach.

“I’ve played with Eric Godard, Mike Rupp and Paul Martin before, so it will be nice to have the opportunity to reunite with them,” offered Asham, who scored one of the biggest goals of his career in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals versus Montreal, an eventual 4–2 victory that eliminated the Canadiens and put the Flyers into the Finals against the Blackhawks. “(Head coach) Dan Bylsma was an assistant coach when I was with the Islanders, so he’s familiar with what I bring to the team.”

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  Tags: nhl-hockey, pittsburgh+penguins

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

What was once one of the best-run players associations in sport headed up by Goodenow and others who had nothing but the best interests of their constituents at heart has fallen into a group of confused, leaderless wildebeests waiting to be slaughtered at the next CBA watering hole.

-Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province at Canada.com where you can read more.

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Report- Willie Mitchell Headed To LA Kings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Nick Kypreos tweet,

I’m told clubs have been notified they are out of Mitchell race. Look for LA Kings to announce Willie Mitchell soon on a multi year deal.

added 3:00pm, via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

The Kings have reached an agreement with defenseman Willie Mitchell for a two-year contract worth $3.5 million per year.

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  Tags: willie+mitchell

Versus NHL Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK, N.Y. (August 25, 2010) -VERSUS, the fastest growing sports cable network in the country and cable television home of the NHL, will open its sixth year of action with increased coverage featuring nine games across the first seven days of the season. 

The network drops the puck on its regular season coverage with a triple-header on Thursday, October 7, when the Carolina Hurricanes battle the Minnesota Wild from Helsinki, Finland, at 12 p.m. ET, followed by the Pittsburgh Penguins hosting the Philadelphia Flyers at 7 p.m. ET before finishing the night with a match-up featuring the Colorado Avalanche and 2010 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks at 10 p.m. ET.  Every NHL game on VERSUS is available in HD.

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Hockey Night In Canada TV Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Get your calendars out hockey fans and start circling the dates - CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA returns this September with a total of 29 all-Canadian match-ups and the game’s biggest stars, announcing an 87-game broadcast schedule for the 2010-11 season. Plus, viewers will again be able to watch the CBC game of their choice with live and on-demand streaming of all games, special features and much more, available at CBCSports.ca.

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NHL On NBC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK – Aug. 25, 2010 – Two games featuring Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins against Alex Ovechkin of Washington Capitals, including the fourth annual NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day from Heinz Field, home to the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers; a possible Stanley Cup Final rematch between the champion Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers to kick off “Game of the Week” broadcasts; the debut of “Hockey Day in America”; and the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Final highlight the sixth season of the NHL on NBC.

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  Tags: nbc

NHL National TV Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

The National Hockey League (NHL) announced today the television schedules for national partners NBC Sports, VERSUS, CBC, TSN, TSN2, RDS, RIS and NHL Network Canada for the 2010-11 NHL regular-season.

In the U.S., NBC Sports and VERSUS return for a sixth consecutive season as national television partners. In Canada, CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada begins its 58th regular-season of NHL® broadcasts while TSN, whose relationship with the NHL dates back to 1987, continues as the national English-language cable partner. RDS, the French-language telecast partner of the NHL, has been televising NHL games since its inception in 1989 and enters its eighth consecutive season presenting every Montreal Canadiens game.

For the 2009-10 NHL regular-season, television ratings and viewership continued a three-year upward trend for all partners. Additionally, the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs reached milestones:

continued or check out the media release below…

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Hockey Fans, How Do You Feel?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Gary Bettman made a statement today at the World Hockey Summit in regards to how hockey fans feel about NHL participation in the Olympics.

via Scott Burnside tweet,

Bettman says fans’ response to NHL participation in Olympics is a “mixed bag”. Not sure we buy that.

What are your thoughts and thanks to many of you who already responded to the same question on Twitter.

added 2:41pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

To the surprise of practically everyone in the room, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman wasn’t quite the wet blanket that delegates to Wednesday’s session of the World Hockey Summit might have imagined.

Instead, Bettman was quite playful during his 30-minute cameo appearance, teasing questioners, poking fun at IIHF president Rene Fasel, but most importantly, clarifying the NHL’s position with regard to Olympic participation, which was the day’s primary point of discussion.

Bettman stressed that he is not anti-Olympics and contrary to the general perception, the NHL hasn’t said no to appearing in Sochi, Russia, where the 2014 Games will be played.

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  Tags: gary+bettman, winter+olympics

Goaltending Goals Versus Threshold

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In my recent sabermetrics and hockey posts, I have been discussing Tom Awad’s goals versus threshold system.  I have discussed the offensive portion of this system and today will move on to discussing the goaltending portion of this system.

A goaltender’s job is to stop shots on goal.  This is how they are evaluated here.  They are not evaluated by other stats such as wins or shutouts which have a much larger dependence upon the team in which the goalie plays.

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Trade Joe Thornton?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Randy Hahn, TV play by play man for the San Jose Sharks, answers some fan mail…

Randy, I have the Sharks Stanley Cup recipe.  First they need to trade Joe Thornton to St. Louis for David Backes. Next they need to sign Owen Nolan. Then they have to play Nick Petrecki all season.  Logan Couture should move to the first line.  Then I would trade Walin, Huskins & Mitchell for Sheldon Souray or Marc Staal. And have Derek Joslin fill the extra spot on defense. This should keep the Sharks under the cap as well.

You certainly have some drastic ideas to shake up the Sharks,  Zubair. The problem is they hardly need the drastic kind of changes that you suggest. After all, they won the Western Conference in the regular season and got to the final four in the playoffs.  I like Backes,  but for Joe Thornton? Come on!  if Doug Wilson made a trade like that he’d be booed by Sharks fans worse than Pronger and Fleury combined!  My take on the team is that they need more consistent play from their 3rd and 4th lines, especially in the playoffs, and they need to find a puck moving defenseman from either inside the organization or elsewhere.  And obviously the goaltending has to come through….

more at San Jose Sharks Fan Zone…

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