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Luongo Will Take Some Money Home

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Vancouver Sun,

Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo is in the money.

Luongo is among the 666 survivors at the World Series of Poker main event tournament in Las Vegas who are now guaranteed a payday.

A field of 6,598 players began play last weekend.

Luongo began play on Friday with 92,000 chips, but doubled up early in the day when his Ace-Queen hand beat a competitor’s pocket 7s after a Queen was flopped.

He is now assured of earning no less than $19,227 in the $10,000 buy-in tourney.

update 6:31pm, The article has been updated with Luongo being knocked out of the tournament today.



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Jets And Kyle Wellwood Agree To Contract Terms

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Winnipeg Jets tweet,

#NHLJets‬ agree to terms with Kyle Wellwood

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Jamie McGinn Re-Signs With Colorado

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Jamie McGinn to a two-year contract through the 2013-14 season.

McGinn, 23, was acquired from San Jose at the trade deadline on Feb. 27, and went on to record 13 points (8g/5a) in 17 games with the Avalanche.  McGinn’s 13 points tied Paul Stastny for the most on the team from March 1 until the end of the season.  Combined between the Sharks and Avalanche, the left winger set career highs in games (78), goals (20), assists (17), points (37), power-play goals (6) and shots (159).

“Jamie made an immediate impact from the time he joined our organization,” said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman.  “We look forward to Jamie building upon last season’s performance and are pleased to have agreed to contract terms.”

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Red Wings development camp, day 6: the ever-anticlimactic end

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

I’ve hadn’t seen a shootout with 74 shooters until this morning, when the Red Wings’ prospects concluded their summer development camp with a 6-3 victory for Team Lidstrom over Team Zetterberg…and a 74-man shootout which took 20 minutes—and left fans confused as all hell get out—because we didn’t know that money was on the line.

The last day of the camp is always strange. The players go through a scrimmage that usually involves 2 30-minue periods of running time and a few odd-man situations. This one happened to involve stop time for the vast majority thereof as Jiri Fischer’s message didn’t get through to the timekeeper, and the various 4-on-4, 3-on-3 and power play situations provided offense and flow…But that disappeared during a 10-minute “dry scrape” that was more interpretive art than anything else and the bizarre shootout.

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Habs sign Diaz

Blog: The Upper Canadien By The Upper Canadien

The signings continue in Montreal, as the Canadiens announced the signing of defenceman Raphael Diaz this afternoon to a two year deal, avoiding potential arbitration.

Diaz had 3 goals and 16 points in 59 games for the Habs last season, and slots in as the likely #5 or #6 defenceman in Montreal come October…or November, or whenever we have a CBA.

More details here: Canadiens re-sign Raphael Diaz

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Worst 20 Players By Corsi Rate

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The flipside to the best 20 players by their 2011/12 Corsi Rate is the worst 20 players.  This is something that is calculated on the website behind the net.  This selects players who have poor puck possession relative to their teammates.  This can occur for several reasons.  The most likely is the player in question is not very good but there are clear examples of players who made this list because of their playing tough defensive roles on their team.

Here are the 20 worst players by adjusted Corsi rate in 2011/12:

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All-Time Top 10 European Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Which got me to thinking, which of the two is better, and where would Jagr and Selanne rank on the all-time list of European players? For what it’s worth, here’s my top 10. Let the debate begin:

1. Dominik Hasek

If the six Vezina Trophies don’t clinch it, the two Hart Trophies put him over the top. There are some who would argue that ‘The Dominator’ is the best goaltender in the history of the game and they’d have a pretty solid case.

2. Nicklas Lidstrom

The greatest defenseman of his era and one of the finest of all-time, Lidstrom was the epitome of poise and consistency. The only thing that puts him a slight notch below Hasek is the absence of Hart Trophy credentials.


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Capitals Sign Filip Forsberg

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed forward Filip Forsberg to a three-year, entry-level contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. Forsberg will earn $832,500 at the NHL level and $70,000 at the AHL level.

Forsberg, 17, was drafted by Washington in the first round (11th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft last month in Pittsburgh. He was listed as the top-ranked European skater heading into the draft according to NHL Central Scouting. Forsberg was the youngest player on Team Sweden at the 2012 World Junior Championships, helping his team capture their first World Junior gold medal since 1981 by recording one assist in six tournament games.

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Janssen Sorry For What He Said

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the New Jersey Devils,

Devils forward Cam Janssen has released the following statement:

“Earlier this week, I participated in an internet-based radio show in which I used some poor judgment which I now regret. The New Jersey Devils were unaware of this interview, which I arranged myself.

“I would like to apologize for my poor choice of language. The tone of the interview was very casual and off-color, and I lost focus on what is and is not acceptable and professional. I am deeply sorry to anyone who was offended by my language. Moving forward, I hope to eliminate that type of language from my vocabulary. I would also like to take this chance to express my support for the work the You Can Play project is doing, and for the gay community in general.

“I apologize for the embarrassment my comments have caused to the New Jersey Devils management, as well as my teammates.”

If interested in what was said, check out Puck Daddy.

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Bernier Should Have Kept Quiet

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

Now that everyone knows that the L.A. Kings’ young goaltender Jonathan Bernier has requested a trade, he’s likely severely impacted his own less-than-spectacular trade value for more than the obvious reasons.

Not only has it been announced to one and all that he wants to leave, he’s also cast some aspersions on his own character by wanting to leave a championship team immediately after its success, because he can’t see himself playing enough behind Jonathan Quick.

It indicates he has no sense of patience or development. It indicates he wants to rush himself into a starting position, apparently for-getting that goaltenders now can play into their 40s if they keep themselves in great physical condition.


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