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Red Wings afternoon news: rink talk overdrive

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

You might expect that the "rest of the world" is discussing the Red Wings' rink-and-economic-development plans today, and that is indeed the case. Curbed Detroit, Deadspin, Field of Schemes, Arena Digest, The Hockey News and reports posted on the CBC, it's all over the place today, and the opinions are just as varied (again, as you might expect).

In the immediate Metro Detroit area, Crain's Detroit Business's Bill Shea spoke to WDFN's Art Regner, discussing the rink plans for over 26 minutes...

Shea also appeared on WDET's Craig Fahle Show, and he held a chat on Crain's website, so the biggest expert

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30 Hockey Thoughts In Late July

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

- Right now, there are eight teams in the NHL without a centre carrying a $5 million average salary. Only one made last season's playoffs -- the New York Rangers. The others are Arizona, Buffalo, Calgary, Nashville, Ottawa, Toronto and Winnipeg. I'm not sure this is a coincidence. Look at the arms race for centres since the Stanley Cup was awarded.

- The cash value for middlemen is trending upward, too. Fourteen teams have a centre above $6 million. Only one (Montreal) has their top earner right at $5 million. Derick Brassard's negotiations/arbitration could change the Rangers' situation, but if he doesn't crack five, you have to assume Derek Stepan will.

- With all this in mind, there's no doubt opponents are eying Arizona's Antoine Vermette, with one year left on his contract. At the GM meetings, I asked Don Maloney if he would try to extend him. Maloney wants to, but knows there will be Garden of Eden-level temptation for Vermette.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Maybe there is still time to patch up the relationship between O’Reilly and his current employers. And to be sure, Colorado still has enough elite talent in its system to survive the loss of O’Reilly if it happens. However, in a league where the reputation of how a team treats players does matter, the Avalanche are doing themselves more harm than good by picking a fight with a youngster who’s delivered on everything that’s been asked of him.

There are positives to drawing lines in the sand as Colorado is doing with O’Reilly. But that line might also represent the limits of how far the Avalanche can progress by repeatedly testing the loyalty of their best young players.

-Adam Proteau of The Hockey News where you can read more on this topic...

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A New Radio Deal For The LA Kings Plus Season Tickets Sold Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,

It is a five-year agreement and the Kings will be the only sports property on KABC, and longtime team broadcasters Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans will continue in their positions, play-by-play and analyst, respectively.

Additionally, the Kings already have sold out of season tickets for 2014-15. The team said its season-ticket base is 16,000 and that season-ticket renewal was in excess of 95%. The base number includes partial season-ticket plans; single-game tickets are scheduled to go on sale in September....

For the Kings, the radio deal is novel in that it is a multiyear agreement. Kelly Cheeseman, the Kings' chief operating officer, said in a interview that the team previously "basically paid" to be on radio and that agreements of the past were typically of a year-to-year nature.

There has been a marked change in the business climate from when the Kings first won the Stanley Cup in 2012.

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NCAA Hockey Rule Changes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Johnson of NCAA.com,

• Goals may be reviewed to determine if they are scored before a penalty occurred.

• If an offsides or too many men on the ice penalty is missed and a goal is scored, the play may be reviewed if the puck remains in the offensive zone after the missed infraction. If the puck leaves the attacking zone, the offsides or too many men on the ice penalty is no longer reviewable.This replaces the previous wording that only allowed a review if the missed play directly led to a goal.

• It was clarified that the video used for replays may come from any source that is available to the game officials. Previously, the video used was required to come from a television broadcast.

Other proposals approved by the panel include:

Major penalty for interference: To assist officials in properly penalizing significant contact – particularly blindside hits – that is not to the head or neck area, the panel approved the addition of a major penalty for interference.

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Winning Close Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Shaunvir Sidhu of Bloomberg Sports,

In the NHL, clutch is more difficult to measure because of the amount of players (4-lines) that can impact a close game in the third period. While there has been work done to show save percentages don’t consistently spike when the game is on the line, there hasn’t been much done to show whether or not clutch exists at the team level.  I wanted to figure out if there were teams who could be consistently clutch—for the purposes of this study I defined this as a team who could consistently win games decided by 1 goal.

The results were interesting. Since the shootout era, no team has consistently won close games. Close-game outcomes appear random and unaffected by normal measures of team-strength.  Furthermore, and perhaps more interesting for GM’s/Coaches: Stanley Cup champions avoid this randomness. They play 7% fewer close games than other teams, and this is independent of their goal differential. If you want to win a Stanley Cup, the chances of that happening increase if you avoid playing close games.

Let’s get into the data.

read on

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Vladimir Sobotka’s Arbitration Ruling

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that forward Vladimir Sobotka has been awarded a one-year contract through arbitration.

Sobotka will play the for Avangard Omsk in the KHL for the 2014-15 season. The terms of his arbitration contract will be enforced when Sobotka returns to the NHL.

“We are looking forward to having Vladimir in a Blues uniform when he returns to the NHL,” said Armstrong. “We wish him the best of luck in the upcoming season.”

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  Tags: vladimir+sobotka

Ryan O’Reilly Asking For $6.75M In Arbitration

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Arbitration hearing is this Wednesday.

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Chris Kreider’s Arbitration Numbers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Kerider's hearing is this Wednesday.

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Cody Franson, Leafs Settle On Contract Before Arbitration

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

 

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