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Summer Improvements

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

On Wednesday, the THN.com Top 10 list looked at the NHL’s most improved teams this off-season. Today, let’s complete the circle and focus on the opposite end of the spectrum - the teams that improved the least. (And since this isn’t the Top 10, let’s only focus on the five least-improved squads.) In reverse order:

5. Winnipeg Jets

Short of trading for Ilya Bryzgalov, there’s virtually nothing the Jets could do to short-circuit their honeymoon period with Winnipeggers. That’s a good thing, because they’ve done virtually nothing to improve the team this summer. Together or individually, Tanner Glass, Randy Jones, Kenndal McArdle, Rick Rypien and Eric Fehr are not going to push the organization into the playoffs.

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Paul Bissonnette & Ryan Whitney: Top Tweets

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Sports Illustrated announced today that Phoenix Coyotes forward Paul Bissonnette has been named to SI.com’s inaugural Twitter 100 – a list of the 100 Most Influential Twitter Handles in sports.

Bissonnette has more than 108,000 followers on his Twitter account at @BizNasty2point0. He was one of only two NHL players, along with Ryan Whitney from the Edmonton Oilers, to make the list.

Paul Bissonnette’s Twitter is here and Ryan Whitney’s is here.  And here is SI’s complete Twitter 100 list.

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Red Wings mid-day news and ‘teasers’ about the last day of prospect camp

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Starting with a continuation of the “overnight report’s” Kris Draper conversation, the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan confirms that the long-time Red Wings forward has no desire to sign a try-out contract and compete for a spot on the roster during training camp:

“Zero chance,” said Draper, an unsigned free agent and the 2004 Selke Trophy (best defensive forward) winner. “I think I’ve proven myself to the Red Wings organization and (general manager) Kenny (Holland) knows what I’m all about after all these years.”

Draper, however, is hopeful he’ll play his 21st season in the NHL, 18th with the Red Wings.

“I’ve been training and preparing for next season as I always have,” said Draper, fresh off a weeklong golfing trip with teammates and friends. “But first I need to talk with Kenny and hear what he has to say, what he thinks is best, and we’ll go from there.”

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Worst 20 Raw Corsi Ratings

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

As I continue my summer posts on sabermetrics and hockey, today I will look at the worst 20 players in 2010/11 by their raw (unadjusted) Corsi rating.  Here at the top 20 players; today is the flip side.

This group of players are generally not well known hockey players.  Many play tough defensive roles on weaker teams and thus have the situation in which they play as an explanation for their poor rating.  Those players who do not play tough roles are some of the weaker players who played regularly in 2010/11.

Here are the worst 20 players by unadjusted Corsi rating in 2010/11:

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Hating Charity: One Cause At A Time

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Not sure if Wyshynski’s given little Ryan Lambert his internet priveleges back yet.  But if so?

In a Winged Wheel first, we’re officially putting aside our hatred for all things Chicago to embrace an outstanding local cause. A good friend of mine has started a very good cause to help some underprivileged children in Chicago schools.

If you know Captain Norris (and you should, he’s been with the 19 for years) then you’re aware of his exceptionally juvenile hatred for all things related to Chicago sports and sports fans.  He’s set that aside to help out some kids and he’s built some serious momentum with this one.  Check it out at The Winged Wheel.

 

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Stan Fischler goes off on Fehr

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

One of the most virulently anti-NHLPA voices during the lockout belonged to crusty curmudgeon Stan Fischer, and he’s cranking up the “Panic Meter” to 11 by suggesting that Donald Fehr will find a way to screw things up while rambling on about how great the NHL’s revenue-sharing agreement is despite the fact that big-market owners despise handing blank checks to subsidize their opponents:

The revenue sharing agreement brought labor peace [in Major League Baseball] because the large market teams were able to buy off the mid- and small-market teams just enough to keep them happy, while the big-market teams continued to make large profits and maintain their ridiculous competitive advantage. MLB teams are making money. If the small and medium markets were losing money the way the NHL’s small and medium markets were losing money before the 2004 lockout, the small and medium markets would have held out for a salary cap.

The NHL has several low-revenue teams which are struggling to maintain the salary floor while still making a profit. They are vulnerable to be bought off by the NHL large market/high revenue teams the way baseball’s little guys were bought off. And you had better believe that Fehr knows it.

It’s hard to be “bought off” when it’s Gary Bettman’s narrow $15 million payroll range that’s raising the cap floor to nearly unsustainable levels for franchises who’ve learned the hard way that a salary cap based upon league-wide instead of team-by-team revenues is…a mess…

And then Fischler really goes off into insanity land:

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“The team will make the playoffs, as I promised, 10 to 15 years in a row. There is a 10 to 15 year horizon. Woody Allen said, half of success in life is showing. Well, you’ve got to make the playoffs in order to compete for the Cup.”

-Ted Leonsis, Owner of the Washington Capitals.  More from Leonsis at Capitals Insider.

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Red Wings overnight report: And Draper, too

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Biggy update at 8:07 AM: MLive’s Ansar Khan spoke to Draper yesterday, too, and that follow St. James’ report: As we’ve waited for Red Wings GM Ken Holland and goaltender Chris Osgood to sit down and discuss #30’s future in Detroit, we haven’t heard much regarding Kris Draper’s status, but the Free Press’s Helene St. James suggests that in Draper’s case, there very literally isn’t a spot for him on the roster:

“No doubt he wants to play ... and play in Detroit,” Holland said. “We don’t have any cap issues, but we have to sort out what we’re doing with our 14 forwards.”

Draper, 40, showed last season that he still has something left in the tank. His primary role was as a defensive role player, but he also contributed six goals and 11 points in 47 games, and didn’t complain when made a healthy scratch. He has tremendous value in the locker room, where he sets a great example for younger guys with a relentless training program.

The Wings certainly can fit Draper in financially; they have about $6.5 million in salary-cap space. Roster-wise, however, it’s a hard fit. Thirteen forwards already are under one-way contracts for 2011-12. Cory Emmerton, a second-round pick from ‘06, is on a two-day deal, but he’d have to be exposed on waivers to be sent to the minors, and the Wings won’t risk that.

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Will Gaborik & Richards Click?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

For the first time since Wayne Gretzky’s first year on Broadway in 1996-97, the Rangers have an elite play-making pivot. And while it would be an overstatement to suggest the Blueshirts decided to pay Richards $90 million as a free agent simply to form a partnership with Gaborik, it would be a gross understatement to suggest that the 31-year-old Slovak’s plight and needs weren’t significant factors in the signing.

“I respect all the players I’ve been with but I am very excited to get the chance to play with Richie,” Gaborik told The Post by phone yesterday. “I’ve watched him play throughout his career and always admired his game; the way he sees the ice, the way he moves the puck, the way he makes his teammates better.

“If I’m with Richie, it’s going to be very exciting. You can never say how much time it might take to develop chemistry, you need to spend time together away from the ice and develop trust in each other, but I’m really looking forward to getting out there with him.”

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Will Mike Keane End Up Behind The Winnipeg Bench?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

Could the Winnipeg Jets be turning to Mike Keane to round out their coaching staff?

With news that Ray Edwards has declined the opportunity to be an assistant under Claude Noel, there’s still at least one opening on the staff and multiple sources told The Sun on Wednesday that Keane is interested in getting behind the bench for his hometown team.

Prior to having his jersey retired by the Manitoba Moose in February, Keane hinted he was open to getting into coaching should the right opportunity arise and former Montreal Canadiens bench boss Jacques Demers believes Keane would be a natural.

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