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Patrick Kane Supports Blackhawks Trades

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jesse Rogers at ESPN:

Despite saying good-bye to three teammates who helped them win a Stanley Cup, at least two Chicago Blackhawks understand why Troy Brouwer, Brian Campbell and Tomas Kopecky were cut loose in favor of some tougher, older players.

“We’ve added some things that will help us win again,” Patrick Kane said Wednesday. “That’s the most important thing.

“You can have those relationships, and it’s always nice to have those, but we’re here to win hockey games. You see some of the players we added. You get a lot of grit, some experience, some maturity.”

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Commodore computers’ modern maker wants to cash in on Mike Commodore’s number

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Well now things get a little…corporate…in the Mike Commodore number-choosing saga. I have no problem with the concept of the Red Wings’ newest defenseman choosing to wear 64 if he wishes, but the person who makes the computer’s modern-retro analogue told the National Post’s Sean Fitz-Gerald that there’s quite a “synergy” developing:

“I can’t even think of words to describe how ecstatic we would be,” said Barry Altman, president and chief executive of Commodore USA.

The Commodore 64 was a ubiquitous presence in North American homes in the early 1980s, reportedly selling as many as 30 million units. Intense competition led to its downfall, and the original company declared bankruptcy in 1994. Altman resurrected the brand last year, re-launching the distinctive platform on April 5 after acquiring the trademarks. The new company – Commodore USA – built a new facility in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and began shipping the units a little more than a week ago.

As far as Altman’s concerned—and this is kinda, let’s say corporate—the Puck Daddy pledge-o-thon and Commodore’s consideration regarding wearing said number is a tribute to, well, his business interests:

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Bill Cowher’s Daughter to Marry Kevin Westgarth

Blog: The Confluence By Tony

From Canada.com’s Bob Duff:

A little bit of NFL mixed in with some NHL and a hint of hoops.

That’s the formula for an upcoming celebrity wedding.

On Aug. 12, Los Angeles Kings enforcer Kevin Westgarth will tie the knot with his fiancee Meagan Cowher.

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Capitals Re-Sign Mathieu Perreault, 1 Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Washington Capitals:

The Washington Capitals have re-signed center Mathieu Perreault to a one-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Perreault, 23, played in 35 games for the Capitals last season, collecting 14 points (seven goals, seven assists). He set career-highs in games played, goals, assists, points and penalty minutes (20).

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Could Sergei Brylin Return to the NHL?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Tom Gulitti at Fire and Ice:

“I would love to play another year and maybe more. I don’t know,” the 37-year-old Moscow native said today after a lengthy workout at the Devils’ practice facility. “I feel healthy and I had no problems last year. And I know if I stop now years later I’m probably going to think about, ‘What if I played another year?’ That would be something that, obviously, I would love to do and did for so many years.”

Where would he play?

“That’s the question,” Brylin said. “I don’t have a contract right now, so I don’t know. If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen and it’s probably going to be in Russia because I know it’s tough get a job here in the NHL when you’re 37 and you’ve been out of the league for three years, but we’ll see what’s going to happen.”

I pointed out to Brylin that Jaromir Jagr did exactly that before signing with the Flyers on July 1.

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Mid-day observations from Day 7 of the Red Wings’ prospect camp: winding down?

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

On Tuesday, a slightly worn-out set of Red Wings prospects were pushed to their absolute limits during the on-ice sessions at Detroit’s summer development camp, and today the coaches seemed to recognize that the last full day of practices before Thursday’s scrimmage and commute back to Detroit, Friday’s fitness testing, exit intervhttp://www.kuklaskorner.com/korner/index.php?S=0&C=publish&M=entry_form&weblog_id=22iews, and an end-of-camp activity in taking in the Tigers-White Sox game from Mike Ilitch’s suite yielded an opportunity to reinforce fundamentals and encourage some “room to grow” in the self-improvement category, but not much more.

A full week into a grueling slate of on and off-ice workouts, the players are visibly physically and mentally fatigued. Mind you, that’s the entire point of this development camp—to push the prospects to the maximums of their performance envelopes, if you will, to both to teach the new prospects the “Red Wings way” of doing things, to remind the returning prospects that they’ve got a ways to go and to encourage the “veterans” to continue to self-improve on a daily basis as always striving to become a better player and a more physically fit athlete is what separates the Henrik Zetterbergs and Pavel Datsyuks from the rest of the crowd…

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Slow Recovery for Pronger

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN radio, Chris Pronger discusses his recovery from back surgery:

“I’m still probably three, three and a half weeks away from being able to train hard. I’m still walking on the treadmill, light bike riding. The back doctor wanted 12 weeks for me not doing a whole lot to allow that back area to scar up and then fully heal up before I start torquing and pushing on it hard,” said Pronger, who needed to remove a herniated disc that caused him back and leg problems.

“I would say I’m quite a bit behind where I would be training-wise and working out-wise. Whether I’m at camp or not, I don’t know that yet, it’s still early to tell. I would guess I would not be starting camp just from the mere fact that I haven’t been able to work out at all yet. I’m skinny to begin with, and now I’m looking really skinny.”

more plus his thoughts on Philly’s playoffs and offseason moves

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Current Events: How Midgets Can Learn From Bud Selig, No to Prop 64 and The Conversation

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Not sure if you saw Bud Selig’s reaction to Derek Jeter’s decision to skip the MLB All Star Game.

“Being here when you’re invited to be an All-Star, in addition to being an honor, isn’t an option; it’s what you are required to do,” the commissioner said. “This is important to the league and our fans as well.”

Harsh, considering Jeter’s status in the game and all-around reputation as one of baseball’s statesmen.  You’d think that he’d be given the benefit…oh, wait.  I screwed up. That’s not Selig, that’s Little Gary Bettman in ‘09 when he decided to put the hammer down on renowned trouble makers and slackers Pavel Datsyuk and Nick Lidstrom.

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More to Come on Realignment

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Scott Burnside at ESPN:

Despite Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold’s assertions to a local radio station earlier this week that the realignment question has been all squared away and the Winnipeg Jets would join the Minnesota Wild in a new Central Division, the relocation issue is far from being resolved.

An NHL source told ESPN.com on Wednesday it was premature to suggest any decisions have been made on how the NHL will look a year from now. Multiple sources have also told us the relocation of the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg will give the NHL an opportunity to rethink its entire structure, so the realignment question will not be resolved until all parties have had their say.

continued… plus discussion on various other topics

More discussion on the issue of NHL divisions was also posted earlier today.

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Ryane Clowe Has A Top Corsi Rating

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

A couple days ago I made a sabermetrics and hockey post where I listed the top 20 players in 2010/11 by Corsi rating.  Appearing in the number two spot on the list is Ryane Clowe of the San Jose Sharks.  He has a +322 Corsi rating for last season.  I think it is an interesting case study to understand why he has such a good Corsi.

The first reason that any Clowe appears near the top of a raw Corsi list is that he played on a good team.  The San Jose Sharks were one of the best teams in the NHL.  They finished second in the West Conference and had a good team Corsi.  Of the San Jose players, why is Clowe the one with the highest Corsi?

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