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Burns Extended By San Jose

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sharks.com,

San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed defenseman Brent Burns to a five-year contract extension.

“We are thrilled that Brent has stepped forward and made long-term commitment to the San Jose Sharks, his new teammates and our fans,” said Wilson. “When we acquired Brent, it was our intention to make sure that he remained an important piece of our organization moving forward and we are very pleased that we have been able to do that. As an elite-level defenseman who is just entering his prime, we are looking forward to meshing Brent’s skills with our existing core group.”


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Lockouts, Lookouts, and Twitter Trivia

Blog: KK Hockey By petshark


Nope, the Sharks haven’t made any big announcements lately.  Dan Boyle stayed in town this summer.  Good call, considering the weather elsewhere.  Undaunted by having his Twitter account interfered with, Logan Couture announced his intention to golf on Saturday:  “Heading to the course for 27 holes of golf today. Chances are i’ll be taking more shots today than @biznasty2point0 takes all hockey season.”  Sunday, Ryane Clowe went “up da shore with the Willow bear for a feed of nan’s jiggs dinner.” Google Translate couldn’t help me with that, but it sounds lovely.  Also Sunday, Woo Shark James Marcou engaged in some rigorous activity, per a tweet about being dehydrated

Sharkie’s jumping off a building this month, which is fitting if Sharkie’s as tired of waiting for hockey season as I am. 

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  Tags: lockout, media, sports+fan, twitter

Put A Dead Tree To Good Use

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sandra Tan of the Buffalo News,

Every year the Buffalo Sabres made the playoffs, Doug Harbison was one of the rabid fans who collected assorted drums and containers, spent $40 on aluminum foil, and built a giant Stanley Cup to set out on his driveway.

When the team inevitably fell short, he’d destroy his creation with some angry swipes of a hockey stick.

But this year, he decided to build something a bit more permanent. He had an ailing oak tree in his front yard cut down except for an 8-foot stump. Then he called a wood sculptor to create his dream object—the Stanley Cup.

“I didn’t even ask him how much,” Harbison said. “I said, ‘When can you do it?’”

continued with a picture of the ‘wood’ Cup….

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VERSUS Getting A New Name- NBC Sports Network

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob Fernandez of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

NBCUniversal is expected to announce Monday that it is renaming Versus, Comcast’s ratings-challenged 24-hour sports channel, as the NBC Sports Network in January 2012. Versus has had major operations at the Comcast Center in Philadelphia but is now under the control of NBC Sports in New York.

The goal of the Versus name change - and other changes expected to be announced in the coming months - is to make the sports channel more popular with fans so that Comcast can charge higher per-subscriber fees for it.

As part of the overhaul, NBC says the cable channel’s broadcasting style and presentation will parallel that of NBC Sports’ by emphasizing storytelling and profiles of athletes.


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Most Of Our Canadian Friends Are On Their Long Weekend

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Most of the Canadian Provinces celebrate a civic holiday today and I do hope the day is everything you want it to be.

Hockey news, not much at all, we are in the dead days of August.  Shea Weber has his arbitration hearing scheduled for tomorrow and the Kings continue to find even ground when it comes to the Drew Doughty contract negotiations.

Of course, other players around the league still need to be signed and this month we will see most putting their name to paper.

Soon enough hockey will be back in our daily vocabulary, in the meantime, enjoy the time away from the game and stay safe.

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Red Wings overnight report: August Long Weekend tidbits

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Today may very well mark the nadir—or more colloquially, the rock bottom—of the NHL’s summer news cycle. Of the few arbitration hearings that remain, Shea Weber’s shindig with the Nashville Predators wasn’t scheduled for today because it’s August Long Weekend in Canada, most NHL’ers are a week or two from venturing back onto the ice for the first time since their teams were eliminated in the playoffs, and unless you don’t mind reading the garbled language that comes out of online translators from European hockey websites (European teams actually begin their training camps and endless pre-season “tournaments” in early August), the next seven-to-ten days should be…quiet…In theory, anyway, because there are always surprises.

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Worst 20 Corsi Rates

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

A few days ago I posted the top 20 players by their adjusted Corsi rate.  This uses the adjustment scheme used by behind the net which adjusts rates by comparing the values obtained when a player is on the ice compared to when they are off of them.  I think this is a very good list for finding ineffective NHL players.  Rate lists often select players who play in a limited role.  Players who struggle and have poor Corsi ratings in limited ice time are not very good hockey players.  On the flip side, it is not as clear that players who have good Corsi rates in limited situations are top players because they may not do as well in more expanded roles.

In order to have a meaningful adjustment, I have limited this list to players who played 50 or more games in 2010/11.  Here are the worst 20 adjusted Corsi rates in 2010/11:

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Around the Leagues - Week of 7/24/11

Blog: KK Hockey By Doug Miller


In what will likely become a regular staple here at Cluster Pucks… I go around the hockey leagues with news tidbits from the last week, and once the season gets underway, this will turn into more of a “recap” of various things, including scores and current standings from all the leagues which this blog covers.

Anyway, let the first installment of the chaos begin.

The biggest story this week, at least when it comes to my realm of coverage, was the announcement that the 2012 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge will be played in Windsor, Ontario, as was reported by Paul on Wednesday. This is especially exciting news for me, as if I can afford to swing the budget, and land the proper press credentials, it will likely represent the first chance I’ll have as a new member of the hockey media to go and cover an event in person!

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  Tags: college+hockey, ontario+hockey+league, quebec+major+junior+hockey+league, western+hockey+league

A Fond Farewell for Lander

Blog: KK Hockey By Lisa Brown

The Edmonton Oilers have definitely tapped into the Swedish hockey market with exciting players such as Linus Omark, Magnus Pääjärvi, Anton Lander and 2011 NHL Entry draft selection Oscar Kelfbom. Fans of the Swedish elite league are happy to see their countrymen move on to pursue their dreams, but they are of course sad to see them leave their local rinks.

On July 30th, Anton Lander’s Swedish Elite league team Timrå held a farewell match to send off their latest two exports in Lander and Vancouver Canuck’s prospect defenceman Sebastian Erixon. The same game featured returning players such as Magnus Pääjärvi and Henrik Zetterberg.

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A Fond Farewell for Lander

Blog: Oil Patch By Lisa Brown

The Edmonton Oilers have definitely tapped into the Swedish hockey market with exciting players such as Linus Omark, Magnus Pääjärvi, Anton Lander and 2011 NHL Entry draft selection Oscar Kelfbom. Fans of the Swedish elite league are happy to see their countrymen move on to pursue their dreams, but they are of course sad to see them leave their local rinks.

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