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Welcome to the Flyers: Wayne Simmonds

Blog: KK Hockey By Marc Siciliano

If you had asked an LA Kings fan who they would have wanted to trade a few months ago, it’s all but assured that few would have quickly volunteered the name of Wayne Simmonds to be at the top of the list. And while I’m sure Kings fans are pleased with the return they received for the feisty winger, I’m equally as sure they are sad to see him go.

Welcome to the Flyers, Wayne Simmonds.

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Signed With A Sharpie

Blog: KK Hockey By Vince Maranto

I must admit, I was starting to get a little worried about Patrick Sharp going into his final year without a contract. But now, I can put my worries else where. The HAWKS and Sharpie have come to term on a contract extension. Although I could not find any details yet on the official Blackhawks website, the deal, as reported by WSCR, The Score radio station in Chicago, will be 5 more years at roughly $5.9 million. This, of course, will not take effect until the 2012 - 2013 season.

However, according to the Hawks website:

“Sharp, 29, paced the Blackhawks and shared eighth in the National Hockey League with 34 goals, and ranked third on the club with a career-high 71 points (34G, 37A) in 74 regular-season contests during the 2010-11 campaign. He also finished second on the team with three goals and added two assists in seven games during the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and was honored as the Most Valuable Player of the 2011 NHL All-Star Game.”

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Fraser Feud

Blog: KK Hockey By Lisa Brown

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It has been common to just use the word gate behind any misunderstanding or wrongdoing. In this case, I don’t believe that the Oilers set out to pull the wool over the heads of the Kings. So, I hereby propose this subject be called the Fraser Feud.

I was in St. Paul at the NHL entry draft amidst all of the Ryan Smyth trade talk, and everyone was excited about it, no matter what team they were there representing or covering. TSN cameramen were telling me how wonderful they felt the move would be for Edmonton. The heart of the matter seemed to be at what cost.

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  Tags: colin+fraser, dean+lombardi, ryan+smyth, steve+tambellini

Fraser Feud

Blog: Oil Patch By Lisa Brown

It has been common to just use the word gate behind any misunderstanding or wrongdoing. In this case, I don’t believe that the Oilers set out to pull the wool over the heads of the Kings. So, I hereby propose this subject be called the Fraser Feud.

I was in St. Paul at the NHL entry draft amidst all of the Ryan Smyth trade talk, and everyone was excited about it, no matter what team they were there representing or covering. TSN cameramen were telling me how wonderful they felt the move would be for Edmonton. The heart of the matter seemed to be at what cost.

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Filed in: Edmonton Oilers, Ex-Oilers, Colin Fraser, Ryan Smyth, Steve Tambellini, | Oil Patch | Permalink
  Tags: dean+lombardi

Questioning The Yahoo! Sports Positional Rankings

Blog: KK Hockey By Greg Thomson

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Yahoo! Sports NHL Editor Sam McCaig released his rankings for the top players at each position last week. As a respected writer and a knowledgeable hockey mind, I expected McCaig’s rankings to align with many of the other major outlets in Canada, namely TSN Rogers Sportsnet. Instead, I found his rankings to be misleading, specifically at the defence and goaltending positions. These rankings have generated tremendous debate amongst fans, especially with the lack of hockey coverage at this point in the summer.

Although there can be arguments made for other players to crack the top 25 or criticisms against players who were ranked higher than expected, I would rather focus on the Leafs presence (or lack thereof) in the rankings. McCaig listed three Leafs amongst the top 125 players; Phil Kessel the 22nd best right winger, Nikolai Kulemin the 18th best left winger, and Dion Phaneuf the 15th best defenseman.

 

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Shea Weber Awarded $7.5 Million, 1 Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Tim Wharnsby of CBC via Twitter:

Nashville’s Shea Weber is awarded a$7.5 million salary arbitration.

Update 3:24pm ET: Elliotte Friedman comments

Weber’s $7.5M is highest arb award ever. That also makes him highest-salaried defenceman by Average Annual Value.

Update 7:50pm ET: Comments from David Poille and Shea Weber—

 

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Alcohol: The key to success

Blog: KK Hockey By Nicholas Lorenzi

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With unbearably hot days and lack of stimulation from the Blue Jackets side of the NHL this past week, my only option is to down tallboys of cream ale and watch the program Columbus airs entitled “Slap shots”. Such an original name for a hockey broadcast—except for the fact that it is just a re-run to anyone who has been watching “Jackets TV” on the website when it posts. I have watched the first three out of nine scheduled broadcasts and found nothing new. It’s disappointing to see Ryan Johansen making a salad instead of training or giving thoughts on next season, as well as having to deal with Jeff Rimer babbling on my television set. This encourages the rate at which I drink.

This article isn’t about my drinking, but about men who are drunk and successful. No, this isn’t about the forefathers of the US but instead Mike Richards and Jeff Carter.

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  Tags: jeff+carter, mike+richards

Top 20 Offensive Zone Starters

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The next step in the sabermetrics and hockey problem of making sense of Corsi ratings is to take into account zone starts.  This is a recording of which zones (offensive, defensive and neutral) a player is on the ice for faceoffs.  Players who have an excess of defensive zone starts will tend to have a worse Corsi because it is easier for their opponent to take a shot when they start on offence and vice versa for players with an excess of offensive zone starts.

When I tabulate offensive zone starters, I am talking about the imbalance between offensive and defensive zone starts.  These players are a combination of offensive players who were used in offensive situations and weak defensive players who are not trusted in their own zone.  These players should show a noticeable increase in their offensive numbers as a result of the way they are used.

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Colin White Signs… Somewhere

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Tom Gulitti at Fire & Ice:

Now former Devil Colin White wasn’t an unrestricted free agent for long.

White agent, Ben Hankinson, said this afternoon that he has agreed to terms with a new team and will be signing later today. The announcement should come later today or Thursday.

Hankinson would not discuss which team White will be going to or any contract details. There are reports of interest from the San Jose Sharks.

White just became a UFA yesterday, upon being bought out by the Devils.  Rumors are that San Jose is the mystery team. 

Update 2:44pm ET: TSN reports that White is now a Shark. (How soon till he’s known as Great White Shark?? Sorry, sorry…)—

The San Jose Sharks have reportedly signed defenceman Colin White to a one-year contract worth $1 million.

 

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Chesnokov sits down with Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the parking lot at Clyde’s in St. Ignace: Yahoo Sports’ Dmitry Chesnokov posted his sit-down interview with Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk after Datsyuk picked up the Kharlamov Trophy in Moscow, and the interview’s fantastic.

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