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Don Cherry Talks Upcoming Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Pagan of the North Bay Nugget,

While the Leafs are the only one of Canada’s six NHL teams not to play a playoff game since 2004, there will soon be another NHL team in Canada, Cherry said.

“It’ll happen in Winnipeg,” he said. “I would say Phoenix will be the team. If you’ve watched Coach’s Corner, I’ve guaranteed within two years, Phoenix will be in Winnipeg. They have to go. They’ll never draw in Phoenix. They had a winning team this past year and they still didn’t draw. They can’t do much better than they did, to make the playoffs and still not draw. So they will be in Winnipeg and they’ll jam them in there.”

Cherry expects the Washington Capitals and San Jose Sharks will be teams to watch this season, while the Stanley-Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks will take a step back, having got rid of too many players during the offseason to stay under the league’s salary cap.

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You Can’t Always Get What You Want. But If You Try Sometimes, You Might Find, You Get What You Need

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

“You can’t have everything,” Jim Nill said to me a few times.  I didn’t record our conversations, it just didn’t feel right, but those words stuck in my head.

In the past, he said, the Wings would go and get any player they wanted, the only limiting factor was price.  Today, value is another important factor.

He went on to say the dedication to win comes from the top.  Mike and Marian on down.  “1A and 1B” as he called them.

The Ilitch family was determined to bring Modano to Detroit.  Nill stated that Mike Ilitch wanted Modano very badly because of his local history, including the Little Caesar’s program as a kid, which was very important to Ilitch.  He also wanted Modano because he knew he could get him at the right price.

The Wings have realistic expectations with Modano.  While they don’t expect him to get 30 goals anymore, 30 assists is a reasonable expectation.  If he was the Modano of three years ago, we wouldn’t have been able to afford him under the cap.

What Nill had to say about the cap itself, took me completely by surprise.

 

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Tie-Breaker Rule Change

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via E.J. Hradek tweet,

NHL confirms this rule change: Regulation/OT wins (shootout Ws EXCLUDED) now will be first way to break ties in the standings.

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Top 20 Offensive Goals Versus Threshold

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Yesterday I began looking at the sabermetrics and hockey problem of goals versus threshold as formulated by Tom Awad.  I began by looking at the offensive portion of this system.  Today I want to look at the top offensive players in this system.  This will be similar to the scoring leaders in the NHL except it values goals over assists and takes into account ice time by subtracting off the scoring that a replacement level (threshold) player would have provided with that ice time.

Here are the top 20 players by offensive goals versus threshold compared with their rank in the NHL scoring race:

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Lecavalier Will Undergo Minor Procedure On His Knee

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that center Vincent Lecavalier will undergo a minor arthroscopic procedure on his left knee on Tuesday, August 24 in Tampa. The procedure will be performed by Lightning Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Ira Guttentag at the Florida Medical Clinic.

The recovery time will be 3-4 weeks and Lecavalier is expected to be ready to participate in the Lightning’s training camp, which begins Friday, September 17.

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Shero Contemplating Bringing Guerin back to Crowded Pens Lineup

Blog: The Confluence By Tony

OTTAWA, ON - APRIL 18: Bill Guerin #13 of the Pittsburgh Penguins slides the puck past a sprawling Brian Elliott #30 of the Ottawa Senators for a goal during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quaterfinals during the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals at Scotiabank Place on April 18, 2010 in Ottawa, Canada. The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-2. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)

Bill Guerin will turn 40 on November 9th.

Having said that, the 39 year-old veteran did score 21 goals for the Penguins last season, mostly as a winger on Sidney Crosby’s top line.  Eleven of those 21 came on the power play.

The question is:  Are the Penguins getting ready to bring Guerin back for his 3rd season in Black and Vegas Gold?

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  Tags: nhl-hockey, pittsburgh+penguins

A little more on Carey Price

Blog: KK Hockey By The Upper Canadien

Another brief update on Carey Price today, with more discussion of his off-season rodeo habits - and a pretty snazzy picture of Mr. Price lassoing from atop a horse.

Now word that the Canadiens are in fact none to pleased with Mr. Price’s penchant for his horse habits, and while they softened their stance to allow his participation in a competition a week ago (as discussed on Kukla’s Korner) they are not enamoured with his choice of off-season training (scoop credit to Ron Reush of TheReushBlog).

Price Living Life like a Cowboy

So, what do fans think, Habs and otherwise: should NHL teams be able to mandate the off-season activities of their players? How about when they are not technically under contract, like Mr. Price? While the players are assets, and teams must protect their well being, they are also individuals with hobbies and interests.

How specifically should NHL teams be able to dictate the activities of their players?

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  Tags: carey+price, contracts, rodeo

Summer Ratings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Edward Fraser of The Hockey News,

...here are the top and bottom performers of the summer shopping season so far:

THUMBS UP
Chicago Blackhawks

Key Gains: Fernando Pisani, LW; Marty Turco, G; Jeff Taffe, LW; Ivan Vishnevskiy, D; John Scott, D; Viktor Stalberg, LW
Key Losses: Antti Niemi, G; John Madden, C; Andrew Ladd, LW; Adam Burish, RW; Kris Versteeg, C; Brent Sopel, D; Ben Eager, LW; Dustin Byfuglien, RW; Kim Johnsson, D

The Hawks were bleeding players, no doubt, but GM Stan Bowman did a remarkable job securing assets for skaters he was forced to get rid of under the crush of the cap.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“Of course, to play in the NHL is a dream.  You can go to any youth sports school and ask those who train there—everyone will say that they dream of the NHL.  There cannot even be a talk about comparing the two leagues.  The KHL right now is moving in the right direction, raising up a little, but there is no point to compare the leagues.  Let them call me names, call me a traitor, but this is true.

-Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals,  Ovechkin did an interview (many topics) with sports.ru and you can read the translated interview by Dmitry Chesnokov of PuckDaddy.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, khl

Retiring Theo Fleury’s Number

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

And there’s no telling when he might see his jersey lifted above the ice in Calgary. It took 22 years for his junior club to honour him, proving character is considered more important than talent when it comes to celebrating a star.

His hockey life has come full circle, joining the Hall in a city that both kickstarted his career and began a lifelong nightmare thanks to the alleged abuse of convicted pedophile Graham James — his first junior coach.

The Warriors have now determined Fleury worthy.

With years of sobriety under his belt and a new reputation being built as a voice against sexual abuse and violence against children, his character off the ice is finally catching up to the skill he always displayed on it.

If his life continues in the same direction, the Flames will undoubtedly follow suit.

As long as Fleury’s penchant for untimely outbursts doesn’t get in the way.

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