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Trying To Make Things Right With Gretzky

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Wayne Gretzky remains in radio silence, but both the NHL and the Canadian Olympic Team are making attempts to reach him.

Commissioner Gary Bettman emailed Gretzky last Thursday, hoping for the opportunity to meet with him face-to-face. According to NHL sources, the Great One said he is “not yet ready”, preferring to lay low, as he has done since stepping down as Coyotes head coach.

The league badly wants to repair the relationship with its greatest player and ambassador, realizing that no matter what happened in Phoenix, it’s not good for the sport to have him feeling alienated and unwanted. As both a player and a coach, he’s dealt with his share of criticism, but this particular situation has hurt him the most.

Considering how he stood up for Phoenix as a market – despite ample evidence to the contrary – and the beating taken from Canadian fans as a result, he was stunned to find out that he may not be paid even if he started the season as coach.

continued plus more NHL notes…

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Oh So Close

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Kyle Wellwood with a goal?  Nope, final horn beat him last night.

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Thrashers Sign Peverley

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

The Atlanta Thrashers have locked up a big part of their offense by signing Rich Peverley to a two-year deal worth $2.6 million.

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Dave Staples Annual Anti-Stats Rant

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The Edmonton Oilers blogs include some of the better sabermetrics blogs out there. There is mudcrutch hockey irreverent Oiler fans, copper n blue and battle of Alberta.  Each have a strong interest in sabermetrics and have written some interesting posts on the subjects.  With the high quality of the Oiler blogosphere it is hard for the mainstream media to keep up.  However, Dave Staples at Cult of Hockey does a good job.  He writes many interesting pieces about the Edmonton Oilers and hockey in general.  These are not just the leftover articles that do not get published in the newspaper (as some weaker media blogs tend to do).  He regularly publishes some very good information on the internet. 

However, one of his recurring themes (that seems to be in protest to the independent Oiler bloggers with strong sabermetric backgrounds) is that hockey statistics are not very useful.  This is a case he frequently overstates in his posts.  Last year he wrote Why Plus/Minus is a rotten, useless, misleading and irrelevant stat for NHL players.

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Columbus/Philadelphia Trade

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired defenseman Michael Ratchuk from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for right wing Stefan Legein, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. He was then assigned to the Syracuse Crunch, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate.

Ratchuk, 21, was Philadelphia’s third pick, 42nd overall, in the 2006 Entry Draft. He has registered one assist and two penalty minutes in five games with the AHL’s Adirondack Phantoms this season. In 85 career AHL games, he has collected 6-15-21 and 48 penalty minutes. He played his first full AHL season in 2008-09 and notched 5-12-17 and 44 penalty minutes in 77 games.

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Are The Hawks Hogtied With Huet?

Blog: KK Hockey By David Morris

Many thanks to Paul for the invitation to do this blog…hoping Hawk fans, friends and foes will join us here at Kukla’s Korner. Okay, as little about me as possible, as this is all about talking Hawkey. Born in Ottawa, Canada in the mid-fifties, and traveling the world since then. I remember watching my heroes on a flickering black and white RCA Victor—Bobby, Stan, Ken, Glenn, Moose, Pierre, Nesterenko, Reggie Fleming and the gang, coached by Rudy Pilous—beating the Wings to win the Cup. Boy, has that been forever.

The Blackhawks goalie-go-round is back in heavy rotation. When Cristobal Huet gave up two game losing soft goals Saturday night, October 17th, in front of an already trigger-happy United Center sellout crowd, he might have sealed his fate as forecast by the soothsayers.

Or maybe not. 

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Deny. Deny. Deny

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So.  I don’t think it’s been an outright directive from the Hahn Office of Information Control.  I don’t think he’s sat the Diggers down collectively, or individually, and bluntly told them the subject is off-limits.

But I’m damn near certain the organ-I-zation has made it clear that when our Deep Diggers write about Todd Bertuzzi?  The topic of Steve Moore is just not something they’d like touched upon.

Shhhh…don’t tell anyone but Clarice has been talking to Lecter…he’s kind of an advisor.  Don’t…tell…anybody.

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Your Answers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

In my NHL.com blog today, I asked readers to answer some questions I have.

I would appreciate your reply to some of the questions.  Thanks.

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Brent Sutter Saw No Discrimination Against French Canadian Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Go ahead, tell Brent Sutter there is discrimination against French Canadian players in the NHL and Hockey Canada’s programs.

We dare you.

Just be braced for a very terse reply.

“There’s no truth to that, whatsoever,” stated Sutter, the Calgary Flames head coach who spent 17 seasons in the NHL and is in his third year as a head coach.

“There’s no merit to that going on in the sport. Not that I’ve ever seen.”


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Leafs Have Hope

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, since the start of conference play in the NHL in 1993-94, only five teams have won once or less in their first 10 games and still made the playoffs, two of those coached by Wilson.

His 2003-04 San Jose Sharks and 1996-97 Anaheim Mighty Ducks both faltered at the start with just one win, but Wilson took the Sharks to the Conference championship, while Paul Kariya came back after their slump to help Wilson and the team make the playoffs for the first time in Ducks’ history.

read on for the other teams that have made the playoffs…

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