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Olympic Questions & Answers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Less than six months until the start of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Less than a week until the first of the summer orientation camps that will provide a first glimpse into what the United States and Canadian squads might look like come February.

With that in mind, here are some of the burning questions and Olympic odds and ends as the clock ticks down:

American GM Brian Burke has made no secret of how he plans to build his Olympic team, and that’s with plenty of sand. Look for two forward lines with as much skill as the Americans can collect and two lines with a lot of in-your-face personality. Same goes for the blue line, as Burke will want size and mobility that can hopefully withstand opposing forecheckers and move the puck quickly and smartly out of the defensive zone.

continued with many of the Olympic teams discussed…

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Balsillie Shot Down By Daly

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from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

According to the National Hockey League, “there is no truth to the suggestion” that the Toronto Maple Leafs are blocking another team from moving into southern Ontario.

PSE Sports & Entertainment, the company Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie formed to pursue ownership of the Phoenix Coyotes, filed a document into bankruptcy court on Wednesday accusing the Leafs of exercising their territorial veto to prevent Balsillie of purchasing the Coyotes and then moving them to Hamilton….

“At no time has the Toronto franchise or any representative of the Toronto franchise voiced an opinion at a Board of Governors Meeting even remotely consistent with the allegation that is being made,” NHL deputy commissioner Billy Daly wrote in an e-mail to the National Post Thursday.

“In other words, its a total fabrication, that has no basis in fact or in law.”

read on

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Evening Line

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“Like I said last year at the end of the playoffs, now there’s no doubt that Varly and [Michal] Neuvirth are the goalies of the future. They are great goalies.  But for myself, if you look at the season, out of 82 games I still played [57] and had a pretty good record and was pretty consistent toward the end.”

“I don’t see myself as a backup.  My frame of mind was to enter the summer, my off-ice training and the season as the No. 1 guy. [Whether] or not that was the case, that was going to be my approach. We all know in hockey, No. 1 is only a title. It’s still on the ice that you have to earn your points.”

-Jose Theodore of the Washington Capitals.  More on Theodore from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider at the Washington Post.

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Ducks Get Bigger With Artyukhin

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from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Artyukhin more than covers that patch physically. He ’s known as a hard-hitting forward who is also fast, particularly for a man his size.

Murray didn’t speculate where he would ideally fit in, but Artyukhin will presumably be in the mix, along with Ryan Carter, Petteri Nokelainen and Mike Brown, to join Todd Marchant on the checking line.

Whether Artyukhin is defensibly responsible to Coach Randy Carlyle’s satisfaction remains to be seen. There is also some question about his hands and hockey sense.

Artyukhin’s wrecking ball style got him in trouble last season when he was suspended two games for a kneeing incident involving Florida Panthers defenseman Ville Peltonen.

But Murray likened this stage of Artyukhin’s career to former Duck Travis Moen in that Moen didn’t play much at first but carved a role as a tough, effective checking winger who could occasionally find the net.


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  Tags: evgeny+artyukhin

Jerry Bruckheimer Loves The Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bill Brioux of the CP via the Toronto Sun,

Over the last 30 years, Jerry Bruckheimer has been involved in more than his share of Hollywood power plays. The executive producer of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies and “CSI” TV dramas would rather take his power plays on ice, however, playing his favourite sport — hockey.

Bruckheimer’s passion for the game came up earlier this month at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif. It was during a session for one of two new shows he’s producing for the fall, ABC’s “The Forgotten” (the other being the cable crime drama “Dark Blue,” which stars Dylan McDermott).

Christian Slater was asked how he came to be cast as the lead in “The Forgotten,” a drama about a team of amateur sleuths who look into cold cases involving forgotten murder victims.

“Jerry plays hockey, and I think in the locker room, my agent also plays on maybe a different team, but they ended up talking about it. And Jerry said he was looking for an actor for a new show that he was doing, and my agent put it together. So this all sort of came together in the locker room.”


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  Tags: jerry+bruckheimer

Top 20 Defensive Zone Starters

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In this summer’s look at sabermetrics and hockey, I have recently introduced the concept of zone starts.  This is the tabulation of the number of times a player is on the ice for a faceoff in a given zone on the ice (offensive, neutral or defensive) over the course of the season.  In order to see the correlation of these numbers with Corsi Numbers, these zone start numbers are restricted to 5 on 5 situations.  The raw data has been tabulated by Vic Ferrari at Irreverent Oiler Fans.

Today I will present the list of the 20 players who were most preferentially used in defensive situations.  These are the twenty players who were on the ice for the most defensive zone faceoffs minus offensive faceoffs.

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Tampa Says Trade Coming

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via Tampa Bay Lightning Twitter,

The Lightning are making a trade today. They’ll be getting a player and a draft pick in return.

added 3:31pm, from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

The Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday picked up left wing Drew Miller and a third-round pick in next year’s draft in exchange for wing Evgeny Artyukhin.


added 4:57pm, Damain was just on The Bill Watters Show on 640am in Toronto and said the move clears up a little cap room for the Bolts.  Tanguay still in the mix, although Damian has heard he has at least one offer for more money than what Tampa wants to pay.

Bolts may be offering a 1yr deal to Alex and it Damian feels it may be a good deal for him.

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  Tags: drew+miller, evgeny+artyukhin

It’s Slow, So….

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I am off to a Doctor’s appointment.  I won’t have internet access for about an hour, but will be back shortly after that.

In the meantime, feel free to bring up anything hockey related in the comments.

update 2:49pm, I am back.  What, no 3-way trades, no signings, no nothing.  Carry on folks.

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GM Talk

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from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

At a point in history where image and optics trump truth nine times out of 10, it is paramount not only to be able to walk the talk, but to talk with sufficient verve to make people want to stick around and see if you can walk it.

Rarely has that been more apparent than in today’s NHL, which has a number of teams clearly struggling to mold messages for their fan base – and consequently, taking consistent and predictable public relations poundings because of it.

Where some GMs – Detroit’s Ken Holland and San Jose’s Doug Wilson, to name two – speak freely and easily, offering insight into their organization without divulging crucial inside information, others labor through each and every interaction with the media, speaking as if each word was a massive boulder carried slowly off their tongues and out of their mouths, the way ancient Egyptians moved giant rocks as they built pyramids.


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Talking Strength & Conditioning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from MaxGiese of SharksPage,

The 2009-10 season will be Mike Potenza’s third year as the Sharks strength and conditioning coordinator. He is responsible for the team’s overall strength and conditioning programs, including the creation of individualized postseason workout programs and assistance in the rehabilitation efforts for all injured players….

Max Giese: Who are some of the players that have spent the majority of their summers with you in San Jose?

Mike Potenza: Some of the guys like Evgeni Nabokov, Patrick Marleau, and Jonathan Cheechoo live out here and stay throughout the summer. Then there are guys like Joe Pavelski, Devin Setoguchi, and Torrey Mitchell who have made the commitment to spend their time here this summer. I actually wanted to talk to those three young players about spending the summer here in San Jose, but all three took the initiative and grabbed me first and asked me if they could train with me in San Jose during the summer. Which is just awesome.

read on

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  Tags: mike+potenza

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