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Deadmarsh Interviews For Avalanche Front Office Position

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Adam Deadmarsh could soon be coming back to the Avalanche.

His playing days are over, but Deadmarsh has interviewed for a management position with the Avs organization, the team confirmed Wednesday.

Avs vice president Jean Martineau said that while Deadmarsh is not up for the team’s vacant second assistant coaching position, he has interviewed for another management job and is being strongly considered.


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Bouwmeester Not Limited To Playing In W. Canada

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from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

A report in the Ottawa Sun last week cited anonymous league sources saying Bouwmeester has already told the Panthers he won’t return. Asked if that was true, Sexton, noting he has had “frequent” conversations with Bouwmeester’s agent, said, “Until such time we know exactly what’s going to happen, I don’t think it’s appropriate to comment.”

Asked about the same report, Bouwmeester’s agent, Bryon Baltimore, said Wednesday: “We have always said we’d wait to see what unfolded July 1 [the start of free agency]. That in itself speaks as to what is going to happen.”

Baltimore said he hasn’t given the Panthers a list of teams Bouwmeester would like to play for, but “we’d certainly be open to discussing that with them.”

Baltimore said that while returning to western Canada is a factor for the Edmonton, Alberta, native, he’s not limiting himself to that.


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  Tags: jay+bouwmeester

How About A Team In Vegas?

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from Ryan Greene of the Las Vegas Sun,

Even though Las Vegas is not an NHL town, it appears that there’s a running joke circulating among the league’s players regarding America’s playground as a potential home for a franchise.

“It’s obviously a very alive city and everybody enjoys coming here,” Calgary winger Jarome Iginla said. “There’s been a lot of talk about it, and usually among the players it’s pretty popular. Then there’s always the joke—I’m sure you’ve heard it a hundred times—is that the home team would sure have a nice advantage, which would probably bear some truth.

“It’s not just a joke. It might be difficult to be as focused, but it’d be fun. There’s a lot to do here, great restaurants, and I’d be all for it.”

more players respond…

added 8:24am, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The Las Vegas streets are overflowing, but only a handful of curious passersby stop to peer through the wrought-iron fence as Ovechkin and Vancouver Canucks forward Ryan Kesler lay down moves that will form the basis of the video game’s play.

This is a chance to test Ovechkin’s star power – and by extension, the NHL’s – in a market that has long intrigued commissioner Gary Bettman and his commitment to a U.S. Sunbelt expansion strategy.

Even if NHL expansion is not on the front burner at the moment, the expectation is that influential Hollywood mogul Jerry Bruckheimer eventually will land a team for Vegas.


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Sometimes It’s Funny When Life Sucks

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Two things make me laugh harder than most anything else:  a drunk person throwing up and one man giving another an open-handed slap to the face. 

Well, there’s a third but many of you wouldn’t find it amusing.  What?  Really?  Ok. But I warned you that it may just be me.

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Top 20 Adjusted +/-

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

One relatively simple sabermetrics and hockey statistic I like to keep track of is adjusted +/- ratings.  There are a few ways to adjust them.  Today, I am looking at the counting stat method outlined in The Hockey Compendium by Jeff Klein and Carl-Eric Reif.  The basic idea is that a team adjustment is subtracted from all players’ +/- ratings in order to give a more team independent value.  The statistic is good for identifying players who succeeded in their role with their team last year. 

Here are the top 20 adjusted +/- ratings (limited to players with 50 NHL games played in 2008/09 that played with only one team):

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Capitals Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider at the Washington Post,

Before I went to watch Alex Ovechkin play poker this afternoon (more on that later) I caught up with GM George McPhee and asked him about Michael Nylander’s status with the Caps for next season.

McPhee stopped short of dismissing recent reports that the veteran center is attempting to negotiate a deal to join a KHL team, but he did say that he believes it’s unlikely Nylander will end up in Russia next season.

“If he wants to go he can, if it’s a mutual arrangement,” McPhee said of Nylander, who fell out of favor with Coach Bruce Boudreau last season and hardly played in the postseason. “There’s nothing to stop a player if he’s agreeable and the club is agreeable. What’s going to stop him? If he agrees and they agree, we assign him” to the KHL….

Asked if he expects Nylander to play in Russia, McPhee said: “Probably not.”

I also asked McPhee about a few other issues facing the Caps, namely the status of pending UFAs Sergei Fedorov, Donald Brashear and the assistant coaching vacancy. Here’s what he told me:

read on

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  Tags: michael+nylander

NHL Goes Outside The Box With Awards Gala

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Could the National Hockey League have picked a better summer to step outside the box and move its annual awards ceremony to the city that never sleeps?...

Credit NHL chief operating officer John Collins, who cut his teeth in the NFL and embraces the “thinking big” approach of doing business that has sometimes escaped the NHL, for transporting the awards show from Toronto to Vegas for what is expected to be a three-year run or more if the event gains the kind of traction Collins envisions.

Collins has been a force behind the two Winter Classic games in Buffalo and Chicago, events which have already become staples on the national sporting scene with impressive television ratings and significant buzz surrounding them. The move to Vegas is his baby, too.

Traditionally, the awards have been an afterthought on the NHL schedule, wedged between the end of the Stanley Cup finals and the annual draft, and was given little profile in Toronto.

Collins won’t criticize the previous awards shows, but told ESPN.com this week, “we just felt there was an opportunity to do something more.”

read on

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Thinking Long-Term In Vancouver

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from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

A smart betting man would wager that Kesler, not goaltender Luongo, will be the first Canuck to sign a long-term extension this summer.

Canuck general manager Mike Gillis said before leaving for Vegas that he’d be speaking with both to get an idea how they might like to proceed on July 1, when teams are eligible to extend contracts due to expire after next season.

Luongo is due to become an unrestricted free agent 12-and-a-half months from now. Kesler would be a restricted free agency with, likely, a load of leverage in salary arbitration. He’ll make $1.75 million US next year, Luongo $7.5 million US.

“We’ve had some preliminary discussions with him,” Gillis said of Luongo, who has said he’ll stay in Vancouver if he feels the Canucks have a chance to win the Stanley Cup. “Very preliminary.


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  Tags: roberto+luongo, ryan+kesler

Bouwmeester Likely To Be Moved Before UFA Period Starts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,

JayBo is a goner, and the move likely will happen at next week’s NHL draft in Montreal.

That was the candid opinion of Flyers’ general manager Paul Holmgren, Wednesday, as he met with reporters to talk about the upcoming draft in Montreal.

“I’d say there’s probably a good chance of that happening,” Holmgren said at Skate Zone, when asked whether Florida will deal defenseman Jay Bouwmeester’s rights next week.

Just as they were in the hunt during the March trade deadline, the Flyers are one of several clubs expected to make a strong pitch for the 25-year-old blue liner.

continue for more on Bouwmeester and the Flyers…

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Burke Not Interested In Heatley

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke let it be known that the Leafs will not be in on the Dany Heatley sweepstakes, and he pulled no punches along the way.

In a phone interview with Deb Placey and Billy Jaffe on NHL Live! broadcast on the NHL network, Burke stated that the Leafs had no interest in the two-time 50 goal scorer, largely because of the way he has chosen to handle his trade request.

“We’re not going to be in on that,” Burke stated.  “He’s a good player but I have certain guidelines on how players ask for trades.”


I was listening to the interview and one thing not mentioned in the above story is Burke was asked about the Phoenix/Hamilton issue.  Burke said he cannot discuss right now, the league is handling the issue, but once he gets the OK to talk about it, NHL Live should book him for an hour, because he has a lot to say on that topic.

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  Tags: brian+burke, dany+heatley

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