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Don Cherry Does The Ice Bucket Challenge

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Ryan Suter- Part Owner Of The Madison Capitols

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tamira Madsen of the MadisonMagazine,

The Suter name means hockey in Madison.

So it’s no surprise that Madison native and National Hockey League superstar Ryan Suter is involved with the Madison Capitols, a new team that competes in the United States Hockey League starting this season. The Capitols drop the puck this month and will play their home games at the Alliant Energy Center.

While Suter is a member of a nine-man ownership contingent of the franchise, the twenty-nine-year-old was motivated to get involved with the Capitols to lend support to a sport that’s given him and his family so much enjoyment over the years.

“It kind of honors my dad, my whole family—bringing the USHL back here and putting the Madison Capitols on the jersey, that’s a huge honor for my family,” says Suter, who played one season at the University of Wisconsin in 2003–04. Now a defenseman with the Minnesota Wild, Suter has played in the NHL for nine seasons and signed a $98 million, thirteen-year contract with the Wild in 2012.

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Tim Leiweke Will Leave MLSE By June 30, 2015

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

Tim Leiweke is stepping down as President and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment as of June 30, 2015.

Larry Tanenbaum Chairman of MLSE announced today that Leiweke informed the board he will continue as of that date or until a new successor is found.

"Under Tim's leadership, MLSE has made a number of key moves to strengthen our organization on the path to championship success," said Mr. Tanenbaum. "We look forward to working closely with Tim to build on this foundation and further accelerate our momentum as we seek a new leader for MLSE."

This comes on the heals of...

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC on Tuesday,

The fairest thing to do is begin with the denial.

Tim Leiweke, president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, denied my report that he would soon step down from his current job in search of his next challenge.

"Not true," he wrote via email. "Not here forever, but very focused and very committed for the season at hand. Not thinking about long-term yet."

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Red Wings coach Mike Babcock (mostly) discusses hockey and life philosophies in Saskatoon

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock appeared on News Talk 980's John Gormley show yesterday as he was in Saskatoon to promote a golf tournament raising funds for prostate cancer, and Babcock did address the fact that he would consider coaching a Canadian team like Toronto at some point--though Babcock stated that he loves where he's working, that he has a fantastic GM and that he and the Mrs. are very happy in Metro Detroit--but the balance of his 20-minute conversation had much more to do with his personal philosophies than it had anything to do with the Detroit Red Wings:

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Jay Harrison, Tyler Seguin And Joel Ward Talk Analytics

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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Asked Wednesday if he follows hockey analytics, Carolina Hurricanes defenceman Jay Harrison wryly replied: “No, I just follow pucks.”

When the same query was forwarded to fellow NHLers Tyler Seguin and Joel Ward, both admitted they haven’t examined hockey’s new numbers game very closely.

At the same time, to a man, all three agreed that the concept of analytics has a place in the sport — one that likely will balloon as players, teams and fans become more educated in this era of advanced stats.

“It definitely has a future in the game,” Harrison said during the BioSteel Hockey Camp at St. Mike’s Arena. “You can’t stop progress.”

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Below, watch some of the action from day 3 of the BioSteel Camp...

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Previewing The Montreal Canadiens

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from Arpon Basu of NHL.com,

Entering this season, as much as Bergevin and Therrien might try, it will be difficult to temper expectations in Montreal.

The Canadiens are built around a young star at each of the three positions in goaltender Carey Price, 27, left wing Max Pacioretty, 25, and defenseman P.K. Subban, who is also 25 and signed the richest contract in franchise history over the offseason at eight years and $72 million, making him the defenseman with the highest salary-cap charge in the NHL.

All three of those cornerstone players are signed at least through the 2017-18 season, when Price is due to become an unrestricted free agent, and they are supported by emerging young forwards Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk.

The Canadiens' clock to contend, while far from expiring, has begun to tick.

"I like the progression of our team, I like the direction our team is taking," Therrien said. "We had an enormous challenge when we arrived here two years ago, but I like the commitment and the way things have gone so far. But we haven't reached the goal yet."

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Watch below as E.J. Hradek and Don Rosen of NHL.com take a look at the Canadiens...

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The Outlook For Gustav Nyquist And Luke Glendening

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Nyquist has natural talent with the puck that virtually guarantees he’ll be, at the very least, a regular 20-goal scorer. He could stand to improve in his own end. What Nyquist must adjust to now is that he’ll be a focal point of defenses, much more so than he was last season. He’ll be a regular on one of the top-two lines from the start this season, and will be counted on to contribute at even strength and on the power play.

Nyquist fizzled the last three weeks of 2013-14, but he should come to training camp confident in his overall performance, including having been a part of Sweden’s silver-medal performance at the Sochi Olympics. 

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The former Michigan captain quickly became one of coach Mike Babcock's favorite players because of his grit, determination and work ethic. Glendening seized an opportunity, due to a rash of injuries, to secure the fourth-line center spot. He maintained it over Joakim Andersson late in the season when the team got healthier. He brings a different dimension than most of the other forwards with his physical play and abrasiveness. He needs to be hard to play against to be effective. Babcock occasionally matched him up against the opponent's top center. With the team's depth at center (Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Stephen Weiss, Riley Sheahan, Darren Helm, Joakim Andersson), Glendening could end up playing the wing, where he played much of collegiate and AHL career, on the fourth line with Helm. He's not counted on for offense but it helps when your fourth line and contribute some points, so Glendening must produce more than he did last season. He also needs to improve in the faceoff circle, if he stays at center.

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Taylor Hall And Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Puck Possession

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The Edmonton Oilers were not a good team in 2013/14.  They had more excess defensive zone starts than any other team in the NHL.  As a result it is expected that many of their top players would not have good puck possession numbers.  When I ranked the worst 20 players by Corsi rating adjusted for team and zone starts, Edmonton did quite poorly.  Justin Schultz and Andrew Ference, their top defence pairing finished in 7th and 8th worst place respectively.  Their top forwards Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall were 9th and 10th worst respectively.  Edmonton had themselves in a situation where you cannot win.  If your opponents possess the puck when your best players are on the ice, you will not win.

The circumstances surrounding the defencemen puck possession and the forwards puck possession are different.  The defencemen (Schultz and Ference) were among the poorest players in the league in terms of raw Corsi (Schultz finished 8th and Ference 9th).  Adjustments did little to change their rankings.  Hall and Nugent-Hopkins are more offensive players and the Oilers made an effort to give them give them offensive zone starts in order to try to boost their offensive chances.  Edmonton, being the weak offensive team that they are, failed to get them into the league leaders.  The problem was that despite their offensive zone starts, these Oiler forwards often spent their time chasing the puck into the defensive zone.  In part this is because they played for a weak team and though there is an attempt to adjust for it, it cannot be done perfectly.  In part this is because their puck possession is not so strong.  Once they lost control of the puck, their defence was weak and they were rarely able to recover it.

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Todd Bertuzzi With A Thank You

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

A day after reaching a settlement in a battle that had been ongoing for a decade, Todd Bertuzzi reached out to the Detroit Free Press to deliver his reaction to the event.

"I have never spoken about this case," Bertuzzi said Wednesday. "I won't speak of it now. To all my fans, to all the teams and teammates I have played with and to all my friends, thank you. Thank you."

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Video- Who’s The Next Captain Of The Ottawa Senators?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen was on Fan590 today to discuss the next captain of the Ottawa Senators.

Most people would say Erik Karlsson would be the guy but Warren says not so fast...

 

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