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Top 20 Team Corrected Corsi Ratings

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My next sabermetrics and hockey post is to correct the top individual player’s Corsi Ratings for team effects.  One look at the top Corsi Ratings from last season shows that there are an unreasonably high number of Chicago Blackhawks represented (the top three and six of the top 20 are Hawks).  This is because Chicago has the best team Corsi in the league and it is easier to have a good individual number when all your team has good ratings.

In order to adjust these Corsi Numbers for team effects we use the same method used for counting +/- ratings.  Thus we can rank individual player’s puck possession via Corsi (difference in shots directed at goal by a player’s team and their opposition in 5 on 5 situations) without team effects distorting our numbers.  We still have issues from individual player roles (some are used more defensively and others offensively) which we can try to remove with a further adjustment.

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The Latest On Kovalchuk

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via Nick Kypreos tweet,

A big swing in the Ilya/Kings talks. Major stumbling blocks have been rectified. A source now described it to me as “close but not done”

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Five Years Ago Tonight

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Was the first post on KK…

from Bob Duff at MSNBC,

When the last ice age swept across the planet, it brought about sweeping change to the world.

The dawning of a new ice age in the National Hockey League also will have the same effect on the game’s on-ice product, but it might not be as devastating as everyone predicts.

The new collective bargaining agreement, garnered at the cost of an entire season, brings with it more than a mere salary cap. The new-look NHL will feature much more than a sounder economic structure.

continued (yes, the link still works)...

Want to check out the first page of posts on KK?  Start here.

Before KK, there was BreakingSports.  The first post there was on 1/30/2005. 

Ah, what memories and it has been a pleasure doing what I do for the past five years.

Thanks to all of you for your continued support, especially those who have been around since day 1.


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Manitoba Government Meant No Disrespect When Naming Lake After Toews

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from CBC News,

The Manitoba government didn’t intend to offend families of fallen Canadian soldiers by naming a lake after a young National Hockey League star, Premier Greg Selinger says.

Selinger’s NDP government was on the hot seat Thursday for its decision to name a small provincial lake after Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, a Winnipeg native, at a ceremony last Sunday.

The province and City of Winnipeg honoured Toews, 22, for his championship hockey season as well as for winning gold with Team Canada at the Vancouver Olympics.

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Steve Smith Brings Experience In Return To Edmonton

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal at the Montreal Gazette,

Steve Smith, who won three Stanley Cups on the Oilers blue-line in 1987, ’88 and ’90, was hired as one of head coach Tom Renney’s assistant coaches on Thursday and will look after the defence next season.

Renney performed that duty last season after Charlie Huddy, now with the Dallas Stars, handled the job for years under former Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish.

Smith’s previous coaching experience includes a one-season stint as an assistant with the Calgary Flames 13 years ago. The former Chicago Blackhawks pro scout will join Kelly Buchberger, who is back for a third year as an Oilers assistant — first with MacTavish and last season with Pat Quinn, who’s now the team’s senior hockey adviser.

“I’m very comfortable with the fact that Steve is a former NHL defenceman. We need somebody to work with the defence through the level of transition here,” said Renney, who felt the Oilers needed somebody similar to Brad McCrimmon, another longtime NHL defender now working for the Detroit Red Wings, to keep an eye of the young Oilers blue-line.

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Mikko Koivu Gets A Long Extension With The Wild

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from Glen Andersen of Wild.com,

On Thursday, the Wild inked the 2001 first round pick to a seven-year extension, meaning Koivu will be a member of the Wild through the 2017-2018 campaign when he’s 34 years old.

“It’s a milestone day in the history of the Minnesota Wild,” said Fletcher minutes after seeing the signed deal on his desk. “When you have your franchise player commit to you, really for the next eight seasons. He’s our best hockey player. He’s our captain. And he’s still just 27 with his best hockey years ahead of him.”

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added 5:56pm, via Michael Russo tweet,

Sources: Koivu’s deal is 7 years, $47.25 million. $6.75 AAV, no-trade, 5 signing bonuses throughout. Richest deal in #mnwild history

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Please, spare me the puppy drool about wanting to go to a winning team. Kovalchuk is speaking with the Los Angeles Kings and the New Jersey Devils. If lifestyle was the only consideration, he would go to LA. If access to championships were his goal, he would find himself in Jersey.

He has, of course, signed with no one. Kovalchuk needs to save face, he wants a better offer than the Atlanta deal. Imagine Snow White spending the ball fruitlessly looking for a better offer after telling Prince Charming “Nope, not good enough.”

-Mike Ulmer of MapleLeafs.com.  More on this topic from Mike.

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Demitra To The KHL

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via Pierre LeBrun tweet,

Pavol Demitra has signed a one-year contract with Yaroslavl of the KHL, agent Matt Keator confirms to ESPN.com

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The Latest UFA Talk

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

I can’t tell you how many times a day readers ask about the “latest on Modano.” ESPN.com reached out to him Thursday after hearing a website rumor linking him to Chicago.

“Haven’t talked to them at all,” Modano told ESPN.com via text message.

Modano added that the same three teams remained in the mix: Detroit, Minnesota and San Jose. He was set to tee it up in the Tahoe Celebrity Golf event later in the day. Good luck, Mike!

Speaking of veteran free-agent forwards, a source told ESPN.com on Thursday that Pavol Demitra was close to signing a deal with a KHL club in Russia. Named to the Olympic All-Star team this past February, Demitra struggled with the Canucks and was in and out of coach Alain Vigneault’s doghouse.

Another free agent still out there is Denis Grebeshkov, a Russian blueliner some people don’t realize is actually an unrestricted free agent. He was supposed to be RFA this summer, but the Nashville Predators didn’t tender him a qualifying offer. The frugal Preds had hoped to re-sign him at a discount on his $3.15 million qualifying offer, but talks broke down and he walked. Two weeks into unrestricted free agency, the Russian defenseman remains unsigned.

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While We Wait

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from Spector at Fox Sports,

A Kovalchuk signing could revive the market or perhaps stir more trades, but that remains to be seen, since another factor contributing to the slow market is the high number of teams lacking available cap space and the willingness to spend it this summer.

Currently 17 NHL teams have less than $9 million in available salary cap space. Of those, 10 have less than $5 million of available space. That doesn’t leave much to pursue available free-agent talent or take on additional salary via trades.

Of the remaining 13 teams, many — like the Carolina Hurricanes, Dallas Stars, Colorado Avalanche and N.Y. Islanders — are under self-imposed salary caps well below the league’s $59.4 million ceiling, meaning many of them will focus on re-signing their restricted free agents or wait for more bargains in the free-agent market.


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