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Claude Julien Signs Multi-Year Extension

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Boston Bruins,

BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed head coach Claude Julien to a multi-year contract extension.  Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

Julien, who completed his second season with the Bruins in 2008-09, guided Boston to the Eastern Conference’s top record in the regular season, finishing 53-19-10 for 116 points. He was voted the winner of the 2009 Jack Adams Award, which is awarded “to the head coach who has contributed the most to his team’s success,” becoming just the third head coach in Bruin history to capture the award.

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Derick Brassard Extended

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via Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Blue Jackets center Derick Brassard has signed a four-year contract extension, The Dispatch has learned. The club will likely announce the extension later this morning.

Brassard has one year left on his current contract, so the extension will carry him through the 2013-14 season. He’s expected to anchor the No. 1 line this season, with Kristian Huselius on his left and captain Rick Nash on his right.

added 9:49am, Portzline has now added numbers…

The contract has an annual salary cap hit of $3.2 million. Brassard will make $2.8 million in 2010-11, $3.0 million 2011-12, $3.3 million 2012-13 and $3.7 million in 2013-14, the final year of the contract.

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Have A Safe Labo(u)r Day Weekend

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ah, the last long weekend before hockey starts.  When things get back to normal next Tuesday, training camps will be just around the corner and the excitement will be building.

Have a safe weekend and enjoy!

I will be around and updating as needed throughout the weekend.

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What Will Comrie Do?

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from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

Mike Comrie is almost 29, a small forward whose skills, like his contract offers and salary expectations, are in obvious decline.

It should surprise no one that he is unsigned even as National Hockey League training camps approach. Players like him will forevermore enter September without contracts. Not valuable or young enough to secure a real offer and a cherished roster spot, yet not completely used up, his ilk occupies the humbling middle ground created by the restrictive nature of salary capanomics.

He might be one training camp injury away from a massive one-year deal. He might have to swallow his pride altogether and go somewhere on a tryout basis. And he might wait months for the phone to ring.

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A Look At Future UFAs

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

In San Jose, where goalie Evgeni Nabokov and center Patrick Marleau are both UFAs after the season, the Sharks must also proceed with caution.

“They’re homegrown people we have great respect for,” Sharks GM Doug Wilson told ESPN.com. “As we go forward this year, the key factor is to see with the economy and where the cap gets to next year.”

Nabokov isn’t the only veteran goalie that is UFA-bound after 2009-10. Marty Turco, who has played his entire NHL career in Dallas, is in a contract year and will try and bounce back after struggling at times last season. But with a new coach and new GM, the Stars will likely wait to see how the season starts before doling out new deals.

“I want to get off to a start here and see where we’re at,” first-year Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk told us. “It’s not just Marty, we’ve got a number of guys we need to sign next summer.”

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All The Best Ernie

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from Bill McGraw of the Detroit Free Press,

His voice was clear, his spirit strong, his words tinged with humor.

But legendary broadcaster Ernie Harwell had bracing news to deliver Thursday: He has a tumor in the area of the bile duct. It is incurable. Yet Harwell said he feels calm and prepared for what comes next.

“We don’t know how long this lasts,” Harwell said in a phone interview. “It could be a year, it could be much less than a year, much less than a half a year. Who knows?

“Whatever’s in store, I’m ready for a new adventure. That’s the way I look at it.”

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Even though this is not a hockey related story, I am sure many of you will recognize the name or voice of Ernie Harwell.  Over the past ten years or so, I developed a friendship with Ernie and wish him the best.

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Columbus Ready To Climb The Mountain

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from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

“There is a huge difference between a 90-point team and a 100-point team,” Hitchcock said. “The next step here is to become more aggressive both offensively and defensively. We feel we can play a better, more aggressive, 200-foot game. We feel we can do a better job with role identification, and marry our players’ perception of who they think they are and how we feel they can help the team. We feel we can have better special teams by involving more players.

“We’re past the ‘getting-to-know-you’ stage, we’re past setting up the base camp, and now we’re ready to climb the mountain.”

Hitchcock thinks that when there is nothing left for him to learn, then there is more for him to lose. He thinks he has learned something this summer. He is ready to apply it. He is itching to.

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Dubinsky Talk

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

First, a correction: Brandon Dubinsky’s qualifying offer for the upcoming season is not $698,500 as originally reported here and subsequently repeated by all other news outlets.

The qualifier, as per Rangers’ assistant GM Cam Hope, is a two-way offer of $522,500/$60,000, though the minor league number is essentially meaningless given that Dubinsky would have to pass through waivers in order to get to the AHL.

That $522,500, however, appears to be the Blueshirts’ standing one-year offer to the 23-year-old unsigned Group II free agent one week before players are due to report to training camp.

The Rangers, who for the first time in memory are exercising all the systemic leverage they own under the CBA against a significant young player who is entirely without leverage, also have multi-year offers on the table ranging from two-to-five years.

Dubinsky, who will be eligible for salary arbitration next summer, would surely be sacrificing money on the back end of a multi-year deal should he choose to go that route, even on a two-year contract. The question, though, is whether the additional money for this season would make it a worthwhile exchange.

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Welcome Dany, But You Need To Do Some Explaining

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from Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen,

Each day, the group of Ottawa Senators taking part in the informal scrimmages at the Bell Sensplex grows by a player or two, as they straggle into town after a long summer vacation.

However, as each day passes and the official start of training camp approaches, the players also draw closer to a date with the elephant in the room: Dany Heatley.

Will he be traded by Sept. 12? Will he be compelled to return to the National Hockey League team? Until those questions are answered, the Senators are stuck in neutral.

The players say they would be willing to forgive Heatley—once he explains himself, of course—but a number of them said on Thursday they want more than just an explanation from him.

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Correlation Of Fenwick Number With Team Points

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In my most recent sabermetrics and hockey posts I have been discussing the Fenwick Number.  It is essentially a measure of puck possession that measures all 5 on 5 shots on goal and missed shots for and against when a given player is on the ice.  It is much like the Corsi Number.  Both Fenwick and Corsi Numbers are attempts to find a replacement for +/- ratings that will include more events and thus have higher signal to noise.  I have listed the players with the top 20 and worst 20 Fenwick Numbers as well as listing the team Fenwick Numbers.

Today I will address the question of whether the Fenwick or the Corsi Number better correlates with winning.

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