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‘Spotlighting’ Tyler Bertuzzi

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Grand Rapids Griffins posted a short video discussing Tyler Bertuzzi's past season and summertime activities as Bertuzzi prepares for the 2015-16 season:

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Rasmus Ristolainen Has The Worst Raw Corsi

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

My last post was to list the worst 20 players in 2014/15 by their raw Corsi rating.  The worst player in the league was Rasmus Ristolainen of the Buffalo Sabres.  He posted a -618 Corsi rating which is over seventy points worse than any other player in the NHL.  Let's look at why Ristolainen does so badly.  Why does he have the worst Corsi in the NHL?  Why is his puck possession so bad?  Why does the opposition team take the majority of the attempted shots when Ristolainen is on the ice?

The first reason is that Ristolainen plays for the Buffalo Sabres.  They are the worst team in the NHL.  They have the worst puck possession in the NHL.  Since puck possession is a team based concept, it is logical that the player with the worst Corsi is a Buffalo Sabre.  Why is Rasmus Ristolainen that player and not some other Sabre?  He is not ready for the NHL.  He was Buffalo's first round draft pick in 2013.  He came to the NHL immediately.  In his first season he split time between the NHL and the AHL.  His NHL time was not memorable.  He played 34 games scoring four points and posting a -15 +/- rating.  Buffalo is a weak enough team that he stayed in the NHL the next season.  He played 78 games last year.  He was a defenceman who was easily beaten by his opponents.  He scored 20 points and posted a -32 +/- rating.  Ristolainen had the worst +/- rating on the Buffalo Sabres.  He was the ice time leader in Buffalo as well.

Buffalo is such a bad team that their top player by ice time is a young player who isn't ready for the NHL at all.  His development is probably being stunted by being forced into a situation where he is failing.  If you have a player who is such a poor NHLer leading a bad team in ice time, he should have the worst puck possession numbers in the NHL and Ristolainen does.

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Evening Line- Jeremy Jacobs On Peter Chiarelli

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“We just found ourselves in a place we don’t want to be. It’s going to be a workout time. We had a change when we brought Cam in and Charlie, and they wanted a change. They thought we needed a change. They thought it was the right move for the franchise. I think Peter is a great human being and a great hockey mind. And I think he’s going to prosper out west (in Edmonton). He’s got a great young team there. We were not in the same position. It’s a cap environment we find ourselves in here and you’ve got to look to the future. If you watch the success of the Chicago team, and I do admire them quite a bit, they dealt with their high-priced players early on and the kept creating room. Every year, there was a change, not too unlike the change we see here (this year). We see some great players going elsewhere. Even to this year, you see very successful teams have met that problem. We didn’t deal with it in a timely enough manner and we found ourselves in a cap position that wasn’t attractive for us.”

-Jeremy Jacobs, owner of the Boston Bruins on ex-GM Peter Chiarell.  More on the Bruins from Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald.

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Hockey Is Helping The Autistic Son Of Russ Levine, NHL VP Of Digital Production

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Devon Heinen of Vice Sports,

Russell Levine fought back tears. So did his wife, Susan. It was a snowy, bitterly cold January night at Citizens Bank Park, in Philadelphia. Russ, a National Hockey League executive, was there for the league's 2012 Winter Classic, between the Flyers and the New York Rangers.

"Can you believe this?" Russ said.

Susan cut him off with a look: "I know."

The Roots were playing a mini-concert in the outfield before the game's third period, but the Levines were focused instead on an auxiliary rink by home plate where a group of kids played hockey. Skating among them was an 11-year-old boy wearing a Rangers jersey and a black helmet with a T made out of white tape. It was Trevor, Russ and Susan's son.

"That was not an experience I thought I would ever get to have," Russ said, recalling that night.

Russ is the NHL's Vice President of Digital Production, making a living immersed in the sport he loves, a sport he started playing when he was four years old. When Trevor was born, in 2000, Russ dreamed of having his son in skates by age 2.

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Former NHL Player Sergei Berezin Arrested For Medicaid Fraud

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via John Dzenitis of WPBF,

Four Russian immigrants, including a former NHL hockey player, have been arrested for suspected Medicaid fraud after an undercover operation.

Florida’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit said Sergei Berezin and his wife paid a Boca Raton-based company, American Advisory Associates ,to obtain Medicaid and food stamp benefits for which they were unqualified and ineligible for.

Berezin was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1994 and played for a number of NHL teams, including the Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks, before he moved back to Moscow to play hockey in Russia.

According to Berezin’s arrest affidavit, during the course of the undercover investigation, Berezin told a confidential informant that he was making $100,000 in income from rental properties and training hockey players.

American Advisory Associates allegedly paid a pair of DCF workers $500 each every two weeks to authorize benefits for the company’s clients.

Investigators said that in total for Berezin’s benefits, the Medicaid program was billed more than $67,000 from January 2010 through December 2013.

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The 2016 NHL Winter Classic - Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (July 29, 2015) – Representatives from the National Hockey League, Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, New England Patriots, National Hockey League Players’ Association and Bridgestone gathered today at Gillette Stadium to detail plans for the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®. In January, the NHL announced that the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will feature the Bruins and Canadiens at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on New Year’s Day, 2016. The event will be televised live on NBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports at 1 p.m. ET.

When these long-time rivals meet, Boston will become the first Club to host the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® for a second time, after defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 in overtime of the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® at Fenway Park. It will mark the first time the Canadiens will play in the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, and just the second time a Canadian-based NHL team will play in the game, following the Toronto Maple Leafs’ appearance in 2014. 

 

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Are The Toronto Maple Leafs Low-Balling Jonathan Bernier?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

The Toronto Maple Leafs asked an impartial arbitrator to award goaltender Jonathan Bernier the minimum amount possible in a brief filed to both sides on Wednesday, calling for an award of $2.89 million on a one-year deal.

The minimum award for restricted free agents in salary arbitration is 85 per cent of their previous season's salary, which for Bernier was $3.4 million.

Bernier, 26, is the only one of 23 players in the arbitration process this summer to receive a filed offer from his club below what he earned last season. The Maple Leafs did not issue Bernier a qualifying offer in June equal to his $3.4 million salary and instead opted for arbitration, where they had to option to offer 85 per cent.

Bernier's camp, led by agent Pat Brisson, asked the arbiter for an award of $5.1 million. The two sides are $2.21 million apart heading into the scheduled hearing on Friday morning.

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New Jersey Devils Place Dainius Zubrus On Unconditional Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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‘Three Things’: Happy 90th to Ted Lindsay; fantasy forecasts; Richards’ day with the Cup

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Among today's Red Wings-related news stories:

First and foremost, via the Red Wings:

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One Last Chance?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Here's a look at some players whose careers may be hanging in the balance.

Jarret Stoll

A member of two Stanley Cup-winning teams with the Los Angeles Kings, Stoll saw his production decline from 27 points two seasons ago to just 17 last season, though his points totals are secondary to his strong two-way presence on the ice.

Stoll didn't figure into the Kings' long-range plans as a free agent, though, and now the question is whether Stoll fits into any team's plans after he was discovered with cocaine and other drugs at a Las Vegas resort pool shortly after the regular season ended. Stoll pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges and was sentenced to community service, and while there are teams interested in his skills, at this writing he remains without a contract.

Perhaps he will find a new home before the start of training camp or maybe he will have to earn a roster spot via a training camp tryout, but either way this ranks as a make-or-break season for the 33-year-old.

Mike Richards

Speaking of the Kings, Richards also won two Cups with Los Angeles but is also a man without a team as July turns to August. Trade talks were ongoing as the draft approached, but the Kings backed away from the deals after Richards was involved in an incident at the Canada/U.S. border. 

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