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At Home With Gerard Gallant

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Day of The Guardian,

Gerard “Turk’’ Gallant is guzzling a can of Zero Coke mid-morning moments after entering his home on the outskirts of Summerside.

He will likely have tossed back four sodas by day’s end, well down from the 10 or so daily pops he would drink during his playing days in the National Hockey League.

He has never been one for tea or coffee.

Gallant, 50, washed down a breakfast of steak and eggs with chocolate milk while speaking with The Guardian about his long career in hockey that now sees him readying for the 2014-15 NHL season as the Florida Panthers new head coach.

His tasteful personal hockey shrine in the room he describes as the “one we are never in’’ offers a snapshot of an impressive run in professional hockey that spans three decades and counting.

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Video- T.J. Oshie May Want To Stick With Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

At the American Century Championship yesterday...

 

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Dreger: Lee Stempniak likely to sign with Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

By mid-July standards, this Tweet from TSN's Darren Dreger counts as breaking news:

Having lost Brian Boyle to Tampa Bay, Stempniak's a solid-enough replacement.

Update: Here comes Sportsnet...

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Chicago Blackhawks’ annual summer convention likely includes players who will be cap casualties

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

The Chicago Blackhawks are holding their annual summer fan convention--something I wish other teams would emulate--in the Windy City this weekend, so the warm fuzzies have begun in earnest.

Capgeek will tell you that there's a $2.216 million elephant in the room, however, an elephant that will ensure that not every player who attends the convention will start the season with the Hawks, and NHL.com's Brian Hedger discussed the Hawks' cap overage with GM Stan Bowman on Friday:

"We certainly have to be ready to go by October, that's the goal," Bowman said Friday at the annual Blackhawks Convention at the Chicago Hilton. "A lot of things change between now and then. You have to display some patience."

Bowman is setting a good example, but fans and media aren't as willing to wait. The fact one, or more, players won't be with the organization much longer will be a storyline for the Blackhawks until something happens.

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It appears that the Hawks and Caps will still have to take part in HBO’s 24/7 fun

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Unless they manage to catch Patrick Kane on an off night (ha ha ha, kidding...sort of), HBO's 24/7 series isn't likely to garner a whole bunch of "unforgettable" footage of the Blackhawks, especially given the way the Wings and Leafs tried so very hard to avoid becoming the next Ilya Bryzgalovs last season, but Comcast Sportsnet Chicago reports that 24/7 may remain the price of admission to taking part in a Winter Classic:

The Blackhawks and Capitals will square off in the 2015 Winter Classic on Jan. 1, but the NHL has yet to announce its plans for the "24/7" series leading up to the game.

According to Sports Business Journal's John Ourand, the league is still in the process of finalizing its plans, but an official announcement is expected to come soon.

That link requires a SBJ subscription...

"We're having a series of meetings with the NHL discussing how we move forward on that project," HBO Sports President Ken Hershman told The Daily. "Hopefully, we'll have something to announce shortly."

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Red Wings evening news: on HockeyFest, the Whalers’ Alumni game and a possible Griffins signing

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This evening's Red Wings-related news that doesn't involve George Sipple's update on the state of the DeKeyser-and-Tatar contract talks is a bit...scattered...so let's start with charitable news.

The Ted Lindsay Foundation's "HockeyFest" is taking place at the Kroger in Canton from 11 AM to 3 PM on Saturday. Lindsay will be there, as will several Wings alums...

And here's the Wings' press release regarding the event again:

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Grand Rapids Griffins release the latest episode of ‘Between the Benches’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Grand Rapids Griffins have posited their third of what will be four "Between the Benches" videos chronicling the Griffins' attempts to defend their Calder Cup Championship this past spring. The Griffins crack the 25-minute mark here:

You can watch parts one and two below:

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The Latest On Contract Talks With Tatar And DeKeyser

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,

Next up on the to-do list for Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland is working out deals with forward Tomas Tatar and defenseman Danny DeKeyser, both restricted free agents. It could take a while to come to an agreement with both players.

“We’ve talked and continue to talk, but nothing close,” Holland said Friday.

Holland said he made Tatar an offer recently that is being mulled over.

“Tats is overseas, and I’m waiting to hear back,” Holland said. “On the DeKeyser front, we met them in early June. We talked briefly at the draft, and we haven’t really talked much in July. I’ve made what I think are pretty good offers. They haven’t really countered. We’re just in the waiting process.

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Top 20 Players By Team Adjusted Corsi

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Today I continue my summer sabermetrics and hockey series by looking at the top 20 players in 2013/14 by team adjusted Corsi rating.  Corsi ratings are strongly team dependent.  Players on good teams are more likely to have god puck possession numbers than players on bad teams.  In order to team adjust a Corsi rating, you must subtract a team adjustment with is the team Corsi rating for the player's team divided by five since five position players contribute to this number.  This is similar to the adjustment that Reif and Klein use on +/- ratings.  The idea is to remove team effects and make the number an individualized ranking. 

This number is not a final puck possession ranking because we have not yet adjusted for the role a particular player plays on his team.  Those that play in defensive situations are less likely to have good puck possession numbers than those who play in offensive situations.  That is still to come.

For the most part, the top players by team adjusted Corsi rating are similar to the raw, unadjusted top 20 although shuffling of rankings and some new players are introduced.

Here are the top 20 players by tam adjusted Corsi ratings in the 2013/14 season:

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David Clarkson Putting Last Season Behind Him

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

So when you ask Clarkson about the disappointment of last season, he’s swift to change the subject. You can’t blame him for not wanting to settle into a discussion of his worst year as a professional hockey player.

“It’s not a secret, right? At the end of the season, I obviously wasn’t happy,” Clarkson says. “No season goes the same, so you have to find a way to figure things out.

“So I went back to work right away and have been training as hard as I ever have. That’s what you have to do. There’s no summer where you train less than the one before. You look at how things went and work from there.”

Clarkson saw a two-and-a-half fewer minutes on the ice per night compared to his last year in Jersey; the third-highest-paid Leaf was seeing the 17th-most ice time (15:06). More critical, that 2:30 was all lost power-play time. 

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