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Waiting To Be Signed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

It is a little late, so just in case you missed Eric Duhatschek’s Friday column at the Globe and Mail,

There is a seasonal element to NHL player movement that mirrors the ups and downs stock market – and nowhere is that more evident than in the case of Derek Morris and Mathieu Schneider, two useful players who are languishing on the unrestricted free-agent list, some 17 days and counting after the doors opened for business in the summer of 2009.

Not so long ago – or in the days and weeks leading up to the NHL trading deadline – Morris and Schneider were in-demand commodities whose value was high….

Halfway through July, the net result is that some relatively useful players remain available. The market generally slows to a crawl around now and then picks up again towards the end of August, leaving the players on pins and needles for the better part of the summer, not knowing where they might eventually land. And the competition for players from Russia – which was supposed to be a bigger option – becomes less so because their season starts months earlier than the NHL’s.


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Chicago Fans Boo McDonough

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from Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times,

The most interesting reaction during the opening night of the Blackhawks Convention came from the fans who overflowed the Hilton Chicago grand ballroom for the opening ceremonies Friday.

They greeted president John McDonough with a chorus of boos, a sure indication the club’s most loyal supporters didn’t like the firing of general manager Dale Tallon. McDonough figures to take some more heat today when he’s part of a question-and-answer session with the fans….

(Stan) Bowman received only lukewarm applause Friday, and coach Joel Quenneville and the players were reluctant to discuss the incident.

‘‘It’s a tough business we’re in,’’ Quenneville said. ‘‘A lot of coaches have been let go in the last few years, and we’re seeing more managers changed. It’s a negative part of our business, but Dale will still be around, and this gives Stan an opportunity. He’s really looking forward to it. We’ll move on and look forward to getting better.’‘

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Correlation Between Team Points, Corsi And +/- Ratings

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In this summer’s look at sabermetrics and hockey, I have been looking at the Corsi Number as an alternative to +/- ratings.  Its appeal is that it includes a lot more events than +/- (as it is the difference between shots directed at the goal for and against when a player is on the ice in 5 on 5 situations).  The drawback is that it includes missed shots and blocked shots as being equivalent to goals.  Any systematic reason why a player or team might take or allow an excessive number of shots that miss that net (or some other anomaly like that) would skew the ratings.  Yesterday, I gave the team Corsi Numbers from last season and it led to a very good discussion.  Some teams have Corsi Numbers that do not correlate well with their regular season success.  For the most part this can be explained (the comments to that post contain some of this discussion).  For example, Boston has the 13th best team Corsi Number at +49 despite finishing first overall

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What Are Some People Thinking?

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Truthfully, with all the people that now have access to locker rooms, I am surprised we have not seen more of this.

I imagine it is a huge concern for anyone in the public eye and the threat always exists.

LOS ANGELES, July 17 /PRNewswire/—With respect to recent Internet postings of Erin Andrews, she has authorized her attorney, Marshall B. Grossman of Bingham McCutchen LLP, to issue the following statement:

“While alone in the privacy of her hotel room, Erin Andrews was surreptitiously videotaped without her knowledge or consent. She was the victim of a crime and is taking action to protect herself and help ensure that others are not similarly violated in the future. Although the perpetrator or perpetrators of this criminal act have not yet been identified, when they are identified she intends to bring both civil and criminal charges against them and against anyone who has published the material. We request respect of Erin’s privacy at this time, while she and her representatives are working with the authorities.”

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This Could Be A Problem

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via CP writer Chris Johnston’s Twitter,

The NHLPA has sent a memo to members recommending that they skip on-ice sessions at Olympic camps because of inadequate insurance coverage.

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Kings Talk

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via Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

The Kings will most likely announce a new contract for Teddy Purcell soon. The fact that today is Friday could complicate the final stages of contract approval, etc. Talks with Jack Johnson’s agent have also been going well but seem to be headed toward a short-term deal, which would be interesting. I’m not sure if either of those will get finalized today.

via LAKings Twitter,

At 11am PT, LAKings.com will have an important player-related announcement!

added 1:54pm, The Kings updated their Twitter, Johnson is signed.

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KK- Rain, Rain Go Away

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I was planning on hitting the golf course for a 8am tee time, but rain has delayed my plans.

Even after one day of not following all the NHL news, I do feel a bit more relaxed and have a new outlook on life.

While I am in this relaxed posting mode, remember to check out the Sportsnet Free Agent signing tracker which lists even the minor signings that may not be listed on KK.

Have a great day and enjoy the weekend, I know I will.

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League Has Questions For Balsillie

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from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

The value of a franchise in Hamilton is important because it would form the basis of how much Balsillie would have to pay – on top of his $212.5 million (all figures U.S.) offer for the team – in indemnity and relocation fees to the league and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The NHL letter to Balsillie’s company outlines 23 specific pieces of information the league says it needs before it can approve Balsillie as an owner including “all data, information and/or sources used in calculating the estimated value of an NHL expansion fee ($225 million – $265 million).”

The NHL has never put a price tag on an expansion fee for Hamilton.

Balsillie’s legal team indicates he’s a bit more than halfway to providing the information.

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Team Corsi Numbers

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In this summer’s look at sabermetrics and hockey, I have been looking at the Corsi Number as an alternative to +/-.  Corsi Numbers are the difference between shots directed at the goal (shots on goal, missed shots and blocked shots) for and against when a player is on the ice in five on five situations.  The benefit is that they encompass a lot more events than +/- does.  However, whether or not it is a better or comparable series of events is somewhat of an open question.

I have calculated the Corsi Numbers for all 30 teams in the NHL.  These can be compared to team +/- ratings.

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Welcome To Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Blackhawks welcome Marian Hossa and Tomas Kopecky.

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