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Why Hockey Fans Want Salary Cap Numbers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lyle Richardson of Spector's Hockey,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman doesn’t believe hockey fans are interested in salary information regarding teams and players. He couldn’t be more wrong.

Since the NHL imposed its salary-cap system nearly a decade ago, there’s been growing interest among fans regarding the cap payrolls of NHL teams and of the salaries of each player. Given the financial implications for teams when signing free agents or acquiring players via trades or waivers, salary data is worthwhile information for die-hard hockey fans. It provides a better understanding of the limitations in building and maintain rosters. It’s also invaluable for participants in fantasy hockey, especially those which use a salary-cap system.

It’s easy to simply dismiss these fans as merely a nerdy number-crunching sub-set of NHL followers, just as it was to mock those who tracked those supposedly weird-ass puck possession stats with funny names like Corsi, Fenwick and PDO. Except now those “fancy stats” are called analytics, which the league has finally fully embraced by posting puck-possession numbers (albeit with different names) on its site. A growing number of pundits and commentators now cite analytics in their coverage of the game.

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Teemu Pulkkinen Learning To Find The Open Ice

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Teemu Pulkkinen is learning what it takes to create space at this level, to maximize opportunities to unleash his tremendous shot.

Thursday's game, Pulkkinen's best in his brief NHL career, was a step in the right direction. The young sniper recorded a career-high six shots, scored a goal and came close to netting another in the Detroit Red Wings' 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center.

"He's a guy who's a real shooter," coach Mike Babcock said. "It's very clear in the National Hockey League that you've got less opportunity to shoot the puck. You've got to learn to shoot it off a bad pass, or a good pass or no pass. You've just got to find a way to create your own offense. He's a work in progress like all kids."

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Morning Line- Mark Spector

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Watching The Trade Deadline

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (February 27, 2015) – NHL Network, NHL.com and NHL Social™ will offer fans the most comprehensive coverage of the 2015 NHL Trade Deadline™. From now through the 3 p.m. ET deadline on Monday, March 2, NHL Network™, NHL.com and NHL Social will provide breaking news, exclusive interviews, insider information and official player transactions.

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

HAMMOND AGAIN UNBEATABLE AS SENATORS SNAP KINGS’ STREAK
Andrew Hammond denied all 35 shots he faced to record his second shutout in as many days, backstop the Senators to their fourth consecutive victory and halt the Kings’ winning streak at eight games.
 
* At 26-23-10 (62 points), the Senators moved within five points of the idle Bruins (29-22-9, 67 points) for the final Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference:
 

 
* Hammond also stopped all 25 shots he faced in a 3-0 victory over the Ducks on Wednesday. He is the first goaltender in Senators history to win each of first four NHL starts, compiling a 1.02 goals-against average and .965 save percentage through six career appearances.

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Report- Detroit Has Interest In Dion Phaneuf

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Darren Dreger on TSN Radio...

via Hope_Smoke tweets,

Dreger "I'm not predicting that Phaneuf gets dealt between now and Monday, but it's certainly possible"

Dreger "if there's a team that wants to make a hockey deal for Phaneuf, and I think Detroit might circle back."

Dreger "I know Detroit is a team that has interest in Phaneuf to put him in the right situation:...

Dreger "...2nd pairing guy & some $ comes back so he's not a $7 million dollar D"

Dreger "if he's [Phaneuf] a $5-5.5 cap hit that's palatable for Detroit & maybe other teams as well"

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Would You Call The Clarkson/Horton Trade Cap Circumvention?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

So much for the untradeable player with the unmovable contract. That species of player, thought to be alive and well in the salary cap era, does not exist. In fact, he never has because GMs such as David Nonis and Jarmo Kekalainen can cook up deals like the one they did Thursday afternoon.

In swapping the ill-suited and much maligned David Clarkson for the seriously and likely permanently injured Nathan Horton, Nonis and Kekalainen conspired to help each other out of contractual straitjackets that were paralyzing their rosters. This deal was so much more than just swapping one bad contract for another one.

And it’s the kind of deal the salary cap and all the machinations the owners have tried to put in place since the lockout in 2004-05 have been trying to prevent. The salary cap, which causes more problems than it solves in your correspondent’s humble opinion, was supposed to prevent teams from buying their way out of their mistakes. It was supposed to take away that competitive advantage that the big-revenue teams used to enjoy.

But lo and behold, what we have here is legal circumvention of the salary. Brilliant, innovative and clever legal circumvention of the salary cap, but circumvention nonetheless.

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The Latest On Mark Giordano’s Injury Doesn’t Sound Good

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bob McKenzie tweets,

CGY recalls Tyler Wotherspoon from ADK amid unconfirmed speculation Mark Giordano's injury may be serious (season ending?). For the record..

CGY GM Brad Treliving, on CGY radio this morning, said Giordano is still being evaluated by medical staff, still too soon to say.

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Watching The Trade Deadline From A Players’ Point Of View In Philadelphia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Isaac of the Courier-Post,

Some players in the NHL just can't bring themselves to buy into the hype of the league's trade deadline…not even when in the hockey Mecca that is Toronto.

Nick Grossmann won't watch the hours of live TV coverage on deadline day.

"No, I don't know why," the defenseman said. "I've never been much of a fan of that. I think it's too much speculation. It's too many rumors."

Wayne Simmonds, on the other hand, can't get enough.

The right wing remembers being a young player in the league and constantly checking his phone and computer to follow the hot rumor for a couple years: that Simmonds, then an L.A. Kings winger, was destined to be shipped to Atlanta for Ilya Kovalchuk.

"Not a chance I was looking at houses in Atlanta," Simmonds said. "I was a 21-year-old kid. I didn't really care. I was just happy to be playing in the NHL."

The Flyers couldn't help but pay attention during their time in town, in which the Maple Leafs made three trades.

"When you're in Canada I think it's a little bit easier," Simmonds said. "Pretty much every single channel is dedicated to the NHL. No matter where you go you see something pop up.

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Recalling The 2010 Golden Goal In Vancouver

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Josh Cooper of Puck Daddy,

The sights and smells of the game are gone from the players’ collective consciousness from that Vancouver day. But there is one general consensus amongst the men who stepped on the ice at Canada Hockey Place (a.k.a. Rogers Arena) on Feb. 28, 2010 for Canada vs. the United States, a 3-2 Canada OT win:

“It was … maybe one of the greatest games I’ve ever been a part of.” – San Jose Sharks/Team Canada forward Joe Thornton.

“One of the best games I’ll ever play in.” – Anaheim Ducks/Team USA forward Ryan Kesler.

“It was one heck of a hockey game. It was probably the best game I’ve ever played in.” – Anaheim Ducks/Team Canada forward Corey Perry.

Thornton has played in countless international and NHL major competitions. Kesler has played in a Stanley Cup Final. Perry has won a Cup.

With the five-year anniversary of the gold medal game Saturday, we wanted to hear from some of the players involved in this instant classic.

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