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IIHF President Walks A Fine Line

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from Jeff Z. Klein of SlapShot at the NY Times,

I.I.H.F. President René Fasel managed to strike a delicate balance at his news conference in Moscow on Tuesday, praising Russian hockey-fan-in-chief Vladimir Putin and the K.H.L. while at the same time asserting that the league must honor player contracts, and expressing resistance to the N.H.L. while at the same time vowing cooperation with it.

“In general, I like the K.H.L., and I think that the idea of pan-European leagues is smart, but I still say that national federations and leagues have to live by the same rules,” Fasel said in describing a meeting he had with Putin, an outspoken advocate of K.H.L. expansion into Scandinavia and Central Europe.

“I will never allow the absorption of the weak by the strong,” Fasel said.


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Hip Surgery For Adam Mair

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BUFFALO, NY (September 1, 2009) – Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today that forward Adam Mair underwent successful arthroscopic hip surgery. He is expected to be out a minimum of 6 weeks.

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Tanguay Signing Official

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from Mike G. Morreale of NHLcom,

After spending a majority of the offseason upgrading his team’s defense, Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Brian Lawton went on the offensive Tuesday with the signing of veteran left wing Alex Tanguay.

The deal was confirmed only after Tanguay’s completing a physical Tuesday. The rumor of his signing with Tampa Bay began to spread Saturday.


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Wing Bloggers Talk Pouty Poutertans and Sociopaths

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

George Malik’s on the clock for Day 2 of the Wing Blogger Roundtable.  His subject today?  The explosively volatile topic of Jason Williams and Todd “Hannibal” Bertuzzi.  He spoke with a bunch of us, copied some stuff and then pasted it all over hell and beyond over at Snapshots.

He asked us if we’re cool with the offseason work of one Tick Tock Kenny Holland.

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Chelios Talks NHLPA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

On the day after Paul Kelly’s firing as the NHLPA executive director, Chris Chelios is in explaining mode. He was skating today in Detroit, trying to stay in shape as he waits for a contract offer (he’s ruled KHL out and confirmed talks with Nashville). But I imagine most of the calls he’ll get today will be about Kelly’s firing. Even as I type this, Chelios is on his cell in the hallway. He could be ordering a pizza, but I’m guessing Kelly’s firing will dominate most of his discussions.

I asked him what the response has been from his fellow NHLPA members as he explains the thought process behind Kelly’s firing.

“A lot of guys obviously don’t know what happened, couldn’t see it coming,” said Chelios, an NHLPA executive board member. “Half the board couldn’t see this coming until we got to the meetings. At the end of the day, once everybody is filled in on what happened, they’re going to understand and we’re going to move on.”


added 1:00pm, from the CP via TSN,

In an interview with The Canadian Press on Tuesday, Damphousse said Paul Kelly, who was fired by the association’s executive board Monday, was victim of “a kind of paranoia in the group.

“For the new guy coming in, the players need to let him work. There was maybe too much leeway before and now it’s like the guy is in handcuffs. He’s got to be able to work with confidence.”


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Team Fenwick Numbers

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

This summer, in a series of sabermetrics and hockey posts, I have began to look at the Fenwick Number as an alternative to +/- ratings.  It is an attempt to capture puck possession numbers by counting shots on goal and missed shots while a player is on the ice in 5 on 5 situations.  It will count more events than +/- and will thus have a better signal to noise (the question is whether the events it counts are as meaningful).  I have listed the top 20 and worst 20 player Fenwick Numbers.  Much like Corsi Numbers (which include blocked shots), these results have a strong team bias.  The top 20 list has players on good teams and the bottom 20 list has players on weak teams.  In an effort to see team effects, the total Fenwick Number for each team is listed here and compared to the team Corsi Numbers.

Here are the team Fenwick Numbers for 2008/09:

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Credit Goes To Ducks GM

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Bob Murray inherited a lot of responsibility when he stepped into Brian Burke’s general manager shoes last November.

He also inherited a mess.

Already a key member of the organization’s brain trust, Murray was given the reins to a club that had established a winning culture and is expected to maintain it in the mad salary cap era.

To that end, Murray has largely steered the Ducks out of the financial handcuffs that Burke had placed on them in order to get the Stanley Cup in 2007.

The Ducks will enter the 2009-10 season with breathing room in the salary cap, unlike in years past where tight numbers resulted in the sacrificial player movement that saw Bobby Ryan start last season in Iowa.


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Your Help Is Requested

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

My goal this season, get a non-hockey fan involved in the game.  Read all about it at my NHL.com blog today.

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Pouliot Losses Drivers License

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Wild center Benoit Pouliot has lost his driver’s license for a year after being found guilty of drunken driving Monday in an Ontario court room.

Pouliot, 22, was also fined $1,828 for operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration level over the legal limit and refusing to provide police with a second breath sample.


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Yotes May Play A Few Games In Saskatoon

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Cory Wolfe of the StarPhoenix via the National Post,

Ice Edge Holdings—which submitted a US$150-million offer for the NHL team last week—recently placed holds on five dates at Credit Union Centre with the intention of staging five regular-season games in Saskatchewan.

Even if Ice Edge wins a Sept. 10 auction for the ailing franchise, the NHL would still have to ratify the Saskatoon schedule, which sees the Coyotes playing the Montreal Canadiens (Nov. 12), Columbus Blue Jackets (Dec. 21), Nashville Predators (Jan. 21), Edmonton Oilers (Feb. 8) and St. Louis Blues (March 2).

The plan is aimed at boosting gate revenues, but an Ice Edge spokesman insisted Monday that his group is not eyeing Saskatchewan as a future home for the Coyotes.

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