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Improved Hockey Helmets

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,

Hockey helmets may be on the verge of a radical makeover, as scientists and engineers at Virginia Tech prepare a rating system that measures each brand’s and model’s ability to reduce the risk of concussion.

“After football, hockey is the sport that produces the highest rate of concussion,” said Dr. Stefan M. Duma, a Virginia Tech professor and the head of the university’s biomedical engineering department. “We want to produce a mechanism to try and reduce that risk of concussion.”...

“This is going to hit hockey like a ton of bricks,” said Dale Pfriem, president of ICS Laboratories, an Ohio-based company that tests and assesses personal protective equipment. Pfriem was part of a group of hockey helmet manufacturers and testers invited to Virginia Tech to review the center’s methodology before formal testing begins.

Hockey helmets have been relatively thin and light throughout their long history, closer in spirit to cycling helmets than football headgear. Even in recent years, as design evolved to make them more effective in preventing skull fractures, hockey helmets have remained lightweight and without much internal padding.

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It Just Wasn’t Fair

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Sharp-eyed watchers of this blog might have wondered why I took down a blog I posted last night, which was titled “Avs fans starting to grumble about O’Reilly money squabbles.” The first part of the blog was an email to me from a fan who thought Avs ownership was “cheap” over the latest Ryan O’Reilly contract standoff.

Some people around the Avs didn’t like it, not one bit. Normally, that would go in one ear and out the other with me. As long as what I think was under my name was fair, too bad if they don’t like it.

But after thinking it over more, I realized that it wasn’t quite fair, having just one email from one fan with such a sweeping generalization about this particular subject. So, I took it down on my own. Nobody forced me to.

It wasn’t fair, because I didn’t include enough of a factual counterpoint to the charge that the Kroenkes are getting all cheap again, now that Paul Stastny has left and O’Reilly might be out the door soon in trade because they won’t meet his salary desires.

continued

To read a part of the blog which was removed, go here....

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Pistons aren’t likely to join Red Wings at their follow-on facility

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Via RedWingsFeed, I've never understood the hubbub about the Pistons moving back downtown to join the Red Wings in their new arena--without a separate practice facility for both teams in the offing (and there are no practice facility plans on the table), you've got all sorts of complications in terms of scheduling sporting events, never mind handicapping the rink's ability to host entertainment events--but the post-"District Detroit"-unveiling chatter included a significant amount of, "The teams will share the same facility!" chatter.

According to the Detroit News's Vincent Goodwill, the improbable and nearly logistically-impossible will remain that:

Mark Barnhill, senior partner at Platinum Equity, issued a statement Tuesday reflecting the sentiments of Pistons owner Tom Gores, in light of the Ilitch family unveiling plans for a $650 million entertainment district downtown.

The Pistons are the lone pro sports team in Detroit that isn't downtown, and they are not currently weighing the possibility of moving from The Palace of Auburn Hills, Barnhill said.

"We have a beautiful arena, and we have invested tens of millions of dollars over the past three years to modernize and improve that facility," said Barnhill in the statement. "At the same time, we would never close the door on alternatives if they made good sense for our fans, for our team, for our business and for Michigan."

That's a no.

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Red Wings early overnight report: Zengerle unofficially signed; TV talk & development camp leftovers

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated at 12:51 AM: It's not the possibly imminent and possibly not imminent re-signing of Tomas Tatar, but the University of Wisconsin's made official a signing I'd mentioned last Friday--the Griffins' signing of a speedy playmaking forward named Mark Zengerle--and I quote from the University of Wisconsin Badgers' press release:

Mark Zengerle (Rochester, N.Y.) will be gainfully employed come this fall as Wisconsin hockey’s top assist man from the last four seasons has signed a one-year contract with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL. Grand Rapids is the top minor-league affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings.

It ends an illustrious collegiate career for Zengerle, whose 162 career points are the most at UW since head coach Mike Eaves took over the program in 2002. The point total also ranks 24th in Wisconsin history. His 125 assists are the seventh-most in program history.

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Mats Zuccarello Reaches Contract Agreement Before Arbitration

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

 

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Ken Hitchcock Chats With Fans And One Former Player

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ken Hitchcock, head coach of the St. Louis Blues took to Twitter today (the full chat) to answer some questions...

 

Then this zinger...

 

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  Tags: ken+hitchcock

David Booth Now A Member Of The Toronto Maple Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Toronto Maple Leafs,

David Nonis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Tuesday the hockey club has signed forward David Booth to a one-year contract.

Booth, 29, played 66 games for the Vancouver Canucks in 2013-14, collecting nine goals, 10 assists, 19 points and 18 penalty minutes. The 6-0, 212-pound winger has registered 218 career NHL points (113 goals, 105 assists) and 181 penalty minutes in 443 games with the Canucks and Florida Panthers. In 2008-09 with the Panthers, Booth set career highs in goals (31), assists (29) and points (60) in 72 games.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Booth was selected by Florida in the second round, 53rd overall, in the 2004 Entry Draft.

added 4:03pm,

 

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Worst 20 Players By Team Adjusted Corsi

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Several days ago I listed the top 20 players by team adjusted Corsi.  Today I want to look at the flip-side and see the 20 worst players by the same measure.  Corsi is the difference between attempted shots (shots on goal, missed shots and blocked shots) for and against a team when a given player is on the ice.  This is a measure of puck possession on the team level.  In order to try to make it a more team independent measure, the first thing one can do is subtract off a team adjustment.  That is what is done here. 

This list has a problem where several players on the list got traded during the course of the season.  It is not uncommon for players who are playing poorly (and hence have a poor Corsi) to be traded or waived during the course of a season.  In that case, the team adjustment was weighted so that if a player played 60% of his games with team A and 40% with team B, his team adjustment would be 60% of team A`s and 40% of team B`s.

Here are the worst 20 players in the 2013/14 season by team adjusted Corsi:

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Just When You Thought All Was Well With The Coyotes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Peter Corbett of the Arizona Republic,

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers on Monday asked the state attorney general to investigate a previously undisclosed meeting of City Council members and an Arizona Coyotes attorney last June, days before the council approved a $225 million agreement with the team.

Weiers, who voted against the deal that kept the hockey team in Glendale, said he believes the meeting violated the Arizona's Open Meeting Law and revealed key information to the Coyotes about the city's negotiating position.

"I think it's a clear violation," he said. "That meeting is wrong on so many levels. It's like playing poker and showing your opponents all your cards."

Violations of the Open Meeting Law can rescind actions taken by elected officials, which could potentially void Glendale's deal with the team, which was then called the Phoenix Coyotes.

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Kyle Dubas Hiring By The Leafs A Step In The Right Direction

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

To deny the significance of possession stats in hockey is to be on the wrong side of history. Before Tuesday morning, the Toronto Maple Leafs were on the wrong side of history.

Suddenly, after a significant front-office shakeup, the organization is at the forefront of a movement that has already began to shift the industry … and will soon reshape it entirely.

The surprising decision to hire 28-year-old Kyle Dubas as assistant general manager does not guarantee that the Leafs will be transformed into a Stanley Cup contender. However, it is a tacit acknowledgement that new methods must be used to evaluate talent and build teams.

The times, they are a-changin’.

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