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Morning Line- Slava Malamud On Corsi

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Slava Malamud tweets,

"Corsi. A goalie coach who gained brief notoriety in early 21st century for a now unknown reason" - the Big NHL Plasmapedia, 2130 edition.

The Corsi geeks' problem isn't their object of devotion. Nothing wrong with having a metric to tell you one specific thing occasionally....

Corsi geeks problem is Corsi geeks themselves. Their willingness to attack anyone who dares to watch hockey and humans playing it without...

... necessarily citing their one arbitrary stat and (oh noes!) passing any kind of judgement w/o appealing to it as lazy narrative pushers.

We know the game, we see more in it than you, we love it for what it is. We are not lazy narrative pushers. You are self-important bores.

Anyone who's ever said "lazy narrative" to insult a reporter is someone who wanted to be one but couldn't string two words together #Corsi

So, please, don't push your inferiority complex on us. Go learn some grammar, get some writing talent. Maybe you can push a narrative, too.

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Suffering Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

We begin with the partisans who are in the most distress and count down to the ones who doing the most vibrant cartwheels in the streets. 




Maybe Lou Lamoriello knew what he was doing when he bailed on this organization. These Devils have a dim past (just one playoff appearance in the past five years), a painful present (the NHL’s 29th rated offense in 2014-15) and a grey, dystopian future (arguably the least promising prospect pool in the game). This is a team so bereft of hope that it can only aspire to being dull and dreary.



The ’Canes have become the Washington Generals of the NHL, an opponent that shows up on the schedule so that fun, entertaining teams have someone to play. With their 2006 Stanley Cup (and the glory days of Eric Staal and Cam Ward) behind them, this is a group in search of an identity. One may coalesce around a promising blueline corps (Justin Faulk, Haydn Fleury, Noah Hanifin) but that's still years down the road. Until then, this team, and its fans, play the part of the punching bag.

read on

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Getting The Team Sponsors More Involved In Columbus

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from Mark Williams of the Columbus Dispatch,

The sponsors attended sessions providing more information about digital-media trends and strategies, insights on Columbus sports fans and how to use the logo rights that they acquired as part of their sponsorship for marketing.

They also picked up fresh data about the Blue Jackets fan base, which have higher household incomes than the typical Columbus family and spend more on things like Internet purchases, cellphones and groceries.

Larry Hoepfner, executive vice president of business operations for the Blue Jackets, said the team’s goal is for sponsors to get more business because of their affiliation with the team.

“If we aren’t doing that, we aren’t doing our jobs,” he said.

The team’s No. 1 challenge is to continue to grow the fan base with more season ticketholders, casual fans coming to more games more often and to get people who’ve never been to a game to come, he said.

“We’ve got to find ways to get them to a game,” he said.

After an injury-plagued season in which the Blue Jackets missed the playoffs, this year’s team is positioned to be much better this season, said John Davidson, the team’s president of hockey operations, and other team officials.

“We’re really excited about our hockey club,” he told the sponsors. “Our team is going to be good, very good. So are a lot of other teams.”


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Early overnight report: On the ramificiations of Jurco’s contract and other things

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

We're going to talk about Tomas Jurco's contract a bit and then get into snippet-tidbit territory.

So Jurco did end up re-signing with the Wings for two years, at a cap hit of $900,000 per season, and while we don't have Capgeek any more, General Fanager, Hockey's Cap, CapFriendly and War-on-Ice estimate that the Wings are somewhere between $675,000 and $1.4 million above the salary cap, and MLive's Brendan Savage suggests that the Wings are somewhere below Hockey's Cap's estimate but still above both the cap and the 23-man roster limit (and he provides a list of salaries as well):

The Red Wings have 24 players signed at a cap figure of $71.6 million (that includes players projected to make the roster plus $1.066 million from Stephen Weiss' buyout). That is slightly more than the $71.4 million salary cap and is one player over the 23-man roster limit.

However, Pavel Datsyuk is expected to start the season on injured reserve following ankle surgery on June 25. And if Johan Franzen (concussion) isn't cleared by doctors he'll go on long-term injured reserve, giving the Red Wings up to $3.95 million in cap relief.

The Windsor Star's Bob Duff has the Wings $1.5 million over the cap...

Continue Reading »

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A Two-Year Deal For Tomas Jurco

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

added 6:42pm,

added 7:23pm, Detroit release is below...

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Will The NHL Avoid Quebec City When It Comes To NHL Expansion?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Editorial from the Globe and Mail,

Quebec City recently completed a major public infrastructure project ahead of schedule, and under budget. The normal course of events would see its spanking new, $370-million arena occupied by an NHL team. That’s why so much (public) money went into the building. The timing even looks to be ideal, as the league is in the midst of receiving applications for expansion franchises; two cities could advance to the next stage. What’s more, there are only two bidders – aspiring owners in Quebec and Las Vegas – for those maximum two expansion slots. The return of hockey to hockey-mad Quebec would seem to be as easy as scoring an empty-net goal from inside the crease.

It isn’t.

Anyone distracting themselves from the summer heat with daydreams of a revived Nordiques vs. Montreal Canadiens rivalry (The Battle of Quebec! The Good Friday Massacre!) had best take a deep breath. Just because Québecor principal shareholder/aspiring premier Pierre Karl Péladeau and irrepressible Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume built the Vidéotron Centre (with, we again note, a massive helping of taxpayer dollars) doesn’t mean the NHL will come.

If anything, the NHL appears eager to avoid Quebec City, or any other location in hockey’s northern homeland.


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Afternoon Line- Cal Clutterbuck

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“We’re more than capable as a hockey team. You get this group and put them together, you have to be able to grow with the team and go through the experiences without jumping the gun and changing things or bringing in new people. Management has shown confidence in the group.”

-Cal Clutterbuck of the New York Islanders.  More from Clutterbuck by Cory Wright at NewYorkIslanders.com.

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A Five-Year Extension For Braden Holtby

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed goaltender Braden Holtby to a five-year, $30.5 million contract extension, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

“Braden emerged as a top NHL goaltender and we are pleased to sign him to a long-term contract,” said MacLellan. “We feel Braden is just entering his prime and in his young career has already established himself as one of the best goaltenders in the history of our franchise. He is an athletic goaltender with a tremendous work ethic and is a big part of our future.”

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The New Glendale Agreement

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Peter Corbett and Katy Roberts of the Arizona Republic,

Hockey will return to Gila River Arena this fall after the Glendale City Council this morning unanimously approved an amended two-year agreement with the Arizona Coyotes.

The deal, approved on a 7-0 vote, settles a six-week legal dispute between the city and the team. The new agreement cuts Glendale’s up-front cost from $15 million to $6.5 million but also shifts $6 million of ticket and other revenue to the Coyotes.

The amended contract will save Glendale close to $3 million per year, Interim Assistant City Manager Tom Duensing said.

Council members and Coyotes President Anthony LeBlanc said they hope to work out a longer-term deal between the city and the team.

Vice Mayor Ian Hugh encouraged hockey fans to buy season tickets.

“Hockey is here to stay in Glendale,” Hugh said.


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Off-Season Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

This summer the NHL has its plate more than a little full with off-ice issues that will require more than a little deft stickhandling from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

The NHL has already decided that there will be no further sanctions against former Los Angeles Kings forward Jarret Stoll, who was charged with felony cocaine possession after being caught with drugs at a Las Vegas resort pool in April. Stoll, an unrestricted free agent, pleaded guilty to reduced misdemeanor charges relating to the incident and was sentenced to probation and community service.

The league is also waiting for Stoll's former teammate Slava Voynov to complete his sentence after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor domestic abuse charge relating to an incident involving his wife last October. The defenseman is serving a 90-day sentence. He was also sentenced to three years' probation.

In another Kings-related situation, the NHL is aware of the information the team used in deciding to terminate the contract of Mike Richards after an incident at the Canada/U.S. border earlier this summer. The league simply considers Richards an unrestricted free agent....

Finally, the league is also awaiting the resolution of the case involving new Buffalo Sabres center Ryan O'Reilly, who responded to being awarded the richest contract in team history by allegedly drunkenly driving a vintage pickup truck into a Tim Hortons coffee shop near London, Ontario, in the middle of the night and then fleeing the scene.


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