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Eric Staal ‘Wired’ During Training Camp Practice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Carolina Hurricanes forward Eric Staal was wired for sound recently during training camp practice at the RBC Center in Raleigh.

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Briere Flying Around The Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

Flyers coach John Stevens is experimenting with a forward line combination of Briere and van Riemsdyk on either side of sophomore center Claude Giroux. And while Jeff Carter stole the show Tuesday with two goals in the morning scrimmage, Briere’s explosiveness spoke volumes about how far he has come since missing 53 games with groin strains last season.

“To me he looks a lot better,” Stevens said. “He looks more confident—he looks quicker—he looks like he can get to loose pucks and pop in holes. I think his summer training is going to do a world of good for him because he needs to have his quickness to be the player we all know he can be.”

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NHL Charter Flight Issue Appears To Be Resolved

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Canadian PM Harper met with Pres. Obama today and word is a tentative agreement has been reached to resolve the issue.

See KK Twitter for more…

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Elias Out 3-6 Weeks After Surgery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils forward Patrik Elias underwent surgery Tuesday in Philadelphia to clean up some scar tissue in his groin and will be out for three to six weeks, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said this morning (10:15 a.m).

That mean Elias will miss the team’s regular season opener against Philadelphia on Oct. 3.

Dr.William Meyers, the a sports hernia specialist who performed the groin surgery on Elias four years ago, also performed this procedure, which was done arthroscopically.

“His groin had stll been bothering him, but his hip was feeling fine, so we decided to send him to see the doctor who originally did his groin surgery four years ago, Dr. Myers in Philadelphia,” Lamoriello said. “After consultation with our doctors and Dr. Myers, what he did was he decided to look and see what was going on there after the MRI. It happens that he had a lot of scar tissue that had been built up in that area and he just broke up the scar tissue.

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Combining Zone Starts, Team Effects And Corsi Number

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I have written a few sabermetrics and hockey about combining Corsi Number and zone starts.  I listed the top 20 and worst 20 players by this metric.  The main remaining flaw is that team effects are not taken into account.  A player will get a good rating merely by playing on a good team and will get a poor rating by playing on a bad team.  That effect is the next one to remove.  This can be done by taking team Corsi Numbers which are also adjusted for zone starts and doing a team adjustment similar to the one Klein and Reif discuss in the Hockey Compendium.  It is necessary to use zone start adjusted numbers consistently throughout the calculation to avoid double counting (or missing out) on zone start effects.

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HNIC Adds New Faces

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CBC Sports,

Nothing goes better with Hockey Night In Canada than former coaches and goaltenders.

Already home to the likes of outspoken Don Cherry and analytical Kelly Hrudey, the venerable CBC broadcast rounded out its roster Wednesday with the addition of Guy Carbonneau, Glenn Healy and Kevin Weekes.

continued

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The Latest On Kessel

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from Elliotte Friedman of CBC Sports,

It’s been reported that Toronto is offering two first-round picks and a third-rounder for Kessel.

One source said that offer is now the two first-rounders, a second-rounder and a player – although Burke denied that by e-mail Tuesday night.

As for the player, I can’t get confirmation, so I’m not going to guess.

At least one other team isn’t giving up hope.

It’s been a four days since Nashville’s David Poile admitted his interest. Since then, he hasn’t spoken to his Boston counterpart.

“Nothing is happening ... I don’t know where it stands,” the Predators GM said Tuesday afternoon.

“But we’re interested. Who wouldn’t be?”

more

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Pressure On The Flyers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,

“There’s pressure there with the team we have on paper,” 24-year-old Flyers captain Mike Richards said after a spirited practice in Voorhees, N.J., yesterday. “Pressure to perform. Everybody around us has those expectations. You feel it.

“What we’re going to do with those is still to see.”

So begins the latest chapter of Flyers hockey, the latest effort to reconnect to the consecutive championship seasons of the mid-1970s, the way the Phillies last October finally bridged to 1980. Great players have come and gone, but the pattern of early promise morphing into lingering doubt has marked this franchise like a witch’s wart, and as the team plays its first preseason game at Detroit tonight, we approach that precipice again.

Is this a team on the brink of a Stanley Cup?

read on

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Rangers Looking For Veteran Dman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

When I say I want two young defensemen on the team, I’m thinking of them as six-seven,” Tortorella said hours before the Blueshirts dropped last night’s preseason opener to the Bruins, 2-1, at the Garden.

“I think it’s asking way too much of rookie defensemen to play them together as a unit. Plus, the way we’re set up with Marc [Staal] and Danny [Girardi] being young enough themselves, I’m not sure it would be best to add two more kids to that mix, at least at the start.

“What I’m hoping is that a veteran defenseman might become available as things shake out during camp who we can have on our third pair with one of our kids, while we carry another as a seventh,” Tortorella said. “If it works out that a young player were sitting out too much, we’d send him to Hartford [AHL] to play games, but having kids at six-seven is the way I’d like to start, if possible.”

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Goalies & Their Equipment

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Henrik Lundqvist talks about his Bauer equipment.

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