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Neil Gets Payback On Downie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators finally got even with Steve Downie.

Dean McAmmond might be long gone, but Downie’s cheap shot from two years ago (earning him a 20-game suspension) wasn’t forgotten last night. Chris Neil nailed Downie, a Tampa Bay Lightning winger, with 6:04 left in the third period of a 3-1 pre-season win last night in front of a packed house at the Brandt Centre.

Neil was given a charging minor and game misconduct for his hit along the boards in the dying minutes.

“I didn’t get him as good as I would like to have,” said Neil. “He drops his gloves with me and then he says, ‘Oh, I’m not fighting.’ He tried to flip me. I got him with some good ones. I wish I got him with some better ones.

“I’m not concerned at all (about supplementary discipline). I finished my check. It might have been a little late. It was a clean hit. It’s one of those things. He was just lucky he was able to get me down before I got going.”


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  Tags: chris+neil, steve+downie

Busy Summer For Garnet Exelby

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from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

If the Toronto Maple Leafs’ in-house television station Leafs TV is in need of some off-season programming, it may want to follow around defenceman Garnet Exelby for a summer.

He’s part Marlin Perkins of the old Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom show and part competitor on The Amazing Race, the popular reality television series.

Since last season ended, the 28-year-old Exelby went bungee jumping in New Zealand and swam with bull sharks off the coast of Fiji, and he visited Sweden to work on his skating with an on-ice guru.


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  Tags: garnet+exelby

The Latest Lightning Ownership News

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from Elliotte Friedman of CBC Sports,

The future of the Tampa Bay Lightning is now in Oren Koules’ hands.

Multiple sources confirm that Len Barrie’s window to buy out his co-owner is now closed.

What’s most interesting is that Barrie’s drop-dead date was supposed to be Wednesday, but his pursuit came to a premature conclusion when he couldn’t meet several conditions along the way….

Last Thursday, Tony Sansone Jr. met with the NHL at its New York offices.

Sansone, a St. Louis-based businessman who once considered buying the Blues, was originally talking with Barrie but is now looking into the possibility of buying the Lightning on his own.


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Top 20 Team And Zone Adjusted Corsi Numbers

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In this sabermetrics and hockey post, I am looking at adjusting Corsi Numbers for both team effects and zone starts as I described here.  This will be a pretty good indicator of puck possession of individual players that has zone starts and team effects accounted for.  These should be players who drove puck possession when they were on the ice.  These should be some of the more successful players in the roles that they played last season.

Here are the top 20 Corsi Numbers adjusted for zone starts and team effects from 2008/09:

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How’s The Other Schenn Doing?

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from Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

Brayden Schenn seems to have won the first-annual ``Oscar Moller Award,’’ given to the young player who generates the most surprising buzz in training camp. Schenn is still a longshot to make the team, but considering he didn’t even turn 18 until late August, he is doing quite well for himself in his first camp. Schenn talked the other day about his training-camp experience…

``It’s pretty much what I thought it would be,’’ Schenn said.


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  Tags: brayden+schenn

Ten Things

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

...here are 10 things I hope to see this season (wink, wink):

5. Saku Koivu wakes up at home in Anaheim in mid-January. His Ducks team is leading the Western Conference standings, he’s had to do six media interviews all season long and not one of them involved asking him why he didn’t speak French. He drives to the rink in his convertible in 85-degree weather, looks to the guy sitting in the passenger seat and says, “Teemu, I should have done this years ago.”

1. The San Jose Sharks win the Stanley Cup, ending years of playoff frustration. Joe Thornton brings the Stanley Cup back to Boston to celebrate, Dan Boyle brings it to Tampa and Dany Heatley rents a boat to ride along the Rideau Canal in Ottawa with Lord Stanley’s mug on display. Me? I finally get it right after picking San Jose four years in a row.


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Poetry By A Defenseman

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from Jeff Hicks of The Record,

A doughnut store chain? That’s just old-fashioned plain crazy.

Sheldon Kannegiesser, then 23, couldn’t believe the bizarre business venture 40-year-old Pittsburgh Penguins blueline partner Tim Horton was asking him to buy into that night in St. Louis.

“Tim, I don’t think it’s going to work,” said Kannegiesser on Monday, echoing the words he spoke 40 years ago.

At 62, the former Kitchener Rangers defender has his own ridiculous idea.

How about poetry about hockey, penned by a North Bay guy who spent 12 years in the pros while reading famed Canadian poet Robert W. Service – the Bard of the Yukon who penned The Cremation of Sam McGee – as he rode the buses and waited in airports.

Can’t work, right? Not so fast.

read on

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  Tags: sheldon+kannegiesser

Pascal Morency Suspension Comes Down

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO (September 21, 2009)—New York Islanders’ forward Pascal Morency has been suspended for the remainder of the pre-season and five regular season games as the result of a game misconduct penalty in a pre-season game against the Calgary Flames, September 17, the National Hockey League announced today. 

At 5:35 of the second period, Morency was assessed a Game Misconduct under Rule 70.2 for leaving his players’ bench on a legal line change for the purpose of starting an altercation. The rule states:

Legal Line Change – A player who has entered the game on a legal line change or legally from the penalty bench (penalty time has expired) who starts an altercation maybe subject to discipline in accordance with Rule 29– Supplementary Discipline.

Morency, who has already served two games of the suspension, will miss the remaining three games on the Islanders’ pre-season schedule (Sept. 22 vs. Los Angeles and Sept. 23 and 29 against New Jersey) as well as five regular season games.

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Vokoun Defends His Play From Last Season

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from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

Tomas Vokoun acknowledges he needs to be better early in the season. It’s the main reason the Florida Panthers goalie was on the ice in late July long before teammates arrived.

But Vokoun is a bit perplexed by some people’s perception that he didn’t play well at all last season.

“You know what? People make such a big deal. There were a couple, few parts I didn’t play and [Craig Anderson] played, but Andy played great. He totally deserved his playing time,” Vokoun said.

“I finished second in save percentage in the league. I can tell you, if that’s the case this year, I’ll take it right now. . . . As goalies, we both did very well. I think it was the strength of our team. That’s my opinion. Some people may have a different one.”


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  Tags: tomas+vokoun

Kane Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Patrick Kane held an online Q & A with the fans today at ESPN,

Patrick, most of the nation has high hopes for this Blackhawk team considering you guys exceed all expectations last season. How has this team responded in the locker room, and can you guys channel that into a long run at the Stanley Cup?Go Hawks and have a great season!

Patrick Kane: I think it’s the same group. The same atmosphere. I think last year was one of those years that you didn’t want to end. Unfortunately it did end. This year, we’re a year older and we added a guy like Hossa who will help us out a lot. Really, it will propel us to the next level. WE want to bring home the cup. It hasn’t happened in a while. We don’t want to leave this year to chance.


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  Tags: patrick+kane

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