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Welcome Dany, But You Need To Do Some Explaining

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen,

Each day, the group of Ottawa Senators taking part in the informal scrimmages at the Bell Sensplex grows by a player or two, as they straggle into town after a long summer vacation.

However, as each day passes and the official start of training camp approaches, the players also draw closer to a date with the elephant in the room: Dany Heatley.

Will he be traded by Sept. 12? Will he be compelled to return to the National Hockey League team? Until those questions are answered, the Senators are stuck in neutral.

The players say they would be willing to forgive Heatley—once he explains himself, of course—but a number of them said on Thursday they want more than just an explanation from him.


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Correlation Of Fenwick Number With Team Points

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In my most recent sabermetrics and hockey posts I have been discussing the Fenwick Number.  It is essentially a measure of puck possession that measures all 5 on 5 shots on goal and missed shots for and against when a given player is on the ice.  It is much like the Corsi Number.  Both Fenwick and Corsi Numbers are attempts to find a replacement for +/- ratings that will include more events and thus have higher signal to noise.  I have listed the players with the top 20 and worst 20 Fenwick Numbers as well as listing the team Fenwick Numbers.

Today I will address the question of whether the Fenwick or the Corsi Number better correlates with winning.

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Kelly Defends His Ethics & Reputation

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from the CP via TSN,

Former NHLPA boss Paul Kelly has denied an allegation that he misused his office by reading a transcript of a private players’ meeting.

“I cannot stand by and allow this false and misleading attack on my character and reputation,” Kelly said in a statement released Thursday. “I spent almost 10 years as a federal prosecutor, prosecuting numerous cases pertaining to fraud and dishonesty, including one involving a former NHLPA executive director. My personal ethics and reputation are beyond reproach.


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  Tags: paul+kelly

Fighting Words- All Ray Emery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CSNPhilly,

Q: Do you think you’re a better goaltender than Marty Biron?

A:  “I can’t tell you that, but on any given night if we play them this year, we’re going to win.”

much more from Emery…

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  Tags: ray+emery

Bruins Schedule News Conference For Friday

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via John Beattie of NESN,

General manager Peter Chiarelli and the Boston Bruins are hosting a news conference Friday morning at 10 a.m. regarding head coach Claude Julien.

While no announcement has been made, many believe that the news conference is to report the extension of the head coach, who is entering the final year of his three-year contract.

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  Tags: claude+julien

Afternoon Line- Part 2

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What credible candidate can the NHLPA possibly recruit to come in and work in an office with the toxicity level of a night-time soap opera? It’s almost as if Melrose Place were back on the air.

-Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail.  More from Eric…

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Oilers Have No Plans To Sign Comrie

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via Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

Notwithstanding persistent rumours, the Oilers are not in negotiations with Mike Comrie and have no plans to sign him, Tambellini said.

“Mike’s a good player,” he said Thursday at an announcement about Telus’s new sponsorship of the Oilers. “No decisions have been made to add any player to our roster. We’ve got a full roster, we’ve got salary cap issues. Nothing’s been decided at this point.”

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  Tags: mike+comrie

Maltby Knows The End Is Getting Closer

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from Chris McCosky of the Detroit News,

“I know I am a lot closer to the end than I am the beginning,” he said after a conditioning skate Thursday. “But this isn’t something I am going to address this year. I love playing. I love coming to the rink. Listen, if my career would have ended two or three years ago I wouldn’t have had any regrets.

“But I am going to just see how things hold up from a physical standpoint; see how I feel injury-wise. There’s always going to be a time (to leave); everyone has to move on. Whether it’s after this year for me, we’ll see.”

To measure Maltby’s on-ice effectiveness by his statistics is to completely miss the point of his value. He’s a grinder, a dependable defensive-minded winger who’s has long been on of the game’s effective pests

read on

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  Tags: kirk+maltby

Afternoon Line

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I was a Detroit Red Wings fan when I was growing up, because my hero was Gordie Howe. When he retired, I shifted my allegiance to the Montreal Canadiens, and I have stuck with them even though they have fallen on pretty hard times.

-Alex Trebek when asked his favorite NHL team in a Q & A at Time.

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  Tags: alex+trebek

Healy Defends His Credibility

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Healy, a former NHL goaltender and broadcast analyst who joined the NHLPA under Kelly 14 months ago, was especially critical of an internal office review that he said attacked his credibility.

The woman who conducted the review, Anne Marie Turnbull, accused Healy of misleading players regarding the role of former superstars Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux in previous union matters, Healy said.

“I would never and have not misled or told any untruths to any player. I can not [sic] sit back and continue to perform my duties when my Players’ Association co-workers unjustifiably impugn my credibility in front of the players I represent and fire shots against Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux, two of the greatest players in the game, who have benefited every player in this Players’ Association,” Healy wrote in a letter to the members of the NHLPA executive board, which was obtained by ESPN.com.


added 3:25pm, Also check out Scott’s report on all things NHLPA.  A fascinating read I must say.

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  Tags: glenn+healy

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