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Have The Predators Improved?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

So should fans believe this team has what it takes to make up ground in the Western Conference, moving out of last place in the Central Division and returning to the playoffs after a one-year hiatus?

The Predators believe so, and they listed the ways on Thursday at the organization’s “Skate of the Union” address at Sommet Center.

Maybe the biggest difference is that the Predators have every reason to believe that the top line of Steve Sullivan, Jason Arnott and J.P. Dumont will be together most of the year.

Sullivan returned from injury midway through last season and helped the Predators go 20-11-5 over the final 36 games.

“At forward, we’re going to be much improved,’’ general manager David Poile said. “The reason is that we’re going to have our first line intact for the whole season … and that’s something we didn’t have last year.

“When these guys are together, which we saw, they produced every game. I’m very confident, as I’m sure they are, that if everyone stays healthy — knock on wood — that we’ll be just fine.”


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All Brad Meier

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

As a regular feature, StarPhoenix sports reporter Cory Wolfe gets personal with a sports figure. Today, NHL referee Brad Meier gets cornered.

The SP: You’re participating in the Sticks on 23rd street hockey tournament with several NHL players. Any fears that they’ll try to seek retribution against a guy who normally has the power to penalize them?

Meier: I don’t think so because at the end of the day, I’ll have the last laugh when it comes to regular-season play next year. I think I’ll be all right….

The SP: (Laughs) OK, you’ve got a tough job. What’s the best heckle you’ve heard from a fan, player or coach?

Meier: Well, Pat Quinn is always good for some funny ones. One night we were in Toronto and they were taking the rough end of the battle. He kind of piped up and asked us if we all thought it was Hudson Bay rules out there because he didn’t think we’d want to call any penalties. He’s always good for a comment but he’s pretty funny, pretty witty and he’s a great guy to us off the ice.

read on

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Competition Started Early For Crawford

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The old backyard rink at the Crawford house was a labor of love – and a haven for hostility.

Such was Marc Crawford’s life growing up in a family of nine kids in picturesque Belleville, Ontario, halfway between Toronto and Montreal.

Crawford’s dad, Floyd, would work every winter to get the rink going, and would add pieces as the kids got older. Brother helped brother with shoveling snow, hanging lights and constructing wooden boards and a penalty box.

But once the teamwork ended, the competition began.

“Those games on that rink,” said older brother Bob Crawford, a veteran of 246 NHL games, “were the toughest games I ever played in my life.”


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Worst 20 Adjusted Corsi Ratings

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In this summer’s look at sabermetrics and hockey, I have been looking at the Corsi Number as an alternative to +/- ratings.  Today, I am listing the worst 20 adjusted Corsi ratings from 2008/09.  The adjustment is done in the same manner developed for +/- ratings in The Hockey Compendium by Jeff Klein and Carl-Eric Reif.  I discuss this adjustment method here.  In this method, a team adjustment is calculated from team Corsi Numbers.  Since five players are on the ice, team Corsi Numbers are divided by five to give a baseline team value that is treated as a “zero” for that team.  All individual player Corsi Numbers have the team adjustment subtracted off.

Here are the worst 20 adjusted Corsi Numbers from the 2008/09 season among players who played at least 50 games and with only one team:

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In Simple Terms- The Coyotes Have Lost A Lot Of Money

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Paul Waldie of the Globe and Mail (Friday edition),

With bids for the Phoenix Coyotes due in an Arizona bankruptcy court today, the club has revealed it lost more than $60-million (all currency U.S.) last season.

Documents filed in court show the club’s hockey operations posted a $27.1-million loss for the year ended June 30. Hockey revenue, which came largely from ticket sales, totalled $58.3-million, about $7-million less than the club expected.

The net loss, which included interest payments and other costs, was $67.1-million, according to the filing.


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What Good Is A Contract?

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from Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,

...But something is changing in the NHL and it appears that coaches and even GMs are forcing their way out of contracts, something that wasn’t the case even in the wild unchecked days when owners could own two teams in the same division.

“There seems to be a double standard,” said a former player who recently took a managerial role and does not wish to be identified. “There was a long time there when a general manager or a coach was expected to honor his contract as long as the club wanted him to do so. It was thought to be important for the integrity or at least the perception of the integrity of the league. It seems that’s loosened up a bit for administrators but not for players, at least not for players who maybe want to play somewhere else.”

Contracts in management were indeed pretty much sacred (unless, of course, you got fired).

read on

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Surgery For Hossa

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Press Release-

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that right wing Marian Hossa will undergo surgery tomorrow, Friday, July 24, on his right shoulder to repair a small tear in his rotator cuff.

“Marian’s injury did not respond sufficiently to our non-operative treatment over the last three weeks so we have collectively decided today to go ahead with the surgery,” Blackhawks General Manager Stan Bowman said. “Marian is a franchise player and we want what is best for him and the Blackhawks long-term. This was a mutual decision and one we feel very confident is the right one.”

“Marian has a small right rotator cuff tear that he has been battling for a while and because he is not at 100 percent with non-operative treatment he is undergoing operative treatment tomorrow,” Blackhawks Head Team Physician Dr. Michael Terry said. “With this type of tear we anticipate a four month post-operative recovery period, after which we expect his shoulder to be 100 percent. This is the best thing for Marian and his career long-term.”

“After consulting with my family and the Blackhawks, I have no doubt that this is the correct decision,” Hossa said. “I plan on being a member of the Blackhawks for a very long time, which is why I want to get this done and begin my career in Chicago at 100 percent.”

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Have The Bolts Call You

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Erik Erlendsson of Bolts Report,

Sure, this is a sales pitch by the team, but it is a rather unique approach to getting fans to try to purchase a ticket plan, but I gave this a try and it is a interesting new marketing idea. While the acting skills probably need to be sharpened by Ryan Malone, Mike Smith and Rick Tocchet (it’s not their chosen profession, I know), overall it’s a pretty nifty program.


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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Up front, we’ve lost 82 goals, between Samuelsson, Hudler, and Hossa, we’ve lost 82 goals. There aren’t many hockey teams that can afford that, us included, so we’re a little bit, um, concerned, to put it mildly, but we’re going to try to be active and try to get it at least half figured out, but, the salary cap has caught up to us.

-Detroit Red Wings Senior VP Jimmy Devellano.  More from George Malik of SnapShots at Mlive…

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Cammalleri The Canadien

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ken Campbell of The Hockey News has a nice chat with Mike, who discusses what it will be like playing for Montreal.

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  Tags: mike+cammalleri

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