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Chelios Talks NHLPA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

On the day after Paul Kelly’s firing as the NHLPA executive director, Chris Chelios is in explaining mode. He was skating today in Detroit, trying to stay in shape as he waits for a contract offer (he’s ruled KHL out and confirmed talks with Nashville). But I imagine most of the calls he’ll get today will be about Kelly’s firing. Even as I type this, Chelios is on his cell in the hallway. He could be ordering a pizza, but I’m guessing Kelly’s firing will dominate most of his discussions.

I asked him what the response has been from his fellow NHLPA members as he explains the thought process behind Kelly’s firing.

“A lot of guys obviously don’t know what happened, couldn’t see it coming,” said Chelios, an NHLPA executive board member. “Half the board couldn’t see this coming until we got to the meetings. At the end of the day, once everybody is filled in on what happened, they’re going to understand and we’re going to move on.”

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added 1:00pm, from the CP via TSN,

In an interview with The Canadian Press on Tuesday, Damphousse said Paul Kelly, who was fired by the association’s executive board Monday, was victim of “a kind of paranoia in the group.

“For the new guy coming in, the players need to let him work. There was maybe too much leeway before and now it’s like the guy is in handcuffs. He’s got to be able to work with confidence.”

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Team Fenwick Numbers

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

This summer, in a series of sabermetrics and hockey posts, I have began to look at the Fenwick Number as an alternative to +/- ratings.  It is an attempt to capture puck possession numbers by counting shots on goal and missed shots while a player is on the ice in 5 on 5 situations.  It will count more events than +/- and will thus have a better signal to noise (the question is whether the events it counts are as meaningful).  I have listed the top 20 and worst 20 player Fenwick Numbers.  Much like Corsi Numbers (which include blocked shots), these results have a strong team bias.  The top 20 list has players on good teams and the bottom 20 list has players on weak teams.  In an effort to see team effects, the total Fenwick Number for each team is listed here and compared to the team Corsi Numbers.

Here are the team Fenwick Numbers for 2008/09:

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Credit Goes To Ducks GM

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from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Bob Murray inherited a lot of responsibility when he stepped into Brian Burke’s general manager shoes last November.

He also inherited a mess.

Already a key member of the organization’s brain trust, Murray was given the reins to a club that had established a winning culture and is expected to maintain it in the mad salary cap era.

To that end, Murray has largely steered the Ducks out of the financial handcuffs that Burke had placed on them in order to get the Stanley Cup in 2007.

The Ducks will enter the 2009-10 season with breathing room in the salary cap, unlike in years past where tight numbers resulted in the sacrificial player movement that saw Bobby Ryan start last season in Iowa.

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Your Help Is Requested

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My goal this season, get a non-hockey fan involved in the game.  Read all about it at my NHL.com blog today.

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Pouliot Losses Drivers License

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from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Wild center Benoit Pouliot has lost his driver’s license for a year after being found guilty of drunken driving Monday in an Ontario court room.

Pouliot, 22, was also fined $1,828 for operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration level over the legal limit and refusing to provide police with a second breath sample.

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Yotes May Play A Few Games In Saskatoon

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from Cory Wolfe of the StarPhoenix via the National Post,

Ice Edge Holdings—which submitted a US$150-million offer for the NHL team last week—recently placed holds on five dates at Credit Union Centre with the intention of staging five regular-season games in Saskatchewan.

Even if Ice Edge wins a Sept. 10 auction for the ailing franchise, the NHL would still have to ratify the Saskatoon schedule, which sees the Coyotes playing the Montreal Canadiens (Nov. 12), Columbus Blue Jackets (Dec. 21), Nashville Predators (Jan. 21), Edmonton Oilers (Feb. 8) and St. Louis Blues (March 2).

The plan is aimed at boosting gate revenues, but an Ice Edge spokesman insisted Monday that his group is not eyeing Saskatchewan as a future home for the Coyotes.

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Rock Solid Renegades Win Youth World Championships (Under 12 Division)

Blog: KK Members Blog By 007devils007

A group of Barrie’s best young ball hockey players captured the first ever Youth World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championship.

The Rock Solid Renegades, comprised of players from the Barrie Ball Hockey Club’s Progressive 9-11 and PeeWee divisions, traveled to Brampton during the weekend of August 28th to 30th in their quest to claim the Under-12 division title.  Barrie teams also competed in the Under-15 and Under-18 divisions.

The youth tournament weekend was the first of three event weekends over the next six weeks as part of the “ballhockey.com” 14th Annual World Outdoor Ball Hockey Championships.  Over the past 14 years, the Worlds have expanded to include Men’s A, B, and Over 35 divisions along with Women’s A and B tournaments.  Teams travel to the tournament from all over North America, including far flung locations such as San Diego, Vancouver, Boston, Pittsburgh, Washington, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Montreal.  In addition to the new youth divisions, 2009 will mark the first ever Co-ed World Outdoor Championships.  This is the first year as that the “Worlds” have expanded over three themed weekends: Youth – August 28-30 at the Brampton Ball Hockey Club; Women’s & Co-ed – September 25-27 at the Niagara Ball Hockey Club; and Men’s – October 2-4 at the Barrie Ball Hockey Club.  By the time the Men’s tournament wraps up, more than 100 teams from all over North America (which translates into more than 1500 participants) will have competed for more than $30,000 in prizes.

 

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Addressing The Issues

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from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

There will be issues for second-year coach Todd McLellan, who promises to get some Sharks veterans out of their usual comfort zones even more so than last September, when he installed his own system that worked marvelously for 82 games and then fizzled.

There will be issues with former captain Patrick Marleau, subject of much finger-pointing and trade scuttlebutt. Marleau might not have been asked to drop his no-trade clause, but you can bet he was asked whether he wanted to stay with the team. His statement that he wants to stick around and “prove the naysayers wrong” needs to be validated by him at every practice and every game.

There will be issues with Joe Thornton. Will he be more like the snarling player we saw in the last couple of playoff games against the Ducks? Or will he keep his emotions buried under the surface? Unbelievably, the buzz from Canada’s Olympic camp is that Thornton is on the bubble for making its team. That’s an insult to Thornton’s achievements — but he knows that a fast start with the Sharks will lock up the roster spot.

There will be issues with Evgeni Nabokov.

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Chasing Luongo

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from Jason Botchford of the White Towel at the Vancouver Province,

A bizarre day of Roberto Luongo contract conjecture, fuelled by unconfirmed Internet rumours, exposed the media as a little desperate and a lot sloppy.

How bad did it get? The Vancouver Sun was actually duped by a fake Twitter account supposedly belonging to “Bobby Lou” which proclaimed: “The rumours are true we’ve reached an agreement. Very happy to be a Canuck long-term.”  The account has long been known as a fake but was used to confirm signing rumours, which have been circulating for months, were true.

A headline on the Vancouver Sun Web site late Monday night read: “This Tweet just in: Roberto Luongo locked up.”

Meanwhile, the real Luongo, who was not in Vancouver, told people his deal was not quite done but he remained “very confident” it would be soon.

The day began with a Sportsnet report titled “Luongo, Canucks agree on extension.” The story got huge play even though it didn’t provide much in the way of new information.

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Paul Kelly Didn’t Deserve This

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from Damian Cox of the Toronto Star,

Or, more precisely, Kelly got fired because somebody convinced the 30-player executive committee that he hadn’t done enough in less than two years on the job and therefore couldn’t be trusted to lead the next collective bargaining battle.

Those who successfully plotted against him breached constitutional procedures, fudged internal reviews and used a variety of dirty tricks worthy of Watergate to finally triumph at 3:30 a.m. yesterday.

What self-respecting organization fires a key executive at 3:30 in the morning?

If there’s a single smart player on the executive committee, they’ve already figured out they’ve made an awful mistake by being convinced to axe a good man, thereby putting their futures in the hands of Machiavellian suits they wouldn’t trust as teammates.

Maybe that’s why more than 50 players spent yesterday lobbying Kelly’s right-hand man, the widely respected Glenn Healy, to stay on after his colleague Pat Flatley quit in the wake of Kelly’s ouster.

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