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Red Wings coach Mike Babcock (mostly) discusses hockey and life philosophies in Saskatoon

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock appeared on News Talk 980's John Gormley show yesterday as he was in Saskatoon to promote a golf tournament raising funds for prostate cancer, and Babcock did address the fact that he would consider coaching a Canadian team like Toronto at some point--though Babcock stated that he loves where he's working, that he has a fantastic GM and that he and the Mrs. are very happy in Metro Detroit--but the balance of his 20-minute conversation had much more to do with his personal philosophies than it had anything to do with the Detroit Red Wings:

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Jay Harrison, Tyler Seguin And Joel Ward Talk Analytics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Asked Wednesday if he follows hockey analytics, Carolina Hurricanes defenceman Jay Harrison wryly replied: “No, I just follow pucks.”

When the same query was forwarded to fellow NHLers Tyler Seguin and Joel Ward, both admitted they haven’t examined hockey’s new numbers game very closely.

At the same time, to a man, all three agreed that the concept of analytics has a place in the sport — one that likely will balloon as players, teams and fans become more educated in this era of advanced stats.

“It definitely has a future in the game,” Harrison said during the BioSteel Hockey Camp at St. Mike’s Arena. “You can’t stop progress.”

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Below, watch some of the action from day 3 of the BioSteel Camp...

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Previewing The Montreal Canadiens

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Arpon Basu of NHL.com,

Entering this season, as much as Bergevin and Therrien might try, it will be difficult to temper expectations in Montreal.

The Canadiens are built around a young star at each of the three positions in goaltender Carey Price, 27, left wing Max Pacioretty, 25, and defenseman P.K. Subban, who is also 25 and signed the richest contract in franchise history over the offseason at eight years and $72 million, making him the defenseman with the highest salary-cap charge in the NHL.

All three of those cornerstone players are signed at least through the 2017-18 season, when Price is due to become an unrestricted free agent, and they are supported by emerging young forwards Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk.

The Canadiens' clock to contend, while far from expiring, has begun to tick.

"I like the progression of our team, I like the direction our team is taking," Therrien said. "We had an enormous challenge when we arrived here two years ago, but I like the commitment and the way things have gone so far. But we haven't reached the goal yet."

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Watch below as E.J. Hradek and Don Rosen of NHL.com take a look at the Canadiens...

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The Outlook For Gustav Nyquist And Luke Glendening

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Nyquist has natural talent with the puck that virtually guarantees he’ll be, at the very least, a regular 20-goal scorer. He could stand to improve in his own end. What Nyquist must adjust to now is that he’ll be a focal point of defenses, much more so than he was last season. He’ll be a regular on one of the top-two lines from the start this season, and will be counted on to contribute at even strength and on the power play.

Nyquist fizzled the last three weeks of 2013-14, but he should come to training camp confident in his overall performance, including having been a part of Sweden’s silver-medal performance at the Sochi Olympics. 

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The former Michigan captain quickly became one of coach Mike Babcock's favorite players because of his grit, determination and work ethic. Glendening seized an opportunity, due to a rash of injuries, to secure the fourth-line center spot. He maintained it over Joakim Andersson late in the season when the team got healthier. He brings a different dimension than most of the other forwards with his physical play and abrasiveness. He needs to be hard to play against to be effective. Babcock occasionally matched him up against the opponent's top center. With the team's depth at center (Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Stephen Weiss, Riley Sheahan, Darren Helm, Joakim Andersson), Glendening could end up playing the wing, where he played much of collegiate and AHL career, on the fourth line with Helm. He's not counted on for offense but it helps when your fourth line and contribute some points, so Glendening must produce more than he did last season. He also needs to improve in the faceoff circle, if he stays at center.

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Taylor Hall And Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Puck Possession

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The Edmonton Oilers were not a good team in 2013/14.  They had more excess defensive zone starts than any other team in the NHL.  As a result it is expected that many of their top players would not have good puck possession numbers.  When I ranked the worst 20 players by Corsi rating adjusted for team and zone starts, Edmonton did quite poorly.  Justin Schultz and Andrew Ference, their top defence pairing finished in 7th and 8th worst place respectively.  Their top forwards Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Taylor Hall were 9th and 10th worst respectively.  Edmonton had themselves in a situation where you cannot win.  If your opponents possess the puck when your best players are on the ice, you will not win.

The circumstances surrounding the defencemen puck possession and the forwards puck possession are different.  The defencemen (Schultz and Ference) were among the poorest players in the league in terms of raw Corsi (Schultz finished 8th and Ference 9th).  Adjustments did little to change their rankings.  Hall and Nugent-Hopkins are more offensive players and the Oilers made an effort to give them give them offensive zone starts in order to try to boost their offensive chances.  Edmonton, being the weak offensive team that they are, failed to get them into the league leaders.  The problem was that despite their offensive zone starts, these Oiler forwards often spent their time chasing the puck into the defensive zone.  In part this is because they played for a weak team and though there is an attempt to adjust for it, it cannot be done perfectly.  In part this is because their puck possession is not so strong.  Once they lost control of the puck, their defence was weak and they were rarely able to recover it.

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Todd Bertuzzi With A Thank You

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

A day after reaching a settlement in a battle that had been ongoing for a decade, Todd Bertuzzi reached out to the Detroit Free Press to deliver his reaction to the event.

"I have never spoken about this case," Bertuzzi said Wednesday. "I won't speak of it now. To all my fans, to all the teams and teammates I have played with and to all my friends, thank you. Thank you."

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Video- Who’s The Next Captain Of The Ottawa Senators?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen was on Fan590 today to discuss the next captain of the Ottawa Senators.

Most people would say Erik Karlsson would be the guy but Warren says not so fast...

 

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Raffi Torres Will Miss More Time And The Sharks’ Captaincy Up For Grabs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via tweets from David Pollak,

SJSharks says Raffi Torres will miss first few months of season after repeat surgery on right knee  because of infection.

And McLellan confirms #SJSharks will have no captain or assistants when training camp starts.

McLellan doesn't call it a "stripping" of the captaincy, says competition will be open and Thornton, like anyone else, a candidate.

added 6:10pm, San Jose Sharks release on Raffi Torres is below...

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Taylor Hall Or Tyler Seguin?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet,

The Taylor versus Tyler drama at the 2010 draft was, really, driven more by alliteration than uncertainty. Taylor Hall may not have been a slam-dunk first-overall pick ahead of fast-rising Tyler Seguin, but by the time the Edmonton Oilers brass walked to the stage in Los Angeles, it would’ve been genuinely surprising to hear them call a name other than Hall’s.

Four years later, however, you can make cracking cases for both players as preferable to the other—which is exactly what we’re about to do.

Hall and Seguin have had different experiences through the early stages of their pro careers, Seguin having been to the Stanley Cup final twice with the Bruins, while Hall has yet to see his first playoff game in Edmonton. By the same token, both players have endured their share of hardship. Hall has faced perpetual questions about when the sad-sack Oilers will turn things around, while Seguin never blended in Boston, leading to a much-needed trade to Dallas just over 12 months ago.

Beyond similar first names, these players are linked by all-world speed and skill. But if we were to draft all over again, who would you take first?

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NHL Announces Changes To The Draft Lottery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (August 20, 2014) -- The National Hockey League announced today changes to its Draft Lottery, a weighted system implemented and utilized to determine the order of selection in the first round of the NHL Draft for the 14 Clubs not qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs (or the Clubs that have acquired the first-round drafting positions of those non-playoff teams).

These changes will be phased in over a two-year period, beginning with the Draft Lottery in 2015.

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