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More Investigation Regarding Alexei Cherepanov Death

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via RIA,

Investigators will conduct a new probe into the death last October of Russian hockey star Alexei Cherepanov, an investigative committee spokesman said on Monday.

Cherepanov, considered one of Russian hockey’s most promising stars, collapsed and later died on October 13 after playing for the Omsk Avangard club at a match in the Moscow Region. He was 19.

“The file has been returned to investigators in the Omsk Region for additional checks,” Vladimir Markin said, adding that the investigation should include another look at the player’s myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle.

Cherepanov was found to have suffered from chronic myocarditis, which meant he should not have been playing sport.

The investigators earlier said the paramedics, who arrived 12 minutes after the emergency call and had a defibrillator with a low battery, had incorrectly pronounced his “natural death.”

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How Could Patrick Kane Be So Stupid?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Kaplan of Kap’s Corner at ChicagoNow,

How could Kane be this stupid? Everyday we hear stories of athletes getting in trouble and you would think that a young man with the world at his fingertips and a family that is looking out for him and is very involved in his life wouldn’t make a mistake like this. Then again, it is another lesson that can be used with our kids on the stupid decisions that people make and the consequences of their actions.

I have heard from many fans at the both the radio and TV stations that I work at who complain that Kane is rude and doesn’t sign autographs as much as some fans feel he should. I have heard from various sources in the NHL who seem to think that Kane’s success has gone to his head and that he is not as mature as he should be. Immaturity is one thing for a 20 year old but punching a cab driver at 5 am after he didn’t have 20 cents in change is entirely another.

Could Kane have possibly thought that no one would recognize him in his hometown?

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added 8:28pm, from Mike Kiley of ChicagNow,

In some circles in Chicago Kane’s stock has just gone up. He will now be expected to actually hit another human being on skates next season. It may not be a full season, but Kane better be willing to match his new reputation and turn a deaf ear to all the opponents who will be teasing the hell out of him in a downgrading manner.

Dallas’ Sean Avery was suspended last season essentially for bad taste for making ugly sexual remarks about a former girlfriend. If it can be proven that Kane mugged a cabbie, commissioner Gary Bettman is going to have to flex his muscles and suspend him.

Bettman can’t allow the NFL and Roger Goodell to have all the fun. He has to whack Kane if allegedly can be proven absolutely.

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added 8:38pm, Watch (below) an interview WIVB in Buffalo did with the cab driver…

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Pogge To Anaheim On Monday

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Darren Dreger’s Twitter,

Toronto will trade Justin Pogge to the Ducks on Monday for a draft pick. Leafs will also sign goalie, Joey MacDonald.

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  Tags: joey+macdonald, justin+pogge

Patrick Kane Arrested

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via WKBW,

Buffalo Police Spokesperson Mike DeGeorge has confirmed to Eyewitness News that Chicago Blackhawk Player and Buffalo native Patrick Kane has been arrested over an alleged dispute over cab fare. He and another party were taken into custody early Sunday morning.

added 11:05am, from Aaron Besecker of the Buffalo News,

Chicago Blackhawk right winger and South Buffalo native Patrick Kane and a relative face robbery and other charges after allegedly assaulting a cab driver and failing to pay their fare after getting a ride from Chippewa Street early this morning.

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added 2:10pm, You know it is big news when TMZ is now picking up the story.

added 8:45pm, More information available in a new KK post, including an interview with the cab driver.

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Franzen at 39?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Got up at 0400 and spent the next five hours pouring over Corsi numbers.  Awesome stuff.  I think my next project will be to develop my own system and rate the bloggers here at KK.  The results, I’m sure, would be interesting.  I’ll let you guys consider the criteria. 

Also saw a ditty over at the Fanhouse, a listing of their top 50 NHL’ers.  They’ve gone through 50 to 9 and today, at number 8, is Hank Zetterberg.  Read the article to see what they had to say about our future Captain.  Something else in there made me shake the Corsi cobwebs out.  Ready?

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Break-Up In Tampa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

The NHL apparently has decided the Lightning’s ownership situation is unsustainable and set up a process in which squabbling co-owners Len Barrie and Oren Koules can buy each other out.

Barrie has the first shot in an exclusive 60-day window that apparently runs out in mid to late September. If Barrie fails, Koules gets his chance.

Purchase price is not the only issue. The parties also must prove they can handle the substantial debt obligations to former owner Palace Sports & Entertainment.

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Blue Jackets Goal Is To Keep Improving

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

This summer presented a different challenge for Columbus General Manager Scott Howson—finding a way to make a playoff team better.

A postseason wannabe since their inception in 2000, the Jackets earned a franchise-best 92 points last season and made the playoffs for the first time. They were swept out of the first round by the Detroit Red Wings, but Howson said the experience his players gained from that series is what matters most as the franchise moves forward.

“The expectation level goes up from both internally and from our fans,” Howson told NHL.com. “So no longer will a playoff berth and out in the first round be acceptable. We’ve got to raise the bar and that’s what we are trying to do here.”

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Does Roenick Belong In The HHOF?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• What does it say about Nikolai Zherdev, when he’s only 24 years old, is one goal shy of 100 in the National Hockey League, is a free agent, and only teams with 10-foot poles want to touch him?

• Yes, Jeremy Roenick could talk and make you laugh, but the guy could play, too. A bunch. He’s borderline Hall of Fame and may be able to talk his way in.

• The math on Jerry Reinsdorf’s apparent offer for the Coyotes is somewhat startling. It goes something like this: He wants $23 million US, or thereabouts, in lease concessions from the City of Glendale, wants to deal Wayne Gretzky out of the game by not paying him his $8 million a year, and get some $15 million in revenue sharing annually from the NHL. In other words, he figures that, with $43 million in handouts, he has a chance to break even.

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Escrow & Kessel Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

• Revenues for 2008-09 have yet to be finalized. But based on current projections, players will earn only 85-87 percent of their contracts because of escrow. For example, Alex Ovechkin, due $9 million in 2008-09, would take home $7.65 million in pre-tax earnings. For 2009-10, escrow could become even more significant to make up for any revenue shortfalls. The 2009-10 figure hasn’t been set yet, but some agents are informing their clients that 20 percent of their salaries could be tucked away via escrow. “You always err on the side of caution,’’ said Andrew Ference, the Bruins’ player representative….

• For those fretting about Phil Kessel remaining unsigned, remember that there is no rush for either side to put pen to paper. The 21-year-old forward might not be ready to play until December because of rehabilitation following shoulder surgery. Kessel can continue his rehab and see if the Bruins sputter at the start, which could put pressure on the club to lock him up….

more hockey notes, most Bruins related…

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Worst 20 Corsi Rates

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In this summer’s look at sabermetrics and hockey, I have been looking at the Corsi Number.  The Corsi Number is the difference in the number of shots directed at the net (shots on goal, blocked shots and missed shots) taken by a team while a given player is on the ice and those taken by his opponents in five on five situations. I recently gave the top 20 adjusted Corsi rates.  This is a list of players who excelled in the roles that they played last season.  Today, I am listing the worst 20 adjusted Corsi rates.  The adjustment method involves calculating a player’s Corsi rate while he is on and off the ice and subtracting them to get the adjusted rate attributed to a given player.  This is similar to the adjustment that behind the net does with on/off ice adjusted +/- ratings.

Here are the 20 worst adjusted Corsi rates from 2008/09 among players with 50 or more games played:

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