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Brad Richards Ends His NHL Career After 15 Seasons

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

via a release from the NHLPA,

Brad Richards is announcing his retirement today from the National Hockey League (NHL), following a decorated career that spanned 15 seasons.

Richards played a total of 1,126 career NHL games with five different teams: Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings. The talented and highly skilled forward notched 298 goals and 634 assists for 932 points over the course of his career. He also eclipsed the 100-point plateau in career playoff scoring, registering 105 points in 146 postseason games.

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The Off-Ice Battle In Nashville

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Nate Rau of The Tennessean,

Attorneys for Nashville Predators part-owner David Freeman argued Wednesday that his lawsuit seeking to recoup the hockey club and Chairman Tom Cigarran should stay in a Nashville court — not be sent to the NHL for arbitration.

In fact, Freeman's case for keeping the lawsuit in Nashville hinges at least in part on the complicated legal argument that he's not technically an owner, but rather an investor in a trust that owns a portion of the Predators.

It's a critical point for Freeman, because he and others who buy an NHL franchise sign agreements dictating that their business disputes will be considered in arbitration hearings overseen by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

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Brad Richards Announces His Retirement

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NHLPA,

Brad Richards is announcing his retirement today from the National Hockey League (NHL), following a decorated career that spanned 15 seasons.

Richards played a total of 1,126 career NHL games with five different teams: Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings. The talented and highly skilled forward notched 298 goals and 634 assists for 932 points over the course of his career. He also eclipsed the 100-point plateau in career playoff scoring, registering 105 points in 146 postseason games.

“I want to thank the fans and the five organizations I have played for: Tampa Bay, Dallas, and the three original six teams — the New York Rangers, Chicago, and Detroit. During my time with those teams I met many great people. I also want to thank the staff and management in those organizations for all the help and support they gave me. I appreciate all the trainers who did tireless work to help me play and keep me healthy. I had many amazing teammates and made many great friendships along the way that I truly appreciate, and I will never forget the great times we had together. Thank you to all my coaches for pushing, teaching and giving me the opportunity to play this great game. Winning the Stanley Cups in Tampa Bay and Chicago was the best part of my career and I will never forget those moments. Nothing compares to enjoying that night with your team and knowing what you have accomplished together,” said Brad Richards.

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Signed UFA Players Who Must Prove Themselves Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tal Pinchevsky of ESPN,

"Players used to get paid for what they had done in the league. Now they're paid for what we predict they're going to do in the league. The cap has changed the mentality of how we look at players," said former New York Rangers and Islanders GM Neil Smith. "If you don't fit into one of two groups -- young, up-and-coming star or veteran superstar -- then you're going to have to sign a short-term deal because no one wants to use up their cap on a guy they're scared of."

Here are the players who have signed deals and are looking at a similar make-or-break season in 2016-17.

Thomas Vanek, LW, Detroit Red Wings: Vanek appeared to be a crucial piece when the Minnesota Wild signed the high-scoring winger to a three-year, $19.5 million contract in 2014. At the time, he was fresh off a productive 68-point season and a trip to the Eastern Conference finals with the Canadiens. But Vanek never made it to the third year of that contract, being bought out by Minnesota last month before signing a one-year deal with the Wings. The two-time 40-goal scorer struggled mightily last season, scoring 18 goals and posting a minus-10 before going goalless in 10 Wild playoff games. Vanek, 32, isn't being signed to be a bottom-six forward, meaning he must recapture his scoring touch to stick around. He'll have every opportunity to do that with the Red Wings, who boast talented centers in Darren Helm, Dylan Larkin and fellow free-agent signee Frans Nielsen, not to mention scoring wingers in Henrik Zetterberg and Gustav Nyquist.

P.A. Parenteau, RW, New York Islanders:

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Top 20 Players By Team Adjusted Corsi

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Today I am continuing my summer sabermetrics series by looking at the top 20 players in 2015/16 by team adjusted Corsi.  A Corsi rating is the difference between attempted shots for a player's team and his opponent when a player is on the ice in 5 on 5 situations.  It is a measure of a player's puck possession.  In order to make it more of an individualized rating that can be compared between teams a baseline for each team is calculated and used as a zero point.  I have only considered players who played 50 or more games in 2015/16 and played with only one team in order to make the team adjustment meaningful.  Otherwise a player who plays one shift with the Colorado Avalanche is better than a +100 and doesn't play enough time to have a rating much different from zero.

Here are the top 20 players in 2015/16 by team adjusted Corsi:

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A pair of Russian-language interviews with Pavel Datsyuk

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Pavel Datsyuk gave a set of interviews to SKA St. Petersburg's website and Sovetsky Sport's Pavel Lysenkov on his 38th birthday, and here are rough translations thereof:

1. Here's the SKA interview:

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Garrett Rank, The Golf Playing NHL Referee

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Claire Rogers of GolfDigest,

There are several big names in this week’s RBC Canadian Open field, but Garrett Rank is one you probably haven’t heard. The 28-year-old Ontario native, cancer survivor and NHL referee has been able to balance and pursue his passion and his profession with grace and determination. After winning the 2015 Canadian Mid-Amateur Championship for the second straight year, Rank earned an invitation to Glen Abbey Golf Club. His amateur record includes finishing second in the 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur, making it to match play in the 2014 and 2015 U.S. Amateur and reaching the semifinals in this year’s U.S. Amateur Four-Ball at Winged Foot.

To reach his country’s biggest golf tournament speaks to Rank’s persistence. After being diagnosed with testicular cancer during his collegiate golf and hockey careers, he continued to stay involved in both sports, going on to lead a double life: one on the course, the other on the rink as an NHL referee.

Hockey had always come before golf in Rank’s world. At age 4, Rank stepped onto his family’s backyard rink where he learned to skate. While Rank failed to qualify for his provincial golf championships, his junior hockey team made the Ontario finals three years in a row.

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Morning news: On power rankings, surveys and foreign-language interviews

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Of Red Wings-related note this morning:

1. According to SI's Allan Muir, the Red Wings appear to be a playoff "outlier" per a mid-summer set of power rankings:

17.Detroit Red Wings
last week: 14
record
: 41-30-11
GM Ken Holland has been busy this summer, replacing Pavel Datsyuk with Frans Neilsen and taking a flyer on Thomas Vanek, but he has yet to address the pressing need for more speed and mobility on the blue line. There's still time but, for now, the Wings look like outliers.

2. I'm not sure how to deal with this one. Per MLive's Brendan Savage, a Hockey News survey of 200 or so people ranked the Wings' front office 21st out of 30 in the NHL in terms of "fan base faith" in the organization, but I don't know whether 200 people is a representative sample.

If you ask 200 Wings fans to volunteer right now, you could find some very disparate opinions of the front office, and you'd be surprised how positive some of those opinions are (really);

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Report: Windsor and London, ON will bid for 2019 World Junior Championship

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From the CBC News via Yahoo Sports:

Two southwestern Ontario cities are teaming up in a joint bid to host the world junior hockey championships in 2019.

London and Windsor are working together on a joint application for the popular tournament, according to a report presented at London's community and protective services committee Tuesday.

Committee members endorsed a plan that would see the $600,000 bid cost shared between the city and Tourism London.

Coun. MohamedSalih supported the plan.

"I'm not much of a hockey fan myself, but I think it's a great opportunity and I think many Londoners would appreciate this," he said during Tuesday's meeting.

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Neutral Arbitrator Of Dennis Wideman Decision Dismissed By The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,

James Oldham’s most notable decision as the NHL and NHLPA’s neutral arbitrator appears as if it will also be his last.

According to the Sports Business Journal’s Liz Mullen, the NHL has dismissed Oldham from his post as neutral arbitrator. Oldham, a law professor at Georgetown University, was the arbitrator assigned to the Dennis Wideman suspension case. Oldham’s decision on the suspension saw the Calgary Flames defenseman have his 20-game suspension for checking linesman Don Henderson reduced to 10 games.

It was well within the NHL’s power to relieve Oldham of his duties, and either side would have had the power to do so if they believed it was time for a change in neutral arbitrator. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Oldham’s time with the league is up, though, considering the NHL has since sought to have Oldham’s biggest decision, the reduction of Wideman’s original 20-game ban, overruled.

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