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David Booth Now A Member Of The Toronto Maple Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Toronto Maple Leafs,

David Nonis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Tuesday the hockey club has signed forward David Booth to a one-year contract.

Booth, 29, played 66 games for the Vancouver Canucks in 2013-14, collecting nine goals, 10 assists, 19 points and 18 penalty minutes. The 6-0, 212-pound winger has registered 218 career NHL points (113 goals, 105 assists) and 181 penalty minutes in 443 games with the Canucks and Florida Panthers. In 2008-09 with the Panthers, Booth set career highs in goals (31), assists (29) and points (60) in 72 games.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Booth was selected by Florida in the second round, 53rd overall, in the 2004 Entry Draft.

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Worst 20 Players By Team Adjusted Corsi

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Several days ago I listed the top 20 players by team adjusted Corsi.  Today I want to look at the flip-side and see the 20 worst players by the same measure.  Corsi is the difference between attempted shots (shots on goal, missed shots and blocked shots) for and against a team when a given player is on the ice.  This is a measure of puck possession on the team level.  In order to try to make it a more team independent measure, the first thing one can do is subtract off a team adjustment.  That is what is done here. 

This list has a problem where several players on the list got traded during the course of the season.  It is not uncommon for players who are playing poorly (and hence have a poor Corsi) to be traded or waived during the course of a season.  In that case, the team adjustment was weighted so that if a player played 60% of his games with team A and 40% with team B, his team adjustment would be 60% of team A`s and 40% of team B`s.

Here are the worst 20 players in the 2013/14 season by team adjusted Corsi:

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Just When You Thought All Was Well With The Coyotes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Peter Corbett of the Arizona Republic,

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers on Monday asked the state attorney general to investigate a previously undisclosed meeting of City Council members and an Arizona Coyotes attorney last June, days before the council approved a $225 million agreement with the team.

Weiers, who voted against the deal that kept the hockey team in Glendale, said he believes the meeting violated the Arizona's Open Meeting Law and revealed key information to the Coyotes about the city's negotiating position.

"I think it's a clear violation," he said. "That meeting is wrong on so many levels. It's like playing poker and showing your opponents all your cards."

Violations of the Open Meeting Law can rescind actions taken by elected officials, which could potentially void Glendale's deal with the team, which was then called the Phoenix Coyotes.

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Kyle Dubas Hiring By The Leafs A Step In The Right Direction

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

To deny the significance of possession stats in hockey is to be on the wrong side of history. Before Tuesday morning, the Toronto Maple Leafs were on the wrong side of history.

Suddenly, after a significant front-office shakeup, the organization is at the forefront of a movement that has already began to shift the industry … and will soon reshape it entirely.

The surprising decision to hire 28-year-old Kyle Dubas as assistant general manager does not guarantee that the Leafs will be transformed into a Stanley Cup contender. However, it is a tacit acknowledgement that new methods must be used to evaluate talent and build teams.

The times, they are a-changin’.

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Sami Vatanen Signs A Two-Year Contract With The Anaheim Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed defenseman Sami Vatanen to a two-year contract through the 2015-16 NHL season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Vatanen, 23 (6/3/91), scored 6-15=21 points with a +9 rating and 22 PIM in 48 games with the Ducks last season. Among rookie NHL defensemen, Vatanen ranked tied for fifth in goals, fourth in points-per-game (.44) and sixth in plus/minus.

 

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Red Wings mid-day news: Tatar talks contract turkey, the Wings’ NBCSN sked and more rink talk

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Amongst today's Red Wings-related news stories:

Via TMR reader Stephan Held, Tomas Tatar spoke with "Plus One Day's" Marian Korbel, and after a decent string of Slovak press stories saying, "ZOMG Tatar hasn't been re-signed yet what will happen?" Tatar cleared the air regarding his contract negotiations with the Wings. What follows is very roughly translated:

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A Quick Time On Twitter For Tim Peel

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NHL ref Tim Peel opened a Twittter account yesterday, and today...

Too bad and I do appreciate him following KK.

 

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The Toronto Maple Leafs Announce Management Changes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Maple Leafs,

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today the hiring of Kyle Dubas, who served the past three seasons as General Manager of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, as Assistant General Manager to David Nonis.

As part of a front office restructuring, the club also announced the departures of Vice President of Hockey Operations Dave Poulin and Vice President and Assistant General Manager Claude Loiselle.

“Kyle is a young executive that has made a strong name for himself in hockey with a progressive style, work ethic and maturation beyond his years,” said Toronto Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan. “He has a fresh approach that we feel will benefit our club for years to come.”

“At the same time, I would like to thank Dave Poulin and Claude Loiselle for their tireless dedication during their time with the Toronto Maple Leafs. They are both very accomplished hockey executives who have helped put this team in a position to take the next step.”

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NBC Sports Group 2014-15 Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

STAMFORD, Conn. -- July 22, 2013 – Coming off of the most-watched NHL regular season ever on NBC and NBCSN, the most-watched Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2006 and most-watched Stanley Cup Playoffs on cable in 17 years, NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 103 NHL regular-season games during the 2014-15 season, featuring 14 games on NBC and 89 games on NBCSN. All games will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra. Schedule highlights include:

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A New Four-Year Contract For Antoine Roussel In Dallas

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Antoine Roussel on a four-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
 
Roussel, 24, concluded his second season with the Dallas Stars, earning career highs during the regular season in games played (81), goals (14), assists (15), points (29) and penalty minutes (209). The winger finished the 2013-14 campaign third in the NHL with 209 penalty minutes and was the only player in the League to record more than 25 points and 150 penalty minutes. The 6-foot, 200-pound forward made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut in 2014, posting three assists, four shots and 27 penalty minutes in six postseason contests.

 


 

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