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Chicago Signs Mark Cullen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Chicago Blackhawks have signed center Mark Cullen to a one-year contact.

Cullen, 30, registered National Hockey League career highs in games played (29), goals (7), assists (9) and points (16) in 29 games with the Blackhawks in 2005-06. Last season, the Virginia, Minnesota, native ranked fifth on the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose with 25 assists and sixth with 39 points in 56 regular-season contests. He helped Manitoba reach the Calder Cup Finals, notching nine assists and 13 points in 20 postseason tilts.

A seven year pro, Cullen also appeared in three games with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2006-07, his last NHL action.

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Capitals Name Mark French Head Coach Of Hershey

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ARLINGTON, Va. – Mark French, the Hershey Bears’ assistant coach the past two seasons, has been promoted to head coach of the Washington Capitals’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, Capitals vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. Troy Mann has been named the Bears’ new assistant coach and will join French behind the bench as Hershey defends its Calder Cup championship in 2009-10.

French replaces Bob Woods, who was promoted to assistant coach in Washington after leading the Bears to the AHL title. He joined the Hershey staff on Jan. 2, 2008, after Woods had been promoted to head coach.

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Devils Will Have A Coach Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

The Devils have scheduled a 1:30 p.m. conference all today to make “a major announcement.”

It is expected that they name a head coach at that time.

All signs point to Jacques Lemaire

added 1:34pm,

The Devils have filled their head coaching vacancy by naming Jacques Lemaire as their new bench boss. Lemaire, who guided the club to its first Stanley Cup title in 1995, returns for his second stint with New Jersey.

John MacLean named head coach in Lowell too.

added 1:38pm, Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice has all the details…

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  Tags: jacques+lemaire

Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I’m just trying to get healthy now.  It’s been a tough two or three years, with injuries and two hip surgeries. But I’m focused that I’ll be back sooner or later.

“I truly believe I can still play hockey somewhere, whether it’s in North America or maybe in Europe.”

-Goaltender Dan Cloutier.  More on Dan about his Soo Greyhound days from Ben Leeson of the Sault Star.

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Wings Hands Are Tied

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from George Malik of SnapShots at Mlive,

Take away the name and the number, and the Red Wings have an asset, worth 25 goals and about 55 points. They learned that they would not be able to employ that asset last week, and thus needed to immediately go about finding a way to replace those 25 goals and 55 points by signing either one or two players.

The NHL chose to make an issue of the asset’s availability, and as such, the NHL has tied Detroit’s hands regarding whether it can spend its money retaining the asset or replacing the asset, either via free agent replacements or trading said asset. The sooner that this issue can reach a conclusion, regardless of its result/resolution, the better for the Red Wings. That’s the bottom line.


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Phoenix In The Spotlight Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

Judge Redfield T. Baum has his work cut out for him today as the proposed sale of the Phoenix Coyotes has proven to be anything but straightforward.

When the Phoenix bankruptcy court judge convenes a hearing today, he’ll have waded through dozens of legal arguments in hundreds of pages of documents filled with accusations and counter-accusations.

With the future of hockey in Phoenix and Hamilton hanging in the balance, the pride of billionaires on the line and a chance for the public to get a behind-the-scenes look at NHL financing and Wayne Gretzky’s tax record, to say various factions agree on very little would be understatement.

But like they say, you can’t tell the players without a program.

Here’s a look at who wants what from whom today:


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Corsi Numbers Worst 20

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In this summer’s look at sabermetrics and hockey, I have looked at the Corsi Number as an alternative to +/- ratings.  Because Corsi Numbers include far more events (all shots directed at the goal) they may be more accurate than +/- which only includes goals scored, as long as the events included are meaningful (are blocked shots and missed shots meaningful?).  The best source for Corsi Numbers online is behind the net.  It treats Corsi Numbers as a rate stat (per unit of time).  I think a more reasonable place to start in analysis is with the raw counting numbers.  I have already listed the top 20 players by Corsi Number.  Here are the worst 20 Corsi Numbers in the 2008/09 regular season.

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Clutch Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings pointed out a story from Gabriel Desjardins that appeared in the Wall Street Journal late Friday night…

Since most traditional hockey stats focus solely on offensive production, a better way to measure all-around talent is to pinpoint the players who are most important to their teams. To do this, we can rank every skater by who played the most in “clutch” situations—the last two minutes of tied or one-goal games. Those playing in these scenarios are, by and large, the most talented players in the league—NHL coaches know who needs to be on the ice when the game’s on the line, regardless of egos or contracts.

So which team has grabbed the most talent by this measure?

read on

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Why Biron May Have To Look Outside The NHL For A Job

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Costello of The Hockey News,

Did Martin Biron price himself out of a job in the NHL? Looks like it.

Eleven days into the free agent season and virtually every team has filled their starter and backup jobs for 2009-10.

So Biron may have to look for a job in Europe or the Kontinental League. Same with the other NHL proven UFA goalies Manny Fernandez, Manny Legace, Martin Gerber, Brent Johnson, Joey MacDonald, Curtis Sanford, Wade Dubielewicz and Kevin Weekes. That’s nine looking-for-work stoppers and a shrunken market.

Here are the new goaltender jobs this summer:

Boston has top prospect Tuukka Rask as backup….


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  Tags: marty+biron

Hockey, Mixed Martial Arts Or Soccer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ESPN Poll- Which of the three sports has the brightest future in the United States?

See the results below and if you want to vote, go here and vote on the first poll to see the 2nd poll and so on.  At this time, the poll is the 5th one.

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