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In the end, I think the Wild made the safer investment here. Size doesn’t grow on trees. I think Latendresse will become a solid, second-line, power-winger type for years to come. The Canadiens got the guy that can still possibly become a first-line offensive threat, but they also took on more risk if he’s unable to figure out what it takes to apply his talent at this level.

-Pierre LeBrun of ESPN on the Benoit Pouliot - Guillaume Latendresse trade.  More from Pierre on the trade…

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Briere Suspended Two Games

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via Darren Dreger’s Twitter,

Briere suspended for 2 games for his hit last night on Scott Hannan.

added 5:57pm, video of the hit…

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  Tags: daniel+briere, scott+hannan

Kiprusoff Wants Team Finland Starting Goaltender Job

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from CTVOlympics,

Miikka Kiprusoff wants to start for the Finnish hockey team at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, but the Flames goaltender says if he isn’t going to be the team’s No.1 guy, he’d sooner stay home.

“I’d probably not go in that case,” says Kiprusoff in a Tuesday story in The Calgary Herald. “If I’m not going to start for sure, I think I’m going to take that time off and rest.”

Kiprusoff currently has 12 wins, five losses and two overtime losses, with a 2.61 GAA, and a .914 save percentage.


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  Tags: miikka+kiprusoff, team+finland

I’m Placing The Stairway To Suck Off Limits

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

No more Zeppelin.  It’s simply not working and, honestly, it may be an idea that has doomed the first two months of the season.  I’m man enough to admit that I may have contributed to the bad things that have happened.  That, et al, is no act.  I’m fauxing serious.

Until further notice, I’m going back to an old standard.  A Michigan man. 

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Burke’s Son Brendan

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from John Buccigross of ESPN,

While you’re at Miami, Dad is now in Southern California as executive vice president and general manager for Anaheim and the Ducks win it all in 2007. You drink out of the Stanley Cup with Pops in the Anaheim dressing room. You love your father, you’re proud of him, but you are hiding something from him that you will soon hide no more.

In 2008, Dad is chosen as general manager of the 2010 U.S. Olympic hockey team and named a recipient of the 2008 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States. His résumé is relentless. Today, Dad runs the most profitable NHL team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and is, without question, one of hockey’s more magnetic and interesting characters along with Don Cherry and Alex Ovechkin. Dad televises well.

So, imagine, this is your father. You? Probably destined to be “Burkie’s boy” in Canada even if you resurrected George Harrison and John Lennon and reunited The Beatles. Imagine.


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The Story Of Frank Zamboni

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from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

How amazing is it that a high-school dropout would have the ingenuity and foresight to invent the coolest and most important piece of machinery the sport of ice hockey ever has seen?

So goes the story of Frank Zamboni, the kid raised in Pocatello, Idaho, who was so sick and tired of watching workers manually resurface the ice with shovels and squeegees that he set out to do something about it.

It wasn’t long after he opened an outdoor skating rink in Paramount, Calif., in 1940 that Zamboni began designing a machine that would turn a three-man, 90-minute endeavor into a one-man, 10-minute job.

In 1949, he got his first single-operator resurfacer working and was granted a patent based on the design of the Model A, the world’s first self-propelled ice resurfacing machine. The unit never was used on any ice surface other than his skating rink at Paramount’s Iceland.


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The NHL Has Done Their Job

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“I really don’t think he’s a dirty player whatsoever,’’ Kronwall said. “I think he’s one of those guys that has a really good reputation, plays hard. I think this was more of an accident.’’

Kronwall said he is satisfied with the five-game suspension the NHL gave Laraque.

“I think it was fair,’’ Kronwall said. “It was kind of in the range I thought he would get. We have people in the league who look over things like this. They’ve done their job.’’


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  Tags: georges+laraque, niklas+kronwall

Leafs Lose Two To Injuries

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via the Twitter of Jonas Siegel,

John Mitchell out six weeks with a knee injury. Vesa Toskala will miss the upcoming trip with a groin injury.

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  Tags: john+mitchell, vesa+toskala

PuckDaddy Style- Player Of The Decade

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from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

How you choose to define, or quantify, the “best” player in the NHL over the last decade will determine your level of agreement with this ranking, which is sure to be one of our most controversial End of Decade lists.

Do you judge greatness based on flashy stats? Championship rings and playoff performance? Individual awards? Do you factor in intangibles like leadership or reputation?


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A Disconnect Between Shooting And Scoring

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

It is a relatively widely held belief among proponents of hockey sabermetrics that goals scored and allowed better predict future success than the win/loss record of a given team at a point in time.  This can be explained to mean that luck tends to even out over the longterm and some teams might be lucky enough to win a few close games, but in the future they will lose some close games as well (and vice versa).  The teams that are managing to significantly outscore opponents in their wins are likely better teams than those who barely beat opponents.  This may not be true in all cases.  For example, a team may be very good at shutting down their opponent when they get a lead (and hence win close games) but be completely inept at coming from behind and often allow goals when trying to force thing offensively (and hence lose blowouts).

A generally believed extension of that is that, in general, shots are a good predictor of goals and a good team can be predicted from its shot differential.  The problem here is that goaltending is removed from the equation.  Teams with outstanding goaltending will win more often than their shot differential predicts and teams with poor goaltending will underperform their shot differential.

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