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Wellwood Waiting

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,

Wellwood isn’t exactly pacing the floor of his Windsor, Ont., home, but he does wish that when the phone rings it would be his agent calling, not a reporter.

“I’m just waiting for a call from my agent,” Wellwood said Wednesday. “Still waiting. It’s definitely always stressful, I guess, trying to stay in the NHL. It’s something I have grown accustomed to and this is just part of the job.”

Wellwood’s agent is former goalie Mike Liut, who also represents former Canucks defenceman Willie Mitchell. And while Mitchell, now apparently fully recovered from the concussion he suffered way back in mid-January, is getting plenty of NHL auditions, Wellwood has received little interest.

“You never know how the off-season can shake out,” Wellwood said. “Certainly I was hopeful in July that somebody would show interest in me. But that didn’t really happen.”

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Friendly Reminder- R & D Camp Highlights On NHL Network

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via NHL.com,

NHL Network will keep fans covered with the latest updates, sights, sounds and analysis from the 2010 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp Fueled By G Series.

NHL Network will feature a half-hour show Wednesday and Thursday, at 9 p.m. ET in Canada and 10:30 p.m. ET in the U.S. The show will provide a full recap and analysis from that day’s testing. NHL Network host Brian Duff and analyst Mike Johnson will take viewers inside the Camp through exclusive interviews with NHL Vice President of Hockey and Business Operations Brendan Shanahan, veteran NHL coaches Ken Hitchcock and Dave King, prospects from the upcoming 2011 NHL Entry Draft and more. NHL Net also will take a look at Gatorade’s G Series and speak with doctors on-site about the science involved with this product and how it helps players reach their potential.

The goal of the camp is to test possible rule changes and modifications, with 33 of the top prospects for the 2011 Entry Draft being used to bring the tests to life over the next two days.

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Report- Pisani To Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Ryan Rishaug tweets,

Pisani signs with hawks

One year one way for Pisani

added 5:14pm, from the Cult of Hockey,

The deal is one-year, one-way, a great deal for Pisani, and maybe for the Hawks as well. If Pisani is healthy, the Black Hawks are bringing on board a useful player, even though Pisani was arguably the worst Oilers forward at even strength last season.

The Hawks are the kings of even strength play, of course, so it’s not as if Pisani is needed in that role so much by the Hawks. Instead, it’s likely that Pisani will be most utilized in Chicago where he is best utilized, as a penalty killing ace.

When it comes to killing penalties, even an ailing Pisani has been the Oil’s best penalty killer by far the past two season.

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The Sabermetric Case Of Dustin Brown

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

One player who is quite interesting from the standpoint of sabermetrics and hockey is Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings. He is one of the better scorers on his team.  This season he scored 56 points, which was good for third in Kings scoring.  Dustin Brown does not do very well from a puck possession standpoint.  He has the 16th worst team and zone adjusted Corsi rating last year.  When Brown was on the ice, he usually started in the offensive zone, yet the opposing team controlled the puck and took far more shots than the Kings did.  This is not a strong showing from Brown.  Brown used up a lot of Los Angeles’s offensive opportunities and did not have a lot to show for it.  These offensive opportunities frequently wound up with the Kings’ opposition controlling the puck.

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Talking R & D Camp

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

These are the many rule changes that are being examined during the camp. Here are several of the key ones:

- Having three faceoff dots, one in each zone, down the centre of the rink.

- Using a variation of the faceoff, where a whistle starts play rather than the traditional puck drop.

- If a player is deemed to have committed a face-off violation, he will be required to move back and keep his skates behind a “penalty line” (1’ foot further back) to take the faceoff


Also, VooX at A2Y is getting an up close and personal look at the camp.

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Blue Jackets Sign Ben Guite

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward Ben Guite to a one-year contract, General Manager Scott Howson announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Guite (pronounced GEE-tay), 32, was scoreless with four penalty minutes in six games with the Nashville Predators in 2009-10. He also had 8-13-21, 87 penalty minutes and was +3 in 64 games with Milwaukee of the American Hockey League. He added 3-1-4 and six penalty minutes in seven playoff games for the Admirals.

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Contract Investigations Still On

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed Wednesday that the contracts of Marian Hossa, Chris Pronger, Roberto Luongo and Marc Savard remain under investigation by the League and are subject to penalties that could include de-registration if the findings determine there was a violation of the circumvention provision written into the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Daly said at the time those contracts were registered an advisory letter was sent to the clubs notifying them that the League was going to investigate “the circumstances under which the contracts were negotiated to see if there is potential circumvention.” There is no time limit to those investigations.

He added that deregistration is just one of several penalties that could be enacted, per Article 11 of the CBA. Other penalties, as outlined in Article 26 of the CBA, include fines against the club and/or the player, reducing the club’s payroll for the following season, forfeiting draft picks, forfeiting games affected by the circumvention and suspensions of club officials, the player and his certified agent.


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Checking In From Shanny’s Jig

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

Checking in on the iPhone with a few early notes:

- it’s damn good to be at a hockey game again, the sights, sounds, and even smells are second to none

- first session’s rule changes in brief:

1) hybrid icing: regular icing rules if race for puck; if not, linesman calls icing immediately.  tie goes to icing
this does work well. not perfect, but this rule has the interest of Jim Nill and the NCAA will be adopting it.

2) no change after off-side: came up a couple of times. not noticeable today.

3) crease reset rule: play called dead if attacking forward causing crease troubles. face-off at offensive blue line.
came up once, but you know if Homer would be here it would be a lot more.

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Globalizing Our Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Burke at the Montreal Gazette,

Hockey is special.

In no other sport do the players, the management, the owners and the fans treat “the Game” with such respect. That’s what they call it, too — “the Game.”

You hear it all the time in hockey — everyone’s actions are still guided by what’s good for “the Game.”

For the players, I believe, it’s because the game is the hardest sport in the world to play. You need great athletic ability. And, you need persistence and tenacity. You need to be fearless to play a full-contact sport at high speed.

You also need ice.


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Summer Points

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

Has anyone being paying attention to their offseason? Sure, Mike Modano’s signing stirred the ever-growing legion of tweeters to nod at the Motor City for a couple of days. Otherwise, it has been all quiet on the Red Wings front. A closer inspection, though, shows that GM Ken Holland, his assistant Jim Nill and the rest of the staff are simply following and executing their tried and true formula for continued, sustainable competitive excellence. That is: take upper-end players who are now past their prime and slot them in. Modano fits that bill as a top nine forward, as does Ruslan Salei as a defenseman who adds dependable depth.

The other part of the formula mixes in younger players who have served long apprenticeships overseas or in the AHL.

more on the Wings and additional hockey points from Darren…

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