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SporTrac’s not Capgeek, but it’s a solid alternative

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

I know that Matthew Wuest's departure--and his stunning decision to pull the plug on Capgeek's data--have yielded a massive hole in terms of dissecting the NHL's contract puzzles (and you can be sure that there were as many NHL teams' employees peeved about the loss of Capgeek as anyone else).

There are some other options, however. NHNumbers offers a solid set of cap breakdowns, and Draglikepull on Twitter pointed me toward SporTrac, and while they're mostly focused on the NHL, they have a near-Capgeek quality breakdown of team-by-team contracts, daily-basis cap space, free agents-to-be and even signing and performance bonuses. There are no notes on no-trade and/or no-move clauses as of yet, no indications of waiver-exempt status and no "calculators" to play "Armchair GM" like Capgeek, but this is the best site out there for the present moment.

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Mike Richards On Waivers

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The District Detroit’s about more than a rink

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel of all publications examined the Wings' rink-and-entertainment district "from afar," and the Journal-Sentinel's Don Walker penned the article to serve as a compare-and-contrast situation to the Milwaukee Bucks' push for a new, partially publicly-subsidized arena.

This part, we haven't talked about, and yes, it's worth posting on a hockey blog:

Once the housing and other development is built, will people come?

Robert Gibbs, president of Gibbs Planning Group, an urban retail planning consulting firm in suburban Birmingham, Mich., says there is a strong market in the downtown area for entertainment, restaurants and what he calls community service retail outlets like Target.

"Within five miles of the project, there are 300,000 people," he said. "A lot of people who live in that area have to drive to the suburbs for shopping," Gibbs said.

"There is no doubt Detroit is on a roll," added [Olympia Development's Steve] Marquardt. "The city and district are well positioned for growth in the years to come. People will be drawn to the district because they have high interest in the area."

"In general, it's a desert there for certain services," said Castaneda-Lopez.

Walker continues, and while the rink is most likely to be the one part of the project built by the summer of 2017--mostly because the surrounding economic development will probably be delayed due to City, County and State finaggling--but it's that surrounding development and the realization of the "neighborhoods" promised when Comerica Park was built that will tell us whether the $650 million investment is really worth it.

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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (Jan. 26, 2015) – Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen, Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson and Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 25.

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Hello out there, we’re back on the air

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Today is both a practice day for the Wings and the first day "back at work" for me in three-and-a-half weeks. I know that some of you aren't thrilled when I talk about my health, but I weathered one of the worst depressive episodes I've had in a couple of years (and don't worry, you can scroll on down to actual hockey talk).

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Eastern And Western Conference Trends

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Strang of ESPN,

What to watch for

  • Rangers rising: With the Pens ailing and the Blueshirts riding a three-game winning streak, New York has a chance to gain ground this week in the Metropolitan Division standings. Rick Nash is rolling with 28 goals -- he’s tied with the Dallas Stars’ Tyler Seguin for the league lead -- and it doesn't hurt that the Rangers play the next five games in New York, either.
  • Toronto tailspin: Expect the level of hysteria and histrionics to only intensify if the Toronto Maple Leafs continue to stumble out of the All-Star break. A coaching change has yielded a more structured, defensively sound playing style under Peter Horachek, but that hasn't translated into wins as the Leafs are teetering dangerously close to falling off the proverbial cliff and missing out on the playoffs once again.

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Trending down

  • Los Angeles Kings: Winners in just two of their last 10 games, the defending Stanley Cup champions are looking less and less like the team that we saw last spring. Discipline seems to be one issue that is apparent, with the Kings surrendering two power-play goals to the San Jose Sharks in their most recent loss before the break and a struggling penalty kill that ranks 25th in the league with a 77.8% success rate.
  • Arizona Coyotes: Definitely a team that deserves a spot in the Connor McDavid-Jack Eichel conversation for the No. 1 overall draft pick, it’s a wonder that the fire sale has not yet begun for a downtrodden team that dropped six straight heading into this weekend’s festivities. How much further can the ‘Yotes slide down the standings? A five-game road trip coming up should give us a good idea.

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TEAM TOEWS TRIUMPHS IN HIGHEST-SCORING NHL ALL-STAR GAME
Led by 3-3—6 from Jakub Voracek and four goals from John Tavares, Team Toews defeated Team Foligno 17-12 in the highest-scoring All-Star Game in NHL history.
 

 
* Team Toews’ 17 goals were the most ever by one team in an NHL All-Star Game, surpassing the record of 16 set by the Prince of Wales Conference in 1993.

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Video- It May Be A Slow Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

So how about 3 1/2 minutes of slow motion action from the last week in the NHL?

 

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Being Sidney Crosby

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

COLUMBUS, Ohio- Sidney Crosby's first decade in the NHL is almost over. And here is what he needs to know: Being Sidney Crosby isn't his job anymore.

Just being Sidney is all any of us should ask of “The Next One” who became “The One.”

Being Sidney Crosby meant breathing life into hockey after the NHL attempted to suffocate the game at its highest level. Being Sidney Crosby meant resuscitating a Penguins franchise that was on life support while calling a decaying Igloo home.

As Crosby became the world's finest player, Being Sidney Crosby came to mean raising the NHL and Penguins from their respective deathbeds. Either feat should have exhausted Crosby. Both tasks were too much to ask of any “Kid.”

Now a man at 27, Crosby can take the deep breath he is long overdue. His Penguins are perennial contenders. More importantly, they're financially sound, with 360 consecutive home sellouts and supreme regional TV ratings. His league is thriving, topping $4 billion in revenue, and working peacefully with its players' union to finally bring promise of tangible growth.

Being Sidney Crosby wasn't necessary here this weekend.

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The Best At The Break

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Before we drop the puck on the remaining 40-plus per cent of the 2014-15 regular season - by the way, the trade deadline is five weeks today and the Stanley Cup playoffs start in 11 weeks - let’s take one more moment to reflect on what we’ve seen in the NHL so far.

More precisely, let’s have a look at what NHL head coaches think and feel in TSN’s Who’s Best survey. Just prior to the NHL All-Star break, TSN surveyed 20 NHL head coaches - 10 in the East; 10 in the West - to determine Who’s Best in five categories: Best Team; Best Goalie; Best Defenceman; Best Player; and last but not least, Best Coach....

EASTERN CONFERENCE

BEST TEAM: It’s only fitting the New York Rangers and New York Islanders play in the first game back after the All-Star break, because those were the top two teams in the East, according to survey results.

The Rangers, who went to the Cup final last season and currently sit third in the Metropolitan Division (behind Pittsburgh and the Islanders and just ahead of Washington) received five votes, compared to four for the Islanders, who sit in first place in the division.

The only other team to get a vote was Pittsburgh.

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