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Lightning Plan To Buy Out Prospal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Erik Erlendsson of Bolts Report,

The Lightning on Tuesday informed left wing Vinny Prospal that the team is buying out the remaining three years of his contract.

Tampa Bay general manager Brian Lawton sent a letter of intent to Prospal and his agent informing them of the decision. Prospal has 24 hours to decide whether to accept the buyout or request to be placed on waivers.

Prospal, who was reacquired from the Philadelphia Flyers before last season, signed a four-year contract worth $14 million last June. He has $10.5 million remaining on his deal.


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Talking Team Canada Roster

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail at CTV Olympics,

With the Olympic orientation camp roster down to 45 players following Joe Sakic’s retirement, how will executive director Steve Yzerman and his staff cut down to 23 names by December?

And with a dozen or more all-but-guaranteed spots, which players among the longer shots have a legitimate chance of cracking the roster?

According to former NHL general manager Craig Button, Yzerman sent a clear and unwavering message about the type of player he wants to represent Canada - safe, responsible, two-way players with a smattering of versatility.

Yzerman singled out Minnesota Wild defenceman Brent Burns and Dallas Stars’ captain Brenden Morrow as two players who missed big parts of last season because of injury, but remain on the radar screen.


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  Tags: team+canada

Are The Bruins Back?

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from Douglas Flynn of the Hockey Journal,

Hardcore hockey fanatics and the casual sports fans alike turned out in droves, and the heart of a hockey city began beating once again.

“I think, frankly, that a lot more people have tuned in and understand just how close this team is (to a championship),” said Bruins principal Charlie Jacobs. “People have reconnected with this franchise that maybe hadn’t in the previous years. It was really started to reflect that in this community, and we’re seeing that. We’re seeing that interest on our Web site. We’re seeing that on our broadcasts. And we’re seeing that at the box office. People by and large in this city feel good about where their team is today when they think of the Boston Bruins, and that only bodes well for us.”


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Auditions On Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The LA Kings held their Ice Crew auditions yesterday.  Click for pics...


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Don’t Be Mad At Hudler

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from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,

(Dan) Cleary said he spoke with Jiri Hudler, who is in the Czech Republic. As much as Cleary would like to see Hudler back with the Wings next season, he doesn’t blame him for signing a two-year deal worth about $10 million tax free with the Moscow Dynamo.

Hudler’s NHL arbitration hearing is scheduled for Thursday in Toronto and the Wings are seeking a two-year award.

“He doesn’t want people to be angry with him,” Cleary said. “I hope people aren’t.”

Cleary said Hudler was given an offer that was too great to pass up: “It would take him seven or eight years to make the kind of money he’ll make in two.”

more on how Cleary is spending his summer…

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  Tags: dan+cleary, jiri+hudler

Flames Get Some Cap Breathing Room

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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

By sending Primeau and his $1.4-million salary to the Maple Leafs, the only one-way contract that comes in return is Stuart’s $483,333 hit.

And there’s no guarantee the energy forward will remain in Calgary. He’s spent the last couple of seasons splitting time between the Atlanta Thrashers and the minors—he was dealt to Toronto earlier this month in the Pavel Kubina swap—so it wouldn’t be all that costly for the Flames to take that route.

That leaves the salary cap space needed to re-sign restricted free agent Dustin Boyd, keep another forward in the Stampede City if required—even Mikael Backlund and his potential bonuses—and leave some space for the eventual call-ups when needed.

Don’t think that’s a big deal? Guess again.


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Wellwood Heads To Arbitration

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from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,

Six years ago, then Vancouver Canuck centre Brendan Morrison went to salary arbitration and had to listen while the team’s lawyer compared him to a mouse that was riding the back of an elephant (actually, two, named Markus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi).

Yes, things can get nasty in arbitration, so current Canuck centre Kyle Wellwood can expect to hear all about his conditioning struggles and the lengthy 21-game goal drought he endured last season when he sits down at his own arbitration hearing with the Canucks Tuesday in Toronto.

It’s the nature of the process. Wellwood’s camp, led by agent Mike Liut, will accentuate the positives of his inaugural season in Vancouver, while the Canucks, with assistant general manager Laurence Gilman in charge, will point out some of the flaws in Wellwood’s game.

Gilman acknowledged the process is not one that either side particularly relishes.


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  Tags: kyle+wellwood

Top Corsi Rates

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

This summer in my look at sabermetrics and hockey, I have been looking at the Corsi Number.  They are much like +/- ratings, except since they include all shots directed at the goal (including missed shots and blocked shots) they give much larger numbers with less random fluctuations in them,  They show who is driving puck possession (those players with good Corsis) and remove the element of goaltending from +/-.  When players play defensive roles that do not drive puck possession, their Corsi is not always a good method of rating their play (with the best example of this being Jan Hejda).  Thus far, I have only looked at Corsi Numbers treated as counting numbers and not as rates (per minute).  This is how they are treated at behind the net.

Here are the top twenty players (with 50 games played or more last year) ranked by Corsi per minute of 5 on 5 play:

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Flames-Leafs Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Twitter of Ben Hankinson of Octagon,

Calgary trades C Wayne Primeau to Toronto for LW Colin Stuart and D Anton Stralman.

added 6:55pm, from RDS (translated),

The CEO of the Toronto Maple Leafs Brian Burke continued the reorganization of his team by acquiring the services of the Flames forward Wayne Primeau to Calgary on Monday.

In return, the Leafs have assigned left winger Colin Stuart and defenseman Anton Strålman


added 6:59pm,

Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the acquisition of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Colin Stuart and defenseman Anton Stralman along with Toronto’s 7th round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for forward Wayne Primeau and Calgary’s 2nd round pick in 2011.

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  Tags: anton+stralman, colin+stuart, wayne+primeau

Who Knew Henri Richard Had A Playlist?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from MontrealCanadiens.com,

Okay, so the odds that you’d catch him telltale white earbuds grooving to an iPod might be slim at best, but Henri Richard still digs the tunes just like anyone else.

My Way- Frank Sinatra
The Power of Love- Céline Dion
Le temps qu’il nous reste- Fernand Gignac
Diana- Paul Anka


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  Tags: henri+richard

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