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On Jim Paek’s decision to chase an Olympic dream

I didn't really comment on it on Wednesday morning, but Jim Paek leaving the Grand Rapids Griffins to coach the South Korean national hockey team--as the team attempts to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea--dashed my hope that the long-standing Griffins assistant coach would finally be chosen to flank one of Mike Babcock's shoulders. Paek has...
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Dion Phaneuf’s Puck Possession

Dion Phaneuf was a star as soon as he entered the NHL.  He was a Calder Trophy nominee in the strong class of 2005/06 where he beat out Henrik Lundqvist to earn a nomination alongside Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin.  The next season he made the First All Star Team and was nominated for the Norris Trophy as best defenceman in the NHL.  His career was then on a Hall of Fame...
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9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Calm before the storm in Habsland

It's been a quiet few weeks for Habs fans, but that is about to end, with the arbitration sessions for Lars Eller and PK Subban fast approaching. Rumours today had the Habs offering Eller $1.65 million per year, and Eller's camp countering around the $3.5 million mark. Logic would dictate that they will settle around $2.5 million before the hearing, and that seems reasonable...
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Red Wings early overnight report: on advanced stats and standards of performance

I took a roundabout way to doing what I do for a living, and my trip involved a failed attempt to pursue an engineering degree because I couldn't keep up with Calc III and two attempts to complete a far-too-advanced "statistics and probability" class that ended in failure. I tend to cringe involuntarily when people start talking about "advanced stats." Strangely...
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11 hours ago  |  Discuss

A note regarding defenseman Cory Sarich’s condition

There's been a significant amount of confusion regarding some Tweets made by former Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cory Sarich today, so the Avalanche issued a summary of Sarich's condition: Sarich Recovering Following Cycling Accident 15-season NHL veteran planning to return Veteran NHL defenceman Cory Sarich was injured in a cycling accident while training in...
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12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Playing Moneyball In Toronto?

from Kavitha A. Davidson at Bloomberg View, After missing the playoffs for the eighth time in nine seasons, the Toronto Maple Leafs think it's time for a different approach. And the success of the Oakland A's this season should give them hope. The Leafs have fired assistant general managers Dave Poulin and Claude Loiselle, replacing both with "boy wonder"...
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17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Steven Stamkos On Playing For The Leafs One Day

from the CP at TSN,  LeBron James going home to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers led to speculation about whether a star NHL player might do the same in the near future. Naturally, Steven Stamkos was at the centre of that speculation. The Tampa Bay Lightning captain and Markham, Ont., native could be an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2016, and the allure of playing...
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17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Grand Rapids Griffins sign Alden Hirschfeld as a depth forward

The Griffins still haven't made the signing of Mark Zengerle official, but the team announced (via RedWingsFeed) that they've signed yet another "veteran" forward: The Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday signed forward Alden Hirschfeld to a one-year contract. Hirschfeld, 26, spent the majority of the 2013-14 season with the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye and picked...
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Red Wings mid-day news: Chris Ilitch on WDFN; ‘all-State’ Wings and Athanasiou talk

Red Wings and Olympia Entertainment CEO Chris Ilitch gave a long interview to WDFN's Matt Sheppard this morning, discussing the Wings' arena project and Ilitch Holdings' plans for the surrounding economic development at significant length: The most important part of the interview for me as a Wings fan? Chris states that his father is the one who's still quite...
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19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Penguins Name Jacques Martin Senior Advisor Of Hockey Operations

via the Pittsburgh Penguins, The Pittsburgh Penguins have named Jacques Martin senior advisor of hockey operations, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. Martin, 61, has over 25 years of NHL experience as a general manager, head coach and assistant coach with Pittsburgh, Montreal, Florida, Ottawa, Colorado/Quebec, Chicago...
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19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Hope For Edmonton

from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey, Hope #2: That Mark Arcobello and Anton Lander pick up where they left off in the AHL. Both Arcobello and Lander are seasoned AHLers now, and both have aced almost every test that league has thrown at them. If this were Detroit, we might be going on about how sage management had wisely let them get over ripe on the farm (though that...
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19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Detroit’s Youngsters Get The Message

from Craig Custance of ESPN, The message to him from the Red Wings is that he has an opportunity in training camp to make the team, a rarity for a club that rarely skips a step in the developmental cycle. “Every player wants to rush the process,” Mantha said when we chatted after the camp. “It would be a lie telling you I want to play in Grand Rapids next year. For...
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21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Ryan O’Reilly Avoids Arbitration, Agrees To A Two-Year Deal

Ryan O'Rielly agrees to 2 yr deal. $ 5.8 and $6.2. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 23, 2014
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Chris Kreider Agrees To A Two-Year Contract

#NYR Kreider settled 2 yrs @ $2.35 M and $2.60 M. — Tim Wharnsby (@WharnsbyCBC) July 23, 2014
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22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Farewell and good luck, Jim Paek

As Paul noted, long-time Grand Rapids Griffins assistant coach Jim Paek has been named the head coach of the Korean National Team this morning, and Paek spoke with the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner about the move: Paek will remain with Grand Rapids through next week, and serve as lead instructor for the Griffins’ annual youth hockey camp at Griff’s IceHouse....
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23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jim Paek Named Head Coach Of South Korea’s Men’s National Team

from Adam Steiss of IIHF.com, The Korea Ice Hockey Association has announced Jim Paek as the new head coach of the men’s national team. Paek was the first Korean-born player to play in the National Hockey League. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the ninth round, 170th overall, in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. A two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Penguins, Paek...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Improved Hockey Helmets

from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times, Hockey helmets may be on the verge of a radical makeover, as scientists and engineers at Virginia Tech prepare a rating system that measures each brand’s and model’s ability to reduce the risk of concussion. “After football, hockey is the sport that produces the highest rate of concussion,” said Dr. Stefan M. Duma, a Virginia...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

It Just Wasn’t Fair

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs, Sharp-eyed watchers of this blog might have wondered why I took down a blog I posted last night, which was titled “Avs fans starting to grumble about O’Reilly money squabbles.” The first part of the blog was an email to me from a fan who thought Avs ownership was “cheap” over the latest Ryan O’Reilly contract standoff. Some...
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Pistons aren’t likely to join Red Wings at their follow-on facility

Via RedWingsFeed, I've never understood the hubbub about the Pistons moving back downtown to join the Red Wings in their new arena--without a separate practice facility for both teams in the offing (and there are no practice facility plans on the table), you've got all sorts of complications in terms of scheduling sporting events, never mind handicapping the rink's ability...
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Red Wings early overnight report: Zengerle unofficially signed; TV talk & development camp leftovers

It's not the possibly imminent and possibly not imminent re-signing of Tomas Tatar, but the University of Wisconsin's made official a signing I'd mentioned last Friday--the Griffins' signing of a speedy playmaking forward named Mark Zengerle--and I quote from the University of Wisconsin Badgers' press release: Mark Zengerle (Rochester, N.Y.) will be gainfully...
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Mats Zuccarello Reaches Contract Agreement Before Arbitration

Zuccarello settles @ 3.5 mil with NYR — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 22, 2014   Rangers and Zuccarello have reached agreement on one-year deal for $3.5M, will continue to work on long-term that cannot be signed until 1/1 — Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) July 22, 2014
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Ken Hitchcock Chats With Fans And One Former Player

Ken Hitchcock, head coach of the St. Louis Blues took to Twitter today (the full chat) to answer some questions...   "@TRICK1042: Who is your favorite player you have ever coached? #AskHitch" Zubov. Hatcher. Recchi. Primeau. Nash. Great 200-footers. — St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) July 22, 2014 Then this zinger...   "@HOFBlues16: Hey...
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David Booth Now A Member Of The Toronto Maple Leafs

via the Toronto Maple Leafs, David Nonis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Tuesday the hockey club has signed forward David Booth to a one-year contract. Booth, 29, played 66 games for the Vancouver Canucks in 2013-14, collecting nine goals, 10 assists, 19 points and 18 penalty minutes. The 6-0, 212-pound winger has registered...
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Worst 20 Players By Team Adjusted Corsi

Several days ago I listed the top 20 players by team adjusted Corsi.  Today I want to look at the flip-side and see the 20 worst players by the same measure.  Corsi is the difference between attempted shots (shots on goal, missed shots and blocked shots) for and against a team when a given player is on the ice.  This is a measure of puck possession on the team level.  In order...
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Just When You Thought All Was Well With The Coyotes

from Peter Corbett of the Arizona Republic, Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers on Monday asked the state attorney general to investigate a previously undisclosed meeting of City Council members and an Arizona Coyotes attorney last June, days before the council approved a $225 million agreement with the team. Weiers, who voted against the deal that kept the hockey team in Glendale...
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