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Team Corsis

As I continue my sabermetrics and hockey posts I am looking at team Corsi ratings.  This is the difference between shots directed at goal for and against in five on five situations.  This is a strong indicator of puck possession for the team in question.  It is a repeatable part of the success of any given team.  It is not the only part of their success.  Clearly goaltending...
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July 15, 2012  |  Discuss

Road Trip To Vegas?

from the Las Vegas Sun, The Las Vegas Arena Foundation (LVAF) is proposing a 20,000-seat indoor arena to be built on the Strip on land owned by Caesars Entertainment behind Imperial Palace. The facility would be suitable for an NBA or NHL franchise, as well as other events such as concerts or the National Finals Rodeo, which has been at the Thomas & Mack Center since 1985. The...
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July 15, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings evening news: on prospects, free agency and Joey Kocur’s charity softball game

I made the trip from Traverse City back to South Lyon safely and soundly, and while the scenery in South Lyon isn’t nearly as lovely as it is in the Cherry Capital, it feels good to be home and to know that I won’t be getting up at 6 AM tomorrow. aside from a Saturday’s worth of varying reactions to what was apparently the NHL’s real first CBA proposal to the NHLPA yesterday—and...
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July 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Let’s Talk Hockey

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, • Keep hearing that Francois Allaire isn’t coming back to the Leafs next year as goalie consultant. But so far, there is nothing official on his apparent departure and Ben Scrivens is off to Switzerland to work with him for awhile. So, go figure ... As of right now, the Leafs will enter next season with two goaltenders, James Reimer and...
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July 14, 2012  |  Discuss

What The NHL CBA Proposal Really Says

from Jonathan Willis of the Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal, If the NHL gets its way on some of its demands – particularly it’s insistence that players sign five-year deals capped at the rookie maximum – that trickle will expand. To use an Oilers’ example, why would Nail Yakupov be willing to sign for five years on a contract with a base salary of less than $1 million...
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July 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Would The Capitals Think Of Re-Signing Semin

via Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington, “I’ve never really discussed that sort of thing, whether we’re going to sign someone or not,” Capitals general manager George McPhee said Saturday on the final day of development camp. “I’d rather not start now. I know that’s not a great answer, but I’ll just stay neutral.” Asked if he was surprised Semin, who in seven seasons...
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July 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Manny Malhotra Has The Worst Adjusted Corsi Rate

Yesterday I posted the worst 20 players in 2011/12 by their adjusted Corsi rate.  The adjustment comes when players Corsi (difference in shots directed at goal for and against) when they are on the ice is compared to that of their team when they are not on the ice in five on five situations.  This gives us an idea of which players have a significantly different puck possession...
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July 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Some Draft and Free Agency Talk with Scotty Wazz

One of my favorite people to do e-mail interviews with, Scotty Wazz of the Face-Off Hockey Show, was kind enough to take time out of his hectic schedule to give us his thoughts on the 2012 NHL Entry Draft as well as what is going on in the NHL when it comes to the free agent season. PH: As always, you and the FOHS crew were at the NHL Entry Draft this season. What was that experience...
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July 14, 2012  |  Discuss

CBA Report- NHL Owners Looking For More Money

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post, Seven years after mortally wounding the Players’ Association, the NHL Board of Governors is moving in for yet another kill, its first collective bargaining submission yesterday in Toronto as much a declaration of war as an initial proposal off which to negotiate. The league power brokers who canceled the 2004-05 season in order to get the hard...
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July 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings early overnight report: summer development camp tailings and fighting the lockout’s power

I’ve got to lug myself 233 miles downstate to South Lyon later this morning (with a stop in Grayling to snag onion rings from the Lone Pine restaurant per the mom’s request), so I’m theoretically not allowed to be typing at this hour, but, “Wenn die Katze aus dem Haus ist, tanzen die Mäuse.” These Red Wings prospect stories popped up a little too late to fit into the evening...
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July 14, 2012  |  Discuss

CBA Report- You Want To Call This A Starting Point Or Something Else?

NHL proposal to players: 1-reduce players hockey related revenues to 46% from 57 %. 2-10 seasons in NHL before being UFA.— Renaud P Lavoie (@RenLavoieRDS) July 14, 2012 3-contracts limites to 5 years 4-no more salary arbitration. 5- entry-level contract 5 years instead of 3.— Renaud P Lavoie (@RenLavoieRDS) July 14, 2012
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July 13, 2012  |  Discuss

On Cam Janssen’s Radio Interview

I’ve been listening to Cam Janssen’s radio interview and reading responses and reactions for most of the day, and since I have a minute to sit down outside of a work, I want to throw my two-cents into the ring. It’s pretty easy to sum up what Janssen said: idiotic. I don’t personally known Janssen and how he acts on and off the ice, but he certainly did himself no justice...
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July 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Evening Line

“If you were walking by, you would’ve thought it was a high school paryt.  I’m talking booze, people randomly making out, everybody else cheering them on. And that was the PG stuff. Then everything went inside.” -Bobby Ryan explaining the atmosphere in the Vancouver Olympic Village after the Canada/USA gold medal game.  Much more on what really goes on (not hockey related...
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July 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings evening news: on prospects, free agency, list making and alumni news

I’ve had a week of actual hockey in July as a fine antidote to the lack of free agent insanity that seems to be giving the hockey world a case of believe-the-hype-itis, but I’m more than a little fried myself after wrapping up coverage of the Wings’ summer development camp, so you’ll have to excuse me for being a little punchy this evening. I’m not disputing the fact...
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July 13, 2012  |  Discuss

What Do You Think Of This Anaheim/Boston Trade Talk?

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE, The Bobby Ryan trade rumors are nothing more than that at this point in time, but things could heat up if the right combination of players is found. Orange County Register reporter Mark Whicker was on 98.5 the Sports Hub’s “The DA Show” on Thursday night, and concluded that a Bruins trade offer of center David Krejci and a first round pick “would...
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July 13, 2012  |  Discuss

What Howson Wants For Nash

from TSN, Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson is looking to acquire a couple of NHL-ready forwards in any deal for forward Rick Nash. Speaking with TSN’s Gino Reda on Friday’s edition of That’s Hockey, Howson talked about what it would take for him to pull the trigger on a deal for his captain. “If we do complete a trade, we’re trading out a 30 to 40 goal...
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July 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Video- The CBA Process Moves Forward

First a short video with both Bettman and Fehr talking, then a follow-up story from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com.
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July 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Wildly amusing: Dater ‘illustrates’ lack of sympathy for owners in CBA negotiations

Strange times, folks, these are strange times. The Hockey News’s Adam Proteau tried very hard to explain to fans that the NHLPA’s members have every right to battle for their slice of the revenue pie, but in adding too many “they’re like movie stars and we don’t get angry at them for being paid what they pay” references, his article came off sounding too similar to the...
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July 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Luongo Will Take Some Money Home

from the Vancouver Sun, Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo is in the money. Luongo is among the 666 survivors at the World Series of Poker main event tournament in Las Vegas who are now guaranteed a payday. A field of 6,598 players began play last weekend. Luongo began play on Friday with 92,000 chips, but doubled up early in the day when his Ace-Queen hand beat a competitor’s...
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July 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Jets And Kyle Wellwood Agree To Contract Terms

via Winnipeg Jets tweet,#NHLJets‬ agree to terms with Kyle Wellwood ‪
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July 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Jamie McGinn Re-Signs With Colorado

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Jamie McGinn to a two-year contract through the 2013-14 season. McGinn, 23, was acquired from San Jose at the trade deadline on Feb. 27, and went on to record 13 points (8g/5a) in 17 games with the Avalanche.  McGinn’s 13 points tied Paul Stastny for the most on the team from March...
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July 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings development camp, day 6: the ever-anticlimactic end

I’ve hadn’t seen a shootout with 74 shooters until this morning, when the Red Wings’ prospects concluded their summer development camp with a 6-3 victory for Team Lidstrom over Team Zetterberg…and a 74-man shootout which took 20 minutes—and left fans confused as all hell get out—because we didn’t know that money was on the line. The last day of the camp is always...
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July 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Habs sign Diaz

The signings continue in Montreal, as the Canadiens announced the signing of defenceman Raphael Diaz this afternoon to a two year deal, avoiding potential arbitration. Diaz had 3 goals and 16 points in 59 games for the Habs last season, and slots in as the likely #5 or #6 defenceman in Montreal come October…or November, or whenever we have a CBA. More details here: Canadiens...
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July 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Worst 20 Players By Corsi Rate

The flipside to the best 20 players by their 2011/12 Corsi Rate is the worst 20 players.  This is something that is calculated on the website behind the net.  This selects players who have poor puck possession relative to their teammates.  This can occur for several reasons.  The most likely is the player in question is not very good but there are clear examples of players...
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July 13, 2012  |  Discuss

All-Time Top 10 European Players

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News, Which got me to thinking, which of the two is better, and where would Jagr and Selanne rank on the all-time list of European players? For what it’s worth, here’s my top 10. Let the debate begin: 1. Dominik Hasek If the six Vezina Trophies don’t clinch it, the two Hart Trophies put him over the top. There are some who would argue that...
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July 13, 2012  |  Discuss
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