Russia invites Frolov to Olympic Camp

The Russian Ice Hockey Federation has named 38 players for their Olympic Summer Camp from Aug. 29 to Sept. 1 in Moscow. The KHL and the NHL contribute with 19 players each. Goalkeepers: Ilya Bryzgalov (Phoenix Coyotes, NHL), Simeon Varlamov (Washington Capitals, NHL), Alexander Eremenko (Salavat Yulayev Ufa, RUS), Evgeni Nabokov (San Jose Sharks, NHL).…

Note to Self: predictions for 09/10

If the Kings manage 245 goals for and 230 goals against, they will make the playoffs. Last year: 207/234. So basically, play the system and add 38 more goals. How hard is that? Wait…how hard is that? In the entire history of the Kings, they have managed to hit both those marks in the same…

Spector’s Hockey – Latest Blue Jackets and Sharks News.

Tom Reed reports the Blue Jackets may have $10 million in available cap space but they’re a “budget team, not a cap team”, meaning the club is already likely close to their self-imposed ceiling, which could hamper GM Scott Howson’s efforts to bring in a puck-moving defenseman. via Spector’s Hockey – Latest Blue Jackets and…

From The Puck Stops Here: Team Corsi Numbers

Puck Stops Here (blog) calculates team Corsi numbers, and the results are interesting. Here’s what he says; my thoughts follow the quote block: Corsi Numbers are the difference between shots directed at the goal (shots on goal, missed shots and blocked shots) for and against when a player is on the ice in five on…

From Tom Benjamin’s NHL Blog: Defending McDonough

Tom Benjamin blogs on/for/re the Canucks and weighs in on the Hawks fiasco: The good news going forward was that the excellent young team grew into an excellent team period. The bad news was that they did this despite the fact that Tallon did little to demonstrate competence. Indeed he made several mistakes – Savard,…

From Mlive.com: New Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman suggests that cap may not fall for 10-11 season, discusses Hawks’ Red Wings-like ‘one-year window’

Actually, it’s Mlive (from Detroit) quoting a block from the Chicago Daily Herald [with my comments in brackets]: The Hawks are under the NHL’s $56.8 million salary cap for this season [no, you’re not] but part of the reason Bowman was promoted to GM was to navigate the team through next summer when there will…

From Battle of California: More on Doug Wilson

Undoubtedly BoC is already in your blog aggregator, but I’m clipping out this bit anyway, since it’s so true and so much fun to contemplate: Whatever trade options GM Doug Wilson may have had at the draft (and we can only speculate there) are now fairly diminished.  How it affects the Sharks going forward?  Remains to be seen. Still,…

From Fear The Fin: Back, meet corner

From the Sharks’ blog Fear the Fin: You can argue against the signing of Scott Nichol based on his skill, age, injury history, whatever. Same for Huskins. You could even make the case that the Rob Blake deal was evidence of poor decision making by the Sharks, or that they overpaid for Clowe. But, like it or not, those…

Russo’s Rants: Fletcher continues to work trade market

This from Michael Russo, who covers the Wild for the (MN) Star-Tribune: “[I]n the cap system, once you spend your money, it’s spent. So how patient do you want to be? There’s certainly conversation now amongst teams and I expect there will continue to be right until the trade deadline. So the question would be:…

Havlat speaks out on Tallon demotion – From The Rink

Martin Havlat is now a member of the Wild but being spurned by the Blackhawks on July 1 has clearly left him with a bit of a grudge. This afternoon on his Twitter account, he offered some somewhat cryptic comments on the fact the Bowmans have taken over after Dale Tallon was forced out of…

Sabres Have Defensive Decisions – Die By The Blade

Tyler Myers –  Myers had an amazing breakout season in Juniors last year and is expected to compete for a job in the NHL.  Myers has accomplished almost everything he can in juniors but may have to go back because of a numbers game.  Because of his age he will have to be absolutely outstanding…

Russo’s Rants: Blackhawks fire Tallon

This was coming for a long time. The Blackhawks wanted to fire him after the season, but their playoff run made that trickier from a PR standpoint. I truly believe the latest offer sheet gaffe just gave the very political hierarchy that currently runs the Hawks an excuse to dismiss Tallon, one of the most popular…

Behindthenet Blog: Goaltender Rebound Percentage Leaders

In his work on Shot Quality, Alan Ryder noted that shooting percentage is extremely high on rebounds. That is, in the two seconds following another [i.e. initial] shot [the average sv% is .694]. The overall save percentages for 2008-09: Overall   1-2 s   3 s   4 s 919     694 807  …

From The Fourth Period: Dale Tallon Finds Solution to His Cap Concerns (say I, not the fourth period; their headline was more like “Blackhawks fire Tallon”)

TFP has confirmed that the Chicago Blackhawks fired general manager Dale Tallon late Monday and an official announcement will be made on Tuesday.TFP Columnist and Comcast Chicago anchor Josh Mora has also confirmed that Stan Bowman, the clubs assistant GM, will be taking over as GM.Tallon was named the eighth GM in team history on…

What We Learned: Boston’s Winter Classic will be interesting – Puck Daddy – NHL – Yahoo! Sports

Bruins reporter for WEEI.com and all-around swell guy, this morning: “Heard today that Bruins and Flyers are going to have to share same Red Sox home clubhouse between two teams during the Winter Classic. Yikes” Yikes indeed. Granted, Fenway is the oldest park in baseball, and the unfortunate accommodations are, most likely, because the park…