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Evening Line- Mark Lazerus

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Analytical Hockey Bloggers

from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

One thing I have learned during the rapid rise of advanced statistics, which have impacted the game and how many people judge it, is that the analytics community, generally, attacks and defends with ruthless fervour. It is easy to understand why.

What has an analytics blogger at his disposal? Some are trained journalists or, at least, writers. Many are not. Many – and this is not their fault – have no access to players, coaches and managers to ask questions and seek input from people whose lives and livelihoods are devoted to the game.

To be brutally honest, however, for some bloggers the idea of seeking input from their subjects is not just unfathomable but inconvenient. Questions? Accountability?

A hobbyist-blogger may or may not be able to craft a shopping list, but he can probably churn out a 2,000-word dissertation loaded with impregnable figures arguing how a young fourth-liner who doesn’t know shit from Shinola at the NHL level isn’t being properly optimized and a coach the blogger will never face is an idiot for using a veteran who makes $6 million US this season and scored 30 goals last season ahead of the prospect on the second-unit power play.

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Late Evening/Early Morning Lime

For many years, amazed that NHL-oriented sites that actually label their reports "rumors" seem to be proud of it & even are taken seriously.

My cousin's mechanic's ex-brother-in-law's garage band's lead guitarist's cousin says (fill in blank) will be traded. That's good enough.

Geez, and we have a month of this crap to go.

-Terry Frei of the Denver Post via Twitter.

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The GIF(ter)

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

If you've seen an animated hockey highlight on Twitter recently, there's a good chance it is a product of the handiwork of @myregularface.
 
Her real name is Stephanie Vail - and she's quickly become one of the most integral players in hockey's social media community.
 
Vail, 28, records a snippet of team broadcasts on her computer and compresses them into GIF form for instant posting on Twitter. They are short, silent and looping videos, but they capture the most important moments: a goal, a celebration, a controversial play, an injury, a priceless reaction.
 
With 10 or 12 games on any given night, it's impossible to have your eye on every key moment around the league.

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The GIF Maker

from John Matisz at the Toronto Sun,

Of all the rooms in her house, the office is where Stephanie Vail feels most at home.

An iMac desktop computer, paired with a giant flatscreen monitor, is the room's centrepiece, the anchor of her New Hampshire work station.

Since April 15, when the puck dropped on the NHL playoffs, Vail has spent more than 30 hours staring at that giant monitor and two other smaller screens.

She mines the most shareable bits of TV broadcasts and converts them into GIF files -- short for Graphics Interchange Format but better explained as a video clip on loop -- which she posts to Twitter under the handle “@myregularface”.

A relative unknown this time last year, Vail has carved out a notable niche after taking up the hobby two Christmases ago. With an ever-growing audience of nearly 13,000 Twitter followers, she’s quickly become an indispensable member of the online hockey community.

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Social Media Responsibility

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Upon further review, Dion Phaneuf, Elisha Cuthbert and Joffrey Lupul would like to see something positive spring from the Twitter firestorm that engulfed them this week. Something that will educate people about the perils of social media, according to their lawyer.

And then there are people like me who believe this will never happen until the person who started this particular contretemps with a defamatory tweet about the two Toronto Maple Leafs players and Phaneuf’s wife and all the other Internet offenders are figuratively nailed to the legal cross.

If anything, the events on social media this week, from the Leafs tweet that exploded on TSN’s NHL trade-deadline show to a similar controversy with the Chicago Blackhawks to the vile comments about Curt Schilling’s daughter when the former baseball pitcher praised her on Twitter, show that people need to realize Twitter, Facebook, Instagram et al. are not private conversations between a few people but a public forum where they have a legal responsibility to make sure they do not libel anyone.

Journalists were bound by this obligation long before the Internet opened a worldwide forum to everyone with a keyboard or a smartphone. But too many bloggers, tweeters, citizen journalists or whatever else they like to be called are too slow to realize they now have the same responsibility.

You cannot casually repeat some scurrilous rumour making its way around the Web forums without opening yourself to legal action.

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Afternoon Line- Terry Frei

He's right.

 

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Morning Line

In my early years as a blogger I could be quite nasty toward journalists I disagree with.  I received e-mails from a few of them taking me to task, not for questioning their work, but for personally attacking them. Rather than simply disagreeing with them or offering a counterpoint, I often mocked their work, personalities and even their appearance.

In short, I was acting like an *#$%@&.

Most bloggers I’ve followed over the years don’t behave like this toward the hockey punditry, but there’s several who do. It’s little wonder some in the MSM get testy when they’re criticized by these folks.

I’ve also encountered several bloggers dismissive of the mainstream media, considering themselves part of the “new media” poised to change hockey coverage forever. These same folks, however, rely heavily on the MSM for source material. They didn’t want to admit it, but they need the mainstream media. Without them, many bloggers would have little, if anything, to write about.

It’s easy to consider bloggers, especially influential ones, as “keeping the media honest”. That implies, however, the hockey media as a whole are misleading their readers with lazy reportage. That’s simply not true. Having worked alongside hockey beat writers at various NHL events over the years, I have considerable respect for what they do.

Lyle Richardson of Spector's Hockey where you can read more on this topic.

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Afternoon Line

As to why I'm walking away, I'm simply out of gas, having written online about hockey since the mid-90's. It's been a feeling of obligation rather than desire which has compelled me to post articles here lately, and when this becomes more like a chore than a hobby that's not good for anybody.

-Dirk Hoag of On The Forecheck, where you can read more from Dirk.

You've done well Dirk, best wishes moving forward.

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Follow Along

from Troy Machir of The Sporting News,

With Olympic Games finishing over the weekend and the second half of the NHL season getting under way, there is no better time to get familiar with the professional hockey landscape.

What we have for you is the essential NHL Must Follow Twitter List. We've compiled the names of the top writers, reporters, blogger and analysts in pro hockey, who will be able to provide you with all the information you need to finish off the season in style. 

continue for a very handy list and thanks for including KK.

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About Kukla's Korner Hockey

Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

Email Paul anytime at pk@kuklaskorner.com

 

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