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Enough Of The Shootout

from Scott Stinson of the National Post,

NHL training camps opened on Thursday, so there was the requisite talk about working hard, making the best of opportunities and, of course, “compete level,” since a law was passed two years ago that prevented anyone associated with the league from saying “competitiveness.”

There was little talk of luck. No one really wants to open a 10-month slog by saying their team needs luck, but it remains that every team in the NHL does. Luck matters more than it should in this league, because it still settles regular-season games with the shootout.

Rather than eliminate the game-ending coin flip, the NHL instead chose to tinker around the edges: a quick scrape of the ice after regulation time to improve ice quality and a change of ends for overtime that will force each time to have to use the further bench, which increases the chances of poor line changes that lead to odd-man rushes.

Will these moves have a noticeable effect on cutting down the number of games — almost 15% of them — that are decided by hockey’s version of a home-run hitting contest? Possibly. But the changes aren’t going to catch teams by surprise. Having to make long changes just might encourage teams to be extra cautious when making them, rendering overtime periods less exciting than they already are, when too often it seems that both sides are willing to take their chances with the dice roll at the finish.

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Getting To The NHL

This article is about a week old and I saw it when it first came out but decided to pass, but in the last few days a few KK members brought it to my attention which tells me I should have posted it in the first place.

from Emily Cornelius at The Huffington Post,

As hockey fans, one of our favorite things to do is criticize the players. 'He's a bum', 'he's washed up,' 'we are paying him how much?' It's innate. They make a ton of money to do what we wish we were doing, they can take a little ribbing from us lowly fans.

But are we giving these players enough credit? How hard is it actually to 'make it,' to 'go to the show,' to 'get the call?'

Early 2013, Jim Parcels, a former Peterborough Petes trainer and Ken Campbell, a writer for The Hockey News, co-authored Selling the Dream: How Hockey Parents and Their Kids Are Paying the Price for Our National Obsession. In the book, Parcels breaks down the odds of a kid from Ontario making the NHL. Out of the select 30,000 players they studied, 48 were drafted by an NHL team, and 39 of those 48 actually signed contracts with an NHL team. Of that 39, only 32 actually played in the NHL, and only 15 of those players played more than one full season. And finally, of that 15, only six played the minimum 400 games to qualify for the NHL Player Pension.

So if we count the 400 game league minimum for the Player Pension as having a 'career' in the NHL, then 0.16 percent will get drafted into the NHL and only 0.02 percent of hockey-playing boys in Ontario will make a 'career' out of hockey.

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Ads On Sweaters? Not Yet

from Rick Westhead of TSN,

The NHL has once again said no - for the time being - to selling prime space on team jerseys to sponsors, a move the league estimates would generate at least $120 million.

During a recent meeting of NHL team presidents in New York, league officials estimated they might raise $4 million per team by allowing corporate sponsors to put their logos front and centre on jerseys, a person familiar with the matter told TSN.

"Gary (Bettman) and owners like the money, but they don't want to be first out of the box with this in North America," the person told TSN. "They'll wait for the NBA or baseball to do it and then be second or third."

The NHL, like other mainstream North American sports, to this point has resisted breaking with tradition, even though NHL jerseys already carry advertising since jersey maker Reebok's logo is so prominent.

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It’s Been A ‘Stats’ Kind Of Summer

from Daryl Reaugh of Razor With an Edge,

Get ready for an onslaught of numerical algorithms and trends.

Computer geeks and calculus wiz’s have been the pop-hires this summer. All of a sudden every team has to have one, and there seems to be great fanfare from social media whenever another obscure number-cruncher is added to a hockey staff.

It’s ‘Revenge of the Nerds’, 200 by 85.

Over the past couple of seasons we’ve all been introduced to Corsi and Fenwick, at least the names Corsi and Fenwick if not what they actually mean. I’ll admit to only having a cursory knowledge of the statistical info they provide, and I’m fine with that.

Don’t get me wrong; stats have a place.

At their best they are illuminating and validating, but they have to be deployed in that manner - they have to enhance, not lead.

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All About Hockey Analytics

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

Rob Vollman, author of Hockey Abstract, was the driving force behind the event. And it fits, as Vollman's Hockey Abstract is all about using objective analysis to evaluate players and teams.

With a variety of speakers bringing different experiences, there was something for everyone who might be interested in hockey analytics - from those just wading into the pool and wanting to learn more, to hard-core programmers considering new and different ways of manipulating data.

That all said, I got to attend and take a few notes:

OPEN DISCUSSION
Bruce McCurdy, Cult of Hockey Blog, Edmonton Journal
What's it about? With the Summer of Analytics taking away some of the most valued resources in the analytics community, including the Extra Skater web site and the work of Tyler Dellow (@mc79hockey), the discussion was about what comes next? Who is ready to step into the void?

Takeaways:
- During McCurdy's discussion, Rob Vollman insisted that there is still plenty of great content, but it may require going to more than five or six core sites.

- The big question: Who is going to have the site that welcomes in a broader audience?

much more

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Pierre LeBrun Answers Some Hockey Questions

Pierre LeBrun of ESPN participated in a Q & A today,

If you could make at least one semi-big change to the game, what would it be?

Pierre LeBrun I would start the regular season Sept. 20 and end the playoffs by May 31

Mr LeBrun do you think the Chicago Blackhawks will be better than last season?

Pierre LeBrun yes, by sole virtue of not being defending champs, Hawks had more time to recover this summer. I think they're primed for a great season

How about Larry Robinson's comments over the summer that Joe's sense of humor and jibes were a problem with him as captain?

Pierre LeBrun Where to start with your Sharks ?? Yikes. So much talent still on this team but the off-season turmoil ... wow.... going to be awfully interesting to watch how it all unfolds. It can go two ways, they rally from all the crazyness and feed off it; it the whole thing self-implodes

What are your thoughts on the Vancouver Canucks? Much has been made of the reload and significant changes both on and off the ice. Are they playoff contenders? What will Willie Desjardins bring to Vancouver?

Pierre LeBrun Kevin, it's interesting I was talking to an NHL GM a few weeks ago and unprovoked he brought up Vancouver as a team he feels will surprise people this year.... It wouldn't surprise me if they contended for a playoff spot. They've improved their depth although losing Kesler is tough to replace as No. 2 center.Still overall, I like the feel of that team at least as far as having a chance to make the playoffs. I don't think they're championship contender material anymore

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Watching Goalie Interference And Missed Offside Calls Plus 30 Thoughts

from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,

Last week, the NHL announced its new rules for 2014-15. But, there is another project of interest beginning this season, what Senior Vice-President Mike Murphy calls “strictly an internal audit” of both goalie interference and missed offside calls.

Let’s call it “Shadow Replay.”

In its downtown-Toronto replay hub, the league will “build a file of goalie interference,” as Murphy says. Right now, it is too subjective.

“At the end of the week, we’re going to review… to establish criteria internally of what is and what isn’t goalie interference. Then we’re going to report that to the general managers and say, ‘This is what we’ve found.’ We’re trying to discover if it is realistic to have a coach’s challenge for this. It would be a mistake to do it at this point in time.”

The staff will look at collisions in the blue ice, in the white ice, everything it can to try and narrow it down. But Murphy stresses this will not go back to the “toe in the crease days” of 1999, where goals were being disallowed for ludicrous reasons. The desire is to see if “incidental contact” and “interference” can be strictly defined.

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A New Hockey Reality Series

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The NHL will announce later this month they have partnered with emerging premium cable provider Epix to produce and air the popular reality hockey series that precedes the annual Winter Classic outdoor game, multiple sources told ESPN.com.

Not only will Epix, the cable entity that is a collaboration of heavyweight Hollywood film studios Lionsgate Entertainment, MGM and Paramount Pictures, produce four segments leading up to the Jan. 1 game at Nationals Park between the Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks, they will produce another four-segment series that will lead into the Stadium Series game Feb. 21 at Levi’s Field between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings, a source told ESPN.com.

The shows will be available on cable and multiple platforms in the United States. It’s expected Rogers Communications, which owns the NHL’s national broadcast partner in Canada Sportsnet, will share the production costs and air the series in Canada. The two series will be available in the United States commercial free and, as in the past with HBO’s popular and critically acclaimed "24/7 Road To The Winter Classic series," will provide fans an uncensored look at players, coaches and managers during the lead-up to the outdoor events.

The details of the new partnership will be revealed at a Sept. 23 press briefing in Washington. 

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NHL Players Pick The Top Cities For Expansion

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

USA TODAY Sports surveyed 28 higher-profile players during last week's NHL media tour in New York, and 20 listed Seattle as one of their top two expansion choices and 19 mentioned Quebec.

Seven players had Las Vegas listed among their top choices, and three liked the idea of placing a second team in the Toronto area. Oklahoma City and Madison, Wis., also received votes.

Expansion talk was in the news this summer with reports that Las Vegas, Seattle, Toronto and Quebec were in the mix for a new franchise, but the league denied that and said it merely is in a listening mode if cities want to talk.

read on for a few more surveys...

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Afternoon Line

I sympathize with the NHL, but my thumb is down for the NHL's continuing inability to write an understandable rule that covers a goal scored when a puck goes into the net off an attacking player's skate. I sympathize because what the NHL wants to do can't be done. It wants a rule that says some goals off skates should count, and others shouldn't. So the latest attempt requires “more demonstrable video evidence of a distinct kicking motion” to wipe out a goal or to uphold the call of “no goal.” This would be okay if we ever knew what the level of “demonstrable evidence” was previously. Then we could identify more of it when we see it in the coming season. There is a concern that a rule that allows all goals off skates would create wild attempts to kick at pucks in the crease. In fact, that is possible anywhere else on the ice, and isn't regarded as any sort of problem. The “kicked goal” rule is and always will be until it no longer exists.

-Dave Hodge of TSN.

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