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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Legend has it that Vic Ferrari heard long-time Buffalo Sabre goalie coach Jim Corsi on a radio interview talking about measuring a goalie’s workload by tallying up not only shots on goal but missed shots and blocked shots as well and then Ferrari went into his secret hockey nerd lair in Edmonton, crunched the numbers, sprinkled some magic dust and, poof, Corsi was born, named for the cerebral goalie coach and former math teacher who inspired it.
Ferrari told me it was actually then Buffalo Sabre general manager Darcy Regier he originally heard on the radio talking about shot attempts, not Jim Corsi. In fact, at that moment, when Ferrari was listening to Regier, he had never even heard of Jim Corsi.
Here’s what Ferrari told me in April:
“I was going to call (the new metric) the “Regier” number. But it didn’t sound good; it didn’t seem right. Then I was going to call it the “Ruff” number (after then Sabres’ coach Lindy Ruff), but that obviously sounded bad. So I went to the Buffalo Sabre website and looked at a picture of a guy on their website, and Jim Corsi kind of fit the bill. So I called it a “Corsi number” and then I pretended it was (Corsi) I heard on the radio talking about it – that’s what I told people. That’s basically (how Corsi got named).”
Wait a minute. Was Ferrari actually saying Corsi became Corsi because he liked the look of Jim Corsi’s picture, especially his moustache, on the Sabre website and the sound of his surname?
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
With the help of statistician Andrew Bailey, we mined NHL game sheets for the 2013-14 season to follow up on our study of goals in 2011-12 — the last two non-lockout campaigns. Goals increased by nearly 100 — to 7,051 — from 6,949 two years before. Only slapshots and backhanders proved less successful from one season to the next.
Three seasons ago, 892 slapshots went in, compared to 859 last year for roughly a four per cent drop. The slapshot was responsible for 12.8 per cent of goals in 2011-12, 12.2 per cent last season — when only 5.4 per cent of all slapshot attempts led directly to goals.
Scoring via the backhander was also down — 695 last season, compared to 776 in 2011-12 — but the success rate was greater, with 10.5 per cent winding up in the net.
By comparison, the success rate for deflected shots was 20.6 per cent. Others: tip-ins (19.3), snapshots (9.1 per cent), wrist shots (8.6 per cent) and wraparounds (6.7 per cent).
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
- If what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, is the NHL prepared to state — again — that the team in Glendale, is staying in Glendale, for now and forever?
Or has Andre Barroway, the prospective new majority owner of the Coyotes, been given assurances that he will be given permission to move the team out of Arizona and into Moe Green’s old hood upon request?
- So if Wayne Gretzky promises to say “Fenwick” often enough, would some team out there actually have a job for No. 99?
- Meanwhile, who do you think would have had the better Corsi/Fenwick numbers through the peak five years of his career: A) Gretzky; B) Bobby Orr; C) Larry Robinson?
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“Fights, injuries, boarding and other rough tactics are the easiest to catch on television. On the other hand, the fast end-to-end rushes, the skillful, attractive features of the game are most difficult to portray because of TV’s limited field of view.”
-Former NHL President Clarence Campbell to the Hockey News in 1949.
Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star looks at some of the breakthrough technology the NHL may be using in the near future.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
In the past 10 years, or ever since the lockout of 2004-05 shut the league down for a full season, the quality of play has soared in the NHL.
Scoring is up slightly. Fighting is down significantly. The introduction of the salary cap helped level the playing field, narrowing the gap between what used to be known as the NHL’s haves and have-nots.
The playoff races invariably go down to the wire and in two of the past three seasons, the team that won the Stanley Cup did so after barely qualifying for the playoffs.
Thanks to the removal of the centre red line, allowing for two-line passes, the speed of the game has increased dramatically. Plodding defenceman obsolete and fewer teams carry designated fighters any more because they can’t keep up.
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
... after the Rich Peverley incident last season, the NHL has strengthened its standards further. Each team needs three doctors near the benches at each home game – an orthopedist, a primary care physician and an ER physician – and at least one, if not all, must have current training in ATLS and Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
If and when there is another life-threatening emergency – a cardiac incident, a severe laceration, an obstructed airway – there will be an extra layer of expertise and experience to aid in the response.
Nine years ago, it was rare for an ER physician to staff an NHL game, and it was rare for any team physician to have seats behind the bench. Those seats generate lots of hockey-related revenue.
more inlcluding recalling the Jiri Fischer and Peverley incidents...
from Stephen Whyno of the CP at CTVNews,
In his 21-plus years as the first official "commissioner" of the NHL, Bettman has overseen expansion, change and booming business. In the process he has also become a popular target for fans because he has shown a willingness to sacrifice games to affect the kind of change he and the owners want.
"The game was unhealthy, the competitiveness wasn't there," Bettman said of the 2004-05 lockout. "We did what we had to do to not have six, eight or 10 years of a mess. We go through these things not because we want to but because we have to get to a point where the game can be healthy."
Now that it's healthy, Bettman doesn't look like an executive on the way out. When Bud Selig steps down and Rob Manfred takes over Major League Baseball, Bettman will officially be the longest-tenured commissioner in North American professional sports -- though he insists because Selig previously had an interim tag that he already is.
"I will be the oldest when he steps down," said Bettman, who says he hasn't considered any kind of a succession plan. "I'm still trying to figure out how I got to be 62 years old."
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
If you were at Prudential Center tonight, you probably noticed the boards had a yellow tint to them. That was for a test the NHL was doing with a green screen-type system that shows different CGI ads on the boards during television broadcasts.
There was no telecast of tonight’s game, but a couple of times the ads showed up on the replays shown on the scoreboard’s video screen. (I saw one with a red McDonald’s ad that wrapped completely around the end boards). Otherwise, the CGI ads are not visible to those in the arena. (There are the regular ads on the board that you normally see, though.)
The CGI ad itself looked odd on the replay on the video screen, but not as odd as the yellowish boards themselves. Those appeared as if someone ran a yellow highlighter marker over them....
“I don’t like that,” Zajac said. “Is it going to stay like that? I didn’t like it, hated it actually. I thought it was stupid. It doesn’t look right. You get used to it, but I still don’t like looking at it. That’s my opinion.”
a bit more and a review of the Devils game last night...
from David Gough of the Chatam Daily News,
A Wallaceburg carpenter has been entrusted to keep the Stanley Cup safe.
Paul Momney has the contract to build the case for the Stanley Cup—hockey's holy grail— and for all of the National Hockey League's 20 trophies.
Momney first caught the attention of the Hockey Hall of Fame officials on a trip to Tampa. The NHL was introducing the Maurice Richard Trophy to the league's top goalscorer a few years ago. The trophy was being shipped from Montreal in a wooden crate.
“I happened to be there, and was just lucky to be there and I built a case and had it ready in a couple days and ... that's how I met the Hall of Fame guys,” Momney said.
Later, the Hockey Hall of Fame contacted Momney about building cases for all their trophies. Momney is currently building all 20 cases.
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