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from Alan Snel of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,
After exploding out of the box with about 5,000 season ticket deposits in the first 36 hours two weeks ago, the ownership group seeking a National Hockey League team for Las Vegas reported Monday that the number has reached 6,950.
Lead investor Bill Foley, chairman of Jacksonville, Fla.-based Fidelity National Financial, said the “Hockey Vision Las Vegas” initiative signs up about 100 to 150 ticket deposits a day, with the low at about 50 a day to a high of 200 daily deposits.
The goal of the ticket drive is at least 10,000 commitments.
“I need 1,500 good men and women to make deposits on two seats,” Foley said. “We’re not going to casinos or the Strip (asking for deposits). We’re asking local people that they put their hard-earned money down for a deposit.”
The minimum ticket deposit is $150, about 10 percent down. The most expensive seat requires a $900 deposit. Foley said the cheapest seats in the upper bowl and the costliest ones at center ice are selling the quickest.
He noted that some casino companies have approached him about buying blocks of season ticket deposits in the hundreds, but those are being declined.
from Igor Larionov at The Players Tribune,
It’s easier to destroy than to create. As a coach, it’s easier to tell your players to suffocate the opposing team and not turn the puck over. There are still players whose imagination and creativity capture the Soviet spirit — Johnny Gaudreau in Calgary, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews in Chicago just to name a few. However, they are becoming exceptions to the rule. Many young players who are intelligent and can see the game four moves ahead are not valued. They’re told “simple, simple, simple.”
That mentality is kind of boring. Nobody wants to get fired. Nobody wants to get sent down to the minors. If you look at the coaches in Juniors and minor league hockey, many of them were not skill players. It’s a lot of former enforcers and grinders who take these coaching jobs. Naturally, they tell their players to be just like them. Their players are 16, 17 years old — younger than I was when I joined the Red Army team. Say what you want about the Whiplash mentality (or the Soviet mentality), but if coaches are going to push kids at that age, why are they pushing them to play a simple game? Why aren’t coaches pushing them to create a masterpiece?
We lose a lot of Pavel Datsyuks to the closed-minded nature of the AHL and NHL.
I remember Datsyuk made a couple turnovers in a game when first came to Detroit at age 23. Players on the team like Brett Hull, Brendan Shanahan, Steve Yzerman and myself had to tell him, “Pavel, just keep doing what you’re doing.” Thankfully, Scotty Bowman had the wisdom to see his potential. If he was on a different team with a different coach who did not appreciate that kind of unique skill, Datsyuk might have been out of the league. He would be playing in the KHL tonight.
from Mark Madden at the TimesOnline,
The NHL is run by its general managers. They’re on salary. The profit/loss statement is a distant concern.
The GMs want hockey tight. Close games. Every team close to .500. Every team in the playoff race as long as possible. That way, GMs don’t get fired.
The GMs don’t care about selling tickets, increasing TV ratings or allowing stars to flourish. The GMs just want to keep their jobs....
Coaching is a problem. NHL coaches don’t allow their players to create. The first priority is stifling opposition creativity. Skilled teams should be willing to trade odd-man breaks. But every NHL bench boss coaches like ever allowing a 3-on-2 would result in him contracting malaria. Or mumps.
It’s a shame. Hockey should be the best game going. When hockey is well played, it’s a unique combination of agility, skill and speed. But the NHL has zero feel for what its audience wants, or how to expand it. Hockey fans want the puck to go into the net. That is the game’s foremost source of excitement.
But excitement is the last thing the NHL is concerned about. The NHL wants grit. Hey, everybody, let’s turn on the TV. Maybe we’ll see some grit.
from James Mirtl of the Globe and Mail,
None of what has been added to NHL.com so far is revolutionary. There are now several variations of possession stats (i.e. Corsi and Fenwick renamed for a wider audience), first and second assists, zone starts and a few other not-so-advanced advanced stats that have increasingly become part of the hockey conversation online the past few years.
Most have been available since 2006-07, when analyst Gabriel Desjardins launched behindthenet.ca.
The troubling part of the NHL’s launch is how confusing and, in some cases, wrong the new data are. Without a filter for games played or ice time, for example, little-known players such as Andrew Agozzino and Miikka Salomaki lead the league in points per 20 minutes.
It’s not clear whether this is an even-strength stat (as has been convention) or not.
Other stats, such as penalties drawn, are flat-out incorrect. In this case, the league has included fighting majors as a drawn penalty, which means that a stat meant to highlight players that put their teams on the power play is useless.
Here is the link to the advanced stats section at NHL.com....
from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star,
In 2002, the NHL stopped collecting real-time stats, or at least telling the players what they were. Hits, takeaways, giveaways, blocked shots, even ice time: they disappeared from the record. The players, it seemed, had been using them in arbitration hearings, and the league didn’t like it. The union went to arbitration in 2003, and won.
“The award was silent as to how the league was going to provide us with all the statistics,” said Ian Pulver, a current agent and then an NHLPA lawyer. “And so lo and behold, for the longest time we were getting hard copies from the teams.”
Yep, the stats arrived in boxes. The union had to hire people to input the data into computers. It was a simpler, more contentious time.
Just 12 years later people say Corsi is dead, and it must be so. Fenwick, too, Corsi’s slightly lesser known half-brother. Those terms have been the wellspring of a wealth of loud and pointless fights in the hockey community, and you can call those fights what you want: the wars of the poses, the boxscore rebellion, the bore war. If Corsi and Fenwick are no more, the wars must be over.
This is all half-true, though your exact percentage may vary.
via Katie Strang tweets,
Re: potential CapGeek-like function: NHL COO John Collins said it will be an idea the league continues to discuss internally and with clubs
Don't get too excited, though. When Bettman was asked about possibility, he seemed much more lukewarm on the idea. Wasn't sure fans want it
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (February 20, 2015) – The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced a multi-year North American partnership with SAP SE, the enterprise application software and database leader. As the official cloud software provider of the NHL®, SAP collaborated with the League on the transformation of the NHL’s statistics platform on NHL.com and the introduction of new and enhanced statistics that will establish NHL.com/Stats as the definitive destination for hockey analytics. Starting today, fans, broadcasters and media around the world will be able to analyze official League, team and player statistics via a more comprehensive, interactive and personalized interface that includes advanced search features and new filters for team and player comparisons.
George Stroumboulopoulos is joined by Nick Kypreos, Corey Hirsch and Colby Armstrong to talk about life after hockey.
NEW YORK (February 18, 2015) – On Saturday, Feb. 21, the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ outdoor matchup between the host San Jose Sharks® against the Los Angeles Kings® at Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. will feature a pre-game celebration of the growth of hockey in the Bay Area and throughout California and a salute to Sharks alumni. The outdoor game also will feature performances by rock legend and Bay Area native John Fogerty, Grammy Award-winning artist Melissa Etheridge, singer-songwriter Kris Allen, and Symphony Silicon Valley. The game and performances will be broadcast live nationally on NBCSN in the U.S., and on CBC and TVA2 in Canada at 7:00 p.m. PT/10:00 p.m. ET, with pre-game coverage set for 6:30 p.m. PT. SiriusXM Satellite Radio will provide radio coverage.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
After referee Brad Watson placed Crosby in the penalty box, a conference was initiated by the other Officials to share their different perspective on the play. As a result of the additional and accurate information provided by his colleagues, Watson correctly withdrew the penalty call. In the end, they arrived at the right decision....
Precedent has been set to reverse a penalty call when accurate information is provided through a conference of officials regardless of the perceived status of a player. In the end, the desire and objective of the officials is get the call right.
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