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The playoffs have been an eternal, unsolved mystery for this franchise. But you have to like where the Blues are standing right now.
-Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch where you can read more on the Blues.
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Tough call. But we want to try to limit the amount of reviews.”
“I saw the broken stick incident, tough call for the ref. In my opinion this should be another call for the guys in the war room. It’s no different than being kicked in.”
“In a perfect world it would be nice to have all goals reviewed. Problem is, that goal is easy to make a decision on. Once you go down the path of reviewing all goals, etc.. there are issues that will arise on calls that are not as clear cut.”
“Boy, that’s a tough one. Seems like logic would say that it should be reviewable.”
-a few NHL General Managers when asked about the 'broken-stick' goal by Justin Abdelkader. More from John Shannon of Sportsnet.
via the Florida Panthers,
Florida Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that F Nick Bjugstad underwent successful surgery on his lower back today at the Mayo Sports Clinic in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He will be out for the remainder of the regular season and a full recovery is expected.
“After consulting with Nick and thoroughly evaluating the extent of his injury, we mutually felt it was important to have this procedure done as soon as possible,” said Tallon. “Nick showed a tremendous amount of character over the past month, playing through an injury, while helping our club compete down the final stretch for a playoff spot. He will be closely monitored by our medical staff during his rehabilitation process and will be ready for the start of training camp in September.”
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The creative force behind the fake Sean Monahan Twitter account (Boring Sean Monahan) remains an unsolved mystery in the Calgary Flames dressing room, though the suspect list has generally been narrowed down to two possible candidates, both of them long gone from the team.
It might have been defenceman Chris Butler, now with the St. Louis Blues, because of his quiet sneaky sense of humour. Brian McGrattan, now in the minors, is the other option, a loud and boisterous dressing-room presence who took Monahan under his wing last year, when the latter was still an NHL rookie.
Whoever created – and still maintains – the account (@boringmonahan) follows just one player (McGrattan), which is either a too-obvious clue or a clever red herring.
Defenceman Dennis Wideman thinks it’s the latter.
from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,
Will the age of enhanced statistics one day change the way NHL Central Scouting goes about its business in evaluating the top players eligible for the NHL Draft?
There's no denying the fact enhanced stats have taken the NHL and its fans by storm. In February, the League announced a partnership with enterprise software company SAP to provide many new statistics via NHL.com. If this stats revolution changes the way people now analyze the game, what could it do for NHL scouts?
"If you add ingredients to help you evaluate someone, you have to use those ingredients," Central Scouting's David Gregory said. "But you can't go overboard; we've been baking a cake our whole life and now, if you put icing on the cake, it's better. But if it's all icing it's not a good cake, so I think if you take it too far it might not work.
"The eyeball test still has to be there, you still have to apply what analytics do. It could help you decide between one guy or the other, and I believe it is good for the game."
Chris Edwards, who does a majority of his scouting in the Ontario Hockey League, isn't completely sold on the enhanced stats revolution.
from Brian Costello of The Hockey News,
If you’re Joe Sakic and the Colorado Avalanche, for example, you’re now in a position to draft 10th overall in June, with a 3.5 percent chance of winning the McDavid lottery. If you can manage your roster in such a way as to get as few points as possible in your remaining eight games, maybe a few teams slip ahead of you in the standings and you move to seventh pick – with a 6.5 percent chance of getting McDavid.
Don’t you do that? It’s in the best interests of your organization.
Despite what some people think, there’s nothing nefarious about it. You’re gathering information on your players. Don’t you play Reto Berra for a good chunk of games down the stretch rather than Semyon Varlamov? You paid a second-round pick to get Berra a year ago, aren’t you trying to determine if he has what it takes to keep the job for next season? You’re trying to assess the development of 2010 first-rounder Joey Hishon and he’s averaged just under nine minutes in five recent games. Don’t you put him out there for 18-20 minutes and in key situations down the stretch?
And maybe in the process you double your odds of winning McDavid or move up a handful of very important spots in the order of selection for the most important draft in a decade.
You can make a similar case for Philadelphia. Or Florida soon enough. Or San Jose. Or several other teams. Let’s see Anthony Stolarz between the pipes in the NHL. Or Rocco Grimaldi on the power play. Or Konrad Abeltshauser killing penalties.
NEW YORK (March 27, 2015) – Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.
Wilson was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 936 against Toronto on March 1. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident during NHL Game No. 1057 at Minnesota on March 19. Wilson received a minor penalty for embellishment on the play, at 14:45 of the second period.
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The commissioner wanted parity in the league and he's got that whole-heartedly. There are 16 teams that get into the playoffs and legitimately any one of them could get out of their conference this year. That's what the league wanted and they did a nice job. But I don't know if they anticipated the parity of the top 8 or 9 top players, how similar and how valuable they all are to their own teams; how valuable a guy like Tavares is to the Islanders, Voracek to the Flyers, Crosby to the Penguins, and so on. I don't know if we've ever seen in hockey so many superstars that are so equally matched at this point in their careers. It's parity in teams, and it's parity with the superstars, that's pretty good for hockey."
-Wayne Gretzky. More from and on Gretzky from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.
from Aaron Vickers at NHL.com.
With eight games remaining in the regular season, Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley isn't concerned about his poker face.
A critical five-game road trip facing the Flames, one that could have serious implications on their bid to reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs, instead has Hartley insisting Calgary's crew is all in.
"It seems that we always find a way to elevate our games in situations that we need to and right now we're all in," Hartley said. "The chips are all on the table right now. There's no bluffs. We have to come up with our best performances and it's fun. I'm enjoying the games. The players are on the job. This city is right behind us."
The Flames, who completed a five-game homestand with a 2-1-2 record following a 4-3 shootout loss to the Dallas Stars on Wednesday, begin their final extended road trip of the season Friday against the Minnesota Wild. It continues against the Nashville Predators, Stars, St. Louis Blues and Edmonton Oilers.
Calgary will start the trip on the outside looking in.
In ninth place in the Western Conference, the Flames are one point behind the Los Angeles Kings for third in the Pacific Division and three behind the Vancouver Canucks for second.
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