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Simmons talks advanced stats—positively—and offers Sunday observations

To his credit, the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' weekly notebook includes exactly one mention of the "advanced stats" community, and it's one that voices a thought many of us have considered since Extraskater.com went "offline"...

When the analytics website @extraskater disappeared on Friday, my assumption was that creater Darryl Metcalf had been hired by an NHL team

(or the NHL itself, given that its new "terms of service" all but ban the kind of activity Extra Skater and Behind the Net engage in)

And Simmons issues a pretty dang solid set of NHL-related tidbits and observations:

A little bird who usually knows these things whispered this the other day: Brendan Shanahan’s deal with the Maple Leafs is apparently five years and $2.5 million a year...

(I bet Ken Holland earns more now)

Another sports watcher wondered: With all the money Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment spends on its executives, shouldn’t it demand the people running the Leafs — Shanahan (left) and Dave Nonis — live here? ... When J-S Giguere retires in a few days, so go the Hartford Whalers. He was the last Whaler in the NHL ... My favourite Whalers: Gordie Howe, Dave Keon, Bobby Hull and Chris Pronger ... And did you know that Ken Holland’s first of four NHL games was played in goal for Hartford? ... The Hockey Forecaster arrived in the mail, as it does every year. Digger Turnbull’s annual magazine is projecting a 48-goal season for Phil Kessel. Kessel scored 37 last year, but only four in the final 20 games ... Don’t know if this will help the Leafs it can’t hurt, can it? David Clarkson is in Florida training with Sidney Crosby, John Tavares and Matt Duchene, among others, in preparation for the new season.

Simmons continues at extended length...

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  Tags: brendan+shanahan, dave+nonis, david+clarkson, hartford+whalers, jean-sebastien+giguere, ken+holland, toronto+maple+leafs

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The Whalers Alumni Game was fun but definitely would have liked to see a shootout, regardless of score. Considering its the “tradition” as noted by their article. Legwand still seems like that douchey agitator type, and Seguin (even though it is an alumni game) looked awesome.

Posted by redwingshomersLOL on 08/17/14 at 09:26 AM ET

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