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Welcome John Chayka

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from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

Ready or not, the humbled and grateful Chayka steps in after emerging as the best of 10-to-12 candidates ownership spoke to for the gig. This after just one season as an assistant GM in Arizona, where his work touched "all areas of hockey operations including NHL, minor league and amateur player evaluation as well as player development and coaching support."

Experienced, life-long hockey men such as Paul Fenton, Mike Futa, Julien BriseBois, and Les Jackson (reportedly the one candidate Arizona could not come to terms with after "extensive interviews") remain outside Club GM, while a whip-smart fast-tracker from Jordan Station, Ont., slipped through the velvet ropes faster than you can say "defensive zone start."

Chayka is best known for co-founding and directing Stathletes Inc., a hockey analytics firm that tracks data through an intensive video analysis process and searches for objective insight into player and team performance tendencies.

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Below, watch Chayka with a one-on-one after today's press conference...

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Video- OT Action

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All of the overtime goals in this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs.

 

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Lindy Ruff Has Seen It All

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from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Lindy Ruff has been around a long, long time. Which, in turn, has left him a damned good coach. Good enough to be in the Jack Adams talk for the NHL’s coach of the year award, the finalists for which come out Thursday night.

There’s no scheme that St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock could dream up that Ruff won’t have an answer for, and vice versa, as two old Alberta-bred coaches with more than 2,800 regular season games coached between them push and pull over whose preferred style dictates the way this series is played.

We thought this to be true when the series began, but now we are certain: Dallas isn’t going to win at St. Louis’ heavy, forechecking game. And the Blues can’t beat Dallas’ at the “score off the rush” game the Stars prefer.

So this series stands at 2-1 for St. Louis. But really, we’ve watched two games played St. Louis’ way, and one for Dallas. So it’s more like, Hitchcock 2, Ruff 1.

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The ‘Flying Bobby Orr’ Picture

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I tweeted this out earlier today but for those of you not using it...

from David Davis of Deadspin,

The number of truly iconic hockey pictures is surprisingly small. The sport is notoriously difficult to photograph, thanks to the fast-paced action, the elusive puck, and some unique space, proximity, and lighting restrictions. There’s Denis Brodeur (yes, Martin’s father) and his shot of Paul Henderson celebrating Team Canada’s victory in the 1972 Summit Series; Ralph Morse’s eerie portrait of goaltender Terry Sawchuk, his scars and stitches simulated with makeup; Heinz Kluetmeier‘s “Miracle on Ice” celebration photo after the U.S. defeated the U.S.S.R. at the 1980 Olympics.

But one image looms above the rest: Ray Lussier’s photograph of Bobby Orr immediately after he scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal for the Boston Bruins in Game 4 of the 1970 Finals. The black-and-white image shows Orr in mid-air, hovering above the ice, as all of Boston Garden—all of New England—erupts.

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Another Year For Jaromir Jagr With The Florida Panthers

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SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Panthers have agreed to terms with forward Jaromir Jagr on a one-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“Jaromir is a Hall of Fame player and had an excellent season playing alongside Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau,” Tallon said. “His track record speaks for itself, ranking third all-time in points and goals. He has been a great fit with our organization and we are excited to have him back for next season.”

“Jaromir has had a tremendous influence on our younger players and has been a key offensive contributor on our team,” Panthers Head Coach Gerard Gallant said. “We are happy to have him back as we look to build off this year’s playoff appearance.”

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Afternoon Line- Neil Greenberg On The Analytical Side Of Pens/Caps

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...Pittsburgh has been outshot 144 to 136 in the series, with high-danger scoring chances — those that originate in the slot or crease — also in Washington’s favor (51 to 42). According to Emmanuel Perry, after adjusting for shot location and volume, the Capitals should be outscoring the Penguins 12 to 11, and be tied in the series after four games. Instead, it’s the Penguins who have the lead on the scoreboard thanks in part to potting goals that have low probabilities of success in the first place.

-Neil Greenberg of Fancy Stats at the Washington Post where you can read more from the analytical side of this series.

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Arizona Coyotes Hire GM John Chayka

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The Arizona Coyotes have limited financial assets.  Their future in Arizona isn't certain and hasn't been certain for seasons.  In order to survive in their situation they are being forced to do things differently.  They will fail if they try to go down the same path the other teams are on without the assets to succeed.  They are changing their general manager position in order to try something new.  In April Arizona fired their general manager Don Maloney.  He had been a successful GM in a no win situation.  There isn't a financial backing for the team capable to build a winning team.  They have hired a new GM.  He is 26 year old John Chayka.

Chayka had served as an assistant GM in Arizona for about a year.  His background is in analytics.  At age 19 he founded the company Stathletes.  Here is their website.  The company has been successful in hiring several people so it must have a revenue stream.  They must be selling their product to some hockey teams.  Without paying them money it isn't clear exactly what they offer but I can make educated guesses.  They are into video analysis.  Most of their employees are involved in watching hockey games.  From their video analysis they gather a large database of events from which they can dig into to try to understand the games.  The problem is turing a large database of events into useful knowledge.  The idea behind analytics is to understand the game of hockey on a deeper level.  There are likely some significant relationships between certain numbers and winning hockey which are relatively simple but unclear at this point.  There are likely some widely held misconceptions in the management of hockey teams.  We have some ideas about these relationships and misconceptions but they are not fully understood.  Hockey is unlike baseball in that it is much harder to break it down into one on one quantifiable battles.  Thus hockey has been a much harder problem for analytics than baseball. I am suspicious of an analytics expert being a good GM when there is little evidence of such a person succeeding in significant runs as assistant GMs or as head scouts.

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Grand Rapids Griffins-Lake Erie Monsters Game 1 Game-Day Preview video

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Here's Bob Kaser with the Grand Rapids Griffins' Game-Day Preview video setting up tonight's game against the Lake Erie Monsters (7 PM on The AHL Live and ESPN 96.1 FM):

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Arizona Coyotes Officially Name John Chayka As General Manager

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GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Arizona Coyotes President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc announced today that John Chayka (SHUY-ka) has been named as the Coyotes’ new General Manager. As per Club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. Chayka becomes the eighth general manager in franchise history.

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All About Pierre McGuire

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from Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated,

​Indeed, to spend a day with McGuire is to get swept into his world of unbridled enthusiasm for the sport. Old stories are told with widened eyes and preceded by a tap on the knee, as though signaling that it’s time to listen up. On the production truck, his NBC Sports colleagues will often hear his voice piped through the speakers, offering rah-rah words of encouragement in the middle of broadcasts. Get after it! That was a great package! That’s why NBC is the best! Even his steady drumbeat of players' hometowns and junior teams serves a purpose in McGuire’s mind. “I think it’s the journey, the journey for all these guys,” he says. “That’s what matters to me the most.”...

A Sports Emmy winner who at last check has worked 21 postseason games in 22 days, pausing only because no NHL teams played on April 26, McGuire, 54, is a former college and NHL coach, scout and assistant GM (and, in the interest of full disclosure, occasional contributor to Sports Illustrated magazine). He wears his love of hockey on his sleeve, his wedding band on one hand and, on the other, one of the two Stanley Cup rings he won as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 and '92.

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