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Dean Lombardi Not About To Give Away His Secrets On Analytics

from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,

Los Angeles Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi isn’t one to surrender his own analytics blueprint, however.

“You can get my book when I’m done,” he joked.

He acknowledged that he has spoken on the phone “a number of times” with former Boston Red Sox General Manager and current Chicago Cubs Director of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein about the use of analytics, but won’t divulge how his own club’s decisions are based on the statistical resources that they’ve compiled.

“Like if you have a secret formula, why would you tell the world about it if you’re trying to win? You know what? Here we come.”

“It’s unbelievable, that question now,” Lombardi said about the analytics discussion. “Every guy from Toronto’s calling me now because they did it. So all their writers call. There’s a perception out here that we have the Holy Grail – some magic formula – that that’s why we’re winning, and Lombardi’s got this blah blah blah. And so, just like you’re talking there, it’s not only the way you play, right, that they copy you, but now they want to know what you’re doing. So, yeah, maybe we have been [using analytics]. But don’t forget, too, like I’ve always said. There’s a big difference between data and knowledge, and how you use it. Be careful. And the other thing, too, is that you’ll never convince me that emotion isn’t a huge part of this game, more than any other game.”

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Down River Dan's avatar

Theo and his analytics have worked wonders for the cub’s…....wait till next year I guess…...

Posted by Down River Dan on 09/14/14 at 04:52 PM ET

alwaysaurie's avatar

Unpopular opinion warning:

Yzerman was great, and the Red Wings’ teams that played his style of hockey were both exciting and successful. But those were the teams of the 80’s. The teams that won the Cups played Fedorov’s style of hockey.

The teams that played with Yzerman’s chip-on-their-shoulder style were not as good as Fedorov’s puck-possession, defensively-responsible style of hockey.

Posted by alwaysaurie on 09/14/14 at 09:50 PM ET

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