Watch the Game Episode 17: Flames, Good Content, and New Stats Versus Old Media with Mike Fail

Watch The Game Podcast
December 07 2016 10:32AM

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Sam and Cam are joined by Mike Fail of Flames Nation, they discuss the Flames and their current woes. This includes Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and Dougie Hamilton talk before transitioning over to the topic of hockey blogging. What is the perfect level of criticism? When does it, if ever, cross the line? It gets philosophical quickly on this week's show.

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The feasability of Kevin Shattenkirk's New York homecoming

Cam Lewis
December 07 2016 10:10AM

I wrote about Kevin Shattenkirk the other day as part of NHLN’s Future Free Agents series. With Brent Burns signed to an extension and off the market this summer, Shattenkirk easily becomes the class of 2017’s free agent defencemen by a country mile. He’s good, produces at an elite level, fancy stats, blah blah blah, all of that is obvious. We all know he’s an excellent player and most of the league will likely kick tires on him come July. 

But a common rumour that doesn’t seem to want to go away is the idea that Shattenkirk wants to return home to New York this summer and play for the Rangers. Elliotte Friedman mentioned this in 30 thoughts recently, other teams pulled out of trading for him because he wouldn’t sign an extension, and his damn Twitter profile explicitly says “New Yorker at heart.” 

I’m not going to sit here and pretend that I’ve got some insider knowledge on Kevin Shattenkrik and what he wants to do with his free agency this summer. What I will do, though, is take a look at the Rangers’ cap situation and try to determine if this whole thing is even feasible. 

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On the Canucks Interest in Ryan Spooner

J.D. Burke
December 06 2016 11:00AM

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When a Boston Bruin finds themselves on the trade block, you better believe they're connected to the Vancouver Canucks not long after. Such was the case on Hockey Night in Canada's Headlines segment with Ryan Spooner.

The Canucks, as an organization, value familiarity. Vancouver's General Manager and Assistant Manager played a role in drafting and developing within the Bruins organization when they selected Spooner in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and kept tabs on him for a few years thereafter.

That's probably where the conversation starts, but far from where it end. If the Canucks are interested in landing Spooner, it can make sense for a number of hockey reasons. Let's dig in.

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Analyzing Toronto's Game Score from November

Dom Luszczyszyn
December 06 2016 09:09AM

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After every month of hockey, it's good practice to take a look back and assess what happens. That's my goal here with these posts analyzing the Leafs Game Score for each player for every month. You can find October's here. (Apologies for the lateness here, Corsica didn't update right away after the month ended and then the weekend hit which is generally a content graveyard so here we are).

For those unfamiliar with Game Score, it's a single number stat meant to measure single game productivity and player value that I developed over the summer. It basically combines the most important box-score stats and weights them by their relevance to goals. It's not perfect and there's much that is unaccounted for, but it does pretty well for something that is relatively simple to compute and comprehend.

The sample is still incredibly small, but I figure taking a look at the team on a monthly basis could provide some insight into how the team is doing. So without further ado, here's how the Leafs November looked through the eyes of Game Score and some thoughts on it.

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Kasperi Kapanen is ripping apart the AHL, so keep him there

Jeff Veillette
December 05 2016 03:12PM

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When we did our prospect rankings in August, I was significantly less bearish about Kasperi Kapanen than the rest of the staff. More specifically, I had him in my Top Five when I made my first draft of the team, sat down, realized that the draft was largely intuition, and started looking at every prospect's career trajectory.

It clicked to me at that point that as much as I loved watching Kapanen fly down the ice, and as much as I had heard the world be spoken of him before he came to the Leafs... he hadn't done a heck of a bunch.

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