Nation Notebook: Henrique-Vatanen Trade, Seattle Arena, and Derek Dorsett

Christian Pagnani
December 01 2017 12:12PM

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This a weekly feature that rounds up news, rumours, and interesting things happening around the NHL. 

There’s a surprisingly fair trade in late November! Derek Dorsett retires. Seattle arena is on track for approval. The Oilers are putting out feelers for their depth guys, and Montreal is willing to move defenceman Brandon Davidson.

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Rumours of Houston NHL franchise bring Calgary arena issues back into spotlight

Ryan Pike
November 24 2017 10:44AM

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To say that the 2017 Calgary municipal election was contentious is a definite understatement. Roughly a month before Calgarians went to the polls, Naheed Nenshi unveiled his plan for Victoria Park – which included a brand new arena for the Calgary Flames.

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Nation Notebook: Is Yak back on Track? Could OEL and Hjalmarsson be available?

Christian Pagnani
November 24 2017 10:36AM

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This a weekly feature that rounds up news, rumours, and interesting things happening around the NHL. 

The NHL season is over a quarter done. Could we start seeing more trades as teams separate into playoff hopefuls and cellar-dwellers? Probably not, but at least we have some more juicy rumours to hold us over until the actual moves are made!

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There's someone to blame for the Oilers' struggles, but it isn't Connor McDavid

Cam Lewis
November 19 2017 06:54PM

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The Oilers are through 20 games and own a 7-11-2 record. They're sitting in 14th in the Western Conference and need 87 points in their next 62 games in order to match their 103-point total from last season.

Times are stressful in Edmonton. Just as Oilers fans thought the Decade of Darkness was in the rearview mirror, it's the middle of November and the possibility of playoffs is slowly slipping away. It's completely reasonable for Oilers fans to be frustrated and it's natural to want to point the finger at someone. But (and honestly I can't believe I'm typing this) Connor McDavid isn't the person to shoulder responsibility for this team's struggles.

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Stats vs. Eye-Test is Dead – There is Only the Acceptance or Denial of Evidence-Based Analysis

Jeremy Davis
November 15 2017 11:32AM

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For as long as sports have been around, they’ve been romanticized. We like to weave stories around athletes who perform impressive feats at the unlikeliest of times, and the amalgamation of these tales, passionately stitched together, produces the mythology of a player, a team, or a sport.

For a long time now, statistics have disrupted this mythology. They don’t buy into the big moments, treating them like any other event. They aren’t fooled by fluctuations in samples known to be affected mainly by luck. And, in general, they’re all business and very little fun.

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