How to Not Have to Walk Back Your Hall of Fame Argument

Bill Morran
October 01 2016 07:11AM

The available shot-attempt data doesn't go back an entire decade. It's all very useful, but historical debates over players are incredibly hard to quantify. Many analytically inclined fans have things they figure based on what kinds of players are over or under rated today, but that's far from a perfect method. It's not just that we lack data, but having not lived through these games, we often lack context.

In his 1995 book Whatever Happened To The Hall of Fame, Bill James discusses this at length. He notes that as time passes since a player's retirement, especially once they're involved in the hall of fame argument, debates become more statistically oriented. It's harder to feel about a player exactly as we felt watching them, and statistics become our crutch. As the godfather of sabermetrics, you'd imagine James would welcome this. He does the opposite.

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On penalty differential and the Leafs

Jeff Veillette
October 01 2016 01:12AM

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One of the things that fans, analysts, team staff members, players; everybody, really, are prone to really dialing their focus on is a hockey team's success on special teams. Playing in a situation where your team is up or down a player can, quite literally, be a game changer. So, with that in mind, let's talk about how the team is situated as far as just getting into special teams situations.

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Grit, Stats and Draft Choices - An Interview With Doug MacLean

Kent Wilson
September 30 2016 02:46PM

FlamesNation reader Cory S had an opportunity to sit down with former GM and Sportsnet analyst Doug MacLean this summer and he was kind enough to share the transcript with us. 

The interview includes a wide variety of topics, including MacLean's start in the NHL, his experiences in Columbus and his take on things like analytics, the relationship between coaches and GM's and the Flames negotiations with Johnny Gaudreau.


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Highlights from the Waiver Wire, 9/30/2016 Edition

Jonathan Willis
September 30 2016 01:00PM


Everybody loves the idea of getting something for nothing, and the NHL equivalent is the waiver wire. Friday marks the first time in the 2016-17 season that we’ve seen substantial activity, and while it’s unlikely that we’ll see a claim – most teams are busy figuring out how to deal with their own waiver issues – there are a few names worth highlighting.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
September 30 2016 05:00AM

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Jacob Trouba no shows at Jets camp, Babcock for coach of the year, a look back at Canucks draft picks and the season ahead, will Edmonton send Puljujarvi to the AHL, the Gaudreau dilemma in Calgary continues, every team kicks tires on Trouba, fantasy hockey, cherish your father and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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