November 24 2015 10:48AM
I'm a "stats nerd" — or at least I'd be considered that based on my stance in the famous Corsi Battle of 2014. But what I really am is a hockey fan. I love the game. I love to watch it, play it, and learn about it. I'll use any available tool that I can have to further my understanding of this game and how it continues to evolve.
The public emergence of Corsi was a lot of fun and really quite revolutionary for me. I imagine I'm not alone in that. I've never been a numbers guy — other than having an encyclopedic knowledge of player goal and point totals and being able to remember the jersey numbers of ~95% of all NHLers, so being so into Corsi is still kind of surprising to me.
November 22 2015 12:49PM
I wrote the other day that the St. Louis Blues are in an ugly spot with soon-to-be free agent and captain David Backes as they weigh the option of either hindering their Cup run in the spring or losing him for nothing come summer, but the Winnipeg Jets’ situation makes the Backes dilemma look admirable. Like the Blues, the Jets are playoff contenders and their captain, Andrew Ladd, is set to become a free agent at the end of the season. Along with Ladd, though, one of Winnipeg’s best defencemen, Dustin Byfuglien, is also set to hit free agency in a few months, while Jacob Trouba and Mark Scheifele both near the end of the entry-level contracts.
So the Jets have to deal with that conundrum. They can shop Ladd and Byfuglien and risk ruining what appears to be a contending team right now in order to ensure they don’t end up with nothing come July, or they can make a run for it and hope that they can find a way to fit all four players into their internal budget when the time comes.
November 20 2015 11:28AM
The St. Louis Blues have a conundrum when it comes to captain and top centre David Backes. They’re in win now mode and they’re a legitimate Stanley Cup contender, but judging by their current cap situation, they may not have the money to re-sign him as he’s set to hit unrestricted free agency this summer. So the Blues are going to have to wrestle with the idea of either keeping one of their core forwards for a playoff run and risk losing him for nothing come July, or trading him mid-way through the season to get something of value for him.
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November 20 2015 06:45AM
5 reasons to hate the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Canucks and Tyson Barrie, Travis Hamonic wants to be in Western Canada, the NHL's problem with offense, an early look at 2016 free agents, value of shot blocking, Connor McDavid's recovery, Sam Bennett an elite player in the making, fantasy hockey and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
November 18 2015 08:00AM
Many of the biggest names from the potential 2016 Free Agent market have already signed extensions with their respective teams. Erik Johnson, Jakub Voracek, Mark Giordano, and Brent Seabrook came to terms on new deals before the season began, but Steven Stamkos and Anze Kopitar, arguably the two most coveted potential free agents, are still without contracts.
If Kopitar and Stamkos do manage to slide between the cracks and July 1 rolls around before they’ve signed new contracts, you have to expect just about every team in the league will be lining up with a truck full of money to throw at them. That said, how likely is it they make it that far?