Do NHL goaltenders age in a recognizable pattern?

Cam Charron
January 05 2013 02:21PM

There has been some work done on goaltender age recently, and the basic question surrounding the analysis has been "can we predict how Roberto Luongo will perform in his late 30s?" If we can, and if the indication is positive, it would imply a team may be wise to fork over a key asset or two for one of the best, consistent goalies of the era.

Luongo plays a very important role in goaltender analysis. He's the first elite goaltender to rise to prominence after the NHL began publishing even strength save percentage numbers in 1997-98. Luongo has played 12 NHL seasons, all of them coming after the switch. The only other goalie to play more games than Luongo since 1998 is Martin Brodeur, but some of his numbers are buried behind the impenetrable wall of simple save percentage as he established himself in New Jersey.

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On Cheat Code Contracts - A Thought Exercise

Chase W.
January 05 2013 12:06PM


 "Are you rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrready?" -Michael Buffer


After months of posturing through ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ negotiating, absurd press conferences, a search for a podium, rumors of NHLPA decertification, a good ol’ Canadian boy losing his mind, the filing of a lawsuit, and a bunch of other nonsense I’ve tried my damndest not to pay attention to, the aura of a 2013 NHL season seems closer than ever. While each side tries to squeak out everything they can bargain at the last minute, it seems that the DeLorean will indeed reach 88 mph before the point of no return. In proffering such optimism, I would like to speak briefly on one of issues that is going to change (I’ll say that again: change) the NHL under the new collective bargaining agreement; that is, the structure of player contracts, and specifically, the proposed maximum player term lengths.

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Best of the Nation – 12.30.12

Jonathan Willis
December 30 2012 09:00AM

We're now in the thick of the holiday season and there's no NHL hockey, but there's still lots to talk about. The league made a new CBA offer this week, the World Juniors and Spengler Cup are on, and the Toronto Maple Leafs continue to butcher the handling of their top young players.

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Merry Christmas!

Kent Wilson
December 24 2012 09:40AM



May all the Nations Network writers have a very merry Christmas today and tomorrow. Unless you're a grinch or something, then may you have a miserable humbug and successfully ruin everyone else's good time (looking at you, Bettman). 

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Best of the Nation: 12.23.12

Jonathan Willis
December 23 2012 08:48AM

Lockout talks, an Evander Kane trade, a plan to rebuild the Calgary Flames, World Junior primers and a host of other topics were covered at the Nation Network this weeks - read past the jump to see more.

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