Number Chains - November 24, 2012 Links

Josh L.
November 24 2012 12:49PM

This new, regular feature on NHLNumbers will share interesting stats-related posts from around the web almost every day.

Welcome to edition number 15 of the rebooted Number Chains. In this space you will be able to find the best analytical hockey writing from around the internet on a close-to-daily basis. Subject matter will include statistical evaluation, financial analysis, contractual issues, and (sometimes) closely-related tangential works. If you have something you would like to submit for a future edition (your writing or that of someone else) feel free to send it to me via Twitter @JoshL1220 or leave a comment.

The decertification talk has begun for the NHLPA. Among those talking about decertification is Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller. His comments appeared in The Globe and Mail in a James Mirtle piece. He talks about how the NHLPA needs to push back against the NHL:

“It seems like the players in any league are going to be subjected to the same scripted labour dispute developed by [NHL and NBA law firm] Proskauer Rose in all collective bargaining discussions now and in the future. Decertification becomes part of the script because Gary Bettman and the owners are trying to get a sense of how far they can push us and at some point we have to say ‘enough.’

“They want to see if we will take a bad deal because we get desperate or if we have the strength to push back. Decertification is a push back and should show we want a negotiation and a fair deal on at least some of our terms.”

He makes good points, but I have a hard time taking this so-called American seriously when he spells labor with a u. Different angles on the decertification debate, Herschel Walker, and some stats related articles are after the jump.

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Number Chains - November 22, 2012 Links

Josh L.
November 22 2012 11:21AM

This new, regular feature on NHLNumbers will share interesting stats-related posts from around the web almost every day.

Welcome to edition number 14 of the rebooted Number Chains. In this space you will be able to find the best analytical hockey writing from around the internet on a close-to-daily basis. Subject matter will include statistical evaluation, financial analysis, contractual issues, and (sometimes) closely-related tangential works. If you have something you would like to submit for a future edition (your writing or that of someone else) feel free to send it to me via Twitter @JoshL1220 or leave a comment.

In this Thanksgiving edition of Number Chains we salute Matt Duchene for dumping on every one of his teammates in Sweden except Joel Lundqvist. Adrian Dater pulled these quotes:

"Joel Lundqvist is a perfect example. He always works his ass off. Everyone should do that. But I'm not so sure everyone gets that. We just can't play this bad. It is so poor. We were getting booed by our own fans, it's unacceptable. They pay a lot of money to watch us and it's not fair of us to play so bad."

"If this was in the NHL, five players would be sent down to the minors after a game like this. But here, players are too comfortable. There are 33 million Canadians that would sacrifice an arm to play hockey at this level."

Harrison Mooney went on to point out something fairly depressing in response at Puck Daddy:

Strong words from Duchene, who is one of the youngest guys on his team. Granted, age ain't nothing but a number in Colorado. Heck, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York was released two days before their captain was born.

I'm officially old. All the lockout news you can handle is after the jump.

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Number Chains - November 20, 2012 Links

Josh L.
November 20 2012 01:28PM

This new, regular feature on NHLNumbers will share interesting stats-related posts from around the web almost every day.

Welcome to edition number 13 of the rebooted Number Chains. In this space you will be able to find the best analytical hockey writing from around the internet on a close-to-daily basis. Subject matter will include statistical evaluation, financial analysis, contractual issues, and (sometimes) closely-related tangential works. If you have something you would like to submit for a future edition (your writing or that of someone else) feel free to send it to me via Twitter @JoshL1220 or leave a comment.

Jesse Spector's series of crazy lockout-ending ideas continued yesterday with his craziest idea yet: play hockey while negotiating. He goes on to explain:

Get back on the ice, start collecting ticket revenue again, start selling merchandise again, and put the game front and center instead of posturing, browbeating, and greed. It’s not only the best way to set about repairing the NHL’s image, which believe it or not still has not hit rock bottom, it is the best way to make a deal.

Every observer agrees that the best chance to make progress on a collective bargaining agreement is to take negotiations out of the public eye. What better way to do that than to bring back hockey and move the CBA backstage?

It actually isn't a bad idea. Unfortunately, as Jesse points out, Donald Fehr suggested as much in September. Since the players suggested it the chances of the owners going along with it are slim to none.

More #fancystats, fan insulting, and mediation fail after the jump.

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Number Chains - November 19, 2012 Links

Josh L.
November 19 2012 12:10PM

This new, regular feature on NHLNumbers will share interesting stats-related posts from around the web almost every day.

Welcome to edition number twelve of the rebooted Number Chains. In this space you will be able to find the best analytical hockey writing from around the internet on a close-to-daily basis. Subject matter will include statistical evaluation, financial analysis, contractual issues, and (sometimes) closely-related tangential works. If you have something you would like to submit for a future edition (your writing or that of someone else) feel free to send it to me via Twitter @JoshL1220 or leave a comment.

Harrison Mooney was able to have more fun writing a post during the lockout than anyone else thus far. On Sunday, the lord's day, Harrison wrote about the booming sex industry in Canada with the lockout in full swing. As he and this quote from the Toronto Sun put it:

According to Vinay Morker, the owner of Edmonton's Hush Lingerie and More boutique, sales of his sex merch have gone up 15% since October. From the Toronto Sun:

"When Oilers fans, mostly guys, have to break their routine of seeing every game, they have more time," Morker said. "And there's nothing better than spending it with your spouse or girlfriend."

Morker said Hush's main clientele is couples looking to "expand their horizons" and he's seen a 15% jump in the sales of their sex toys, lingerie, games and sexual guides, like The Kama Sutra, since October.

The post goes out with a bang and a quasi-salute to our own Eric T when alternative opening lines for the post were discussed:

With no hockey on the schedule, NHL diehards have turned to creating zone entries on their own.

Bravo. We might not have hockey, but we have zone entry sex jokes. Less sex, but more stats and lockout posts are after the jump.

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Number Chains - November 16, 2012 Links

Josh L.
November 16 2012 03:35PM

This new, regular feature on NHLNumbers will share interesting stats-related posts from around the web almost every day.

Welcome to edition number eleven of the rebooted Number Chains. In this space you will be able to find the best analytical hockey writing from around the internet on a close-to-daily basis. Subject matter will include statistical evaluation, financial analysis, contractual issues, and (sometimes) closely-related tangential works. If you have something you would like to submit for a future edition (your writing or that of someone else) feel free to send it to me via Twitter @JoshL1220 or leave a comment.

As the lockout drags on we have more and more lockout-related posts. I'm doing what I can to fill this space with as few lockout posts as reasonably possible. If you want to see more lockout posts feel free to let me know. With that being said, here is the least surprising story to come out of the lockout. NBA Commisioner David Stern fully supports his protege Gary Bettman:

A year after a lockout that delayed the start of the season to Dec. 25, Stern was critical of hockey union head Donald Fehr for his side's negotiating stance in the current NHL lockout. Fehr said that sports with salary caps are more prone to lockouts because of their labor structure.

Stern disagreed and said the 50-50 sharing arrangement agreed to by the NFL and NBA, and proposed by NHL owners, was fair.

"They have no choice but to stand and protect such business model as will be left when the negotiations finish," he said.

After the jump a weeks worth of statistical goodness can be found.

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