Ray Whitney Signs With the Dallas Stars: Two Years, $9 Million

Jonathan Willis
July 01 2012 01:47PM

The Dallas Stars made the biggest splash on Sunday morning, signing winger Ray Whitney to a two-year contract worth $4.5 million per season. In an interview with TSN, the 40-year old Whitney confirmed that the Stars’ willingness to do a two-year deal was the deciding factor in his decision to move to Texas.

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Nations UFA Frenzy Live Chat

Kent Wilson
July 01 2012 09:47AM

Join us at 12pm MST (10am EST) to criticize, mock or applaude all the big additions and/or mistakes NHL GM's will make today.

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Picking Through Second Pairing Defensemen

Robert Vollman
June 29 2012 04:42PM

 

 

In a previous piece we looked at top line defensemen and found out two keys facts: there will be very few available through free agency, and some of the most effective top pairing defensemen were elite defensemen paired up with guys who were previously on 2nd or 3rd pairings. 

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Asking the Right Questions - The Imprecise and Unattainable

Kent Wilson
June 29 2012 02:01PM

 

 

"Not many people have grace."
"Well, you know, grace is a tough one. I like to think I have a little grace. Not as much as Jackie O...."
"You can't have a little grace. You either have grace or you don't."
"Okay, fine. I have no grace."
"And you can't acquire grace."
"Well, I have no intention of getting grace."
"Grace isn't something you can pick up at the market."
"Alright, alright, look, I don't have grace, I don't want grace, I don't even say grace, okay?" 

- Seinfeld

Previously we discussed how asking the wrong questions is the first misstep management of lackluster teams can take in the off-season, with a particular focus on being skeptical of small outbursts of success amidst a general sea of mediocrity. This time around, I want to look at how fans and decision makers can get wrapped up in psychoanalyzing their players or agonizing over fuzzy, non-specific but apparently plausible factors.

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Asking the Right questions - Beware Small Samples

Kent Wilson
June 28 2012 04:52PM

 

 

(This is part one of a three part series that was originally published in April. With free agency season approaching, we figured it was worth a re-post here on NHLNumbers.)

It occured to me recently, after watching Brian Burke bloviate, Jay Feaster deflect and Steve Tambellini ramble during their respective year-end press conferences, that the true issue facing mediocre (or worse) teams is not whether an executive has all the answers - it's if he has the wherewithal to ask the right questions.

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