July 13 2012 04:37PM
According to John Gambadoro, a sports radio host out of Phoenix, an Eastern Conference team has offered Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan a four year deal with an annual cap hit north of $7.5 million. Is there any situation where that sort of money would make sense?
July 13 2012 12:19PM
(This series was originally published at FlamesNation)
In previous entries in this series, we've discussed how GM's and coaches can fall victim to certain fallacies that result in bad decision paths. In part one, we looked at mistaking correlation for causation in small sample sizes and fabricating narratives to explain randomness. In part two, the topic was overly weighting the effect of vague, unquantifiable factors in players and teams.
I want to expand on that latter point this time around to cover how player categorization plus qualitative scouting reports can lead folks sometimes to value style over content.
July 11 2012 10:12AM
A few days ago, I presented some of what we were able to learn from Geoff Detweiler's data tracking the Flyers' zone entries in 2011-12. One of the things I noted is that carrying the puck into the offensive zone generates a lot more offense than dumping the puck in.
In this article, I'll follow that observation up by answering some of the questions that a lot of people have asked and showing a little more about what we found.
July 10 2012 09:49AM
The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that they had reached an agreement on a contract extension with right wing Teddy Purcell. The 26-year old set career highs in all offensive categories for the second consecutive season, and starting in 2013-14 will be paid an average of $4.5 million/season.
What sort of value does that contract offer?
July 09 2012 11:48AM
A couple of weeks ago, I laid out an overview of Broad Street Hockey's zone entry project. I described some of the cool things we've found and called for readers to join the project, but I didn't yet show any of the data to support my claims.
This article will be step one in that journey; we'll delve into just how much of a team's results are determined in the neutral zone.