January 06 2013 05:04PM

What's that thing called when you break up with someone, both see other people and then decide you are going to get back together and have to pretend like the last 6 months never happened? Yeah. It's time for about 1000cc of that.

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Number Chains - January 6th Links

Josh L.
January 06 2013 04:43PM



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

Welcome to your first post lockout links. 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.

I've been tired of writing about the lockout for quite a while now. So, let's sit down and discuss the lockout some more. This time at least we can finally say goodbye to the lockout once and for all. Details are beginning to come out about the new agreement. TSN (giving credit to Aaron Ward, Darren Dreger, and Pierre LeBrun) has the details as we currently know them:

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Agreement reached; Lockout on verge of end; Christmas saved

Cam Charron
January 06 2013 09:41AM

After 16 hours of bargaining and mediation Saturday and early into Sunday morning, the National Hockey League and its Players Association came through with a tentative labour agreement that will see the remainder of the 2012-2013 season played out under a pro-rated salary cap.

A groggy Gary Bettman, who was speaking about as quickly as either Sedin accelerates (they're slow, get it?), clarified that the deal must be ratified on both sides, and that there was no information available yet on schedule or number of games to be played.

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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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