Is Tampa Bay's 'Yzerplan' really the ideal blueprint?

Bill Morran
September 08 2016 01:34PM

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No GM had a better off-season this year than Tampa Bay's Steve Yzerman. You can tell this because of all the people who are saying it. Had Yzerman not had the best off-season, very few people would say it. But of course, people are saying it, because it's Steve Yzerman. Yzerman has transcended being underrated. He is now underrated (and classy) to an extent in which he's simply too underrated (and classy) for us to describe with mere human words. We all recognize the brilliance, the humility, the leadership, the greatness, and the goodness of Steve Yzerman, but we can never really give him the credit he deserves. 

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Waiting for Gaudreau: The biggest contracts in Calgary Flames history

Ryan Pike
September 08 2016 08:00AM

We're now into World Cup of Hockey season, meaning we may be waiting for a while for news relating to Johnny Gaudreau's contract extension. With this lull, it's probably a good time to take a look at some of the richest deals in club history – particularly given Sean Monahan's recent long-term, big-money extension.

Here's a brief snapshot of the most expensive deals in Flames history. Where do you think Gaudreau's deal, whenever it occurs, will fall within these lists?

Active contracts are bolded.

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September 07 2016 09:06PM

A year ago, we were talking about the one open spot among the Oilers top two lines: 2RW. Today, on the eve of training camp, 2RW stands as the unsolved mystery inside the top 6F.

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Let's embrace the uniqueness of the World Cup

Jayson Spikes
September 07 2016 05:12PM

Everyone loves best-on-best hockey, and it's almost here! 

We've waited over a year for it, and now it's like Christmas Eve for the hockey world. World Cup of Hockey training camps are well underway, games start on September 17th and fans couldn't be more ecstatic! Except, reality tells us that isn't really the case.

Everywhere you look, there's an extremely negative aura floating around the World Cup. It's hard to tell exactly what the majority opinion is, but it's hard to ignore the vocal naysayers striking down the idea of the tournament. 

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Stat Shot is illuminating and informative

Ryan Pike
September 06 2016 02:00PM

I honestly cannot remember the first time I read Rob Vollman's work on advanced statistics and hockey analytics. I'm sure it had to have been sometime around 2005 or 2006, but by that time he'd already become ubiquitous with what I like to call "looking at hockey with an academic sensibility." After a few years of working in relative obscurity, Vollman has broken through into a mainstream niche as the go-to guy in analytics – evidenced by his column on and plentiful radio hits on places like Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

Vollman's first print book, Hockey Abstract Presents... Stat Shot: The Ultimate Guide to Hockey Analytics, is exactly what you would expect from him – it's what he's been doing, but on a larger scale. To put it another way: if his previous editions of the Hockey Abstract were his Evil Dead, Stat Shot is his Evil Dead 2 or Army of Darkness. It is an extension of his previous work, but on a much larger scale.

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