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August 05 2016 05:00AM
Leafs frontrunners for Vesey, are the Canucks D good enough now, referees in Calgary, a lot of Gretzky's in Edmonton, Bobby Hull deserves a snub, analytics debate roars again, superstars fight and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
August 04 2016 11:00AM
T.J. Brodie has to be one of the NHL's most under-appreciated players. This past season, he was 11th in ice time per game out of all defenders with 25:15. His 45 points in 70 games saw him place 18th out of all defencemen; change that to points per game, and he jumps up to 13th.
He could very easily be considered a number one guy, were it not for the fact his defence partner is Mark Giordano. Even then, though, the two put up such formidable numbers together, one could easily make a case for them being one of the very best defence pairings in the league.
And yet, Brodie's name doesn't carry the weight Giordano's does. His cap hit of just $4.65 million doesn't carry it, either.
In the upcoming 2016-17 season, Brodie will be 51st in cap hits out of all defencemen.
August 04 2016 10:00AM
Photo from Said Mrigua
Do you think ice hockey in Las Vegas doesn't make sense? Try playing hockey in Africa.
August 04 2016 08:00AM
Today we'll take all of my accrued Flames data and compare it against the opposition to see how things shake out.
Reminder: I reviewed every played minute of each game in question, broke the data down into called and uncalled infractions, then into physical and technical categories and ranked them on a scale: 0 for fantasy or ghost calls, 1 for weak or marginal, 2 for fair or earned, 3 for blatant or obvious.
I realize that a five game sample is in no way statistically significant, therefore what I'm looking at here is using the data collected to examine things from more of a sociological perspective. In other words, looking at behaviours of the teams and officials, asserting or refuting arguments with regards to referees and how they officiate the game, and so on.
August 03 2016 09:22PM
The word we are getting is that the Winnipeg Jets and Jacob Trouba are not agreeing on much these days. Gary Lawless of TSN suggests there is a gap across a range of issues, and that—at least for awhile—allows us to discuss the possibility of a trade. Let's have a look.