February 19 2015 01:12PM
I don’t think it’s even news at this point, but as we all know, the NHL’s Salary Cap figures are directly tied to the strength of the Canadian dollar. Back in January, Gary Bettman suggested if the dollar stayed where it was at $0.80, the cap ceiling for the 2015-16 season would end up being around $71 million. As a result, this has put a lot of teams in a really sticky situation.
I already went through and looked at the teams who are really getting messed up by the declining dollar — the Los Angeles Kings, Chicago Blackhawks, and Philadelphia Flyers — and now I’m going to look at some teams who aren’t exactly in cap hell, but will be forced to make some difficult decisions this summer due to the shrinking ceiling.
The first team in that category is last year’s Eastern Conference Champion and one of the hottest teams in the league, the New York Rangers. Let’s take a look at what’s happening on Broadway.
February 18 2015 03:47PM
With teams hitting the final stretch of the season, discussion around competition for individual awards has started to heat up. Last year, Patrice Bergeron won the Frank J. Selke Trophy for the forward who best excels in the defensive aspect of the game by a wide margin. This award is somewhat difficult to gauge, mainly because it’s voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association, a combination of individuals who have varying stances on the validity of advanced stats in hockey, and I'm (obviously) not completely sure what each voter is going to base their vote on. Regardless, there are four players, including Bergeron, who break away from the pack as the most valuable defensive forwards in the game.
Let’s take a look
February 17 2015 08:20AM
Along with the NHL’s playoff races, the competition for the league’s individual awards is heating up as we head into the final stretch of the season. Of all the awards, the Calder Trophy seems to be the most obvious choice at this point. Filip Forsberg has already put up 19 goals and 50 points and has helped his Nashville Predators transform from a middling team into a legitimate Stanley Cup threat. While Forsberg’s season has been incredibly impressive, a few other guys — including a 19-year old rock in Florida — may give him a run for money when it’s all said and done.
Let’s take a look.
February 15 2015 05:07PM
The draft is one of the most interesting places to investigate in hockey. You have predictive analytics, growth curves, game theory, opportunity costs, and many other areas of study interacting.
Sometimes I find information interesting, anecdotal or otherwise, but doesn't really pertain relatively speaking to what I'm focusing on. I recently fiddled with the draft vizualization centre (over at hockeyprospectus.com by Matt Pfeffer) and found some interesting trends.
I thought I'd share these trends:
February 15 2015 03:00PM
I hope you all had a great valentines day, filled with love and and happiness, or if you're anything like me, filled with pizza and self loathing. One thing that will never let you down is First Star, Worst Star!