Teddy Purcell re-signs with the Tampa Bay Lightning

Jonathan Willis
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?

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How important is neutral zone play?

Eric T.
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.

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Nation Radio - July 7, 2012

July 08 2012 10:59AM



With summer weather finally arriving on the ol' dusty plains here in Alberta, a lot of folks thoughts are probably turning to backyard barbecues and water parks and picnics and pin wheels and county fairs and whatever else folks associate with summer vacation.

Not us here at the Nation though. Our hearts and minds stay rooted at the rink - or, as it were, in spreadsheets, internet squabbles over player contracts and twitter flame wars.

This week, Lowetide snubbed the the inviting sun and instead talked contracts, drafts and free agency with a gaggle of guests including Jason Strudwick, Andrey Osadchenko and Jonathan Willis.

This is Nation Radio.

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Are negotiations on this collective bargaining agreement going better or worse than they went in 2004?

Jonathan Willis
July 08 2012 09:50AM

The collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and NHLPA is slated to expire on September 15, 2012. The league and players’ association have until then to negotiate the details on a new agreement, or else the possibility exists that the 2012-13 season will not begin on time. How are things looking so far?

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How would "The Gold Rule" affect the draft order?

Rob Pettapiece
July 06 2012 11:20AM



At the Sloan Sports Conference earlier this year, Adam Gold, a University of Missouri PhD student, proposed a way to change how the draft order is determined. Instead of using the reverse standings, he suggested using the number of wins or points generated after teams were eliminated.

This would, in theory, remove the incentives to tank once a team can no longer make the playoffs, while still ensuring that the worst teams (who are eliminated earlier) maintain their high draft positions. It got noticed - by Oilers fans and followers, to no surprise - and debated, but I wondered what would actually happen under such a system.

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