Matt Stajan: Whatever Happened? (Part 1 of 2)

May 23 2012 06:53AM

Matt Stajan is the poster boy for due diligence. Not because he was an excellent reward for it, but because he's an excellent example of not doing due diligence.

In the years since the now infamous Dion Phaneuf trade, it's become widely reported that Darryl Sutter did not shop Phaneuf. He made two or three offers around the league, found a deal that was "good enough", and made it. He limited his options and and took whatever he could get. That, ladies and gentlemen, is not due diligence.

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The Effect of Zone Starts on Offensive Production

Cam Charron
May 22 2012 05:05PM

(--NOTE-- This piece was written by Rob Pettapiece of The CIS Blog , known also for his work on players who claim to be in the the best shape of their lives  and he is also the man behind the significant discovery that Canadian teenagers age . Visit his more general sports blog here . Primarily a baseball guy, I often joke with Rob that he knew about Corsi and advanced hockey stats before he knew anything about hockey.)

We know that players with more offensive zone starts tend to have better offensive numbers. But are those players given these OZone starts because they are better offensively, or do they merely appear better offensively because they are given these zone starts? In other words, we know there's a correlation, but where is the causation, if any?

The Canucks' justification for trading Cody Hodgson suggests that you can inflate a player's statistics if you give him more offensive zone time, so at least one team (and many of its fans) believe that it's the zone starts that make the player, to some extent. But how can we figure out just how much a zone start is worth to a player's offensive numbers?

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Oliver Ekman-Larsson's Undervalued Season

Josh L.
May 22 2012 12:33PM

Source: Wikipedia Commons

Very few people are familiar with the Phoenix Coyotes. Even fewer could pick Oliver Ekman-Larsson out of a lineup. There are numerous reasons for this unfortunate scenario, and with the season he just had that should change quickly.

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2012 NHL Draft - Top 80 Forwards

Derek Zona
May 22 2012 10:23AM

Sebastian Collberg might be a top 10 pick
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The May version of the Consensus Top 100 is in and the top of the draft continues to be dominated by European forwards and Canadian defensemen. 

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Should The Devils Forfeit The Kovalchuk Pick?

Brent Morris
May 21 2012 04:19PM

He's been worth it.
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It was an unfortunate post-script to the summer-long Ilya Kovalchuk saga for Devils fans - they were happy that the thing was finally settled, Ilya had his 15-year contract, and it seemed to disinterested observers that the NHLPA had struck a blow for long-term contracts.

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