Best of the Nation – 2.10.13

Jonathan Willis
February 10 2013 09:31AM

Lots of good stuff after the jump – trades and transactions, NHL expansion, Craig MacTavish on his old team in Vancouver, Olympic speculation and more. Plus – a special look at the (highly impressive) results of our Jets Nation casting call.

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Phil Kessel scores, and there was never anything to worry about

Derek Zona
February 08 2013 10:48AM

Photo: Tim Alemenciak/Wikimedia

In my perfectly timed article on Phil Kessel yesterday, I noted that his scoreless streak, which ended last night, was not out of the norm for a shooter like Kessel:

"That said, if he continues to get pucks on goal they will start finding the twine eventually."

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Phil Kessel & Streaks

Derek Zona
February 07 2013 12:00PM

 

 

Phil Kessel is getting slammed by fans and the MSM and defended broadly in the Statosphere. Why? Kessel has played 10 games and hasn't tickled the twine. His first 42 shots on goal show nothing but a giant zero on the stat sheet. 

Should Leafs fans be worried?

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The Friends with Numbers Podcast, Episode 4: "Should We Edit Out The Part About Mikhail Grabovski?"

Dimitri Filipovic
February 07 2013 09:40AM

 

As we promised last week, we begin this edition of the podcast with a chat about Jordan Eberle, and his shooting. We then go on to discuss Vincent Lecavalier, Phil Kessel, the "code" for fighting, and the extreme zone start deployment we're seeing all across the league. 

We would love to hear from you, the listener, for suggestions on future topics of discussion. Rather than us just being in our own little world, we'd like to make this as interactive a show as possible. Feel free to tweet at either Dimitri or Cam.

Click Past the Jump to Listen to the Podcast.

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Transactions of the Week, January 28-February 3

Chase W.
February 06 2013 04:40PM

Pernell Karl Subban - Switzerland vs. Canada, 29th April 2012-2
By Fanny Schertzer, via Wikimedia Commons

 

Aloha, and welcome back to NHL Transactions of the Week, a retroactive look at player movement around the league from January 28-February 3, 2013. For those wondering whether the column had perished in the wake of a Sunday evening devoted entirely to football, fear not, for I have attempted to round up everything notable from the aforementioned window to the best of my abilities. If you would be kind enough to excuse my tardiness in posting the following breakdown, without further ado, we shall neutrally, impartially, evenhandedly, and without bias, start in the Eastern Conference.

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