Why Jimmy Howard Should Have Been In The Vezina Discussion, But Has No Chance of Winning

Nick Seguin
January 04 2017 06:42AM

Last season, fans were calling for Jimmy Howard to be traded. His mediocre play as the Red Wings starting goaltender had been holding the team back for the last couple of years. And, when he fell to injury, backup Petr Mrazek rose to the occasion, posting a .951 SV% and 1.31 GAA through January and the first half of February.

Now that the Wings had a young goalie with a high ceiling, there was no need for the aging Jimmy Howard and his $5.3 million cap hit. Unfortunately, his contract doesn’t come off the books until 2019-20. Due to this, Howard was deemed “untradable”.

As it turned out, this was a blessing in disguise for the Red Wings. Jimmy Howard has been the strongest player on the team with stats that rank him with the best goalies in the league. Before falling to an MCL Sprain that is keeping him out 4-6 weeks, he was making a strong case for himself as a Vezina Trophy candidate.

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Thomas Drance Steps Down as Editor in Chief, Takes Position With The Florida Panthers

Nation World HQ
January 04 2017 05:00AM

The Nation Network is pleased and proud to announce that our Editor in Chief, Thomas Drance, has stepped down to take a position with the Florida Panthers. 

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The Leafs' Statistical Progression In December, As A Team

Jeff Veillette
January 03 2017 12:30PM

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Happy New Year! We're actually a few days into 2017 already, but that doesn't change the fact that we're now able to look back on December. It was a good month for the blue and white; their 7-4-3 record brought them ever closer to being comfortably in a playoff spot. Like we did a month ago, let's see how the team progressed from November to December.

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NHLN Notebook: Burmistrov, Halak to the AHL, Dahlin, and Colorado searches for Defense

Christian Pagnani
January 03 2017 10:38AM

The Coyotes claim Alex Burmistrov, the Islanders want to get rid of Jaroslav Halak, Rasmus Dahlin is making a name for himself, and Colorado might be willing to part with Matt Duchene or Gabriel Landeskog for a good, young defenseman.

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Analyzing Toronto's Game Score from December

Dom Luszczyszyn
January 03 2017 08:09AM

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After every month of hockey, it's good practice to take a look back and assess what happens. That's my goal here with these posts analyzing the Leafs Game Score for each player for every month. You can find October's here and November's here.

For those unfamiliar with Game Score, it's a single number stat meant to measure single game productivity and player value that I developed over the summer. It basically combines the most important box-score stats and weights them by their relevance to goals. It's not perfect and there's much that is unaccounted for, but it does pretty well for something that is relatively simple to compute and comprehend.

The sample is still incredibly small, but I figure taking a look at the team on a monthly basis could provide some insight into how the team is doing. So without further ado, here's how the Leafs December looked through the eyes of Game Score and some thoughts on it.

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