October 03 2016 07:09AM
Fellow TLN writer Ryan Fancey brought up today that the signing of Matt Martin back in July was a bit of a questionable one. That's not something that you haven't heard before; we showed significant skepticism in the moment of and those that immediately followed in early July.
But Ryan's point was that, in having a pricey and longer-term deal, Martin could now stand in the way of a rookie who impresses in camp, because there's no way that the man who just signed a $10-million dollar contract gets cut before his first game, right?
My response: This could've all been avoided if they gave Rich Clune an NHL contract instead. It was a response that got scoffed at heavily by the social media masses, but I don't think it's an insane statement. For the sake of discussing roster management rather than pumping or dumping on either player, let's do a comparison to see if there's much of a discernable difference between what they bring.
October 02 2016 12:30PM
It’s another busy day on the waiver wire. We’ve got a little bit of everything today. Famous prospects, unknown late bloomers, gritty mid-career guys trying to make it as fourth liners, and even a few proven NHL’ers trying to sneak a few more games in on their way down the career curve.
October 01 2016 03:56PM
With each passing day, we get closer to the start of the
2016-17 NHL season and hockey games with actual value in the standings. We also
get closer to completed rosters, a fact which means the names on the waiver
wire get more interesting by the day.
October 01 2016 11:06AM
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OK, the tournament's over. No, honestly it is. It didn't take as long as you thought if you rightfully avoided all the roster selection debates (which are fun, I admit, unless you're Phil Kessel) and the pre-tournament games. So does that mean the criticism and the jokes about poor attendance, apathy, and the potential for Team USA players to destroy desk chairs at the downtown Hilton in Toronto now ends? Well...not yet.
October 01 2016 07:11AM
The available shot-attempt data doesn't go back an entire decade. It's all very useful, but historical debates over players are incredibly hard to quantify. Many analytically inclined fans have things they figure based on what kinds of players are over or under rated today, but that's far from a perfect method. It's not just that we lack data, but having not lived through these games, we often lack context.