Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Even though I knew Pat Quinn wasn’t well, I was shocked and saddened by the news of his death. I never met the man, but it is still an intensely personal loss. There are about a million Pat Quinn stories out there, all of them describing a fine man, a man who was widely respected […]

Emotionally Canuck fans were delighted by the decision to bring Trevor Linden back into the organization. He is the most popular player in team history and while he was not born in the city, he has become a Vancouver boy. Everyone really wants to see him succeed. If he accomplishes nothing else this summer, Trevor […]

I regularly read Lowetide partly because I keep a pretty close eye on the Oilers, but mostly because he and I grew up watching the same players. He often likes to make a point – like in this post – using things like Steve Shutt’s scouting report from 1972: Steve Shutt plays his position (LW) […]

It has been a long time since Vancouver was effectively eliminated from the playoffs this early and even longer since the Canucks have had such a disappointing season. (Vancouver has not been mathematically eliminated, of course, and the team will pretend they still have a chance for a while yet, but for me the loss […]

According to Bill Daly the NHL will make a decision about whether the league will participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics within the next six months. The early indications seem negative. Comments from league insiders are decidedly unenthusiastic about Korea. I believe this is probably a negotiating tactic because the clowns who run the NHL […]

Tyler Dellow is one of my favourite bloggers. I’ve read him for years. If pressed to explain why when I don’t hold much truck with hockey analytics, I say something like this, “He’s got an interesting point of view and he writes well. I don’t think the data he uses has anywhere near the validity […]

I don’t have very much to say about the hockey game last night. A tie was a fair result. (That’s how I see games that end up in a shootout these days. Vancouver and Phoenix each deserved a point last night. Neither team deserved two.) I do, however, have something to say about the Phoenix […]

One of the most annoying things about Don Cherry is his habit of reminding viewers how smart he is when one of his predictions hits the mark. “I told you so” does not work very well in the pundit business. First, he is supposed to be right, so it isn’t a very impressive claim. Second, […]

As most readers know, I am more than a little sceptical about the usefulness of hockey statistics, but I’m always willing to take another look at the subject. The most interesting team in the league for those who put a lot of stock in the numbers is probably the Toronto Maple Leafs. The data guys […]

Daniel Wagner doesn’t really criticise John Tortorella for deciding to bench David Booth against the Islanders, but he does make it clear that the explanation for the move “Booth hasn’t been doing enough to play” is bunk. Daniel puts the best explanation possible on Tortorella’s decision: Ultimately, it’s Tortorella’s call. If this is about sending […]