Sunday, August 31st, 2014

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) […]

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 […]

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 […]

Wasn’t this the year that the Oilers were finally going to start delivering on the “We’re going to suck our way to success” strategy? Or was that last year? I forget. How long have they been rebuilding now? Seven years? Five? For as long as Kevin Lowe has been around? I forget that too. It’s […]

1) The NHLPA Approach to Bargaining: The NHLPA negotiating strategy under Donald Fehr has become fairly obvious. Not only did Fehr delay opening negotiations for as long as possible, he has still not officially responded to the NHL initial proposal some three weeks after Gary Bettman tabled it. The strategy appears to be annoying Gary. […]

I think David Poile is one of the best general managers in the NHL. I’d go so far as to suggest that Poile more than anyone else has been responsible for the survival of the Predators in Nashville. At the time the league chose to expand to Nashville, I thought it was the most bizarre […]

I don’t have all that much to say about the fact that Pavel Bure finally made the cut and will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Clearly he belongs. I am happy for Bure because I’m sure he cares and he is easily my all time favourite player. Still, it doesn’t do anything to […]

Tyler Dellow has a couple of posts up about drafting strategy and what type of young player teams should be seeking. This is a subject I thought a lot about at the time the current CBA was signed and I haven’t changed my mind very much since then. Tyler, of course, is actually looking at […]