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Those of you familiar with baseball statistics may be aware of Pythagorean wins. If you hate math, skip to the next paragraph. The idea is as follows: if a team scores as many goals as they let in, chances are they should have exactly a .500 record. If they score more goals than they let in, their winning percentage should move higher according to some mathematical relationship. Bill James determined that the relationship for baseball is runs scored squared divided by runs scored squared less runs allowed squared.
Just minutes ago, the NHL debuted its advertising plan for the upcoming season entitled ‘my NHL’. Heres what its about.
With all that flaming from the Northeast division, its time to look to the western side of things, so lets take a look at the Northwest on an unbias view…
Well.. According to the Vancouver Sun. Matt Cooke has signed a 3 year 4.6 million dollar deal. That gives him 1.53 million a year. He got what he wanted, cause he wanted to be the 4th highest paid forward on the canucks. He beat Trevor Lindon who is at 1.52 million. But this makes Vancouver’s third line of
According to Sportsnet.ca Jason York has decided to play in Switzerland with an out clause in his contract.
He will be playing in Europe until a NHL comes looking for his services.
Today Alexei Yashin officially became the Islanders 10th captain in its history. With Peca now playing for the Oilers, the Islanders needed someone to step in and fill the leadership void. One has to wonder how well the Islanders can do this year with Yashin as their undisputed leader. His heart and leadership have always been questioned, especially with recent playoff performances, and especially when he played for the Senators against the Maple Leafs.
After a week of training camp, a few scrimmages, an inter-squad game, and one pre-season tilt, the early signs say the Toronto Maple Leafs may struggle. Here are some reasons why.
There has been lots of talk about Ottawa being so strong, Boston being better than last year, and Toronto (at least their die hard / unrealistic fans) making a legitamate shot despite the loss of depth and veteran leadership. The truth is that many sports writters and hockey fans are writting off Montreal or not taking them seriously.
According to TSN.ca right winger Milan Hejduk of the Colorado Avalanche under went arthroscopic knee surgery. He is excepted to miss a few weeks.
Here is the article for more info.
The Business with Arthur Griffith on Mojo radio in Vancouver is reporting that the Canucks and Matt Cooke are on the verge of announcing that he has signed a three year contract (no numbers were discussed).
According to the Hockey News, they can. The moves they made to shore up their D, deepen their farm system with strong drafts and trades, and getting perhaps the best player in the world are good reasons why the team has a strong chance to win.
Well the news came in about Bondra and other reports say Atlanta isn’t even close with Kovalchuk soon. Bondra is a great add for Atlanta who is now still turning into a contender this year. The main question is…. Where is Kovalchuk? Trade? or will he hit wavier’s after October 5th? Only about 6 million left on the budget in Atlanta.
Who get’s him and how?
New York Ranger Rumors continue.
Up here in Canada I think the game will be fine although the article I read that said the Sens will lose 10 million this year before the puck is even dropped and that they were at the maximum that they can spend kind of concerns me. I don’t know if its a new way to try to sell more tickets since they would not be able to sign Chara and Redden or have to deal players earlier then expected.
According to Hockeyleaks.com and Canucksource.com there are several sources that are reporting the possible trade of Tyler Aranason from Chicago to Vancouver for Matt Cooke and a high draft pick.
This season of hockey is going to be a crapshoot. We all knew that well in advance. However, we do know which teams are going to be around the top and which teams will be plugging away at the bottom. These, according to popular opinion, are the bottom five teams who will be fighting for the first overall pick.
According to thefourthperiod.com … Pavel Datsyuk is now offically in Russia. The article states that the main reason he is staying is because he must “..fulfill my duties in front (of) Avangard. By that I mean my one-year contract.”
During a meeting in Portugal between the National Hockey League, NHL Players’ Association and International Ice Hockey Federation, it became clear the international hockey stage is not ready for all of the changes adopted by the NHL.
NHL deputy commissioner, Bill Daly tells Sportsnet the IIHF will stick to its goalie equipment sizing standards, meaning the majority of goalies who will be playing in the Olympics will be faced with having to make decision whether to change their equipment and “upsize” just for the Games in Turin 2006.
Penguins – A New Reality
Imagine a team full of AHL players all struggling for a spot on the roster. This scenario plays out during the off season every year. However, for the penguins, this was the 2003-2004 season. While they did not make the play offs with this rookie team, and rookie coach they did do something – they were able to compete on an NHL level. Now let’s fast forward a bit to now, past the lockout, and past all the arguments. Let’s look at the new 2005-2006 NHL. The penguins have acquired leadership, talent, and a will to win. Not to mention hockey’s newborn superstar, Sydney Crosby.
After reading the article concerning the banning of IP addresses for anyone that makes “immature, unnecessary, and stupid” comments, I felt the matter was still unresolved. I have been a regular member of this site for several years and have seen my fair share of moronic posters. However, this newly instituted no-tolerance system raises several questions.
According to TSN, Keith Tkachuk has been suspended by the St. Louis Blues for failing his physical. According to TSN article at http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?id=136560, he showed up at training camp over-weight, but is expected to rejoin the team shortly.