Let's talk about stats vs traditionalists

Kent Wilson
July 30 2016 11:00AM

The advanced stats vs conventional hockey people fight is probably getting old for anyone watching the argument from the outside. Nevertheless, it rages on, flaring up whenever a new school person flagrantly denies conventional wisdom or an old school person balks at nerds analyzing the game with spreadsheets.

Many might be surprised to find out that the two schools of thought actually agree more than they disagree. The problem is, there are fundamental areas of friction between the two sides that may never be resolved. Let's talk about these issues, from the view of a new school outsider with a background in psychology (i.e.; me).

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A history of Flames numbers: #36, Troy Brouwer

Ari Yanover
July 30 2016 08:00AM

Troy Brouwer wore #36 in St. Louis. It was actually the first time in his career he wore the number; he'd previously worn mostly #22, but occasionally #29 and #26 with the Blackhawks, and #20 with the Washington Capitals.

The number 22 actually isn't taken with the Flames - Drew Shore was the last one to have it, and ways have been parted with him - but Brouwer is bringing his Blues number to the Flames.

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The good and bad of the Saddledome

Ryan Pike
July 29 2016 11:00AM

When the puck drops in October, the Calgary Flames will begin their 33rd season in the Scotiabank Saddledome. The season will unfold while the future of the building is openly discussed at Calgary's City Council, as city administration is concurrently exploring the Calgary NEXT proposal and a Plan B situated in Stampede Park. (Council will hear a report on both options in October and make a recommendation as to what option should be pursued further.)

But as the future of the old barn is debated, it's worthwhile to figure out what things need to be carried over to whatever the new building will be and what aspects need to be thrown asunder. With that in mind, we've been asking around, looking around, and polling people in places like Twitter and Reddit to find out what people love about the Saddledome and what they absolutely loathe about the place.

Here's what we found out.

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A history of Flames numbers: #31, Chad Johnson

Ari Yanover
July 29 2016 08:00AM

The real crime here is that Chad Johnson isn't wearing #85.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
July 29 2016 05:00AM


Auston Mattews contract saga over nothing, how do the best NHL teams structure their salary cap, Trevor Linden speaks, Flames off-season report card, all signs point to Connor McDavid to be Oilers next Captain, Pacific division preview, size doesn't matter, Evander Kane, The Tragically Hip and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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