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August 05 2016 05:00AM
Leafs frontrunners for Vesey, are the Canucks D good enough now, referees in Calgary, a lot of Gretzky's in Edmonton, Bobby Hull deserves a snub, analytics debate roars again, superstars fight and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
August 04 2016 11:00AM
T.J. Brodie has to be one of the NHL's most under-appreciated players. This past season, he was 11th in ice time per game out of all defenders with 25:15. His 45 points in 70 games saw him place 18th out of all defencemen; change that to points per game, and he jumps up to 13th.
He could very easily be considered a number one guy, were it not for the fact his defence partner is Mark Giordano. Even then, though, the two put up such formidable numbers together, one could easily make a case for them being one of the very best defence pairings in the league.
And yet, Brodie's name doesn't carry the weight Giordano's does. His cap hit of just $4.65 million doesn't carry it, either.
In the upcoming 2016-17 season, Brodie will be 51st in cap hits out of all defencemen.
August 04 2016 08:00AM
Today we'll take all of my accrued Flames data and compare it against the opposition to see how things shake out.
Reminder: I reviewed every played minute of each game in question, broke the data down into called and uncalled infractions, then into physical and technical categories and ranked them on a scale: 0 for fantasy or ghost calls, 1 for weak or marginal, 2 for fair or earned, 3 for blatant or obvious.
I realize that a five game sample is in no way statistically significant, therefore what I'm looking at here is using the data collected to examine things from more of a sociological perspective. In other words, looking at behaviours of the teams and officials, asserting or refuting arguments with regards to referees and how they officiate the game, and so on.
August 03 2016 01:30PM
With the World Cup of Hockey's return, we don't have to wait until October to see meaningful games played anymore. Sure, we still have to wait that long for the actual Calgary Flames to return to action - but as far as competitive games between high-end talent go, Sept. 17 is the date to watch out for.
And even though they remain unsigned, that high-end talent should still include Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan.
League source clarifies World Cup status for unsigned RFAs such as Trouba, Gaudreau, Monahan - they'll be insured at NHL/NHPA's expense— gary lawless (@garylawless) August 3, 2016
So even if two of the Flames' best don't have contracts by the time the World Cup starts - and that would really be something - they should still be dressing for Team North America.
August 03 2016 11:00AM
Previously (here) I had examined the role of called and uncalled infractions on two Flames games. In the second of this series we'll be looking at three games: the March 31 3-0 loss to the Kings, a 7-3 smackdown of the Canucks on April 7 and the April 5 5-4 overtime loss to the aforementioned Kings.
To save space, I'd direct any questions on the methods to the first in the series where I explain why I'm doing this, how I go about it, and some of the basis premises on officiating we are looking to apply here.