May 09 2011 02:47PM
It's incredibly likely, albeit not yet certain, that the Detroit Red Wings are about to be bounced from the Conference Semifinals for the second straight year, leaving the Sharks to advance through them once again.
And now we have to start asking very serious questions about what this means for the future of the best franchise of the last decade and a half.
May 09 2011 02:01PM
I won't be quoting any numbers or arcane stats in the post today. I won't even be contributing much original material. Mostly I just wanted to call attention to this interesting article by David Staples of the Edmonton Journal on the history of scoring chances and "non-traditional" stats in the NHL.
May 09 2011 01:58AM
Robert's article yesterday revolved around one of the remaining pieces from last year's Dion Phaneuf trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs in Matt Stajan. Along with Niklas Hagman, Stajan is one of the two remaining players acquired, with Tom Kostopoulos and Anton Babchuk loosely affiliated as well. The other two players are heading into game six of a second round series with the Red Wings on Tuesday night, in Ian White and Jamal Mayers. One of those two guys is having some rather nice postseason success.
May 08 2011 11:21AM
I'm not sure there was a Flames' player whose efforts attracted more negative attention in relative terms this past season than Matt Stajan. The ex-Leaf signed a 4 year, $14M extension shortly after he arrived via the Phaneuf trade, much to virtually everyone's chagrin, and followed that up with the worst season of his career by far. His 10/11 concluded with him pulling 4th line duty after Daymond Langkow returned, so all in all, it was an utter bust of a year. Brent Sutter's post-season comments suggested the club was unhappy with his fitness, with the clear implication that Stajan played soft due to his poor conditioning.
May 05 2011 11:55AM
Time to take a break from the scoring chance posts for now I think. Some people love graphs and charts and pocket protectors and such, but even their eyes will start to glaze over if I do nothing but talk about advanced stats every day (and I would). So here's another round of random thoughts 'bout the Flames and other stuff.