CRYSTAL BALL: STAPLES PREDICTS OILERS WILL OVERTAKE FLAMES NO LATER THAN 2012-13

Robin Brownlee
September 04 2011 01:27AM

I'm not surprised Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster got Edmonton Oilers faithful hot and bothered with his comments regarding rebuilding the other day, but I'm a bit puzzled fan veteran Edmonton Journal scribe David Staples took the bait.

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Player types: The two-way forward

Cam Charron
September 02 2011 02:34PM

 

 

Earlier this week, I took to the Nations Network to further analyze a player's plus/minus rating, specifically to do with on-ice shot differential, in an effort to learn more about teams and players, sharing a theory I have with "high event" hockey players.

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Flames Comparables: Iginla and Tanguay

Robert Vollman
September 01 2011 02:08PM

 

 

Predicting how many points a player will score is tricky business.  Even the new Vukota system, which has already been regarded as the best, is off by 0.14 points per game on average – or 11.5 points over an 82 game season.

That's why I like the Snepsts System, which since it was first introduced in 2009 over at Hockey Prospectus, projects how many points a player will score by searching NHL's vast history to find players with similar scoring trends.  While it's no more accurate than the Vukota system over-all, it offers up a range of historical probabilities, offering us the opportunity to decide for ourselves where a particular player will fall, depending on their individual circumstances.

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THE HUMAN TOLL: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

Robin Brownlee
September 01 2011 11:06AM

With Sidney Crosby's hockey career hanging in the balance because of concussions and Marc Savard's apparently over, the NHL's overdue decision to address headshots in the game is a classic case of being a day late and a dollar short.

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Wade Belak Found Dead

Kent Wilson
August 31 2011 03:43PM

 

 

Ex-Flame and Leaf enforcer Wade Belak was reportedly found dead in his Toronto condo this afternoon. The 35-year old recently retired from hockey.

Belak's death marks the third tragic passing of an NHL tough guy this summer after Derek Boogaard and Rick Rypien. The cause of his death has yet to be reported, but whatever it is, this has truly been one of the saddest offseasons in NHL memory.

More to come as details emerge. For now, sincere condolences to Belak's friends and family.

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