The overrated value of a faceoff

Cam Charron
August 01 2011 09:23AM

 

Every so often, an analyst will talk about how a certain player deserved a "three star" nominee because he won two or three big faceoffs. Even more so often a coach will send out two centremen in a high-leverage situation to win a key, late draw. The question is whether this tactic has a tangible value.

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Kent Wilson
July 30 2011 05:49AM

 

 

Yesterday I floated the notion that we here at FN would appreciate some new blood on twitter. The response was fairly strong, so I decided to run with the idea.

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THE NATION COMES TO EDMONTON

Jason Gregor
July 29 2011 11:39AM

Edmonton will host most of the best under-20 players our country has to offer starting Wednesday August 3rd. Hockey Canada has invited 47 players to this year's camp; four goalies, 17 D-men and 26 forwards, but some of the invitees will likely be in the NHL in October, and won't be available to help Canada try and regain the gold medal after back-to-back silver medals.

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The Parise Solution

Kent Wilson
July 28 2011 10:05AM

 

 

As we continue to discuss (and argue about) the various reasons why the Flames are perpetually middling, it makes sense to start suggesting some solutions to the problem. A little while ago, I wrote that Calgary should target Steven Stamkos with an offer sheet. Perhaps a more realistic strategy would be to aggressively pursue one Zach Parise when he becomes an unrestriced free agent a year from now.

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The Weakest Link

Robert Cleave
July 27 2011 12:08AM

             

 

 

I'll confess a certain level of amusement over the handwringing going on in the comments here, when it's blatantly obvious that the biggest impediment to the Flames reaching the playoffs last season was a player that has received no mention at all. It's a bit odd, really, that people are willing to agonize over the mediocre play of middling types like Stajan while never, ever discussing the elephant in the room. 

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