October 24 2012 08:04AM
Contrary to popular belief, greed has not been the driving force behind the NHL lockout.
No. To date, it's just been business. And in business, you exploit your position to extract the maximum profits the market will bear. You do this either by squeezing out the competition so you have free reign to raise prices, or you use leverage to drive costs out of your supply chain. There is no greed involved. It's just math.
In fact, if greed has a role to play, it will be in saving the NHL hockey season. Here's why...
October 23 2012 07:36PM
Here's your tasty KHL goodness for the day!...Well that sounded weird...hm...
Well anyway - enjoy!
October 23 2012 02:25PM
I shared some qualitative observations of Calgary's AHL prospects in the post below, so it's about time I spiked that with some quantitative stuff. Of course, it's much too early in the season to take anything substantive from a players stats line so far, but I plan to establish this database now and update it regularly as the year progresses.
As usual, I will be employing NHL equivalency (NHLE) to compare kids scattered across various leagues. If you're unfamiliar, Gabriel Desjardins' original article on the subject can be found here (warning, .pdf). Short version: it's a method of translating a players output based on the quality of his league.
To the tables!
October 23 2012 11:09AM
As everyone around here no doubt knows by now, the Abbotsford Heat played the Chicago Wolves on Saturday and the game was televised live and in living color by Sportsnet. That gave myself and others an opportunity to watch the team closely for the first time this year and share our thoughts in the game thread that day.
For those who don't want to click on the thread and read through 80+, comments here is a summation of my observations that night:
October 22 2012 11:04PM
Lots of KHL goodness today. Malkin puts up 4 points and helps Nikolai Kulemin get two of his own, Ovechkin scores and helps Nicklas Backstrom get his first KHL point, and he gets a little punchy, too.