You Can Take The Blogger Out Of The Basement...Well, Maybe Not

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August 08 2014 10:19AM

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Wow, guess that was a bad time to take a couple of weeks off, what with bloggers getting hired by real life NHL teams. I hope I didn't miss any calls.

But in case you've been living under a rock, the advanced stats coming out party continued this week with news that Tyler Dellow (aka @mc79hockey) was hired by the Oilers to consult directly with head coach Dallas Eakins over the coming season. This is an interesting development for several reasons, not the least of which is that it's now a little bit safer to give Twitter a try.

More on the other, less snarky, reasons after the jump.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
August 08 2014 08:05AM


The Leafs are over the cap, the Oilers hire stats guy Tyler Dellow, Alabama hates Vancouver, who makes the Flames and more in this week's Roundup.

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The Forgotten Man: What's become of Luca Sbisa?

J.D. Burke
August 06 2014 11:46AM

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We've spent a lot of time on this platform this summer evaluating the return the Vancouver Canucks managed to muster for Ryan Kesler the day of the draft. Well, that's not entirely true. We've discussed Nick Bonino ad nauseam and we've been enlightened on Jared McCann, but there's another piece of the package that has been somewhat swept under the rug.

That's Luca Sbisa, who has largely become an afterthought despite having been quite highly regarded not all that long ago. After all, he was once a 1st round pick that was moved as a key piece in a Chris Pronger trade from the Ducks to the Flyers. The difference is that back then he was still considered a blue chip prospect with skating, size, and the ability to move the puck effectively; all of which led people to project him as a top-4 defenseman.

Obviously things didn't work out that way for him in Anaheim, but we've seen many an instance of a prospect taking time to develop and not making good until his 2nd or 3rd stop in the league in the past. Does Sbisa have that potential, and what can the Canucks expect out of him this coming season?

Read on for more.

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What did the Vancouver Canucks ever do to you, Alabama?

Dimitri Filipovic
August 04 2014 04:08PM

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A census in 2013 estimated that 4,822,023 people resided in the southern state of Alabama at the time. In a far less scientific and likewise accurate study (*), those near-5,000,000 individuals appear to hate the Vancouver Canucks more than any other team in the National Hockey League. 

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
August 01 2014 08:05AM

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Trevor Linden sparks the fighting in hockey debate, a Jake Gardiner type deal in Justin Schultz' future, Flames and Jets goaltending, Nail Yakupov talking the talk, and more in this week's roundup

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