On Injuries, Luck, Keith Ballard and Willie Mitchell

Thomas Drance
July 24 2012 11:24AM

Who wasn't happy to see Willie Mitchell hoist the mug this past June?

In professional hockey, an extremely physical sport played by quasi-armored players who use literal blades for locomotion, injuries are an everyday challenge at any level.

With the exception of the Minnesota Wild, hockey folks (players, coaches, executives and fans) are usually reluctant to use injuries as an excuse for a team's success or failure, but needless to say, an untimely injury can sink a team's fortunes. In the case of the Los Angeles Kings, the reverse is also true, and a team can accrue an extraordinary competitive advantage if they're able to defy the odds and stay healthy.

Read on past the jump.

Read Article | 4 Comments

The Canucks and Analytics: Focus on Performance

Thomas Drance
July 24 2012 09:23AM

The Canucks main analytical focus probably isn't Corsi stats, it's "fatigue," "readiness," and "peak performance."

On Monday afternoon, Mike Gillis appeared for two hours on the Team 1040. The segment was hosted by Matthew Sekeres who god bless him, spent a sizable portion of the show asking the General Manager and President of the Vancouver Canucks about analytics.

Read past the jump.

Read Article | 10 Comments

Should Gillis Have Made The Holmgren Offer?

Thomas Drance
July 23 2012 09:32AM

Is it fair to criticize Mike Gillis for not being as bat-shit crazy as Paul Holmgren? I don't really think so, not that it will stop anyone.

Read past the jump.

Read Article | 18 Comments

Shea Weber Signs Offer Sheet with Flyers, Dashes Canucks Fan's Dreams

Thomas Drance
July 18 2012 11:14PM

Forget the one year offer-sheet lark, it was never going to happen, but this is the big one.

As reported by Darren Dreger, with uncharacteristic zeal (two exclamation points, and a wow at the end of the tweet), Shea Weber has signed a 14 year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers worth "upwards" of 100 million dollars...

Read past the jump.

Read Article | 10 Comments

Strombabble: Stalemate

Thomas Drance
July 18 2012 10:04AM

Over the weekend, reports surfaced, which, suggested that the Blackhawks had offered the Canucks centreman Dave Bolland in exchange for Roberto Luongo. For a brief shining moment, it appeared that the market for goaltender Roberto Luongo trade was "hardening." This was a relief for news starved Canucks fans who are eager to "move on."

Alas, for a trade widely seen as "inevitable," this Luongo transaction is dragging on for an eternity this summer. Based on several reports over the past twenty-four appears, it appears that we should expect that continue...

More after the break.

Read Article | 7 Comments