October 21 2016 05:27PM
VANCOUVER - The online statistical geniuses, who make their hockey assessments via charts and graphs, all but murdered Jim Benning when he traded for Eric Gudbranson.
October 14 2016 05:39PM
“The challenge I have is there was this notion that this would be flipped around quickly. I don’t think people had a realistic expectation of where this organization was."
-- Trevor Linden, October 13, 2016
"We’ve never once said this was going to be easy or fast."
-- Jim Benning, April 8, 2016
October 12 2016 03:44PM
So I was reading Thomas Drance's piece on the Canucks over at Sportsnet the other day and I couldn't help but play the video of Benning talking about the Gudbranson trade.
What really struck me was how he describe the trade coming together:
"...it came together fast...they called us...they asked us about Jared...they brought up Eric's name..."
Now, if you've ever been involved in any kind of business negotiations, you might recognize this as somebody that took a very passive approach to making this deal. Florida clearly had the entire negotiation process mapped out. They decided how they wanted it to go, and pulled every trick in the negotiating book to make sure it did.
But listening to Benning talk, it suddenly became clear that the Panthers pulled off the perfect crime. Benning was had, and he didn't even know it.
So let's take a look at how you get away with plunder...
September 17 2016 11:59AM
If you've ever been a season ticket holder in the NHL you know what a money grab those pre-season games are. Most, if not all, teams charge full price for those games. Given that there are usually about four home pre-season games each year, that's a 10% bump up in the cost of your season tickets.
I finally gave up my tickets this year, but that was always the thing that stuck in my craw the most every year. Paying full price to see a bunch of guys that had no business being in the NHL playing meaningless games. And once I couldn't tell the difference between the pre-season and the regular season, it was time to get out.
But enough about meaningless regular seasons, let's talk about the World Cup of Hockey.
September 08 2016 01:07PM
A new hockey season is almost upon us, but if it's anything like the last few years, something will be missing.
Sure, a lot of it will be the same. Beer will still cost too much. The corporate seats in the lower bowl will still be empty until half way through the first period. The referees will still hate your team. But something won't feel quite right. And it hasn't felt quite right for a few years now.
You know what I'm talking about. You don't go to games to watch Corsis and PDOs. You got to see goals. That's what hockey is all about. It's why they put them up on the scoreboard. But if the trend continues, we'll see fewer goals scored than ever before.
And you know who's to blame for that?
That's right. Millennials.