October 17 2012 11:05AM
Last week I took a look at what Milan Lucic was. If teams are trying so hard to re-create him, I think we need to learn exactly what Lucic is. I concluded the hulking former Vancouver Giant was a fundamentally-flawed hockey player, and the perception of his talent varies year-to-year which, creates a crisis of expectation. You just don't know what you'll get each year out of Lucic scoring-wise, but he's a tremendously-effective forward.
His beat-em down game, while ugly to watch, works. He's a plus possession player who helps his team generate shots and chances. It's the conversion ratio that's a little off. His PDO, which has ranged from 977 to 1045 throughout his career, is volatile and unpredictable. Is that what we can expect out of the great power forwards?
October 17 2012 09:24AM
Thanks a lot, NHL. Here I was all ready to go with a baseball themed post, comparing the lockout to the MLB post-season, and then BOOM!, news of the NHL focus group leaked sending me back to the drawing board. Literally.
So thank you. No, I really mean that. Because this is WAAAAY better material to work with.
Where to start...well, to paraphrase
George Orwell William Randolph Hearst Lord Northcliffe, "News is what they don't want you to know. Everything else is just public relations." And you can be assured that the NHL owners didn't want you to know about that little focus group. I bet they were some mad when word got out. I would have loved to listen in on the conference call where Bettman had to explain the whole thing.
October 16 2012 07:43PM
So apparently the NHL season might start on November 2nd. Until then, keep your fingers crossed, sit back, and check out these KHL videos!
We have the Top 10 goals and saves of this past week, as well as highlights of Kovalchuk slinging sauce in SKA's 7-3 win, as well as Ovechkin doing good stuff and not-so-good stuff.
October 16 2012 07:08PM
After today's late-morning skate at UBC, Kevin Bieksa and Corey Schneider fielded a bevy of questions about this morning's CBA proposal from the NHL owners. What follows is a selection of questions and answers from the reporters (including yours truly) about what Bieksa and Schneider had heard and read about the day's developments.
A quick reminder, these quotes were given prior to the Donald Fehr and the NHLPA executive committee talking tonight.
Read on past the jump.
October 16 2012 04:05PM
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