June 06 2014 09:00AM
You have no idea how big a part of me is rooting for the New York Rangers in the Stanley Cup Finals, in part just to stick it to the commenters* who told me and the rest of the Canucks Army crew for the last couple of years that Vigneault was a coach that couldn't win in the playoffs. I'd say that the Rangers are currently playing with house money. They're a heavy underdog in the finals, and though they blew a 2-0 lead in the first game of the finals, were still able to take the game to overtime on the road, which is no small feat.
June 05 2014 12:22PM
When the duo of Trevor Linden and Jim Benning were introduced as the two minds charged with attempting to restore a broken Vancouver Canucks franchise coming off of an embarrassing season, both made it abundantly clear that they had no real allegiances to any of the players they were inheriting.
They were each coming in with a clean slate, and after Linden's dial-up issues were resolved (and all of his data was *finally* downloaded), they'd be able to work together to identify who of the bunch was an innocent bystander, and who was actually responsible for how poorly things unfolded as the year went along.
Neither of them were entrenched in their current positions of power when anyone on this roster had been originally acquired, and neither was responsible for the plethora of No Trade Clauses that had been handed out like candy during Mike Gillis' tenure. That was presumed to be a legitimate luxury because of this old boys' club feel the NHL still has, in which a GM would be put into an uncomfortable situation by having to approach someone who he had previously signed to a contract in an attempt to fix it and save his job, because of some "code".
This may very well still come into play as the offseason goes along, but not when it comes to Alex Edler; he reportedly won't be asked to waive his NTC by "Lindenning". And reading further into the brain trust's comments, it appears that they'd like to keep another one of "The 10", Ryan Kesler, around as well.
June 05 2014 10:40AM
Welcome to this week's version of the Comets Militia Weekly Prospect Report(let). With little happening in terms of pro talent at the moment, this moment in time can be considered the calm before the storm on the prospect front.
There are plenty of rumours swirling around with regards to who the Canucks are interested with that ever-so-important 6th overall selection they currently hold, and we're only 3 weeks away from finally seeing it all play out before our very eyes.
I've scourging around the internet and Twitter to bring you the latest information, which we'll get into just past the jump. Read on for more about the latest in Canucks prospect rumours, news, gossip, and some things I've flat out made up to help pass the time.
June 02 2014 10:46AM
Courtesy of Reddit's /u/Kebbs
Welcome back to this week's Journal of Hockey Analytics. For your giant repository of link dumps of all hockey analytics works I could find. Whether to help you get through a boring Monday or to help you advance your shot quality project. Take a look and maybe your ideas will be inspired.
For systems analysis, more "Sham Sharron" scouting tips, and new data for your own projects, see all the links past the jump!
May 30 2014 03:30PM
It's Friday and don't, for one second, pretend you're working on anything. You may as well read this Playoff Pool update to see how badly I suck and how my dreams of Internet prizery are being replaced by the stench of failure and loneliness. Somewhere out there, Chris Kelly is laughing at me. He's pointing at his screen and mocking my stupidity. Not only did I choose an injured player for my roster, I didn't take a single Canadien,NY Ranger or Chicago Blackhawk. Now, the only thing left for me to stare at the concrete as I plummet to earth and wait for impact. This is my life at the bottom, laugh if you must.