January 03 2013 11:24PM
The KHL played its first hockey games of 2013 with a light, 3-game schedule. The playoff race is heating up big time.
January 03 2013 04:17PM
Among nerdlinger types who value advanced stats in hockey, ice time is seen as perhaps the single most invaluable stat. Tom Awad, for example, has argued that ice-time is the best proxy we've got at the moment for determining overall player value.
If you're like me, and tend to think that NHL headcoaches, who are paid millions of dollars to maximize the effectiveness of their hockey teams, have a better overall grasp of which players are effective in particular roles than your average fan or hockey scribe; then understanding the way a player is deployed can tell us an awful lot about that individual's skillset and value.
In an effort to visualize this concept in an accessible way, Ben Wendorf came up with the "total player chart" in a must read NHLnumbers post in mid-December. On Tuesday he put together detailed charts for every Canucks player over the past five seasons (the image at the top of this post is the TPC for the Canucks last season), and I figured I'd share the images and caption them with some analysis for your reading pleasure. Read on past the jump for more.
January 02 2013 04:59PM
In discussing our "top Canucks story lines to watch for in 2013," we briefly discussed the likelihood of a salary cap that would fall significantly (by as much as 14%) by 2013-14 in a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). With the league reportedly standing firm on a 60 million dollar salary cap for the 2013/14 season, the upcoming cap-crunch should make for cap-wizard Laurence Gilman's "greatest test yet."
There could be some balm for the Canucks' cap-itch in the form on a "one time amnesty buyout" provision, but even so, balancing the need to ice a contending team, and retaining the services of Alex Edler, with the necessity of getting under a 60 million dollar cap in 2013/14 could prove to be a painful proposition.
Let's look at some of the team's options.
January 01 2013 06:06PM
From the trade of beloved rookie Cody Hodgson, to the team's unceremonious first round exit at the hands of the eventual Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, to the mystifying, frustrating NHL lockout - 2012 was a tough year for the Canucks and their fans. If you want to relive a bleak twelve months, Harrison Mooney broke it down exhaustively over at Pass it to Bulis on Tuesday morning.
Rather than looking back at the wasteland that was the Canucks' 2012, we figured we'd look ahead to what promises to be a very intriguing 2013. I've singled out five primary story lines that I anticipate we'll be following closely in the new year, and you can read all about it on the other side of the jump.
December 31 2012 10:23AM
Kovalchuk vs. Chara, Malkin's Magnitogorsk kills it, Ovechkin and Radulov go RRRAAAAWWWWRRRR! and more.