January 06 2013 09:41AM
After 16 hours of bargaining and mediation Saturday and early into Sunday morning, the National Hockey League and its Players Association came through with a tentative labour agreement that will see the remainder of the 2012-2013 season played out under a pro-rated salary cap.
A groggy Gary Bettman, who was speaking about as quickly as either Sedin accelerates (they're slow, get it?), clarified that the deal must be ratified on both sides, and that there was no information available yet on schedule or number of games to be played.
January 05 2013 11:50AM
Hmm, now that I think about it, 2013 makes a way better Year of the Bettman.
Anyway, given that January 11 will mark one year since the first #GraphicComment hit Twitter, I thought it appropriate to take a look back at the year that was in graphic terms.
And for you cynics out there, yes, this is like one of those Best Of albums. There is nothing new here, other than the on graphic above. The rest are just repeats. But hey, since I only had about 10 followers on Twitter for most of the year, and I'm pretty sure at least eight of those were my mom, you probably didn't see these. Plus they have been digitally remastered and colourized. So how could you go wrong? Send your money now.
Er, no don't. No purchase necessary, just click past the jump...
January 04 2013 02:38PM
D.Sedin on maybe going home to play if season axed: "We're going to talk to Markus (Naslund) in the next few days. You have to be prepared."— Elliott Pap (@ElliottPap) January 4, 2013
Based on the Daniel Sedin quote above, it sure sounds like it.
Read past the jump for more.
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.