November 10 2011 02:28PM
Aaron Rome demonstrates JerkPuck.
After every inch of data began to be mined by Major League Baseball teams, an undervalued player today isn't what it was even seven years ago. It used to be that you could pick up a player who was thrown onto the scrap heap, but due to his ability to not get "out" (we're still talking baseball), was far more valuable than perceived.
A similar revolution is about to happen in hockey. Already certain teams are placing a high value on players who generate possession rather than those who possess traditional tools that a General Manager values. San Jose, Nashville, Vancouver, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay are teams who, in some capacity, value modernized theories that emphasize possession and shooting ability rather than conventional aspects. This is apparent from the sort of players that these teams sign and trade for.
But the Vancouver Canucks have diverged even further from this "money puck" route. The addition of Maxim Lapierre, as well as the maturation of Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows leads to a newly constructed term. It's not so much 'MoneyPuck' because we're talking about something larger than merely winning hockey games by finding undervalued players. More accurate, I'd describe it as: 'JerkPuck,' defined as a method of winning games by frustrating the opposition, trolling them, and baiting them into taking dumb penalties.
November 10 2011 01:04PM
The travelling masses cheer in the presence of KesLORD.
And Dustin Penner haz a sad.
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Game Day Recon: Game #16 - Canucks @ Kings
The Vancouver Canucks roll in to SoCal tonight for the first of back-to-back games. The Canucks face a reeling Kings team that, prior to a very close win over the Predators on Tuesday, had lost 5 straight. The Canucks will be looking to send the Kings back to the loss column after their own convincing win against their arch-nemesis Blackhawks and a few days of R & R in Cali.
After a great win and some rest, does this get the Canucks back on track? Or will the let-down after a rival match-up and a few days off kill the Canucks tonight?
November 10 2011 12:44PM
Superstitions in sports. We all know they exist. In fact, many of us fans have our own superstitions we follow. Some people wear the same jersey on game day. Some make sure to have the same type of meal before an important game. Or some might be like me and stare at the wall trying to infuse all of our hatred at the hockey gods into one solitary point so that we can somehow use it to gain control over them and pay them back for all the crap they’ve pulled on us Canucks fans so for one moment, one measly moment, they can feel the anguish we’ve felt, year after year after…..
November 10 2011 08:23AM
(Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
The scene: Fresh off a 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues, a few members of the Chicago Blackhawks go out for some beers. Daniel Carcillo and Patrick Kane have a few too many and are left to find their own way back to the hotel. Missing wakeup call, the team accidently leaves without them, leaving Carcillo and Kane to find their own way to Columbus...
November 09 2011 11:05PM
Shot quality is a hot-button issue among people who spend time trying to learn about the game of hockey through statistical analysis.
Intuitively, we all know that shot quality exists. A quick blast from center ice immediately prior to a line change is far less likely to score than a superstar taking a shot on a breakaway. The question, then, isn’t whether shot quality exists – we know it does – but whether teams can use it to help them win games.