April 28 2012 08:26AM
Shawn Horcoff. Keith Ballard. Matt Stajan. Mike Komisarek. The list is a lot longer than that, but it sometimes feels like every team in the league has a player or two whose contracts they’d love to make disappear.
That’s why some sort of amnesty buyout could be an appealing option when the NHL and NHLPA eventually get together and work out the next collective bargaining agreement.
April 27 2012 04:37PM
The Good and the Bad of this past week.
It's Friday. So we close out the "Week That Was" with our latest volume of... "Cheers and Jeers!"
This week, it's a special edition of Cheers and Jeers, dedicated to the greatest, tire-pumping goalie the Vancouver Canucks have ever had.
April 27 2012 03:26PM
Hey everyone, welcome to "The #Canucks Week in Tweets!" Every week, I plan on bringing you the best of the Canucks on Twitter, from the reasonable to the totally ridiculous (okay, mostly ridiculous)! If you see a tweet you think should be featured here, get in touch with me at @cullenthecomic!
So, we're done. It's a sad time, made even worse by the complete ignoramuses on Twitter who feel like they're entitled to kick a fanbase while they're down--even if they support a terrible team on their own. I collected all these Tweets in the hour after the Canucks were officially eliminated from the playoffs, and you're going to see just exactly how poor some people are at making fun of a team, showing class, or just generally being acceptable human beings. Enjoy.
You know what one thing first place does mean is? THAT WE ACTUALLY PLAYED IN THE PLAYOFFS. How did sitting back in 29th place work out for you? AND YOU WANT TO EXTEND YOUR GM'S CONTRACT!!! That's the best part of it all. You know what else means shit? Your entire team. Because they were last in the Conference. Again.
More after the jump!
April 27 2012 11:41AM
I work with a few numbers to judge goaltenders, usually in the modern era dealing with even strength save percentage, quality starts and blow-ups, looking for the right balance of overall value and consistency.
There is a bit of an issue with doing that over a year-to-year span, however. NHL save percentages have crept up since 1984 when the league started recording shots on goal, with better goaltending and better overall defensive schemes, keeping goals off the board.
So how can we stack Roberto Luongo up against his Canuck kin? Not by overall save percentage, since Kirk McLean's .901 in 1992 is probably much more impressive than Dan Cloutier's .901 a few years later. Luongo owns six of the top seven save percentage seasons in franchise history, with Cloutier's 2004 mark coming the closest to him.
Our friend Bruce Arthur at the National Post has suggested over Twitter several times about the prospect of coming up with an "era adjusted save percentage" statistic mirroring OPS+ in baseball, but I'd like to go a little further. What I really want to know when judging a goalie is "how valuable was he," as in, "how many goals did he save the club?"
April 26 2012 09:57PM
It's no secert by now that Roberto Luongo is on his way out of Vancouver. All but usurped by the younger and cheaper Corey Schneider this year, word is the latter won't sign with the team this offseason while the former is around. Also, the older guy has asked for a trade anyways.