September 13 2012 08:51AM
To say that the Vancouver Canucks players struggled to get up for every single game in the 2011-12 regular season would be accurate. The magnitude of a Tuesday night game against Minnesota simply doesn't compare to a Stanley Cup Final contest (sorry, Wild fans), and the Canucks seemed to meander through the regular season (for the most part).
There were several notable exceptions. Early January in Boston was a huge game for the team, as was a date with the Red Wings in late February.
Detroit had reeled off 23 straight wins at home, setting a league record in the process. At the time, they were two points clear of the Canucks in the NHL overall points standings. The league's best home team (Detroit) was facing the league's best road team (Vancouver).
September 12 2012 05:29PM
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September 12 2012 03:07PM
(This was originally published at NHLNumbers, but I felt it warranted wider distribution. The rest of the series will be published at NHLNumbers.)
So, just why are we on the brink of yet another NHL lockout? This graph provides a pretty good explanation.
But not many are really digging into the financial ins and outs of the NHL's internal economy. Instead, there's plenty of finger pointing going on between the two sides, by the media, and among the fans. Especially the rabble on Twitter, whose "uninformed ramblings" are inconsequential to the outcome, according to NHL deputy commissioner, Bill Daly. And in truth, he's quite right. He just doesn't have to be so rude about it.
But that's for another post on another day with altogether more amateurly hand-drawn charts. Today we're sticking with good old Excel as we go inside the NHL's finances; or at least a reasonable facsimile thereof, as compiled by our good friends at Forbes in their annual list of NHL team valuations. What do the financial performance metrics tell us about what differentiates the winners from the losers in today's NHL?
September 12 2012 01:14PM
Canucks working to sign Alex and Alex to extensions before Sept. 15. Also believe theyre still in on Shane doan— Jason Botchford (@botchford) September 12, 2012
According to Jason Botchford, who was chatting with Mike Gillis today when he tweeted about Doan and the two Alexes, the Canucks still believe they're in on the indecisive mythical beast known as Shane Doan.
September 12 2012 10:12AM
Other teams are busy locking up core pieces before the CBA expires.
Will Alexander or Alexandre get an extension this week?
On Saturday night, when the clock hits 12:00 AM EST, the current NHL CBA will expire and be replaced by... a pumpkin? Not really, this isn't a Cinderella story, instead the current CBA will be replaced by an aching void where NHL hockey used to be.
So what does this mean for your Vancouver Canucks?