October 13 2011 09:14AM
When I last wrote about this issue, fellow LeafsNation contributor The '67 Sound rightly pointed to two issues in the study: 1) Sample size is something of a problem, and 2) Corsi numbers would probably be more accurate, as the stat represents an increase in sample size in and of itself, since it's counting shots instead of goals. I'll admit it: I was getting lazy.
October 13 2011 07:41AM
The following piece of analysis on the potential penalty for a violation of the "cap-floor" was written by Beantown Canuck, a Canucks fan who is supposedly a lawyer. Beantown Canuck likes to bug people about the Canucks and hockey on twitter when he's not busy bugging people about the Canucks and hockey at Nucksmisconduct, which is what he does when he's not busy at work. Originally from Vancouver, he later lived in Boston but moved to New York a few years ago and as far as he's concerned Boston ceased to exist as of June.
By Beantown Canuck
So a funny thing happened in the NHL on October 12th. The Dallas Stars, along with every other team in the NHL, opted to forego the opportunity to grab Eric Nystrom from the Minnesota Wild on re-entry waivers. Had they done so, Dallas would have only been on the hook for half of Nystrom’s salary and half of his salary cap hit for the remainder of his contract, meaning they would have only had to pay him $700,000 a season for the next two seasons. And yet later that very same day, Dallas traded the always coveted “future considerations” to Minnesota to acquire the very same Eric Nystrom, and as a result will be taking on 100% of his $1,400,000 per season salary and cap hit. Wait… what?
October 12 2011 10:01PM
Unfortunately, the Flyers beat the Canucks in both the silly-face competition and in the game tonight.
Photo Credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
In what was billed as a battle between two absurdly over-paid goaltenders, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Detroit Red Wings model of team building were the winners this evening. In fairness to Bryzgalov, who was excellent despite the four goals allowed, and Luongo who was in no way excellent, the defensive breakdowns in this game were more then mere breakdowns. Both team's defensive structure and discipline were in full-blown Three Mile Island mode tonight. Though this made for an entertaining contest, it probably took a couple of years (in aggregate) off of the life expectancy of the respective head-coaches.
In contrast with recently waived uber-pest Sean Avery, it was a sloppy first that cost the Canucks this evening. The Canucks came out flat and took four minor penalties (two of the "soft" variety, and two of the stupid variety) in the games opening eleven minutes. By the time the first period was half over, les boys from Vancouver were down 2-0. It was eerily reminiscent of Monday night's game against Columbus, as the Canucks were undisciplined and lackadaisical out of the gate.
October 12 2011 01:48PM
Sami Salo isn't injury prone, he's just Mr. Freeze.
Sometimes he needs to run to Gotham and play the super-villain. Mystery solved.
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October 12 2011 11:50AM
Tonight should be a hoot! It promises to be a physical, testy affair.
Which means the Canucks will turtle and cower in the corner. Because they aren't tough, you see.
(Photograph by: Steve Bosch, PNG)
Game Day Recon: Game 3 - Canucks @ Flyers
The Vancouver Canucks travel to the City of Brotherly Love to face Jaromir Jagr and the Philadelphia Flyers in the home opener at Wells Fargo Center. God, that just looks weird, now that I've typed it. Jagr as a Flyer. Don't worry, I will NOT make any "Moves Like Jagr" jokes, because they're completely ridiculous. And also, I can't think of one.
Even though the Flyers revamped their lineup in the off-season, they represent a good, early Litmus test for the Canucks on the first half of back-to-back games on this 4-game road trip.