On Injuries, Luck, Keith Ballard and Willie Mitchell

Thomas Drance
July 24 2012 11:24AM

Who wasn't happy to see Willie Mitchell hoist the mug this past June?

In professional hockey, an extremely physical sport played by quasi-armored players who use literal blades for locomotion, injuries are an everyday challenge at any level.

With the exception of the Minnesota Wild, hockey folks (players, coaches, executives and fans) are usually reluctant to use injuries as an excuse for a team's success or failure, but needless to say, an untimely injury can sink a team's fortunes. In the case of the Los Angeles Kings, the reverse is also true, and a team can accrue an extraordinary competitive advantage if they're able to defy the odds and stay healthy.

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Can Mike Gillis learn something from Scott Howson?

Graphic Comments
July 24 2012 10:52AM

Adding by subtracting

There are many conflicting opinions on the Rich Nash trade to the NY Rangers. While most commenters, professional or otherwise, were focusing on the relative values of the players exchanged in the deal, there were a prescient few that keyed in on the most important aspect. Among those, Ken Campbell put it best:

Because what so many people have failed to realize is that the Blue Jackets got one more enormous piece in this deal – they got out from under a contract that had six years remaining with $47.4 million owed in real cash and a $7.8 million per year cap hit. If there’s anyone who thought the Blue Jackets were getting anything near their money’s worth on this deal, please let us know.

And the question Canucks fans should be asking themselves is "Can Mike Gillis learn anything from this?"

The answer is yes. But not for the reasons you might think.

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The Canucks and Analytics: Focus on Performance

Thomas Drance
July 24 2012 09:23AM

The Canucks main analytical focus probably isn't Corsi stats, it's "fatigue," "readiness," and "peak performance."

On Monday afternoon, Mike Gillis appeared for two hours on the Team 1040. The segment was hosted by Matthew Sekeres who god bless him, spent a sizable portion of the show asking the General Manager and President of the Vancouver Canucks about analytics.

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Should Gillis Have Made The Holmgren Offer?

Thomas Drance
July 23 2012 09:32AM

Is it fair to criticize Mike Gillis for not being as bat-shit crazy as Paul Holmgren? I don't really think so, not that it will stop anyone.

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Nation Radio - July 21, 2012

July 22 2012 10:46AM

The on-going Shea Weber drama is making the deep summer a bit more interesting than it would have been otherwise. Will the Flyers snatch Weber away from Nashville and cripple the Predators in the the wake of possibly their most successful season ever? Will Poile and company match? If not, will the Preds GM turn to the demon drink in bitterness? Stay tuned to find out!

This week, Allan discussed the Weber issue (and much more!) with guests Tom Lynn, Harrison Mooney, Ryan PIke and Jonh Matisz.

This is Nation Radio.

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