When War Wasn't An Analogy: Remembering Conn Smythe

Danny Gray
November 11 2011 08:09AM

Conn Smythe and others enlisting in 1939 at Maple Leaf Gardens.

The relationship between professional sports and the military has long been a complicated one. To outside observers the NFL often seems like another branch of the American Military. Don Cherry sets aside time each week on Coach’s Corner to remember the fallen men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Both Brian Burke and Luke Schenn travelled to Afghanistan this summer to visit troops serving there with the latter sponsoring a program for the military men and women known as “Luke’s Troops”. While today the relationship is mostly symbolic, in the past the connection was much more direct. No man better demonstrates the relationship between hockey and the military than Conn Smythe.

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Canucks Commit Regicide: Recap and Chance Data

Thomas Drance
November 11 2011 01:01AM

Future 2011/12 All-Star Aaron Rome Celebrates his GWG on Thursday night.

It was a tale of two halves, as it so often is in hockey.

In the game's first act, which lasted until the 25th minute of game-play, the Canucks took a commanding three goal lead on the scoreboard and out-chanced the Kings 12 to 3. From then on the Kings took over, partly because Vigneault went to the old "prevent defense," and partly because the Kings are actually a talented team. They ended the game on a 13 to 5 scoring chance run and made the match something of a nail-biter by the final buzzer.

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2012 NHL All-Star Game Ballot Released

Jonathan Willis
November 10 2011 05:00PM

The NHL released its annual All-Star Game fan ballot today, which means it’s time to look over the list and see which players were undeservedly included and which ones were unfairly ignored.

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Questions from a Stanchion

The Stanchion
November 10 2011 04:28PM




Are people really getting upset over the Tampa Bay-Philadelphia game?

 I would save that anger and wait to see if this happens all year. But a couple of things to keep in mind. First, as a one off, that game was freaking hilarious. I have never found boring hockey to be so excitingly awesome. Watching the Flyers bench chirp at the Lightning bench was an amazing moment. Two, it happened against Chris Pronger’s team. Anytime something happens that pisses off Chris Pronger, this is a good thing.  Always. Third, the Lightning have Dwayne Roloson in net. If you had Dwayne Roloson in net, you would do everything in your power to make sure no shots got on net. None.

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In defense of 'JerkPuck'

Cam Charron
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.

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