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M is for Masochism

Sigh. This team. Just when you thought they were finally on the right track they, reportedly, are going back to their old ways. We’re now at the point that I would call us all masochists, but that would actually be a step up. This isn’t masochism, it’s more like self-flagellation. All that to say, this…

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L Is For Las Vegas

When it comes to winning in Las Vegas, the only real rule to follow is that you need to quit while you’re ahead. Unfortunately for the Golden Knights, that option isn’t available when you’re playing in a professional sports league. So while they’ve certainly had a fairy tale inaugural season to date, there’s still a…

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K is for Killer Instinct

The Vancouver Canucks may have an orca on their logo, but the only thing they seem to share with a killer whale these days is that they spend most of their time under water. At their heights from 2010 to 2012, the Canucks were ruthless when it came putting away there opponents. They liked to…

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J Is For Jim Benning

Well, here we are two months and almost 25 games after Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini let the world know how pleased he was with the first 15 games of the season. You have to wonder how pleased he is now. If the tone of this piece from Iain MacIntyre is any indication, and it should…

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I Is For Injuries

It looks like the Canucks finally caught a break on the injury front this week when it turned out that Brock Boeser didn’t break his foot doing what Jacob Markstrom couldn’t do: blocking a Mark Giordano shot. Despite a collective sigh of relief from Canucks’ fans and organization alike, that bit of good luck runs counter…

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H Is For Hockey Related Revenues

The NHL Board of Governors concluded two days of meetings last week to review a number of issues, including the overall state of the league, and as Dan Rosen reported, business is booming. Heck, the only thing increasing faster than NHL revenues is bitcoin. And just like bitcoin, not only are NHL revenues subject to manipulation…

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G is for General Manager

The Edmonton Oilers have a GM. His name is Peter Chiarelli. Though you can be forgiven for not knowing that, given how often it seems like it’s the Edmonton media that’s driving the decisions for the Oilers. Not only that, but no matter how poorly the team does, or how badly the decisions turn out,…

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F is for Francesco

It has been a couple of weeks since Canucks’ owner Francesco Aquilini did an on-air interview with Sportsnet 650, and there’s been much made about what he said and wouldn’t say. But two things really struck me. First, was his focus on those first 15 games of the season, and second was how he talked…

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E is for Edgar

When it comes to models, you typically want one that replicates reality as closely as possible. Unless you’re the editor for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, I suppose. But hey, we’re not here to discuss the fantasies of teenage boys. This is about the on-ice reality of NHL hockey and how best to analyze it. And…

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D is For Defensemen

When it comes to a court of law, they say that ignorance is no defense. Well it turns out that on the ice, ignorance can also be too many defensemen. Despite getting off to the best start of any expansion franchise in NHL history, the Vegas Golden Knights have been handcuffed by GM George McPhee’s…

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CC is for 200

In 2016 AD a state of war existed between a loosely organized alliance of hockey men running the NHL’s city state-like franchises and Big Corsi, with their overwhelming numerical advantage. Big Corsi’s first attempt to gain a foothold in the established hockey world ended with a decisive victory by the hockey men at the Battle…

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B Is For Billionaires

If there’s one thing you can say about billionaires, it’s that they know good value when they see it. I’d like to think that’s why the Flames’ owners finally decided to bring in Jaromir Jagr, who I would much rather have seen in a Canuck uniform this year. You know what else provides great value…