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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…

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A is for Anthem

So let me get this straight. The NHL, or at least Gary Bettman, thinks it’s important that players respect the anthem, but not that they play for anthem. Well, unless there’s some profit it in it for the owners. So much so, that they were willing to try to use attending the 2018 Winter Olympics…

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The Swedish Scoring Touch

It’s been over a month since the Canucks once again dipped their toe in the Free Agency wading pool. Overall, it was an ok performance on the part of Jim Benning, who has had more hits than misses of late, and I tend to agree with the B+ grade from Jackson McDonald. However, despite the free…

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Anchors Away!

Well, with the expansion draft upon us it looks like many teams are finally being forced to make decisions they probably should have made years ago. With the Girardi buy-out, the Rangers are just the latest example of a team that finally realized that a sunk cost shouldn’t be influencing decisions you are making that…

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The Media Is The Message

Almost a year after they went down, the two most significant trades in recent NHL history are still shining a light on the chasm between the hockey establishment and its fans. First, it was the “success” of the Oilers being pinned on Adam Larsson, and most recently there has been much hand-wringing about PK Subban…