NHL12 – Be a Gm Quirks

    EA Sports released their much anticipated NHL12 today. Reviews and reports of game play/mechanics have been trickling in on my twitetr feed today, some of which I have decided to share. Apparently EA has gotten quite clever with this iteration and the "Be a GM" game mode hides some rather idiosyncratic quirks and pitfalls.


Dustin Byfgulien is Large and In trouble

    According to a police report found by Darren Wolfson, Dustin Byfuglien was arrested last night in Hennepin county, Minnesota for operating a boat while under the influence of alcohol (BWI).


Wade Belak Found Dead

    Ex-Flame and Leaf enforcer Wade Belak was reportedly found dead in his Toronto condo this afternoon. The 35-year old recently retired from hockey. Belak’s death marks the third tragic passing of an NHL tough guy this summer after Derek Boogaard and Rick Rypien. The cause of his death has yet to be reported, but whatever…


Around the Nation – Debut Edition

    It’s been a big summer for the Nations. We’ve added some stellar talent to Leafs Nation, Canucks Army and Flames Nation. We had five writers at the draft and managed to debut Flames Nation radio. Oilers Nation radio has grown in audience with each iteration. And the return of the Jets allowed us to…


Q&A with Brent Sopel

    (Andrey Osadchenko recently caught up with Brent Sopel. Here he talks to him about growing up on the prairies, playing for the Canucks winning the cup and signing in the KHL). By: Andrey Osadchenko – You were born in Calgary. What was it like growing up out there? I was born in Calgary,…


The Theory and Nature of Current Advanced Hockey Analysis

    Before we proceed with the rest of the Flames "mediocrity" series, it makes sense to discuss and explicate the basis of the analyses we tend to engage in here. The theory, the application and the practicality of the stats we employ and the resultant interpretations. 


Canucks Should Stay the Course

    One of the most persistent memes that has cropped up since the Canucks lost in the cup finals is the club needs to get tougher. Or, from another angle, the Boston Bruins won because they "bullied" Vancouver. Tony Gallagher says as much here: The difficulty comes just where it came this year in…

UFa Frenzy Live Chat

Nations UFA Frenzy Live Chat The chat is scheduled to start at 12pm MST today, but I can convinced to start things sooner if anything major breaks. Come by and marvel at the insanity.


The Importance of Manny Malhotra

  (This article was cross-posted at the Score.com) Alain Vigneault’s extreme method of doling out ice time and circumstances has been mentioned in this space before. Aside from the Sedin twins, no player better represents the Vancouver coach’s habits better than Manny Malhotra. While the twins enjoyed some of the most favorable starting positions in…


Higgins to the Rescue!

      Before the injury to Manny Malholtra, I thought the addition of Chris Higgins was a good one. Now that the Malholtra is out for the season with that unfortunate eye injury, however, there’s a chance that the Higgins acquisition will go from "good" to "key" heading into the post-season.