- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
When a player follows the contractual rights established in the CBA – evoking a no-trade clause, for example – the hockey world gets split up into to two camps: Those who malign that player’s character for putting his own wants and needs above that of the team; and those who logically understand that it was his team and his League that bestowed those rights upon him.
The same apparently holds for general managers. Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin is being portrayed as something between a feckless oaf and a shortsighted idiot for allowed P.K. Subban’s case to get to arbitration, following a two-year bridge contract he handed him in lieu of a longer-term deal that would gobbled up a year of unrestricted free agency. The two sides left the hearing on Friday frustrated, and a long-teram solution to the problem seemed unlikely.
But let’s look at what Bergevin’s managed to do in his negotiations with Subban:
There isn’t much common ground between those at the forefront of the analytics movement and those who bemoan their value, outside of a mutual disrespect. But they’ve always agreed on one aspect of advanced stats in the NHL, which is that the data produced is only going to be as good as the data analyzed.
Hockey is a subjective sport, from the League determining supplemental discipline to referees defining penalties to official scorers defining what consitutes a shot. The greatest example of this, of course, is “hits,” which are handed out so idiosyncratically and inconsistently that they might as well be points assigned by Hardwick on “@Midnight.”
Corsi and fenwick are the most widely used metrics to measure puck possession, and rely on the stats reported by the NHL, which has four people tracking stats at every game. As technology advances, in theory so do the accuracy of those stats: The Dallas Stars, for example, use a computer program that does that work for them.
Michel Emond was running from Interpol for two years when police in Costa Rica took him into custody this week. The 36-year-old Quebec native was wanted on drug charges; and, based on his marketing techniques, we imagine there's also been some violation of National Hockey League trademarks.
Emond is wanted here on charges that he ran a meth lab in the basement of his house in Laval. Notably, the tablets his operation is accused of producing were shaped like the Canadiens hockey team logo.
Yes, Montreal Canadiens meth, something whose existence we haven’t considered since the Scott Gomez/Ryan McDonagh trade.
And here we thought the only thing with a Canadiens logo getting smoked was Douglas Murray ...
The branding of mind-altering narcotics in Canada with the Canadiens logo seems to be a trend. From the North Bay Nipissing News from February, our source for all high-profile drug arrests near Nipissing:
Why did the New Jersey Devils fail to make the playoffs last season?
Many would point to how they catered to a 41-year-old goalie with a .906 even-strength save percentage in 39 starts. And they’d have a point. But the bigger points are the ones the team pissed away in the shootout.
The Devils were 0-13 in the shootout, converting four of 45 chances. Of a possible 13 points, they gained all but 13 of them. They finished five points out of the wild card because of it.
They sucked, and on a historic level: The 2013-14 New Jersey Devils were the first team in the history of the skills competition to fail to win a shootout in an 82-game season.
How does one remedy this, ensuring that the Devils aren’t crippled by the gimmick again? If you’re Devils Ruler of All He Surveys Lou Lamoriello, you don’t.
You chalk it up to bad luck and focus on the first three periods of the game.
“I am not upset. Or saying, ‘What’s wrong?’ Or trying to address something,” he said on Wednesday, discussing the re-signing of defenseman Andy Greene to a 5-year deal. “The focus was how we can make ourselves better offensively
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Let’s state this right off the hop: Teemu Selanne is done in the NHL. His tear-filled victory tour with the Anaheim Ducks was a satisfying North American farewell for Selanne, even if NHL fans could watch the legendary sniper until the sun explodes.
But the fact remains they still could watch him next season -- on YouTube clips or pirated streams -- if Selanne decides to continue to his career back in Finland with the team he started his career with back in 1987, Jokerit.
He told Sports.ru that he’s considering an offer from Jokerit owner Roman Rotenberg to play for his club next season, its first season as a member of the KHL.
“Of course, it would be nice to go back on the ice again. But not all so simple. In the next three weeks will take a decision,” said Selanne.
Selanne talked about Jokerit and the KHL before, and there’s been some debate about whether he was speaking about playing for the team.
Arbitration is a nasty little process. Teams have to argue why their players aren’t worth what they think they’re worth. Players have to suffer through insulting lowball offers, because that’s how the game is played.
P.K. Subban and the Montreal Canadiens are playing that game now, with the star defenseman’s arbitration hearing looming on Friday. According to Elliotte Friedman, Subban is seeking $8.5 million. That would make him the third-highest paid defenseman in the NHL next season in base salary, behind Shea Weber (an offer-sheet inflated $14 million) and Ryan Suter ($11 million) and ahead of Dion Phaneuf ($8 million).
The Canadiens are seeking $5.25 million, the aforementioned lowball offer. That would slot Subban’s base salary in-between Marc Staal ($5.45 million) and Paul Martin ($5 million), two very good defensemen who still aren’t qualified to shine Subban’s Norris.
Jake Gardiner gets mentioned more frequently in trade scenarios than conditional draft picks, and that might not end despite his new 5-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The restricted free-agent defenseman signed a 5-year, $20.25-million deal that’ll give the Leafs $4.05 million against the cap.
So it’s a very cap-friendly deal for a puck-moving 24-year-old defenseman, which brings us to the most salient point: There’s no trade or move protection in the contract, according to Chris Johnston, which obviously keeps the door open for a potential move down the line if the opportunity presents itself.
Peter Mueller signed a 1-year, two-way contract with the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday, getting another chance to revive an NHL career that was devastated by concussions.
Mueller spent last season with the Kloten Flyers of the Swiss-A League, notching 46 points in 49 games, good for second in the league in scoring. (Matthew Lombardi, who led the League, earned a 2-year contract with the New York Rangers earlier this summer.)
His journey in the NHL has been fraught with frustration.
He was a No. 8 overall pick for the Phoenix Coyotes in 2006, scoring 54 points in 81 games in his rookie season and then never hitting that total again.
He was traded with Kevin Porter to Colorado Avalanche for Wojtek Wolski in 2010, and then entered concussion hell. A hit by Rob Blake concussed him late in the season, and then he had another one in the following preseason. Post-concussion syndrome plagued him during his last season with the Avs. and they chose not to re-sign him.
NBC Sports released its 2014-15 NHL schedule last week, and the reaction was that annual combination of celebration and befuddlement.
The Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks getting on 13 times each? Bravo. The Columbus Blue Jackets getting one game, and John Tavares getting a goose egg? The aforementioned befuddlement ...
One interesting aspect of the schedule: The lack of Monday night games on NBC Sports Network. There are three of them scheduled before the end of the calendar year; contrast that with 10 games before Dec. 31 in the 2013-14 season.
Steve Lepore of Awful Announcing spoke with Jon Miller,NBC Sports’ President of programming, and found out that “Monday Night Football” still has some sway over the sports landscape on ESPN:
SL: Your NHL schedule was just released, you’ve kind of moved away from Monday nights this year in favor of a lot of west coast games on Wednesdays.