No more “out of market” games?

Jonathan Willis
December 07 2012 03:33PM

If you’re a fan of an out-of-market team, or a fan of a local team but travelling, getting a hockey game on television can be an extremely frustrating experience.

That’s why, according to a report on Forbes.com, a group of fans has brought a lawsuit against Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League. Their aim? To have a court rule that the current model is in violation of U.S. antitrust law.

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Negotiations between NHL, NHLPA fall apart

Jonathan Willis
December 06 2012 06:43PM

Donald Fehr and Gary Bettman held dueling press conferences on Thursday night, and the news was not good. After initially suggesting both sides were close, Don Fehr announced that the NHL had rejected the players’ associations’ latest offer. Gary Bettman followed Fehr up, and announced that the NHL was removing all of the concessions placed on the table in the last meeting.

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How goalies age, and the survivorship bias problem

Eric T.
December 06 2012 02:10PM

Brodeur
Older goalies can still get the job done, but sometimes they need to sit down and rest for a bit.
Photo by rubyswoon via Flickr

This morning, Steve Burtch published a study arguing that goalies do not show any appreciable decline with age. The key plot was this one, in which the x-axis is the goalie's age and the y-axis is how many standard deviations above or below league average he was (for goalies with at least 30 games played):

Goalie vs age

It's clearly true that the observed performance of old goalies isn't appreciably worse than the observed performance of young goalies. The problem is that word "observed" -- we don't get to observe the performance of all goalies at all ages. JaredL previously looked at this issue and showed how few goalies continue to play heavy minutes into their late 30's. This creates what is called a survivorship bias.

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KHL: Kovy eats babies, Malkin is a monster, Grabo, Kulemin, and Komarov score, and more

Steve Dangle
December 06 2012 12:13PM

Ilya Kovalchuk will eat your children.

While the NHL and its players continue talking about playing, here's some action from a very busy day in the KHL, featuring players like Ovechkin, Malkin, Datsyuk, Kovalchuk, Graobski, Kulemin, and more. A note for Oilers fans who are only interested in Nail Yakupov: We didn't do the Neftekhimik game because he didn't get any points. He recieved 25 minutes in penalties for an elbow, but when we checked the footage it was no where to be found.

With or without Nail - enjoy!

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Freaky Frattin

Gus Katsaros
December 06 2012 09:45AM

It’s not difficult to get caught up in the hype surrounding the young Matt Frattin. After all, all he does at the AHL level is score goals.

During the regular season all he did was score.

During the playoffs all he did was score.

Then the injury ended his playoffs prematurely.

Even after a difficult summer of rehab and getting his knee back to strength, what did Frattin do upon return?

He scored. Then he did it again. And again. Then again and again.

Dude can score.

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