September 13 2012 12:13PM
Here's a fun little story about how Joffrey Lupul wants to go play in Europe in case of an NHL lockout. Fair enough. Lupul is a likable enough guy, suggesting that both sides "might want to apologize", referring to the players and owners, for the dispute that will shut down training camp openings next week.
September 13 2012 11:01AM
Expanding on the Goals Breakdown by Period post, I’m presenting a breakdown of some of the more prominent Leafs points producers based on their assist breakdown by player.
The tables are broken down as a player listed in the header as the main player being analyzed. Each assist is differentiated between a first and second. I don’t feel that makes a difference to who ‘set up’ the goal, since order is determined at random at times it seems. Nonetheless, assists are broken down between first and second.
September 13 2012 08:33AM
Brandon Convery's story is one that many other former NHL draft picks share. After being a high, first-round selection (8th overall for the Leafs in 1992), his career never quite hit high gear at the highest level of competition. Of course, there is no single explanation as to why, but for Convery, it's clear that media pressure had something to do with it.
September 12 2012 06:00PM
Jake Gardiner was on the ice for 62 even strength goals against last season, and Lord help us if we don't go through each and every one to try and pin the blame on somebody else.
You may recall yesterday in the comments section of Part I, well, one commenter at least, I encourage the rest of you to chime in, faulted Gardiner for two goals out of the six shown.
September 12 2012 03:07PM
(This was originally published at NHLNumbers, but I felt it warranted wider distribution. The rest of the series will be published at NHLNumbers.)
So, just why are we on the brink of yet another NHL lockout? This graph provides a pretty good explanation.
But not many are really digging into the financial ins and outs of the NHL's internal economy. Instead, there's plenty of finger pointing going on between the two sides, by the media, and among the fans. Especially the rabble on Twitter, whose "uninformed ramblings" are inconsequential to the outcome, according to NHL deputy commissioner, Bill Daly. And in truth, he's quite right. He just doesn't have to be so rude about it.
But that's for another post on another day with altogether more amateurly hand-drawn charts. Today we're sticking with good old Excel as we go inside the NHL's finances; or at least a reasonable facsimile thereof, as compiled by our good friends at Forbes in their annual list of NHL team valuations. What do the financial performance metrics tell us about what differentiates the winners from the losers in today's NHL?