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Pre Draft Trade Thoughts…

By , June 14, 2012 10:19 am

Is the #1 pick available? Should it be?

Is the #1 pick available? Should it be?

The rumor mill has been busy lately, as it always is at this time, with suggestions that the Oilers will be moving the #1 overall pick. So I thought it would be great to take a look at every team in the NHL and consider their assets… NHLers, and prospects … and consider which players we should be asking about. I mostly focused on the defense, and a bit on goaltenders and centermen, as I think those are our biggest needs. Some of these teams wouldn’t be able to offer much for our #1 pick and some teams would need more than our #1 pick for their assets, so I’ve also considered a list of tradeable players for the Oilers. This time of the year, it’s always fun to talk about trades.. but often they’re pretty unrealistic. I don’t mention any specific deals here though (save for a couple). Please feel free to make some suggestions in the comment section for guys we should be after, or trades we could make.

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And the winner of the 2012 NHL draft lottery is…

By , April 10, 2012 6:19 pm
And the winner is...

And the winner is...

The winner of the 2012 NHL draft lottery is: THE EDMONTON OILERS

Here is the top 5 draft order:

1. Edmonton Oilers
2. Columbus Blue Jackets
3. Montreal Canadiens
4. New York Islanders
5. Toronto Maple Leafs

For the record, the word is that Nail Yakupov is the consensus number one. Word is that this draft is much weaker than previous drafts.

Here is the top 10 draft order that Bob McKenzie determined from his scout survey:

1. Nail Yakupov
2. Mikhail Grigorenko
3. Ryan Murray
4. Filip forsberg
5. Matt Dumba
6. Alex Galchenyuk
7. Jacob Trouba
8. Griffin Reinhart
9. Morgan Rielly
10. Radek Faksa
10. Teuvo Teravainen

New Conference Alignment is set for next year…

By , December 5, 2011 7:39 pm

Conference 1:
Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Los Angeles, San Jose, Anaheim, Colorado, Phoenix
Conference 2:
Winnipeg, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Nashville, Columbus, Dallas, Minnesota
Conference 3:
Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Boston, Buffalo, Florida, Tampa Bay
Conference 4:
Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, NY Rangers, NY Islanders, New Jersey, Carolina, Washington

The teams in 7-team Conference will play each other 6 times. Teams in 8-team Conference will play some 5, some 6 inside Conference.
The first two rounds of playoffs will be played within each conference (1 vs. 4, 2 vs. 3).

EDIT: Correction… the realignment has been voted on and passed by the Board of Governors, but still needs NHLPA approval.

Some new tweets:
Elliott Friedman “1. Re-alignment requires NHLPA approval. 2. Playoff format for 3rd rd and beyond still not finalized. GMs to determine.”

Andy Strickland: “League source: ‘don’t get caught up in two confereces having 7 vs two having 8 teams…NHL may expand to 32 teams and all 4 will have 8 #NHL’”

What do you think of the new league alignment?

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Is hybrid icing the answer?

By , October 1, 2011 11:28 am
Nystrom tries to get around Fedun to beat out icing

Nystrom tries to get around Fedun to beat out icing

Full video here.

Here is the definition of hybrid icing, according to

Hybrid icing is a mixture of touch and no-touch icing. It gives a linesman the discretion to blow his whistle and stop the play if he believes a defending player will reach the puck first. If the linesman believes the attacking player has a chance to reach the puck first, he keeps his whistle in his pocket and lets the race to the puck play out. The linesman always will side with the defending player and blow his whistle if he feels the race is a tie by the time the players reach the faceoff dots.

So would hybrid icing be the answer in this latest accident? If you look at the picture above, Fedun is clearly ahead of Nystrom by the time the two players are at the faceoff dots. Under the hybrid rule, the play would (or I say should) have blown dead and Fedun would have continued to have a promising year this year.

What about Kurtis Foster? He suffered a broken femur and had his career severely set back on an icing play as well. Here is a picture of him in a race for the puck, at the faceoff dot:

Kurtis Foster races for the puck
Full video here.

Again, by the hybrid rule, Foster is ahead (although at worst, it looks like a tie, which still blows the play dead). So yes, Foster should have been safe under the hybrid icing rule.

I am a little worried that guys will still get badly hurt under the hybrid rule, however. This will save several bad injuries though. So it’s a step forward. But the rule states that if the defensemen is in the lead or it’s a tie the play will be blown dead. What about the forwards? Have they had fair game for long enough that we don’t care? It should protect them too, in my opinion. And will NHL referees be able to keep safety at the front of their minds while no injuries are happening, or will they eventually start to bend on this rule a bit?

I find this comment by Brian Burke disturbing as to why the NHL won’t bring in no-touch icing, which is the answer to my questions above: “The race for a loose puck is an exciting play for our fans and we have to keep that play in” (in fairness, he went on to say “but we have to figure out a way to eliminate the injuries to the defensemen”). That statement says it all.

Is it a Nascar mentality that fans have? We are just dying to see that car smash up against the wall and watch bits and pieces flying into the stands? I don’t know, personally as a fan, I’d rather see my favorite players still play here. I think hybrid icing will eliminate many of these injuries. But if the NHL really wants to take this seriously, they’ll implement NO-touch icing. I predict with the hybrid rule, it will just give us another hot topic to talk about in a few years… but, at least it’s a big step forward from touch icing.

NHL Operating Incomes Analysis

By , September 15, 2011 2:05 pm
Where all the Dallas Stars revenue went...

Where all the Dallas Stars revenue went...

So this article was inspired by some talk over at the Putting On The Foil Forum about financial problems some teams in the NHL are having… namely the New Jersey Devils and the Dallas Stars. I thought I’d dig a little deeper, knowing that there is information from Forbes about teams’ operating incomes available to the general public. Why are these teams in such hardship when it seems like they’ve always done well?

Stastical uber analysis by Moi

OK, Click the link for a pic of an Excel doc (maybe I’ll upload this thing to Google Docs later) I made based on Forbes NHL Team Valuation reports.

First off… an important note: Take this with a grain of salt! That is because these numbers might not be 100% accurate. Plus the values are a bit off already in that it (as they state at Forbes) they don’t include “interest, taxes, amortization, depreciation”. Also keep in mind we don’t have last year’s numbers yet. However, I think they still give us an overview to see what teams have been succeeding and which have been keeping their head above water.

Dallas… a recent article stated that they were in financial hardship and are selling the team and declaring bankruptcy (the ownership group is). Well, if you look at the Forbes numbers, it looks like this team is still doing quite well. So I kind of wonder if the problems the Stars’ ownership group is having is because of the Stars or if it’s because of their other businesses/teams that they own, etc. Anyone with insight on that, feel free to share.

Anyways, I thought I’d use this info to point out that keeping this league afloat (and this should be obvious) are profits by Toronto, Montreal, New York, and to lesser extents Detroit and Vancouver, DALLAS, Edmonton and Chicago.

Your bottom feeders are:
Phoenix, Florida, New York Islanders, Columbus, Carolina, Atlanta, Nashville, Buffalo, St. Louis, Washington (a team that is losing money despite Ovechkin being there).

Here’s a sorted version of that table I did up above.

Note: I am in no way a dollars and “sense” (sic) guy. So I may be severely oversimplifying things here. But it just seems to me like the Dallas Stars aren’t really a bankrupt team so much as the ownership group is bankrupt for other reasons. The Devils seem to have been losing money up until recently, although I’d say once you figure out all the missing numbers (taxes, etc.) they’ve probably lost money every year since 2006.

Where would this league be now without Toronto, Montreal and New York though?

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