FirstSamuel1745

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  1. Hey guys - saw this over on www.hockeywriters.com, and I thought it appropriate for this forum. The author, who follows the Blue Jackets, took a statistical look at the correlation between hits (what we call "grit" around here), and wins. Here's the link: http://thehockeywriters.com/hit-or-myth-busting-your-way-to-success-in-the-nhl-or-not/ To put it bluntly, it seems that while some teams do manage to hit a lot and win a lot, most teams that are highly gritty have a greater chance of being in the lower end of the league. There are exceptions of course. I thought this would make some good food for thought. Happy Reading!
  2. This one's easy. One pace for 55 fewer goals this year, combined with a slightly more porous defense, and a hospital ward full of injuries. Hard to blame anyone for this, though you might wish the healthy players showed a bit more heart.
  3. Z and D may be past their primes, but if you build a team of guys in their prime, then you'd have no "experience." Hard to find a pair of teammates in the league I'd rather have with their talent and experience.
  4. This may have already been said, but those Anaheim-style numbers are driving me nuts.
  5. More skilled than he's usually given credit for. A very solid signing. Nicely done!
  6. And lets not forget that the Rangers made the playoffs. That's the important thing.
  7. Kings had room for a large contract after their pursuit of Hossa, so the money isn't an issue. Furthermore, they dealt from a position of strength for an area of weakness. Smyth is a great character guy for a team that needs some veteran leadership and a few goals. Hard to dislike this move.
  8. For real?
  9. Is it possible to boo Hossa for the logo on the front of his sweater rather than the name on the back? This means, of course, that my disdain for Hossa is no more or less than my disdain for Toews, Kane, etc. But it is disdain nonetheless. There is a fine line, you know, between some good-natured booing, and the nasty, boorish booing we hear in some places. I'm merely suggesting the former.
  10. Did someone seriously say "Bertuzzi?"
  11. The way the Cup will be won next year is not by making a huge splash like last year with Hossa, but with the small, "no one cares" signings of a Samuelsson or a Cleary. Holland generally works his magic on the back end of the market. Be patient folks.
  12. This is strange. On the one hand, I knew that Hossa was only here for a year, and there was a good chance he would leave at the end of the year. But on the other hand, I really felt like he would stay. To make matters worse, he goes to a huge rival. I know in my head that he was leaving, but in my heart I feel used, dumped, and now have to watch him go out with my best friend. Odd feelings.
  13. This is strange. On the one hand, I knew that Hossa was only here for a year, and there was a good chance he would leave at the end of the year. But on the other hand, I really felt like he would stay. To make matters worse, he goes to a huge rival. I know in my head that he was leaving, but in my heart I feel used, dumped, and now have to watch him go out with my best friend. Odd feelings.
  14. Don't tear down the Joe until I see a game there! Guess I better get on the ball.
  15. I think the LeBron and Crosby incidents are two separate deals. Crosby was celebrating, and as much as I hate myself for it, I at least understand what he was going through. LeBron pouted like a spoiled kid because he lost. I think LeBron's incident showed his character, while Crosby's did not.