Yesterday was 8/7. The captain turned 26, but that didn't stop him from working out. (Sid on ice at the Halifax Forum)
A couple weeks ago the longest-tenured captain in the NHL Daniel Alfredsson spurned the Ottawa Senators and signed a 1-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings. Many of the biggest stars of the past few decades actually finished their careers by playing one last season for a new team, often in pursuit of that elusive Stanley Cup win. Here are 17 players who finished an excellent NHL career with a brief and often forgettable change of scenery (The Forgettable Final Years of 17 NHL Veterans).
Things are not looking rosy in North Jersey, as the debts are mounting and cash flow is insufficient. One report claims that the NHL is about to take over the New Jersey Devils unless a new buyer steps in soon (NHL Takeover Of New Jersey Devils Looming). The NHL has denied this report. A lot depends on how soon the team can be sold. Apparently there is a new bidder in the process, none other than a group headed by investment banker Josh Harris, who most recently purchased the Philadelphia 76ers from Ed Snider in 2011. The Harris group became involved after a sale agreement with a group headed by Andrew Barroway expired last month without being completed. Another interesting coincidence is that Barroway was involved in a group that had made a failed bid to acquire the 76ers before the Harris group made the purchase (NHL: Devils attract another buyer).
Many sites have attempted to analyze player performance using advanced stats. Over at NHL Numbers, Travis Yost took a look at how individual tiers of forwards for each team performed relative to their team's overall production using even-strength zone-adjusted Corsi, first for the Western Conference followed by the Eastern Conference. On the heels of that, Dimitri Filipovic did the same analysis for defensemen, again starting with the Western Conference and moving on to the Eastern Conference. I'm no expert on advanced stats, but one of the major problems these analyses have is that instead of using established lines and defensive pairings they used "tiers" of forwards and defensemen based on TOI (as in, top-tier players had the most minutes). I still think the player usage charts using the data from Behind The Net are the gold standard.
In the wake of Terry Gregson's retirement, Stephen Walkom resumes the role of Director of Officiating for the NHL that he held previously from 2005-2009, before returning to the ice as an official (Stephen Walkom Takes Over NHL Officiating).
If you were a hockey fan 25 years ago, you remember where you were when this trade went down (The Wayne Gretzky trade: How great was that?).
That's it for today. Comment away!