Monthly Archives: July 2009

Note to Self: predictions for 09/10

If the Kings manage 245 goals for and 230 goals against, they will make the playoffs. Last year: 207/234. So basically, play the system and add 38 more goals. How hard is that? Wait…how hard is that? In the entire history of the Kings, they have managed to hit both those marks in the same…

Spector’s Hockey – Latest Blue Jackets and Sharks News.

Tom Reed reports the Blue Jackets may have $10 million in available cap space but they’re a “budget team, not a cap team”, meaning the club is already likely close to their self-imposed ceiling, which could hamper GM Scott Howson’s efforts to bring in a puck-moving defenseman. via Spector’s Hockey – Latest Blue Jackets and…

From The Puck Stops Here: Team Corsi Numbers

Puck Stops Here (blog) calculates team Corsi numbers, and the results are interesting. Here’s what he says; my thoughts follow the quote block: Corsi Numbers are the difference between shots directed at the goal (shots on goal, missed shots and blocked shots) for and against when a player is on the ice in five on…

From Tom Benjamin’s NHL Blog: Defending McDonough

Tom Benjamin blogs on/for/re the Canucks and weighs in on the Hawks fiasco: The good news going forward was that the excellent young team grew into an excellent team period. The bad news was that they did this despite the fact that Tallon did little to demonstrate competence. Indeed he made several mistakes – Savard,…

From Mlive.com: New Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman suggests that cap may not fall for 10-11 season, discusses Hawks’ Red Wings-like ‘one-year window’

Actually, it’s Mlive (from Detroit) quoting a block from the Chicago Daily Herald [with my comments in brackets]: The Hawks are under the NHL’s $56.8 million salary cap for this season [no, you’re not] but part of the reason Bowman was promoted to GM was to navigate the team through next summer when there will…

From Battle of California: More on Doug Wilson

Undoubtedly BoC is already in your blog aggregator, but I’m clipping out this bit anyway, since it’s so true and so much fun to contemplate: Whatever trade options GM Doug Wilson may have had at the draft (and we can only speculate there) are now fairly diminished.  How it affects the Sharks going forward?  Remains to be seen. Still,…

From Fear The Fin: Back, meet corner

From the Sharks’ blog Fear the Fin: You can argue against the signing of Scott Nichol based on his skill, age, injury history, whatever. Same for Huskins. You could even make the case that the Rob Blake deal was evidence of poor decision making by the Sharks, or that they overpaid for Clowe. But, like it or not, those…