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Your Graphic Guide To 2014

It’s like Christmas, your birthday and April Fool’s Day all wrapped up in one! This year, you can give the gift of time. And I don’t mean a lousy wristwatch. I mean, they can’t even be bothered to put a full day on a watch. Twelve hours, sheesh. No, instead of a measly twelve hours,…

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Never Change, NW division. Never change.

Wow. There really is no middle ground in the Northwest Division, is there? Whether it’s in the standings, with the Canucks pretty much feasting on the talent starved rest of the division, or in the front offices, where you could never accuse any of the GMs of being underfed, but sometimes it sure seems like…

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The Worst Lead in Hockey

The good news is the Canucks have had a 2-0 lead in five of their first eight games, and a one goal lead in two others. The bad news is they’ve given away 8 points to conference opponents in those games. That being said, the Canucks are off to the best start in years. And…

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Permanent Decertification is Certifiable

The momentum is growing. Every day the calls to decertify or otherwise disband the NHLPA are growing. And I don’t mean from NHL players. No, hockey fans and media alike are now so fed up with what passes for collective bargaining in the NHL that they want to blow up the entire system. We’re not…

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CBA NEGOTATIONS HAVE BEEN A FLOP, BUT NOW TAKE A TURN

It took a long time, but it looks like we’re now at the final table in this high stakes game of poker that is the NHL CBA negotations. And yes, this this is and always has been a heads up game. Neither you, nor I, nor any of the tens of thousands tens of hundreds…

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Dear NHL Pundits: It’s the thought that counts

Aw, you shouldn’t have. No, really. I mean it. You shouldn’t have. If you take yourself at all seriously about being a "journalist," sports or otherwise, you shouldn’t have been in such a rush to "break" a story that you neglected to put some thought into it. THAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT PART! Whether you’re a hockey analyst or…

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The NHL Could Learn Something From The U.S. Elections

Today marks the end of the gruelling campaign for the presidency of the United States. However, unlike an NHL season (remember those?), the winner of this campaign will actually have a very good chance of seeing the Stanley Cup. Multiple times, even. If only it was that easy for the Presidents’ Trophy winner. Sigh. But I guess winning…

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NHL Lockout Will End When Greed Finally Takes Over

Contrary to popular belief, greed has not been the driving force behind the NHL lockout. No. To date, it’s just been business. And in business, you exploit your position to extract the maximum profits the market will bear. You do this either by squeezing out the competition so you have free reign to raise prices, or…

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Your Graphical Guide to the NHL Barnyard

If you’re anyting like Detroit Red Wings’ Senior VP of Barnyard Operations, Jim Devellano, it’s sometimes hard to tell elite hockey players apart from the rest of the herd. But never fear, the handy chart above should help you out if you ever get into a pinch. Now, far be it from me to judge a Lester…

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The NHL Lockout: It’s all about interest

The 3.3 billion dollar question is: will the interest that NHL teams are paying their season ticket holders to keep their money on account, be sufficient to offset the inevitable drop in fan interest in the NHL as a product the longer the lockout continues? I’m pretty sure the answer is no. Except maybe in…

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Winners and Losers under the current CBA (Part 1)

  (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…

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NHL Fans: Don’t Go Away Mad, Just Go Away

You’re an NHL fan. You spend your hard-earned money every year going to games. You buy merchandise. You subscribe to Centre Ice. You’ve been through one, maybe two lockouts, and even a strike if you’re really old. And now they’re threatening to make you go through yet another lockout. This makes you mad. So mad, in fact,…