The Loser Point Part 2: “Losing” Myself in 2013-14

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In my last post I discussed my problem with the NHL Awarding a loser point for Overtime and Shootout Losses. Admittedly, my last post had a lot more to do with my feelings and perspective on how games played out. I decided to break down the end of the years stats and see how different situations would have played out minus the extra points awarded to each team. For a point of reference, here are last years final standings:

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Toronto Maple Leafs: Reinforcements for the Maple Leafs

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The Maple Leafs will have a lot of new faces around the rink this year. The Leafs have done an overhaul of their bottom six forwards and have also changed several defenders. All of the new players will be looking to make an impact this season in their own ways. The newly signed players who are hoping to make the team this season are: David Booth, Matt Frattin, Leo Komarov, Petri Kontiola, Roman Polak, Stephane Robidas, Mike Santorelli and Daniel Winnik. This is a summary of what each player brings to the table.

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The Impending Paradigm Shift of Hockey Night in Canada

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The impending paradigm shift for hockey broadcasting this year is going to make this hockey season one of the most interesting in the history of the sport for Canada. Of course I am talking about the 12 year, 5.232 billion dollar CAD acquisition of broadcasting rights of the NHL in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet. This brings a slew of changes that are going to affect how we Canadians consume this national icon.

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Fantasy Hockey: What is Fantasy Hockey?

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Once you are finished reading this guide, check out Kevin Lavallée’s guide for Fantasy Hockey: Drafting 101!

For the uninitiated, a Fantasy League is a Meta-sports game that involves a group of individuals acting as General Managers (GMs) for their own made up teams using real world players and using their real world stats. Most of these leagues are based on money to keep it competitive, but there are free pools too. This game can be applied to any team sport, but given that the focus of this website is on hockey, I will be enlightening you about the main types of Fantasy Pools for hockey.

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The Loser Point Part 1: I’m a Loser baby, so why don’t you kill me?

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I have been a lifelong hockey fan, however, my serious interest in hockey really only picked up at the end of high school and into my University years.  I can still remember learning about Pro Line, and being the Starving Student that I was thought to myself “if I just put $5 a week on all the long shot games, I could easily put together some money to spend”.  So I would wait all week, and on Saturday mornings, I would walk to my local Convenience Store and place my bets.  Among the choices, I always remember the option of choosing a tie.  This always seemed like a ridiculous option.  After all, who hopes for ties (looking at you soccer… err, sorry football). Nonetheless, choosing a tie almost always paid higher, meaning that I would choose that every so often, me being the starving student that I was.  Then I would go home and wait…

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San Jose Sharks: The Sharks’ Hunt for a Captain and Playoff Success

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With a 5-1 game 7 loss to the Los Angeles Kings last spring, the San Jose Sharks became just the fourth team in NHL history to lose a playoff series after having a 3-0 lead.

Their first round exit was just one of many disappointing post-seasons for the Sharks, a team that has never advanced past the Conference Finals despite having made the playoffs in 10 consecutive years and 17 of the 22 seasons since their inception. Management decided it was time for a change, and chose to reset the team’s leadership hierarchy. In late August they announced that training camp would begin with no named captains or alternates.

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Fantasy Hockey: Drafting 101

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It is that time of year again! Leaves are falling from the trees, Tim Hortons is adding pumpkin spice to everything, and your favourite hockey-based websites have regained their position on the “most viewed sites” tab of your web browser; that’s right ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to prepare yourself for your NHL fantasy draft. Drafting the right team is a skillful art form which varies from league to league, however many tips can be used universally across all leagues. Whether you’re a veteran drafter, or completely new to the fantasy GM world, this article aims to provide you with some basic (but often over-looked) skills needed to ensure you draft the best team available. Enjoy!

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Toronto Maple Leafs: As the Leafs Begin to Change

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The last two seasons have seen two monumental collapses for the Toronto Maple Leafs. They seemed like locks to make the 2013-2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs before the last month of the season. They looked as though they had the Boston Bruins exactly where they wanted them the year prior. So what happened? Was it Coaching? Leadership? Or was the pressure of the biggest market in hockey just too much for the young group of players to handle? It was impossible to say for sure what has happened the last two years, the only guarantee was that something had to change. This “culture change” as it was called by the management was put forth so that the events of the last two seasons would not be in vain, they had to be learned from. New players were brought in, managers and the coaching staff were changed and a new president was hired.  However, what it all boils down to is, will the changes be enough?

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Fantasy Hockey: Cook Rating Explanation

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After playing in three different hockey pools last season, I found it useful to determine the value of a trade by determining how valuable a player is to me. My measure of value in a player is how often the player would do things in a game that would contribute to my head-to-head match up statistics in my hockey pools. After downloading the latest player stats spreadsheet, I made a formula using the programming abilities in Excel. The people that I have shown this formula to have said it’s useful and that I should share it somehow. So with the assistance of my programming friend Shawn Hind, we created this tool for everyone to use for free. Click here to start using the Cook Rating, or continue reading for an explanation of the Cook Rating.

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