Why I want to see a Modern Day Dynasty NHL Team

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WOAH WOAH WOAH, put down the pitchforks and torches! I know I may have struck a nerve (I’m looking at you, San Jose Sharks fans), but hear me out. In the 97 years that the NHL has been around, there have been many legendary teams. However only few get the elusive status of “Dynasty Team”.

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The Cook Rating now uses Real-Time Stats!

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There have been two changes implemented to the Cook Rating:

  • Users now have the choice between 2013-14 player stats and 2014-15 (real-time) player stats.
  • Users now have the ability to set custom weights to the stats categories.

Check out the Cook Rating by clicking here.

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NHL Goalies: The Anaheim Ducks

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Cover Photo by: Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club

Where has the time gone? The start of the NHL season has already passed, and the competition is just starting to heat up amongst teams. That being said, with the season at an early stage, there is even more competition between players bidding for longer ice time and starting positions. Some of the largest competition will likely be between the starting and backup goalies. Many times the beginning of the season is a clean slate and any goalie can get the number one spot. At this point in time many teams are flip-flopping between their probable starter, backup, and bringing up call-ups from the minors. This is either for an early rest for the starter, or to see what the future holds for the team. With all this confusion going on between the pipes, I thought it would be a great time of the year to do a weekly “review” or spotlight for a team to shed some light on their goalie situations in the past, present, and future.

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Hockey, A Most Dangerous Game

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Photo by: Harry How/Getty Images

During today’s matchup in between the LA Kings and the Columbus Blue Jackets, there was a scary moment involving Nick Foligno and the linesman:

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2014-15 NHL Weekly Summary: Week 3

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NHL Week 3 Summary

Here is this week’s top NHL news summary as chosen by me. Lots of “firsts” this week, but also a lot of controversies. Also this week, we learned that hockey isn’t just a past time that we all enjoy together, it’s also a bond that unites us in times of need.

All headlines are linked to articles with further detail, so enjoy! Please let me know if there is any errors/anything that you think I should add to this list and I will fix it/deem if it is worthy.

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Around the Arena: Seating Preference

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What does it really mean to have the best seats for the game? For every person you ask you are likely to get a different answer. Every person has a seating preference at the game. Some seating preferences are more vague such as the 100 level, and some can be as specific as 200 level section 5 row 1. Then there are some that are just sad, everybody has that friend that says “my favorite spot to watch the game is on my couch”, of course with some of the new camera angles used by Rogers this year maybe that isn’t as sad as it used to be. Check out Spencer’s article on these new camera views here. For me seating preference is a dilemma. I can never truly decide where is best. That is largely due to being spoiled by having the Joe Louis Arena, often cited as the best arena to view hockey in with not a single bad seat, as my closest arena to watch the game. However even for those of you that don’t get the amazing sight-lines of The Joe, here is some food for thought:

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Leafs Player Analysis: Is Tyler Bozak Batman?

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Tyler Bozak is the 28 year old 6’1″, 195 lb center who has received his fair share of criticism since becoming a Leaf in 2009. Number 42 for the Maple Leafs was never drafted, but was still a sought after free agent during the 2008-2009 off-season. Bozak played college hockey instead of junior, which is one reason he may not have been drafted as college players are more likely to be overlooked. Regardless, after signing his first ever pro contract with the Maple Leafs, a 23 year old Bozak came to camp as a rookie with high expectations.

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2014-15 NHL Weekly Review: Week 2

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This is an article that I will be doing weekly to summarize the important events of the NHL every Sunday starting this week. Any errors and news stories that you think should have been included, post a comment and I will review it to see if it is worthy.

The surreal feeling that the hockey season has actually started is gone, now it’s down to business. Here is my Week 2 summary of the comings and goings of the NHL.

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Fantasy Hockey Week 1: Patience or Panic?

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With over a week of games in the bag and tons of early season story lines, the NHL season is underway and moving fast. This also means that for many fans the beginning of their quest to reign supreme over their friends has begun in Fantasy Hockey. Unfortunately, the beginning of the NHL season can be one of the most confusing and frustrating times to be a fantasy GM.  Great fantasy hockey teams are built on consistency and the first week of the NHL season is about everything except consistency. The first week of the NHL is a week where a starting goaltender is just as likely to get a shutout as he is to let in 6 goals, injuries will seem to annihilate whole teams in 5 days, the media will lambaste a team for losing two games and thus call the season a wash, some players seem to have a little less jump in their step (Riding in golf carts for 4 months is hardly staying in shape), and new faces try to make an impact in the hopes of staying in the big leagues. All of this is exciting, especially to a fan, but it can wreck havoc on your fantasy hockey team. As a fantasy hockey GM at the beginning of the NHL season you are most likely to either have one of the best or worst weeks of your fantasy season. This along with all the stories emanating from the NHL during the beginning of the season can easily overwhelm a fantasy hockey GM and result in hasty decisions that could be short-sighted. So should you practice patience or panic?

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Predicting the NHL’s Top Goal Scorers for 2014-2015

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Goals are the currency of the NHL, and in 1998-99 the league introduced the Maurice “Rocket” Richard trophy to recognize their importance. Awarded to the player who scores the most goals in the regular season, 12 different players have captured the title in the 15 seasons since it was created (2004 and 2010 saw multiple players tie for most goals). Alexander Ovechkin leads all player with 4 titles including winning each of the past 2 years (scoring 51 goals last year and 32 in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign). 

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