Does Edmonton Oilers’ general manager Craig MacTavish really appreciate the value of faceoffs?

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However, statistical wizard Gabriel Desjardins did something very similar a few years back – looking at what happens in the first 30 seconds after a faceoff. The only difference is that he expressed the outcome in terms of shots rather than goals. Here’s some of what he found that relates to MacTavish’s statement: – After winning a defensive zone draw, the average team surrenders 0.244 shots in the following 30-second window. If they lose the draw, that total doubles to 0.489 shots in that 30-second window. – After 30 seconds, the shot frequency for both won and lost faceoffs is essentially identical. – Putting that into the same terms MacTavish used, over 40 defensive zone faceoffs, the average team will surrender a total of 10 shots in the 30 seconds following each if they win them all; they will surrender 20 shots in the 30 seconds following each if they lose them all. In other words, every 40 defensive zone faceoffs lost instead of won translates to an extra 10 shots against. – It may be that these shots are predominantly of a particular type (for example, point shots off a won faceoff), meaning that from this data it is impossible to be sure if league average shooting percentages will apply, but if they do then those 10 extra shots are going to work out to a little under one goal – in the same range as MacTavish’s press conference claim.   – One other point: MacTavish indicated there are ways to shelter centres who struggle at faceoffs, and Desjardins’ data suggests one possible way – have them take neutral zone draws. While there is a big difference in shots against on a defensive zone draw (and because the reverse is also going to be true, shots for on an offensive draw) those differences become a lot smaller in the neutral zone. Winning a faceoff at the blue line has just one-third the effect on shot totals that an offensive/defensive zone draw does; winning a draw at centre ice has almost no effect, just one-sixth of an offensive/defensive zone draw. source:

Oilers refuse to reveal if they will spend more money on Edmonton arena deal

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“You know, part of being here today is showing respect for both parties,” he told the hecklers. An older man hollered back. “Please show some respect for the citizens of this city Mr. Mandel, and put this [issue] on a plebiscite,” he said. “Quiet!” demanded Mandel. “Put in on a plebiscite!” the heckler shouted back. Edmonton taxpayers will pay $219-million toward the 18,559-seat facility, which has a futuristic design of metal and glass. The Oilers’ share will be $143-million. Another $125-million will come from a ticket tax that wouldn’t exceed seven per cent of the total cost of a ducat. The deal would see the city build and own the arena and pay for all major repairs and renovations. The Oilers would, in turn, hand over $6-million a year in lease payments and pay for the day-to-day arena upkeep. Katz would keep all the profits from tickets, concessions and parking for all events — Oilers or otherwise. source:

Report: Family of NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard sues league for son’s death

Steve MacIntyre fights with Derek Boogaard

/ Getty Images/Paul Bereswill “To distill this to one sentence,” William Gibbs, attorney for the Boogaards, told The Times, “you take a young man, you subject him to trauma, you give him pills for that trauma, he becomes addicted to those pills, you promise to treat him for that addiction, and you fail.” Boogaard was under contract with the New York Rangers at the time of his death. He played his first five NHL seasons with the Minnesota Wild and one season with the Rangers after signing a four-year, $6.5 million contract with New York in July 2010. Boogaard sustained a concussion during his last game on Dec. 9, 2010. Known as one of the league’s toughest fighters, the 6-foot-7, 255-pound Boogaard played 277 NHL games, scored three goals and racked up 589 penalty minutes. Boogaard’s family filed a lawsuit against the NHL Players Association last September, seeking $9.8 million, but it was dismissed this spring. The family said the union, after expressing interest in helping pursue a case against the league, missed a deadline for filing a grievance. A judge ruled the family waited too long to act and dismissed the case. The Times reports the family used a different lawyer in that case. The Times reports the latest lawsuit details the treatment Boogaard received from team doctors of the Rangers and Minnesota Wild, and the officials from the league’s Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program, which oversaw Boogaard’s care after he entered rehabilitation while playing for the Wild in 2009. source:

Will The Edmonton Oilers Sign Sam Gagner Long Term Or Trade Him?

His career high for points is 49, a mark that easily would have been broken if this were a full 82-game schedule. There are still some negatives for Gagner from this season, though. His faceoff percentage was ugly, winning a putrid 43 percent of his draws. That’s something that he’s never been particularly strong at, though, with his playmaking skills being the primary reason he’s still a center. The question for the Oilers is going to be whether or not they’ll choose to re-sign him, as he’s a restricted free agent this summer, or try and trade his rights off to another club and acquire some defense. The answer isn’t as simple as it may seem. This is a team with plenty of offensive talent. There are a ton of skilled forwards up front that will help produce for this club for the next several years. However, they lack depth down the middle. We saw nearly every center on the roster go down this season, which really exposed their lack of depth at the position. Which makes Gagner very valuable. Which he could use in contract talks. source:


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