Blues Agree To Two-year Deal With Schwartz | St. Louis

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Louis Blues skates against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on April 6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Blues 4-2. Louis Blues and forward Jaden Schwartz agreed to a two-year deal Saturday, according to the club. Schwartz, 22, had 25 goals and 56 points in 80 games for the Blues last season and he had yet to report to training camp. According to the Blues, hes expected to be on the ice on Monday. Saturday evening, Schwartz tweeted out excitment to get back on the ice. Very excited and honoured to be back in the blue note for at least a couple more years! Thanks for all the support #LGB Jaden Schwartz (@jschwartz_17) September 28, 2014 According to TSNs Bob McKenzie, the deal is reportedly worth $4.7 million. Jaden Schwartz’s new two-year contract with STL pays him $2M in 1st year, $2.7M in 2nd year for AAV of (yup, you guessed it) $2.35M. Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) September 27, 2014 The Blues drafted Schwartz with their first round pick, 14th overall, back in 2010. source:

Fenwick is roughly the same as Corsi, but blocked shots are excluded. First-year Penguins coach Mike Johnston’s system calls for plenty of puck possession, which in theory presents a need for good Corsi/Fenwick numbers. aWe definitely want the puck more than the other team,a forward Nick Spaling said. aIt’s a puck-possession game. aAnd we don’t want to give it back once we’ve got it.a Corsi/Fenwick percentages can be broken down into subcategories such as Corsi/Fenwick Ahead (when one’s team is leading), Corsi/Fenwick Even (game is tied), Corsi/Fenwick Close (game within one goal) and Corsi/Fenwick Behind (when one’s team is losing). Countless other statistics are available for those who value them: faceoffs broken down by offensive, defensive or neutral zone; several complex permutations of how long or how well a team keeps possession of the puck; and hockey analysis ratings that seek to quantify the quality of a player’s teammates and competition. Which raises the crux of the debate over analytics. Many hockey lifers such as Calgary Flames president Brian Burke think such a task is impossible. In his former position, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager, Burke offered this at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference last year: aStatistics are like a lamp post to a drunk: useful for support but not for illumination.a A busy offseason Perhaps no team did more in the offseason to address analytics than the Maple Leafs. Not only did they hire Kyle Dubas a a strong proponent of advanced metrics a as an assistant general manager, but they also surrounded him with three men with extensive experience on advanced statistics. source:

What We Learned: The self-inflicted idiocy of David Clarkson | Puck Daddy – Yahoo Sports

Colorado Avalanche : Brad Stuart isn’t going to fortify anything. He’s only steady insofar as you can expect him to be steadily bad. Columbus Blue Jackets : It’s easy to forget the Blue Jackets had two first-round picks this year, but they did, and Marko Dano really hasn’t been that bad in camp . Pretty nice luxury for Columbus to lean on. Jarmo Kekalainen is one hell of a drafter. Dallas Stars : Speaking of young stud American goalies being sent to the minors , there’s Jack Campbell . Which, again, makes perfect sense. Kari Lehtonen is one of the best goalies in the league, and you don’t want a kid sitting on the bench for 60 games or whatever. Detroit Red Wings : Strange, isn’t it, that Ken Holland is still sitting waiting to hear if Daniel Alfredsson will be playing this season? He’s not even on a PTO and it’s Sept. 29 for the love of Pete!!! source:–the-self-inflicted-idiocy-of-david-clarkson-080636708.html

NHL Waiver Primer – Yahoo Sports

Once a player has cleared waivers, the team may keep him on their roster for no more than 9 NHL games played or no more than 29 calendar days. If he plays in 10 games or is on the roster for 30 days, he will have to clear waivers again before being assigned. Waiver Claim Order Waiver claims are made directly to the league and aren’t shared between teams, so you can have multiple teams putting in a claim on a single guy. If that’s the case, then the league awards the team with the worst record (based on percentage of possible points earned and tiebroken first using lowest winning percentage using only regulation or overtime wins, then head-to-head record, and finally with goal differential). As of right now, and up until November 1st, the waiver claim order is set by the end-of-year standings from last season. Here’s the full list. Claim Order Boston Bruins Unlike draft order, a team doesn’t hurt its waiver claim status by doing deeper in the playoffs, which is why the Kings get claims on people before four first-round flameouts. The reason they keep the November 1st date is because it would be terribly unfair to see a powerhouse team get first waiver dibs on players simply because they had a rough run in their first 8 games or so. For more quirks of the waiver process, I wrote a full piece on CBA Article 13 last year, which had a full breakdown of all the other minor rules surrounding the waiver process.Can can read it here. Red Wings Waiver-Eligible Players Here’s the list of Detroit players who would have to clear waivers in order to be assigned to Grand Rapids before the start of the season who were either not roster regulars last year or who have a decent chance of ending up on waivers regardless: Danny Cleary Andy Miele Andrej Nestrasil The chances for each vary wildly from not-terribly likely (Cleary) to almost-certain (Nestrasil). Roster-wise, the Wings have one player who is still waiver exempt with a very good chance at making the team and that is Tomas Jurco, who will reach waiver eligibility next season no matter how many games he plays in this one. source:


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