Florida Panthers Attendance Woes Are Not A Cause For Celebration – Sbnation.com

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The argument against enforcers — NHL – ESPN

If your favorite franchise packs the stands even when the team is terrible, good for them. They are not in the majority. Looming relocation is a scary thing for lots of people. We all get a little excited about the thought of the new toy. We get excited about what an energized franchise and fan base might look like in Quebec City or Seattle or anywhere else that wants NHL hockey to come to its town. We get excited about seeing what happened in Winnipeg in 2011 happen again. Lost Franchises Remembering the Seattle Metropolitans Remembering the Quebec Nordiques And yeah, there’s a capitalist side in most of us that takes some pleasure in seeing a failing business like the Florida Panthers lose the opportunity to stay in business, while some place that yearns for that same opportunity gets it. But if you want a franchise to relocate just out of that feeling, or even worse, out of spite for southern hockey fans that “don’t deserve the game” because they’d rather spend their time and money fishing or going to the beach or other than watching absolutely terrible hockey, you should rethink that. Consider that if the Panthers leave South Florida, it will leave hundreds (thousands?) out of work. The Broward County-owned BB&T Center will sit as an empty shell for those 41 nights a year, impacting the entire local area around the arena in Sunrise and the arena employees — from ticket takers to ushers to concession workers to janitors — who rely on those 41 Panthers games to make a living. In addition to those flat out losing work, many team employees — if they’re lucky enough to keep their jobs under what we assume would be a new ownership regime — would have to relocate their families. source: http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2014/10/14/6973149/florida-panthers-relocation-attendance-issues-nhl-seattle-quebec-city


Pundits such as Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe and Mike Milbury of NBC Sports have recently argued in favor of finally removing this role from hockey. On the other hand, a recent story by Herb Gould of the Chicago Sun-Times featured a passionate defense of the continued use of enforcers by Daniel Carcillo of the powerhouse Chicago Blackhawks . Does it still make sense for NHL teams to have an enforcer in the lineup? No, it does not. This is admittedly an old topic that has been debated for years, but hockey analytics can provide a fresh take. For example, a handful of statistical approaches can challenge three commonly held myths about enforcers: 1. Enforcers protect teammates from dirty hits and injuries. 2. Fighting can cause a positive swing in momentum. 3. Enforcers can create space for the superstars to score. None of these are actually true. source: http://insider.espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/11703861/the-argument-enforcers-nhl

Dose: Ranger Danger? – Yahoo Sports

My biggest complaint is that he only has two PIM so far in 2014-15, though. — Jack Johnson is a leaky defenseman in reality, but his Tuesday is a testament to his fantasy usefulness: two assists, one SOG, four hits and three blocked shots. The -3 rating fits, too, really. SHARKS 6, CAPITALS 5 (SO) — Its too bad that the Sharks jumped out to a quick lead and were up 3-0 and 4-1 and points in this game, as Washingtons significant puck possession advantage can probably be chalked up to score effects. It would have been useful to get a decent barometer regarding where Barry Trotzs team is really going. — John Carlson could be in for a nice season, especially if your league includes blocked shots as a category (177 last season). — The Sharks really might be a team thats so dangerous that you might just want to bench your goalie when San Jose is on the schedule. Wow. Jump for notes on New Jersey vs. Tampa Bay, Colorado vs. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/dose-ranger-danger-055100122–nhl.html


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