Reaction to the Oilers hiring an advanced stats blogger, a look at recent big-contract extensions, ten NHL teams which improved the most this summer, and more.

SB NATION: Andrew Berkshire believes the Edmonton Oilers recent hiring of advanced stats blogger Tyler Dellow indicates stats geeks are finally getting their due.

Oilers coach Dallas Eakins is a believer in advanced stats.

Oilers coach Dallas Eakins is a believer in advanced stats.

THE COPPER & BLUE: Ryan Batty with his take on the Dellow hiring and what it says about Oilers coach Dallas Eakins.

OILERS NATION: Robin Brownlee notes Dellow’s antagonistic attitude toward his mainstream media critics, but believes Dellow’s work should stand on its own merit.

PENSION PLAN PUPPETS: Steve Burtch explains how advanced stats help and what’s coming next.

RUSSIAN MACHINE NEVER BREAKS: Peter Hassett takes a humorous dig at Dellow’s detractors.

DOWN GOES BROWN: Sean McIndoe has some tips on how to tell if your NHL team has hired a bad advanced stats guy.

GRANTLAND: McIndoe also weighed in on P.K. Subban’s new contract, and how to put the latest big-contract extensions into the proper context.

PUCK DADDY: Ryan Lambert listed the ten NHL teams that improved the most this summer.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Daniel MacDonald wonders if Colorado Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon will be slammed by the sophomore slump.

LAST WORD ON SPOTS: Charlie Clarke believes the Toronto Maple Leafs have abandoned the “Boston Model”.

SILVER SEVEN SENS: The risks to the Senators of re-signing Bobby Ryan to a long-term contract.

ARCTIC ICE HOCKEY: The Winnipeg Jets are mired in mediocrity.

WINGING IT IN MOTOWN: In the latest installment of “Getting to Know the NHL Rulebook, the function of the official scorer, game timekeeper, penalty timekeeper, goal judge and real time scorers.

HOCKEY BROAD: Women fans want less sexism and more equality.