NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 17, 2016
Game recaps, Stamkos, Hall & Gaudreau sidelined, CBA extension offer to NHLPA & more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Nicklas Backstrom scored twice and set up three others and T.J. Oshie had a four-point game to lead the Washington Capitals to a 7-1 beatdown of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Pittsburgh goalie Matt Murray was forced from the game with a head injury but said afterward he was fine.
Michael Frolik’s overtime goal lifted the Calgary Flames to a 2-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes. Earlier in the day, the Flames learned left wing Johnny Gaudreau will likely miss four-to-six weeks following surgery to repair a broken finger suffered in the Flames’ previous game against the Minnesota Wild.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is out indefinitely after suffering a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee.
NJ.COM: New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall underwent surgery on his left knee to repair a torn meniscus and is sidelined three-four weeks.
THE DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings forward Darren Helm is out for a minimum of six weeks to a dislocated left shoulder.
SPORTSNET: Sources claim the NHL made an offer to the NHL Players Association to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea in exchange for extending the expiration date of the current collective bargaining agreement from 2022 to 2025.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s an interesting proposal from the league, one that isn’t unprecedented. In 1998, the league and the PA agreed to extend the CBA expiration to 2004 to ensure Olympic participation and the expansion into Atlanta, Columbus, Minnesota and Nashville.
The problem, however, is accepting this proposal means the players would be stuck with the highly unpopular escrow clawbacks from their salaries for three more years. While there’s no word yet from the PA, early speculation suggests the players will reject that offer.
USA TODAY: Kevin Allen reports some NHL players could be trying to find away to game their advanced stats numbers to their advantage. “Corsi measures all shot attempts and has now become the industry standard as a proxy of puck possession.” writes Allen. “Take a shot on goal, from anywhere on the ice, even if your team is struggling to move the puck into the offensive zone, and it will help your Corsi.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s an interesting piece worth reading. While there’s no obvious evidence that some players are gaming the analytics to their advantage, the possibility certainly exists. I’m sure this will be cited in debates between proponents and critics of analytics. As I’ve frequently said, advanced stats are a useful tool for measuring performance, but they’re not the end-all and be-all.
NEWSDAY: New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow gave head coach Jack Capuano a vote of confidence. The club’s early-season struggles have generated calls among the Isles faithful for Capuano’s dismissal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think a bigger share of the blame belongs to Snow. He allowed long-time Islanders Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen and Matt Martin depart via free agency last summer. Their absences have adversely affected the Isles’ performance this season. Free-agent addition Andrew
Shaw Ladd’s been a bust thus far (three points in 16 games).
ESPN.COM: The Anaheim Ducks traded forward Michael Sgarbossa to the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Logan Shaw.