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Vanek: Still the same #26 (actually #20, but still the same)

Check this out:


He’s lazy and intense at the same time.


Now, check this out (from his new Lockout team): 456w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />


Look familiar? Now, check this out:



Also looks familiar: Vanek camped strongly in the crease, screening, goddamn unflappable, and goddamn good at helping pucks find the net.


Remember this? (From ESPN, 2011):


(Neil Greenberg.)
Thomas Vanek has been tops in true talent shooting percentage in the NHL.
As we know from watching hockey games, a player might not perform at his talent level every game. Fans and coaches alike wish that what they were observing was solely talent-driven, but the game doesn’t work that way. If we want to know a player’s true talent level, we have to estimate it from his observed performance.

One way to do this is with regression to the mean.

Suppose a winger scores a goal on two shots (50 percent shooting percentage) during a game and we want to estimate his true talent shooting percentage. Regression to the mean helps us find out how much, on average, our observed sample will reflect the shooter’s true talent, and how much it will reflect random chance or luck. The longer a player performs at a certain level, the likelier it becomes that level is his true talent level. So to find the league’s best shooter, we’ll want to look at a large sample size of shots.

Among the game’s active players who have taken more than 1,000 shots on goal, Vanek leads the league with a “true talent” shooting percentage of 15.1 percent.

For Vanek, nothing has changed (about his game). For Sabres fans, well, we’re missing out on TV in his prime. Thanks, Pegula, Bettman, and Co., for screwing this up. The potentially quite-elite playmakin’ Grigorenko will stay in the QMJHL now. A year of potential connectivity is gone.

Think about all that, look back up at those faces and that video, and tell me you wish Grigorenko was not centering Vanek right now. TV and Grigs could’ve been phenomenal this year.

Well, they are. Just elsewhere. 300w" sizes="(max-width: 686px) 100vw, 686px" />

OH well. “There’s always next year.”



Holy crap this lockout sucks.

Go Sabres.


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How Long has it been since the Last #NHL Goal? Here’s a Fun Timer to Depress You! #Lockout!

So, when was the last goal in the NHL scored, you ask?


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Keep hitting refresh (f5)! It’s fun! It drives you to drink! 426w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />

Remember when NHL countdown timers were fun?



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#NHL #Lockout Tweet of the Day

This is embarrassing.




This news/comparison comes on the heels of yesterday’s document burning by the NHL:




Guess which of these two super pro leagues sucks at brand building right now? Yea.

Here’s the document the NHL does not want you to see (PDF). It covers the NHL’s amazing growth since the 2003-04 season. Outraged by the lockout yet? You really should be. 600w" sizes="(max-width: 257px) 100vw, 257px" />

Nice try, NHL. Did you forget about Google cache… or all those social medias? Sigh.


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Alexander Mogilny: The Lost Shifts

We have hockey!

14 minutes of hockey. Thanks, Youtube! This video has a lengthy synopsis which reads like a worthy blog post:

To answer several questions and provide a clear understanding of exactly what kind of player he was, I have compiled a footage reel featuring shifts from five NHL games featuring Alexander Mogilny from between 1993 and 2000. This footage includes many regular shifts in which he did not score goals, as well as goal highlights, breakout plays, physical plays, and demonstrations of immense creativity, structure, and control. Footage was taken from the following games:

February 24, 1993 vs. the Detroit Red Wings
April 27, 1994 vs. the New Jersey Devils
April 22, 1996 vs the Colorado Avalanche
October 5, 1996 vs. the Calgary Flames
April 13, 2000 vs. the Florida Panthers

Smart. Now, let’s watch some puck.



That was outstanding.

Make sure to also check out one of our previous posts on Alex the Great here on BSN – “Mogilny’s Sombrero Night Hat Trick.


Hockey Lore is the stuff of Awesome.


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The Best Part about the #NHL #Lockout: Backyard Rinks


The MSM (mainstream media) is going to be inundating you with updates from the NHLPA on how much money the NHL is costing the players, and with updates from the NHL with how much the NHLPA is costing teams. Greedy bastards.

Still, “greed works,” (so long as we don’t mind the occasional recession/depression/lockout, and the lockout WILL end, eventually. Eventuaaaaaaly). But hockey is happenin’!  Just today the Sabres themselves tweeted that they are currently installing the fan bricks at the FNC:








Amazing how hokey-jokey-hockey-related goodtimes are still happening amongst the Sabres Twitterati.

Still, if you haven’t bought a (golden? They’re pretty damn pricey) brick to help build the FNC while the sport locks you out, you still can think about Amerks tix at the FNC or a new Steve Ott jersey – or you can put your wallet back in your pocket, and then pull that wallet out again to purchase nothing more than that backyard rink you’ve always dreamed of.

Which would be awesome. 768w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />

Lockout/KHL/Euro leagues say those boards need to extend to the fences, guys. Also, nice freakin’ Zamboni. Love the leaf/ice collector attachment.

We’re on the verge of regular season games being cancelled.

The season is currently in jeopardy.

This has happened before, and recently – 3 lockouts and a strike since ’92.  But who’s counting? Those are absurd stats. Those are abusive stats. And yet we (the fans) come back for more (and buy FNC bricks)?

I’ll see the real hockey fans at Lowe’s this season – perhaps the greatest NHL season (since 2005) of all – The Season of the Backyard Rink.


Tell your family and friends. The NHL, NHLPA, Sabres, Pegula and Co. cannot lockout Hockey Heaven.

I’ll see you at Lowes. (Here’s John Bucci’s post on how to construct a backyard rink with love and hardware. One of my personal fav’s.

In the end, the outcome of the lockout is not up to fans. Fans, however, will choose where their hockey money goes. Would you rather hold onto your dollars for Sabres tix-n-merch-n-such, or put your money aside for a glorious, awesome, possibly once-in-a-lifetime backyard rink?

This Winter, we can all be Wayne Gretzky. Bless you, NHL/NHLPA. Bless you.

You bastards.




Go Sabres.






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