This new, regular feature on NHLNumbers will share interesting stats-related posts from around the web almost every day.
Welcome to edition number 16 of the rebooted Number Chains. In this space you will be able to find the best analytical hockey writing from around the internet on a close-to-daily basis. Subject matter will include statistical evaluation, financial analysis, contractual issues, and (sometimes) closely-related tangential works. If you have something you would like to submit for a future edition (your writing or that of someone else) feel free to send it to me via Twitter @JoshL1220 or leave a comment.
We start Monday off right, with what has been called the worst article ever on hockey ever written. It was written by Don Brennan and posted on Slam! Sports. In the article, Don advocates for owners using scabs.
A veteran told me a few days ago: “Put yourself in our shoes. What if your bosses at the Sun said you had to take a 25% pay cut. How would you like that?”
My reply? I wouldn’t. But if I made 70 grand, and they told me I was suddenly going to get half that, I’d sign the deal. I’d have to. I’d like to dig my heels in, but us people in the other working world don’t have the comfort of doing that.
Pretty sure I can’t just go and get a job writing for a paper in Europe, either. Nor can the best in my business.
It gets better.
Open the doors to people who will truly appreciate the job, guys who won’t mind fixing the problems your mismanagement will inevitably create.
They’ll work for less, so you can charge a lot less for tickets.
It’s reverse outsourcing up in here. Bring in European hockey players, pay them significantly less in salary, and profit. I mean, it isn’t like they could possibly know how much current NHL players make, or access the old Collective Bargaining Agreement under which they operated online in five seconds. The lockout has officially made people crazy.
Some more information on the economic impact of the lockout, decertification, and more after the jump.
Question: Is it too soon for the media to be talking about decertification?
Fehr: “I don’t want to tell you what’s too soon. You can look at what’s happened in the other sports and make your own judgment about that.”
* Larry Brooks published an interesting take on the current state of negotiations. He asks how big market owners could possibly maintain silence at the owners meetings on December 5th.
* Michael Arace of The Columbus Dispatch talks about the beating downtown Columbus is taking during the lockout.
The weekend was light. That does it for Monday.