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Welcome to edition number 17 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.
On Reddit, David Backes, Mathieu Schneider, and Kevin Westgarth did an Ask Me Anything (AMA) chat session. The entire thing is worth reading. Among the highlights:
David Backes on Sidney Crosby
Honest answer is that he is the best player in the game bar none. That being said he is always looking for an edge and that includes working the officials which rubs a lot of guys the wrong way. I haven’t had kind feelings for him until this summer working with him in the negotiating room and seeing who is as a person. He is a true ambassador for the game and someone who has gained my respect. – DB
Mathieu Schneider on why he is so “hip”
TOTALLY didn’t you see my blog when I was with the Canucks. Short lived until Vigneault ran me out of town 🙂 . My kids have taught me everything I know about Reddit.
Also, David Backes confirms that the members of the NHLPA do, in fact, have an app which gives them lockout updates.
Unfortunately, there is very little in the chat session about the actual lock out. It’s still interesting nonetheless.
After the jump mediation, Twitter hacking, and stats-related posts are waiting.
* Dan Oldfield of the CBC breaks down the announcement that mediators will be involved in the CBA negotiations going forward.
* The fabled hacked Twitter account pops up again this week. This time the “victim” is Guy Serota, one of the announced mediators of the lockout dispute. Puck Daddy had links to the questionable Tweets in their daily links. Needless to say, they’re a bit out there.
* At Defending Big D, I wrote about the shot rates of the Texas Stars. Soiler alert: Cam Barker led the Stars in shots as of Wednesday.
* At Puck Daddy, Ryan Lambert writes about the league trying to undermine Donald Fehr again.
* Jonathan Willis continues looking to the Oilers future at Oilers Nation by looking at the career probabilities of Teemu Hartikainen.
* Jack Todd of The Montreal Gazette writes that Gary Bettman has become hockey’s worst enemy.
* Jeff Z. Klein of The New York Times published a story about the significant decrease in fighting in the OHL this season.
* At Lighthouse Hockey, Dominik pointed out that the NHL is so incompetent that they can’t follow their own mission statement. I didn’t realize the NHL had a mission statement. Huh.
Go write something about hockey statistics. I’m tired of covering the lockout.