Can’t We All Just Get Along?

The NHL’s embrace of advanced stats took another significant step forward today, with blogger and analytics advocate Tyler Dellow joining the Edmonton Oilers.

Dellow joins an increasing number of stats gurus holding front office jobs, but the battle between the ‘old guard’ and this new wave of number crunchers continues. And it’s starting to get a little embarrassing.

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Rising Stars

After a five year absence, Dallas returned to the play-offs last year following an impressive campaign in which Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn established their star credentials.

The post season berth proved to be the icing on the cake for a franchise that made huge strides under new General Manager Jim Nill and veteran Coach Lindy Ruff.

Following a second summer of high profile acquisitions, can Dallas once again on the path to becoming Cup contenders?

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One Puck Short Talks to Florence Schelling

Whilst the final may have been contested between two old enemies; this year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi demonstrated both how far the women’s game has come in many other nations, and how the standard of goaltending has risen across the board.

It was, essentially, a ‘given’ that either Canada or Team USA would take home gold in the women’s hockey tournament – but where Amanda Kessel et al were the focus before the tournament, it was two European netminders who ultimately stole the show.

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EIHA Development Strategy Discussion

On this week’s One Puck Short Podcast, EIHA Development Strategy author Matt Lloyd joins me to discuss the proposal, what the motivations behind it are and how the recently announce IHUK ‘review’ of British hockey fits in to the landscape.

You can listen to the podcast now on Spreaker – and you can find a copy of the draft proposal here.

Don’t forget, you can subscribe to the One Puck Short Podcast on iTunes!

Thanks to Matt for taking the time to join me; you can follow him on Twitter @Sledgewomble

If you have any thoughts on the proposal, the British game or the NHL; you can find me on Twitter, @RobMcGregor35, or you can email

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Guest Spot on Centre Ice Radio Show

I’ll be joining host Dan Breen on Peterborough City Radio’s Centre Ice show tonight, to discuss the British game.

Among other things, we’ll be looking at the proposed EIHA Development Strategy, the EIHL rule changes and our own hopes for the sport in the UK.

You can listen live from 6pm via the website –

Guest Spot on ‘A View From The Bridge’

Following the Elite League’s recent rule changes to the number of non-British trained players eligible in a game, I joined regular hosts Patrick, Davy and Neil on A View From The Bridge’s first off season show to discuss what the move means for the league and the sport in Great Britain.

You can find the podcast here – or subscribe directly to the A View From The Bridge podcast on iTunes

Crawford Finally Getting Recognition

From Steve Yzerman’s double overtime goal in ’96 to Cam Ward’s Cup final heroics in 2006, every post season has its moments which live on in hockey folklore forevermore. Careers can be forged, or destroyed, in the play-offs.

Claude Lemieux became a star, winning four Cups and a Conn Smythe trophy, whilst Marc Andre Fleury’s reputation may never recover. All off the back of their play-off performances.

The 2014 post season is fast becoming Corey Crawford’s coming out party – with the hockey world finally waking up to the Blackhawk’s stoppers talents.

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