Introducing Sharks Blog

I am happy to announce that the guys over at Shaved Ice have decided to move their blog to sharks.hockeyanalysis.com. Shaved Ice is both a fun and informative blog about all things Sharks related and will be a valuable addition to hockeyanalysis.com and I look forward to working with them to make their blog and this site a prime destination for sharks fans and hockey fans. I hope to have more team blogs up and running soon but I wouldn’t necessarily expect anything until the new year now. If you are interested in contributing to a team blog drop me

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Power Rankings – Dec. 18, 2007

With so much parity in the league there is still a lot of movement in the rankings depite the season being ~40% complete. Detroit and Ottawa are fairly solidly in first and second spot but after those two teams it gets tight. The San Jose Sharks and Montreal Canadiens made big jumps this past week moving into 3rd and 4th spots from 8th and 10th respectively while Minnesota remains 5th to round out the top 5. Dropping in the standings, St. Louis fell from 3rd to 8th, Chicago fell from 6th to 13th, Nashville from 9th to 14th and the

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NHL Rival League?

The Puck Stops Here has written numerous articles about how many Russians are returning to Russia to play hockey partly because of the lack of a transfer agreement with Russia, CBA related issues and because the Russian league can offer many of them equal or greater salaries. In a recent article about a Canadian leaving to play for Russia I wrote a comment about the impact of all these players returning to Russia might have on the Russian league. I wondered if with all these players returning to Russia if the Russian league is seeing growth in the fan base

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NHL doesn't Care About Integrity

I don’t know how many of you have been following the Therma Blade story but it smacks me as yet another stupid thing done by the NHL. A Therma Blade is a hockey skate with a heated blade which in theory melts the ice allowing the blade to cut through the ice easier and thus allowing the player to skate faster and possibly give the player enhanced endurance. We can all argue whether making this really big really fast players even faster and whether that is a wise thing for the game or for the number of serious injuries it

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NHL Power Rankings – Dec. 11, 2007

The big movers up this week are Colorado (16th to 11th) and Calgary (21st to 13th) while the biggest drop has been Buffalo who fell from 13th to 23. Rank 7 DaysAgo Team AdjWinP SchedStr PowerRank 1 2 Detroit 0.717 0.521 0.721 2 3 Ottawa 0.679 0.478 0.643 3 1 St. Louis 0.574 0.534 0.612 4 6 Vancouver 0.583 0.514 0.590 5 5 Minnesota 0.586 0.518 0.587 6 4 Chicago 0.483 0.559 0.571 7 8 Columbus 0.500 0.545 0.564 8 11 San Jose 0.589 0.496 0.563 9 7 Nashville 0.500 0.542 0.562 10 10 Montreal 0.500 0.502 0.531 11 16

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All is returning to normal in the NHL

The first month or so of this NHL season included a number of somewhat unexpected happenings but all seems to be returning to normal in the NHL. 1. After a 7-3-1 start to the season Columbus has gone a much more expected 6-8-4 in their last 18 games. 2. After a solid 10-7-1 start the Chicago Blackhawks have gone 4-6-2 in their last 12 games and are currently on a 4 game losing streak. 3. After starting the season a dismal 3-6-1 the New York Rangers have gone on an exceptional 13-6-1 run. 4. Having started the season a phenominal

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Announcing rumours, leafs, salaries, forums, etc.

Some of you may have noticed that a few things have changed and been added here the last week or two but I haven’t made any formal announcements until now. 1. The salary commitment charts have moved to salaries.hockeyanalysis.com. 2. I have added a rumours sections at rumours.hockeyanalysis.com where I, and maybe others, will post rumours reported by other legit media outlets. 3. I have added a forums section at forums.hockeyanalysis.com where you all can go and discuss everything hockey. 4. I have started the first team blog about the Toronto Maple Leafs. For now I, and probably Steve Burtch

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NHL Power Rankings – Dec 4, 2007

For the first time this season the Ottawa Senators have fallen out of first place and currently sit in third spot behind St. Louis and Detroit. The big mover this week is Minnesota who jumped from 15th to 5th with wins over Phoenix, St. Louis and Vancouver. Also making a move forward is the New Jersey Devils who have moved up to 17th and are on a 7 game winning streak. PHoenix who saw a bounce after the Bryzgalov waiver pickup had a tough week with losses to Minnesota, Chicago, Detroit and Pittsburgh which resulted in them falling back to

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