Welcome to the new HockeyAnalysis.com, now operating through the Puckosphere.com blogging platform. This is where I’ll post my more in depth statistical analysis stuff and my less in depth commentary type stuff will get posted at DavidsHockeyThoughts.com. At some point over the summer I’ll set up a new stats site like what was at stats.hockeyanalysis.com on the old site and there I hope to bring you a lot of interesting and hopefully useful statistics and graphics that you won’t be able to fine anywhere else.
We have had several new bloggers join the HockeyAnalysis.com team over the last week or two so I figured it was time I make an announcement about it.
Flames Blog: Matt who has been doing some blogging in the Fantasy Hockey section has taken over the Flames blog and has already made several quality posts so go check them out.
Colorado Avalanche: Finally, Peter has just been set up to begin blogging for the Colorado Avalanche and he should get started posting shortly.
If everyone could drop by and give these new bloggers a warm welcome that would be great. They should be a great addition to the HockeyAnalysis.com team.
Finally, if anyone is having problems accessing these subdomain blogs, please let me know if you have not done so yet. There seems to be some issues with some DNS servers nor correctly resolving these subdomain addresses and I’d like to get to the bottom of why this is the case.
We are now on the new server. If anyone has any issues with accessing pages or if they find the new server slow please leave a comment and let me know so I can fix the problem or upgrade the speed of the server if necessary.
Just want to let everyone know that I will be doing a radio segment on The Bill Watters Show today at 5:10 eastern on AM640 in Toronto, Home of the Leafs, to discuss HockeyAnalysis.com and maybe some other hockey related stuff. Bill Watters is off on vacation this week so I will be chatting with guest host Bill Hayes, who apparently is a fan of the site. For those in Toronto you can tune in at AM 640, those elsewhere should be able to get a live feed at http://640toronto.com.
As you can see, there have been some major changes to the HockeyAnalysis.com front page. This is just the next step in what I hope will be a transformation from what was my personal hockey blog to what I hope will become one of the premier fan-centric hockey websites.
HockeyAnalysis.com came to life after in 2005 after the 2004-05 lockout season as a an outlet for me to discuss what I am passionate about. Hockey. One of the goals I had for HockeyAnalysis.com was to add some depth to the hockey conversation taking place in the mainstream media and on most websites and blogs. I believe I have accomplished that goal on a small scale. I have tried to dig a bit deeper into both statistical analysis, team and player ratings, and I have delved a little bit into CBA and business issues. But I believe there is much more to be done and much more than I can do on my own.
Since the beginning I always had the intention to grow Hockey Analysis by bringing in other smart hockey minds to help me in my goal of understanding hockey issues on a deeper level. Early on I brought in a couple of co-writers for the blog and and while the two people I brought on board made some early contributions they soon lost interest and moved on. But this past year I decided to give it another try by bringing on more bloggers who could contribute team blogs and specialty blogs. For the most part this venture has been fairly successful as we now have close to half the teams covered in some way, have a specialty fantasy blog and a rumours blog. This update was in large part a result of the success of the team and specialty bloggers. I think it is only fair for me to convert the front page from my personal hockey blog to more of a site portal page to help promote the great work each of the writers have done.
For those who were regular readers of my personal blog, do not fear I will still be writing and doing all the same stuff I used to do but I will probably do a whole lot more as well. The front page now features a News and Rumours section which myself and Jason (from rumours.hockeyanalysis.com) will contibute articles too. The News and Rumours section will feature everything that myself and Jason have written in the past but will also contain shorter ‘news only’ posts that will report on major hockey news stories but may not have the same level of analysis that some of our posts did in the past. These posts will serve as both an information source for our regular readers and as a starting point for discussion where you the readers can post comments with your thoughts and opinions.
I have also introduced new message boards which will server as another spot for general hockey discussion. With a little effort from the Hockey Analysis bloggers and you the readers I think we can make the Hockey Analysis forums the best place for hockey discussion on the web.
This is not the final step in the growth of HockeyAnalysis.com. Over the next few weeks, months and likely years we will be undertaking more changes. In the not to distant future I hope to have each team blog set up in their own team color scheme. Down the road I will be looking a introducing newsletters, hockey pools, podcasts, and possibly video segments. I am also always on the lookout to add some quality bloggers to either take over one of the team blogs that does not have a writer yet or write a specialty blog of some kind. I am always open to ideas or suggestions so feel free to toss in your two cents.
Thanks for visiting HockeyAnalysis.com and I hope you enjoy the changes.
I just wanted to make a short post to introduce Frank who will be contributing to the Florida Panthers and Chicago Blackhawks blogs here at hockeyanalysis.com. Frank is a long time Blackhawks fan who has moved to Florida and is now a Florida fan as well. I look forward to Frank’s comments on these two teams he is passionate about.
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 an e-mail.
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 will be the primary posters there though others may be added in the future.
5. I have added a nice new menu system to allow easy access to the salary charts, team blogs, forums, and other hockeyanalysis.com features.
I hope to be adding a few more team blogs in the next week or so. If you are interested in becoming an owner or contributor of a team blog here at hockeyanalysis.com drop me an e-mail.
It’s a big day here because today I get to announce some big plans for the future of HockeyAnalysis.com. Over the last couple of days I have been working on upgrading my blogging software to where I will be able to host multiple blogs. It is not yet 100% ironed out but it is close (thanks to help from the great guys at Canadian Web Hosting, I highly recommend them) and I am ready to announce the first step in what should be some great things for HockeyAnalysis.com.
When I started this website I initially wanted it to be a great resource for hockey fans to come and hang out and discuss the game at a deeper level than what occurs in the general hockey media in hopes that we all get a better understanding of the game. I think to some level I hace achieved that but there is only so much one guy can do in his spare time. So, with that I am looking to expand and the first step in my expansion is to add a Fantasy Hockey section. In doing so I am welcoming to the Hockey Analysis team Ian Fergusson who in conjunction with myself will be in charge of the Fantasy Hockey section of HockeyAnalysis.com. Ian is a long time fantasy hockey writer for TalentedMrRoto.com before it was bought by ESPN. He started up his own blog at shallowfrozenwater.blogspot.com where he continued to discuss fantasy hockey stuff but has now decided to move here and be a part of HockeyAnalysis.com. I am looking forward to working with Ian and hopefully we can bring some interesting fantasy hockey discussion that you will all enjoy. One of the main features that Ian will offer is a fantasy team analysis where he will review your fantasy team and make recommendations on how you could improve it or offer you advice on potnetial trades and roster moves. It should be fun and if you have any suggestions feel free to post a comment or drop Ian or I an e-mail. We always look forward to constructive feedback. Also, if you are a registered user here you should be able to log in using your same username and password at fantasyhockey.hockeyanalysis.com as well.
But this is just the start of the HockeyAnalysis.com expansion. My short, medium and long term plans are to bring more bloggers into the fold. My hopes are to get one or more bloggers for each and every team in the NHL with each team getting their own HockeyAnalysis.com subdomain (i.e. oilers.hockeyanalysis.com). You may also find some more generic hockey blogs prop up as well. So, If anyone out there currently operates a blog and is interested in moving their blog to HockeyAnalysis.com or if you are interested in contributing to a particular team blog here at HockeyAnalysis.com send me an e-mail (david (at) hockeyanalysis.com) and we can work out the details.
I should mention that I am looking for established writers who will contribute quality articles on a somewhat regular basis (i.e. once a week) and is in for the long haul. I am not interested in fly by night bloggers and while I will consider new bloggers someone with a blogging track record is preferred. Traffic wise I generate up to 20,000 unique visitors per month (for example, I had over 16,000 in October) and as I grow the offerings this should grow as well so if you have a lower traffic blog this could be a good opportunity to expose your blog to thousands of new readers as every blog will be linked to every other blog.
Down the road I have a few other ideas including a forums section and other interesting stuff and ultimately I want to make this one of the best hockey communities on the web. But despite all these changes you will still find me operating my blog at hockeyanalysis.com and you will still find all the great statistics at stats.hockeyanalysis.com and the salary cap info (currently here in sidebar but soon to be moved). This truly is an expansion and not a complete change in format.
You have probably already noticed the new look of this blog/website. I think the new look is much cleaner and less cluttered and hopefully is easier on the eyes when reading. If you have any comments/suggestions feel free to post them here. I also want to add that this is probably just the start of the upgrades and I hope to be adding some interesting new stuff in the coming days (and maybe weeks). During this time you may experience site access interruptions but don’t fear, we’ll be back soon enough.