Brendan Morrison and the failure of Corsi

Last night after news came out that Brendan Morrison had re-signed with the Calgary Flames, Kent Wilson tweeted the following: Morrison back in Calgary. Check out his corsi tied rating fellow stats nerds: http://bit.ly/q1ywUj The link is to the Calgary Flames 5v5 game tied corsi ratings which show Morrison had a 0.452 corsi rating (Corsi For %) which was dead last on the Flames.  The problem with jumping to the conclusion that Morrison is bad is two fold: 1.  Corsi generally speaking isn’t good at evaluating players. 2.  One year of 5v5 game tied data is not enough to evaluate

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Mid-summer hockey thoughts

We are approaching mid-summer, though the weather seems to indicate it is still late spring with below average temperatures and lots of rain. That said, the NHL draft is over as is the prime free agent season and while several teams have new looks and have pretty much set rosters, other teams still have moves to make. Here are a few mid-summer hockey thoughts. Are the Philadelphia Flyers a better The Philadelphia Flyers made one of the boldest moves of the summer trading away Joffrey Lupul, Luca Sbisa, and a couple of first round picks for Chris Pronger. As good

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Jokinen to Calgary

TSN is reporting that Olli Jokinen and a 3rd round pick have been traded to Calgary for Matthew Lombardi, Brandon Brust and a first round pick. The Flames will need to free up some cap space and the most likely candidate to be moved Adrian Aucoin and his $4 million contract. In another minor trade, Boston has traded Petteri Nokelainen to Anaheim for defenseman Steve Montador. Montador isn’t the Duck defenseman that the Bruins were rumoured to be after (Pronger) but he’ll provide some good depth for them.

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Flames add Leopold. Jokinen next?

The Flames have acquired Jordan Leopold from the Colorado Avalanche for a second round pick (acquired from Montreal in Tanguay trade), prospect defenseman Ryan Wilson and recent waiver wire pickup Lawrence Nycholat.  This is a good deal for the Flames as Leopold will add some quality defensive depth on defense which every Cup contending team can use and it doesn’t cost them all that much. TSN is also reporting that the Flames are in serious discussions with Phoenix about acquiring Olli Jokinen.    The issue is that the Flames are right up against the cap and the Leopold trade doesn’t help

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Time for an Overhaul

The Leafs have lost 4 of their last 5 games, are 3-6-2 in November, and 8-11-5 on the season. At times they have showed some signs of life like their pair of shutout 3-0 wins over division rivals Buffalo and Ottawa where they played a smart team defensive game while at other times they look disinterested and a bunch of individuals playing for themselves and not the team. If there were signs of improving consistency you could probably argue that it is worth waiting a little longer to see of the current crew can work it out but they looked

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