I DO DECLARE (The NHL is Transparent)

So the NHL has released a new "Declaration of Principles" which really sounds great. It's all about inclusion, growing the game to different groups and genders, etc. The list is collectively "signed" by pretty much every noteworthy hockey league in North America, and the IIHF as well. It even has the blessing of the Pope. (Jokes about the inclusiveness of the Catholic Church aside, apparently NHL representatives participated in a summit held by the Vatican on using sports to unite people, which certainly sounds like a noble, if unlikely goal).

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#ShadowOvechkin.  #ShadowOvechkin when he's on the Capitals' power play, I mean specifically. It's something I've tweeted many, many, many times. It even lends itself to a character-saving play on words. I've been in reasonably-civil arguments online about it with people who make decent points. But so far, I remain steadfast in my belief: When on a 4v5 PK against the Caps, the penalty-killing team should have a F glue himself to Ovechkin to limit his shots from the Ovi Spot. Last night, the NYR let him fire away from that spot, and it ended up leading to the first goal of the night (originally credited to Ovi, but later changed to Justin Williams). 

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The Tanner Glass Experience

Whether Tanner Glass plays one game in 2016/17, or the rest of them, it probably doesn't matter much for the NYR's chances at the 2017 Stanley Cup. The Defense is just so so bad.  

But it's fun to look at players on the extreme of stats - the truly great and the truly awful.  So let's look at just how bad Glass has been...

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Federer's Backhand.

The conventional wisdom is that Roger Federer's weakness, to the extent that he has one, is in his one-handed backhand. This is especially an issue against Rafael Nadal, who has traditionally, at least according to that same conventional wisdom, targeted attacks on Federer's backhand side with Nadal's high-bouncing lefty forehand. When Nadal gets that forehand kicking off the court, and makes Federer try to muscle an awkward one-handed backhand groundstroke from a hit point higher up towards his shoulder, it generally spells trouble for Federer.  ...

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NYR Top Penalty Killers - PART I - Forwards

The Rangers #fancystats at 5v5 have, aside from Kreider/Stepan/Zuccarello, been terrible. But one bright spot so far has been the special teams, especially the Penalty Killing.  What was a major mess in 2015/16 has become a team strength in 2016/17.  There are probably many reasons (the bottom 6 forwards signed in the off-season, improved play from the returning skaters, Dan Girardi being a magical broken clock that's on time more than expected) but who has the time to do a deep dive into that???

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NHL - The Grifts That Keep on Giving

The 2016 holidays are over, but I'm always hunting for a good bargain.  If you have lazy relatives, you probably have a few extra virtual dollars sitting on an impersonal bank Gift Card.

So if you don't want to be one of those people who let billions of gift card dollars go unused, the savvy marketers at the NHL are here to help.  As of today, there are approximately 3600 NHL-developed-and-endorsed products "on sale" at NHL.com.  I've painstakingly gone through all of them to find you the Best Deals (all prices USD, since that's all the NHL cares about).  

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