Monday Mailbag: Your Questions, Some Answers

Photo credit: Amy Irvin (38Photography)

Photo credit: Amy Irvin (38Photography)

When it comes to August hockey talk, there isn’t much to go on so I opened up today’s column to answering your questions.

I think it’s a sign of analytics. Ron Hextall came from the LA Kings who are open about using them so he most likely has quite a bit of familiarity with the concepts of puck possession and percentages. The Toronto Maple Leafs hired a series of bloggers and stat guys to run their team. And the NHL is, in general, a copycat league. With the Hawks and Kings succeeding with analytics, most teams would get into it.

The crop of talent isn’t as poor as advertised, Cody Franson, a legitimate top pair defender remains unsigned and Christian Ehrhoff, a solid second pair option, is also still looking for work.

I think the biggest issue stems from uncertainty around the Canadian Dollar and how that will affect the salary cap going forward.

That’s easy, probably close to MacDonald. The Voracek deal is likely a bargain.

Given the term and money on the contract, I’m asking for a lot. Boxcar wise, I’m hoping for 4-7 goals a season, with 20-25 assists but of course, the PDO gods may not be as forgiving. Analytic wise, I’m hoping to see charts like the following.

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Via Own the Puck

Via Own the Puck

Via Own the Puck

Essentially, I’m hoping for Alec Martinez type results on possession with someone who has a positive effect on teammate puck possession on both sides of the puck.

Unpopular opinion: both. Brayden Schenn will still be an RFA next season, and he could probably get a decent haul at the 2016 Draft. If the Flyers are out of playoff contention but Gagner has a solid scoring touch, he’d be a perfect rental.

Sam Gagner is a middle six forward, and so is Brayden Schenn.

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Via Own the Puck

Gagner’s probably a better player, he’s certainly a better scorer, but the RFA status of Schenn should make Schenn quite a bit cheaper. This is why I argue trading both, the Flyers are better off trading both in order to clear money for the Voracek and Couturier extensions to kick in and the needed extension for Michael Raffl.

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