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@Rage @orbsonb that's what i assume, too.
10 months ago on Penguins and Europeans Blogging Thesis
it's an interesting and thorough analysis, for sure, but i would be careful not to assume correlation to be causation. i'd be interested to see the roster makeups of teams that have missed the playoffs completely in recent years - are they typically more Euro-deficient than the teams that make the playoffs?
I also wonder if the trend toward a 15/4 balance is just a function of the overall average number of europeans to north americans over the studied period of time: according to the area graph near the beginning of the article, the average percentage of North Americans on NHL teams from 1989-today seems to have fluctuated between 70 and 80 percent, which is in line with the 15/4 figure (15 out of 19 is approximately 78 percent).
it does strike me as a little odd that the Pens' entire system is so slanted toward North American players, regardless. I think the assumption that nationality determines a player's ability to adapt to a scheme is pretty short-sighted and even a little xenophobic. I hope the Pens organization doesn't harbor any institutional ill-will toward European players based on hockey stereotypes.
@shooter mcdavid lol worse than columbus
10 months ago on The Steps
@DoobyDoobyDoo TK is miserable
@shooter mcdavid i would argue that the most pirate thing ever was getting rid of jose bautista to make room for future superstar third base master Andy Laroche
so wait, they're crediting that first goal to kunitz? that means he has a 4 goal game in his career, but sid and geno don't
@Flip i loved it. brutal movie though. the mandingo fight and the attack dog scene were hard to watch even if the violence was offscreen. totally stunning that stuff of that nature was actually approved of once
@malkincookies this is really interesting
good luck rupptruck
hockeyyyyyyyyyyy insiderrrrrrrrrrrr says the caps do, in fact want luongo, and the canucks want neuvirth, a draft pick, and green/bouwer/or another useless cap
so what that means is they DEFINITELY don't want luongo.
dear lord. "thug life"
10 months ago on PICS: Stunned, the steps, and the like
@malkincookies thought byfuglien was gonna say "all that matters to me is eating"
@Avocado Tom he looked better. not 100 percent, but he made some nice passes and generally was more of a threat than a liability
10 months ago on RECAP: Super Troll Sunday. PENS WIN.
10 months ago on An Exclusive View from the Super Bowl
ok ESPN, now that the great harbaugh debate is settled, i think we're all starved for some more Tebow coverage
tomas vanek is on pace for a 101 point season
@PensAreYourDaddy @SaintMarty @Hammy they were playing their second game in 24 hours, they were probably pretty beat and went on cruise control when they had a comfortable lead. not reccomended but better to do it when you're crushing a team than when you're like up by 1 or something
@shooter mcdavid gotta prepare early for Late Summer Disappointment 3: The Tankening
@SaintMarty @Hammy they've been vegas favorites like 3 years in a row now...for good reason. even with a few holes at wing and a defense in progress they have more firepower than pretty much any other team and a great goalie tandem. no reason to not be confident as long as they give an effort every night
@Hammy yes. i agree, they are infallible and there's no way they could ever lose for any reason