Rory Boylen's Column

Jets commit to roster of potential, not results

Jets commit to roster of potential, not results

by Rory Boylen - July 30, 2013 3:34 PM EDT

The Jets decided to lock into a core group of players that has struggled with special teams, consistency and still hasn't made the playoffs. Was it a good call?
This off-season was set up to be a statement summer for the Winnipeg Jets and GM Kevin Cheveldayoff. With a core of restricted free agents up for contract renewal, tons of intriguing trade assets and six non-playoff seasons in a row, it was a chance to mold and adapt.


Early picks for Team Canada 2014

Early picks for Team Canada 2014

by Rory Boylen - July 23, 2013 2:41 PM EDT

With the Olympic camp lists revealed, Rory Boylen looks at Team Canada's collection of talent and forms his early roster picks.
Challenge: look at Team Canada’s list of 47 players invited to Olympic orientation camp and produce a starting roster that doesn’t leave off anyone you’d love to include on the team.


Obsolete plus-minus, potential vs. production and Winnipeg bungled Burmistrov

Obsolete plus-minus, potential vs. production and Winnipeg bungled Burmistrov

by Rory Boylen - July 9, 2013 6:05 PM EDT

Why plus-minus is an irrelevant stat; is Bobby Ryan's production more valuable than the potential involved in the trade?; and more.
Thoughts on the value, or lack thereof, of plus-minus; analysis of the Bobby Ryan trade and overvaluation of potential; the Jets’ mishandling of Alexander Burmistrov; and my favorite understated acquisitions: • Here’s an increasingly contentious issue you’ll probably not feel much passion for: the value of plus-minus! My belief is it’s utterly useless, except maybe when there are major anomalies within teams (i.


Why dynasties need to be redefined for modern sports leagues

Why dynasties need to be redefined for modern sports leagues

by Rory Boylen - May 29, 2013 4:30 PM EDT

In the salary cap era of big-league sports, the ability to construct a team that dominates as the Oilers once did is near impossible. But the Kings are putting up a fight to repeat.
Discuss sports dynasties and you’ll soon find yourself embroiled in a debate about its definition. Hold modern champions up against the Boston Celtics of the 1960s, or the San Francisco 49ers, New York Islanders and Edmonton Oilers of the 1980s and you’ll come away underwhelmed.


Should a goalie win the Hart Trophy?

Should a goalie win the Hart Trophy?

by Rory Boylen - April 23, 2013 3:55 PM EDT

Making the case for why this should be a goalie's year for the Hart - and why Sergei Bobrovsky and Antti Niemi lead the charge.
Sidney Crosby, John Tavares and Alex Ovechkin have received most of the attention for this year’s Hart Trophy and each can make a strong case for MVP.


Jimmy Howard contract safe call for transitioning Red Wings team

Jimmy Howard contract safe call for transitioning Red Wings team

by Rory Boylen - April 11, 2013 5:35 PM EDT

Jimmy Howard's new six-year pact with the Wings was a good investment for a team moving to a new generation of players.
"Sometimes, there's a man, well, he's the man for his time and place. He fits right in there. And that's The Dude." – The Big Lebowski When you enter into a long-term contract with a goalie, you better be sure you know what you’re getting.


Shot blocking up, Ovechkin always scored, and Wheeler for center

Shot blocking up, Ovechkin always scored, and Wheeler for center

by Rory Boylen - April 9, 2013 4:01 PM EDT

Remembering the shot blocking outrage nearly one year on from last playoff season; why Ovechkin shouldn't be shocking; and more.
A few thoughts about shot blocking, Alex Ovechkin and the Winnipeg Jets this week: • Remember last playoffs when the anti-defense establishment was railing against shot blocking and how it was “ruining” playoff games by denying scoring chances? (Aside: Geesh.


Luongo, Yandle and more trade deadline thoughts

Luongo, Yandle and more trade deadline thoughts

by Rory Boylen - April 2, 2013 4:40 PM EDT

Do the Leafs still need a goalie?; why would the Coyotes deal Yandle?; Sharks should explore Thornton; and more.
When a pending free agent with zero goals ignites a bidding war on the trade market, you know it’s the silly season. Apparently there was a bidding war for Ryane Clowe and the Rangers got him at a potential cost of two first round picks with hope he can help ignite their offense.


Surprise Semin signing and Jon Cooper in Tampa Bay

Surprise Semin signing and Jon Cooper in Tampa Bay

by Rory Boylen - March 26, 2013 5:05 PM EDT

Signing Semin for one year was a good move, but for five?; Is Jon Cooper the right call in Tampa Bay?; and more.
Two good trades by the Penguins with an eye towards the Cup, a coach replacement and a huge contract signing have set the stage for the NHL’s home stretch.


Will Ducks contend throughout Corey Perry's eight-year extension?

Will Ducks contend throughout Corey Perry's eight-year extension?

by Rory Boylen - March 19, 2013 1:40 PM EDT

While Anaheim is dominating the NHL now, they're a year removed from being a lottery team and poised to start promoting more of their prospects.
When this season finally got underway, many hockey pundits were already looking forward to the off-season, giddy with the prospect of both Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry hitting the open market with a chance to define unrestricted free agency under the newest CBA.


How reintroducing the gross misconduct could curb staged fights

How reintroducing the gross misconduct could curb staged fights

by Rory Boylen - March 15, 2013 11:45 AM EDT

Take fighting out of hockey? Heck no. But staged fights should go and here's an idea on how to achieve that goal.
“Gross misconduct penalties shall be assessed where a person conducts him or herself in a manner as to make a travesty of the game.” – Gross misconduct penalty wording in the Ontario Minor Hockey Association Rulebook.


Where does Cam Ward rank?

Where does Cam Ward rank?

by Rory Boylen - January 29, 2013 4:45 PM EST

Carolina's goalie has a Stanley Cup ring, but has only reached the playoffs once since then. Is he an elite goalie or not?
In relation to his goalie brethren, where does Cam Ward belong? Opinions vary drastically. “Upper echelon, but not top five,” one Twitter user chimed in.


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