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Tom Lynn's Blog: The great deadline debate - what to do with UFAs?

Tom Lynn's Blog: The great deadline debate - what to do with UFAs?

by Tom Lynn - March 2, 2010 11:35 PM EST

The former assistant GM in Minnesota looks at when it's better to hold on to impending UFA rather than swap them for a hope and a prayer.
At every trade deadline, there are buyers and there are sellers. The few teams that can claim a realistic shot at the Stanley Cup are at the top of the “buying” spectrum, while at the other end, teams well out of a playoff spot will try to brighten their futures by moving NHL-ready players to contenders for draft picks and prospects.


Tom Lynn's Blog: KHL has actually made NHL better

Tom Lynn's Blog: KHL has actually made NHL better

by Tom Lynn - February 13, 2010 10:25 AM EST

The former assistant GM in Minnesota explains why the threat of the KHL becoming a superpower was an empty promise.
With the Olympics upon us, international hockey has come to the fore and it is time to look back and re-evaluate the biggest international hockey story in years, the founding of the successor to the Russian SuperLeague, the Kontinental League.


Tom Lynn's Blog: How to get the most out of a trade

Tom Lynn's Blog: How to get the most out of a trade

by Tom Lynn - September 4, 2009 11:07 AM EDT

Using Game Theory, found out why the Minnesota Wild got a first-rounder for Dwayne Roloson instead of a fourth-rounder.
I come here not to bury statistics, but to praise them. Management used to have to make team-altering decisions on short notice based upon the anecdotal remembrances of their scouts and a review of some written reports and limited statistics (goals, assists, PIMs).


Tom Lynn's Blog: Why statistical information can only take you so far

Tom Lynn's Blog: Why statistical information can only take you so far

by Tom Lynn - August 28, 2009 9:15 AM EDT

Analyzing stats to determine the best direction for your team certainly helps. However, artificial intelligence can't run a team successfully.
Since the popular book “Moneyball” changed the way we look at baseball, its influence has gradually spread to the other major professional sports.


Tom Lynn's Blog: The next step for drafted players

Tom Lynn's Blog: The next step for drafted players

by Tom Lynn - June 27, 2009 3:10 PM EDT

After the pomp and circumstance of the entry draft, what happens the rest of the summer to the new draftees?
MONTREAL - All is changed, changed utterly. A terrible beauty is born. So you’ve been drafted. Excitement, relief, glee. Now what? Assuming you have decided to attend the draft, your first contact with your new team will be meeting about 20 staff members at the draft table, in addition to various members of management, coaches and owners.


Tom Lynn's Blog: Pronger deal deja vu all over again

Tom Lynn's Blog: Pronger deal deja vu all over again

by Tom Lynn - June 26, 2009 10:59 PM EDT

The second time Chris Pronger has been traded for Joffrey Lupul is a deal that will help both teams... and deep draft class cools trade winds.
MONTREAL - If “Chris Pronger for Joffrey Lupul” sounds familiar, it should. In the only major player trade on the draft floor Friday, the Philadelphia Flyers acquired the hulking defenseman in exchange for Lupul, Luca Sbisa, two first round picks and a conditional third.


Tom Lynn's Blog: The anatomy of draft day trades

Tom Lynn's Blog: The anatomy of draft day trades

by Tom Lynn - June 25, 2009 3:55 PM EDT

The former assistant GM of the Wild explains the importance of deals made in June and what a day on the floor during the first round is like.
KINGDOMS CAN BE BUILT OR DESTROYED AT THE ENTRY DRAFT Although the NHL draft is annually one of the most exciting times of the hockey year, the most compelling and surprising moments of the week each year are usually not the picks of amateur players themselves, but the trades that go on in and around the draft.


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