Today I Read: About Ference, Foolishness, and Fancy Stats
Some stuff I read today:
The NHL suspended Edmonton Oilers captain, Andrew Ference, for 3 games following his headshot on Zack Kassian. On its own, that probably sounds fair. But as Kerry Fraser notes, this isn’t Ference’s first run-in with NHL DoPS. In fact, he’s been suspended twice recently for dangerous hits – in other words, he’s exactly the league’s definition of a repeat offender. Somehow, Ference received only the same 3-game suspension that they issued to Alex Burrows, who has never been suspended before last week and whose last disciplinary action against him was about 5 years ago for criticizing Stephane Auger.
This is just foolishness. If Manny Malhotra, whose career almost ended due to an eye injury, can’t convince his own teammates to wear a visor, I don’t know who can.
FANCY STATS! So the Canucks have had a good first month, taking good advantage of its early season schedule. Can they keep it up?
Wait, the game officials actually talked to each other to discuss whether or not a call is legit? Color me pleasantly surprised. Interesting piece here from Katie Strang.