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  • SharkCircle 7:00 pm on July 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: advanced stats errors, , , , Mike Ribeiro, , , , , , Should the Sharks trade Thornton and Marleau?   

    My Thoughts On Thornton, Marleau, and The Sharks Future (DR, Part Three) 

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    Here is the third and final part in the blog-series Diverging Realities. You can read Part One here, and Part Two here. Please enjoy part three!

    After the first two parts of Diverging Realities where I talked about the all the divides and contradictions among fans in terms of what other people believe, some of you reading may have had the thought, WELL WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE IN, EXACTLY! WHO ARE YOU! DO YOU EVEN BELIEVE IN ANYTHING AT ALL?

    So to answer that thought, well… Hi, I’m Shark Circle. And I believe in marmalade on a hot summer’s day.

    Oh, you meant when it comes to hockey? And in this case, analyzing the Sharks? How about, I believe in… noticing what happens in the moment, and then what that moment turns into the past, I believe in remembering what I noticed. Because, you see, memories in sports can be fickle. Especially complex sports like hockey. There are hundreds of “events” every game (thousands, really), so most people don’t remember the details of a playoff series that happened five years ago. It’s not like football where you can just point to a couple of plays that decided the Superbowl or a playoff game. But for all the “fancy” stats available today, I remember some “simple” stats, not to mention performances, from past playoff-years that have colored my opinions on Joe Thornton and Patrick Marlaeu as much as anything else. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING FULL POST!

     
  • SharkCircle 11:40 pm on February 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Blackhawks Trade Deadline, , Chicago Blackhawks Rumors, , Derek Roy rumors, , Mike Ribeiro, , ,   

    Examining The Chicago Blackhawks’ Predicament As The Trade Deadline Approaches 

    As much as any other team in the NHL, the Chicago Blackhawks have all the qualities of the high-end cameras used to photograph their games: flash (this is a very high-end model we’re talking about here), wow factor, and most of all, contrast. Contrast between a dominant performance one night and an awful one the next; contrast between their great players and poor ones all playing together on the same lines. Contrast between their scoring prowess and defensive deficiencies, headlined by porous goaltending. Yes, the Blackhawks are a unique team. They may be the NHL’s closest team to being a dynasty out of the teams who need to add the most to get there… or something. (Yes, that is intentionally paradoxical).

    The Blackhawks are so talented in some ways, but they still struggle so much in others. The speed, skating, agility, puck-handling, and passing of their core players is as good as any team, probably better. But the Blackhawks’ size, strength, work ethic, battle level, shot blocking, special teams, depth, and goaltending are all among the worst in the entire NHL, with the team-finishing ability, structure, and systems-play (which falls on the coaches) also lacking. CONTINUE READING FULL POST

     
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