Morning Skate: Tuesday, July 30

Morning Skate: Tuesday, July 30
July 30, 2013, 11:15 am
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*Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff spent $93 million in a week to retain Jets players, and it remains to be seen whether those players can build into a winner.

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*The Hockey News revisits the Wayne Gretzky trade 25 years later with an oral history of the events leading up to, during and after the deal.

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*Martin Brodeur unveils a new goalie mask for the 2013-14 season, and it will be one to remember with the New Jersey Devils.

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*Alex Edler will be suspended for the first two games of the Olympics after his actions at this summer’s world championships.

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*The Pro Hockey Talk boys have the details on the lawsuit filed against the NHL by the family of late enforcer Derek Boogaard.

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*Cam Charron attempts to write something about “anchoring bias” – an interesting topic that actually contains little about hockey and hockey players. He lost me with his elementary usage of former B’s winger Benoit Pouliot as an example, a player that’s on his fifth NHL team because of bad penalties, issues with several of his head coaches during his underwhelming career and extraordinary bad timing with mental mistakes at key points in games. Example: it was Pouliot’s failure to get the puck deep on a dump during a line change in OT of Game 7 against the Capitals two years ago, and that sealed his fate in Boston. It has literally nothing to do with the potential associated with his formerly high draft place in the first round. Those are the kinds of things that Charron can’t find digging through advanced stats (which absolutely have a place at the table for evaluating players), and the reason why he completely misses the boat on his point about Pouliot. If you can’t marry the stats with what you see with your eyes, or with your insight into particular player’s personalities, habits and flaws, then the statistics are just as useless as valuing players based solely on anecdotal evidence.

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*The image of Jesus in a Bruins goaltender’s outfit is just a little bit too much, methinks.

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*For something completely different: Leigh Montville remembers George Scott, a larger-than-life figure with the 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox, a day after his passing