When this post went live, It had been exactly 185 days, 12 hours and 12 minutes since the conclusion of the last National Hockey League game. This, primarily being a National Hockey League-centric blog, has been reeling from the effects of the lockout with so little original content to parse through.
I have a few thoughts today to offer, most of which result from things that the Edmonton Oilers seem to have done lately. This video (featuring the hockey blogosphere’s own Bruce McCurdy!) circled the net yesterday evening. It reinforces the possibility that, hm, maybe the Edmonton Oilers do want to find people to help them understand the analytical side of hockey. As Kevin Lowe is quoted as saying in the video:
“Quite frankly, I don’t have enough hours in the day to be experimenting with stuff that we didn’t think would hopefully be beneficial.”
Translated, that just means Kevin Lowe doesn’t want his time to be wasted researching things about hockey. Naturally, the Oilers aren’t the team that best fits the mould of new thinking. They’ve finished 30th, 30th and 29th over the last three seasons, so either the team is asking the wrong questions or they aren’t putting a lot of stock into what the four-man panel turns up.