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PHT Morning Skate: Can analytics evaluate coaches too?

Washington Capitals v New Jersey Devils

Barry Trotz

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Analytics are becoming an increasingly accepted method of measuring a player’s value, but can we also quantify the impact and performance of a coach? (News & Observer)

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Top prospect Connor McDavid played on Sunday in his first game since suffering a broken bone in his right hand. He had an assist as Canada earned a 5-2 win over Sweden in an exhibition game ahead of the 2015 World Juniors opener. (

Blackhawks assistant equipment manager Clint Reif has passed away. “Certainly our hearts and our prayers go out to (Reif’s wife) Kelly and the four children,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. The players wore CR on their helmets during Sunday’s game in honor of him. (CSN Chicago)

Steve Downie said 25-year-old rookie teammate Bobby Farnham “reminds me of myself.” (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Corey Perry (knee) and Francois Beauchemin (finger) were able to participate in the Ducks’ practice on Sunday. (

Alex Ovechkin scored a superb goal on Saturday, but Capitals coach Barry Trotz can think of at least one Ovechkin marker that was even more impressive:

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