NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 31, 2014

Advanced stats becoming the rage in the NHL, the latest on Jason Demers, an update on Ryan Smyth and more.

USA TODAY: Dave Isaac on the increased usage and reliance on advanced stats among NHL teams.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Isaac notes the pros and cons, pointing out that most advanced stats tend to favor forwards over defensemen. As I’ve noted before, advanced stats are a useful tool for measuring performance, but they’re not the end-all and be-all. Hockey analytics cannot be dismissed but neither should it be used as the primary means for evaluating performance. 

Will Flyers owner Ed Snider stay out of GM Ron Hextall's business?

Will Flyers owner Ed Snider stay out of GM Ron Hextall’s business?

THE HOCKEY NEWS: Adam Proteau believes Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall can succeed if team owner Ed Snider doesn’t meddle.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Snider certainly has a reputation for getting too involved in player management. As Proteau points out, teams whose ownership remains in the background are usually more successful. 

CSNBAYAREA.COM: A profile of San Jose Sharks defenseman Jason Demers and the role he could play on their blueline this season.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Former Oilers forward Ryan Smyth is taking the time to enjoy his retirement from his playing career.

SPORTSNET’s John Shannon reports via Twitter that talks between the NHL and the Officials union regarding a new CBA are quietly ongoing.