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NHL COO John Collins said last weekend we will see an overhaul of NHL.com beginning next month. It is the first of several phases intended to make the website a much more comprehensive place.
The plans are ambitious, from enhanced stats (Corsi, Fenwick, PDO) to a cleaner look to greater interactivity. The intention is also to make it easier to compare players, not only today, but era to era.
All this comes a few weeks after the NHL announced changes to the way it will allow 3rd parties to access and use stats gleaned from NHL.com
Without wanting to appear heavy-handed, it wouldn’t surprise me if the NHL has quietly sent out a few cease and desist letters to individuals and companies that had been using proprietary information to turn a profit.
Which brings me back to Cap Geek….while I certainly have no inside information and we will likely never know with any certainty, I think the NHL changes in policy that, effectively, brought all that data back under NHL control may have played a role in the demise of the site.