While the news of this hit, some people weren’t surprised by Roy’s decision. He’s a successful hothead that works best when emotional and passionate. He played that way, and from the first time he graced the step behind the bench, he coached that way. Although let’s be serious, Roy the coach is not the Roy the goalie.
Moments after the news broke, rumors started to pour in. Did Roy resign for another job? Will Roy end up in Montreal? Will Roy be Las Vegas’s first coach?
First off, does anyone believe Roy resigned because he’s heading to Las Vegas? Ten months before he even has a player to coach? I know I sure don’t.
Secondly, is Roy even the type of coach The Creator wants to hire? I don’t believe that either.
I swear every year pro sports leagues try and out duel each other when it comes to analytics. For the most part traditional stats work, but I understand the need to analyze more than just points scored or given up. Which leads me to the new Corsi stat. Created by an Edmonton blogger when he heard a league GM say on radio, there should be a stat to accurately track shot differential. The NHL adopted the statistic and it’s currently being tracked this season.
It’s fairly simple when you read the formula, it’s just the addition of all shots attempted, rather than the standard ‘Shots’ stat which disregards a large number of attempts. With a Corsi rating, teams can look at pucks shot at their net, versus shot at their opponent’s net. It’s a good barometer of how aggressive and efficient team offenses can be. Corsi can also help teams game plan defensively knowing your opponent’s average shot differential.
Avalanche Coach Patrick Roy said he didn’t like Corsi because it’s tracking all shots. Roy’s concern is Corsi tracks poor angle and red line shots. However, our favorite Brough, Pro Hockey Talk’s Jason Brough, pointed out, not many NHL teams are taking horrible shots to boost their Corsi rating. Sorry Patrick.
Next is Fenwick.
Fenwick = Shots + Missed Shots
Fenwick is just Corsi without blocked shots. I would think Corsi and Fenwick would be a good tool for organizations. If the coach is concerned with poor Fenwick rating, he may have the team shoot less and more efficiently. Or, start passing more.
Imagine if Corsi ratings were charted during the Gretzky-Oiler days or the Lemieux-Penguin days. The shot differential must’ve been ridiculous as is. Add in blocked and missed shots and their Corsi ratings would’ve been sky high. Although maybe skewed because they didn’t miss the net much.