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The Washington Capitals have purchased the site.  The sale won’t be finalized until July 5th as part of the agreement to keep it active until after the draft.  After the sale is finalized the site will go dark.

 

https://www.sportsnet.ca/nhl/capitals-reach-agreement-to-purchase-capfriendly-website/sn-amp/

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1 hour ago, TurdBurglar said:

The Washington Capitals have purchased the site.  The sale won’t be finalized until July 5th as part of the agreement to keep it active until after the draft.  After the sale is finalized the site will go dark.

 

https://www.sportsnet.ca/nhl/capitals-reach-agreement-to-purchase-capfriendly-website/sn-amp/

I don't get why the capitals would even want the site??? Domain name???

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I'm guessing they're hiring the staff behind the site and are buying the whole technonlogy, tools and all the existing data behind it.

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19 minutes ago, JoeLassister said:

I'm guessing they're hiring the staff behind the site and are buying the whole technonlogy, tools and all the existing data behind it.

 

Bingo.

 

They want the staff for themselves, and are closing the site so that the other 31 teams don't have free access to the data that they are now bringing in house. 

 

Keep in mind capfriendly is the third site where this has happened on cap related issues (and there have been some with analytics that its happened to as well). 

New sites will pop up to replace them, the fans aren't going anywhere. 

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7 hours ago, Commandant said:

 

Bingo.

 

They want the staff for themselves, and are closing the site so that the other 31 teams don't have free access to the data that they are now bringing in house. 

 

Keep in mind capfriendly is the third site where this has happened on cap related issues (and there have been some with analytics that its happened to as well). 

New sites will pop up to replace them, the fans aren't going anywhere. 

 

So you're saying that the data and calculation coding on the site was so good that actual NHL teams used it, to the extent that the Caps wanted it for themselves? 

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12 minutes ago, Fanpuck33 said:

 

So you're saying that the data and calculation coding on the site was so good that actual NHL teams used it, to the extent that the Caps wanted it for themselves? 

 

I think they probably want the staff's coding ability to make their own internal sites.... and with the staff moving fulltime to the Caps, they shuttered the site. 

I mean the info is available to all 32 teams at an internal site kept by the league, there is also puckpedia and other sites that publicly post it.  This has to be the Caps having a plan for something they want built and hiring the capfriendly staff to do it. 

 

Cap friendly was probably a very lucrative site for its creator as its one of the most visited hockey sites out there, so the caps buying it is probably at the level of several millions. 

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40 minutes ago, Commandant said:

 

I think they probably want the staff's coding ability to make their own internal sites.... and with the staff moving fulltime to the Caps, they shuttered the site. 

I mean the info is available to all 32 teams at an internal site kept by the league, there is also puckpedia and other sites that publicly post it.  This has to be the Caps having a plan for something they want built and hiring the capfriendly staff to do it. 

 

Cap friendly was probably a very lucrative site for its creator as its one of the most visited hockey sites out there, so the caps buying it is probably at the level of several millions. 

 

Ok, so it's kind like they're hiring key members of the staff under the condition that they give up the site, so as incentive to do so they're buying them out.

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22 minutes ago, Fanpuck33 said:

 

Ok, so it's kind like they're hiring key members of the staff under the condition that they give up the site, so as incentive to do so they're buying them out.

 

Thats my guess, yes. 

 

That was the case with other sites (cap and/or analytics) that have gone dark.

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11 hours ago, Fanpuck33 said:

 

So you're saying that the data and calculation coding on the site was so good that actual NHL teams used it, to the extent that the Caps wanted it for themselves? 

 

a new feature in the last few months was giving players a rating or position equivalent: 1st pair D (P1), 2nd pair D (P2), 1st Line F (L1) etc.

 

that algorithm is valuable. Look at the COL team, for example:
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The rankings you're referring to aren't actually from CapFriendly and it's not an algorithm.  They're scouting reports from Jason Bukala of The Pro Hockey Group, a former NHL scout.  The Capitals (and every other NHL team) already have something like that in place for depth charts...at least they should.

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A newcomer to the NHL salary information realm?

capwages.com

 

Seems to be "modelled" after CapFriendly

 

 

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One thing I've noticed with them is that the recent contracts aren't the most accurate.  (Wrong AHL salary, missing performance bonuses, etc.)  That means they're pulling contract info from elsewhere and not updating it as new info comes in.  That will need to get sorted out before they can become reliable in terms of cap tracking.

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55 minutes ago, dlbalr said:

One thing I've noticed with them is that the recent contracts aren't the most accurate.  (Wrong AHL salary, missing performance bonuses, etc.)  That means they're pulling contract info from elsewhere and not updating it as new info comes in.  That will need to get sorted out before they can become reliable in terms of cap tracking.

 

Exactly.

 

Puckpedia may look different but appears far more accurate than these guys.

 

Making the site look like capfriendly doesn't make them capfriendly

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40 minutes ago, Prime Minister Koivu said:

If their information isn’t correct then that site is useless. 
 

Hopefully they figure it out 

 

It seems like their focus is getting the various bells and whistles that CapFriendly had up and running.  For lots of people, those are the tools they want to play with.  But they'll also have to establish some connections with teams and agents to get some of the nitty gritty details that helped make CapFriendly the go-to place.  They have some time to get it set up so we'll see what happens.  In the meantime, I find myself using the three different options out there trying to piece together most of the stuff I could get on CF before. 

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