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Devils in the Details - 8/16/2012: Intense Numbers Edition

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Fear the Fin takes an incredibly detailed look at possession numbers to show how neutral zone performance impacts a team's future success. It's a little daunting, but worth the read. [Fear the Fin]

The NHLPA's counter-proposal features an interesting new concept: trading and/or selling for cap space. Is it good for the NHL? [Puck Daddy]

Bettman kills any optimism that you might have had based on yesterday's CBA negotiation reports. Cue sad trombone. [Sporting News]

Report says the Flyers have signed Wayne Simmonds to a six-year extension: [PHT]

Team Canada won the four-game Canada-Russia Junior Challenge series with an OT goal: [CBC]

From the category of "Can you tell it's a slow news day?" comes this link: today's NHL jerseys in 8-bit form: [Backhand Shelf]

Feel free to discuss these and any other hockey-related stories in the comments below.