PHILADELPHIA , PA - SEPTEMBER 26: Head Coach Peter Laviolette, Chris Pronger and James van Riemsdyk laugh as Chairman Ed Snider of the Philadelphia Flyers spars with President, General Manager Glen Sather of the New York Rangers at the NHL 2012 Winter Classic Press Conference at Citizens Bank Park on September 26, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)
Not only is it a great idea, but if you don't [start using analytics] you're going to fall behind. You have to be on the cutting edge. It was [Arizona Coyotes assistant general manager] Darcy Regier who said, 'If you didn't invent it, you have to be the second- or third-best copier, because if you're fourth or fifth you've got no chance.'
— Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock on his interest in advanced statistical analysis