SUNRISE, FL - DECEMBER 29: Goaltender Tim Thomas #34 of the Florida Panthers warms up prior to the start of the game against the Montreal Canadiens at the BB&T Center on December 29, 2013 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Jeffrey R. Sanzare/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