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08-19-2004, 03:58 PM
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Burke's Evil Spirit
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Originally Posted by Vlad The Impaler
It seems like you have this idea that they will look at his worth as a player only. That's not what an arbitrator does and that is why in years past more defensive players rarely went in arbitration. because they new these guys were complete tools looking at stats and awards and finding a match in the league.
Are you kidding? It may not be as pronounced, but there have been some ludicrous arbitration awards to "defensive defenceman". Witt and Salei this year alone, and going back a few we have Jason Smith's landmark $2.2 million. Granted, this problem got a lot better when Hits were eliminated as a stat, but still...

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