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06-29-2012, 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Rob Paxon View Post
I think they're easily separable as abstracts, the question is how "correct" you can be in how you consider the values, because we aren't really assessing value in relation to any prospective trade, it's simply an attempt at assessing a player's contextually-independent value. It's not really any different than debating which of two players are better, only you're also weighing contract, age, and potential.
But then the question is what use is the exercise?

If the ultimate question being answered is "would you trade Ennis for Ryan", it can only be answerable by determining whether the team is better off with Ryan or Ennis, regardless which player you might rank higher on the list of "best NHL players", which includes variable such as fit, potential, window for winning, etc.

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