Thread: Confirmed with Link: Brandon Prust to Montreal [4 years, $10M]
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07-07-2012, 06:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Miller Time View Post
How do you measure the impact of a guy who makes team meals more enjoyable?

How do you quantify the impact a 4th line grinder who outworks everyone in practice/camp while making peanuts, on a blue chip draft pick already earning more money?

Huge assumption, and false, that measuring on-ice impact gives one the full picture.
Workforce "happiness" is something in which observation is difficult to do without asking the players in question through surveys or self-reports. And therein lies the problem. Players are very tight-lipped about what goes public and hence garnering evidence is difficult. Plus, sport psychology is still relatively new and hence a lot of things being studied are not quite conclusive yet.

Now, in a company, the "bottom line" would be what matters in making workers "happy", and yes the bottom line can be affected by addressing workers' needs. However, in hockey, there are many measures for the "bottom line", all of which can be interpreted ambiguously, and thus give an opening to those sophists who believe that stats alone can explain everything. These sophists are following the path of the behaviorists in psychology, believing that only what is observable--in fact, not even that, since stats do not keep all of the data you can see on video--is what can be "real".

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