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11-16-2012, 10:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Old Navy Goat View Post
The irreplaceable skillset is strictly limited to the upper echelon players. There's plenty of other guys out there that can step in and replace your 3rd and 4th liners.
Have to disagree. For one, you've implicitly conceded that most, if not all, top-6 forwards would not be able to be adequately replaced by replacement-level players. That's quantifiably true, of course, as stats such as GVT (goals versus threshold, the hockey stat measuring how many goals more or less a player is worth compared to a replacement-level player) demonstrate that those players are far better than replacement players; surely you'd notice a difference between Drew Stafford and Mark Mancari, and if you can't then I'm not sure what to tell you. Presumably, you'd agree that top-4 defensemen would also be markedly better than those who replaced them. Even the better bottom-6 players are significantly better than the AHL veteran-types who'd be replacing them. Outside of guys like Cody McCormick, Matt Ellis, and Mike Weber, I think you'd see a serious dropoff in play.

Originally Posted by Old Navy Goat View Post
If there was another football strike and they went the replacement route, except for the QBs and a couple elite running backs you would hardly see the difference in the game.
Not even close. Perhaps we've found the architect of the plan to throw replacement referees into NFL games.

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