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11-28-2012, 05:13 PM
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Originally Posted by DownFromNJ View Post
Measuring those concepts with statistics is pretty much impossible with hockey, for reasons stated above. You just don't have the raw data that baseball generates. Every single event is recorded as an isolated data point in baseball. Events just aren't isolated like that in hockey.

More broadly, I think the basic idea of looking at players as net contributors is a useful concept that you can apply to hockey. The Devils just lost Zach Parise, who is probably worth X wins over a replacement-level hockey player. The Devils need to improve their team by X in order to come back to the same level. That can come through offense, defensive, or goaltending.
Exactly. Great example. Here's an example with the Stars: Brad Richards leaves in FA. The team signs Michael Ryder, Sheldon Souray, Adam Burish and Vernon Fiddler to replace Richards' offensive production and actually add more depth/grit/D than Richards would have put up. (The team finished about the same without him). There's tons of better examples out there.

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