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11-29-2012, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by JohnnyOnTheSpot View Post
You ever watch Michael Handzus on the PK? As a Flyers fan, I'd cheer because it broke up cross ice passes for a clean breakaway constantly, then cry when I realized it was the mud monster, and he would be caught before he hit the red line. Takeaways aren't always the best hahaha.

As for Moneyball, it'd never work in the NHL, but the closest I think we see to the concept is the Predators. They continuously ice a competitive team every year, on a budget. They get the most out of the players, and when someone prices out, they manufacture a replacement. Baseball is a stat sport because it's X vs. Y, there are so many more variables in hockey and so much left to uncertainty. You smack one out of the park in baseball, it's a homerun. No matter how perfect of a shot you take, goalie can always interject.
Nailed it. "Moneyball" concepts in hockey are currently shown by teams like Nashville, Phoenix, and St. Louis. They roll three decent scoring lines that can play defense without having super-star forwards. For every one Brad Richards or Zach Parise, teams like St. Louis or Nashville sign three Alex Steen's or Mike Fisher's. Also having a solid pipeline of player's contributing on their ELC's helps keep costs down.

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