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01-21-2013, 02:47 PM
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While it's great to look at results, as that is all that matters, it is irrelevant when the results are tainted. In this case, with +\-, the results are exactly that: tainted.
The stat suffers the same fate as many other hockey stats: it is largely team-driven, so it is hard to quantify a player's contributions both offensively and defensively without considering a proponent's teammates.
Not to say it isn't but I have this theory that over the long-run, the stat becomes smoothed out or evened out by virtue of it being tainted in both directions roughly equally.
We've read some examples here of how players can be
with a minus and those are valid criticisms, but I think that it is almost nearly as likely a player to be
with a plus due to various circumstances.
In other words, the ebb matches the flow.
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