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02-19-2013, 09:22 PM
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what is everyone's definition of franchise player?

Because I absolutely believe Ryan O'reilly is the type of player who fits the label... but I suspect I'm in the minority. I guess my definition of franchise player is different.
"Franchise Player" IMO is elite at their position and marketable--the player most easily identified with the team. To me, the off-ice component--being able to market the guy...put the guy on all the ads, etc. is as important as the on-ice part when using that term.

I don't think O'Reilly is that kind of player...but according to my definition there are very few franchise players to begin with. The closest the Sabres have had was Vezina Ryan Miller.

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