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02-19-2013, 09:27 PM
Karate Johnson
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Originally Posted by GrigsAndGirgs View Post
"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.

It's hockey in Buffalo. The entire roster is marketable locally.

Miller is marketable nationally, and that's because of the olympics. That had more to do with America than Good Hockey Player.

There really aren't any hockey players that are nationally marketable outside of Crosby. An only kind of.

Locally I could see in a city like LA, or NY you'ed need a charismatic guy to sell ads.

But like I said.. It's buffalo. Wasn't Mile Weber in a commercial?

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