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03-15-2013, 09:58 PM
Socratic Method Man
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Originally Posted by fibonacci View Post
Except for Thomas, who wasn't even a high priced FA. I don't understand why teams splurge on goaltending when they should be scouting.
There is a simple explanation that could explain this correlation. It involves 2 claims:

1) Elite goaltenders are more likely to win big games

2) Teams are unlikely to trade elite goaltenders

These two claims together would explain the interesting statistic you point out.

The first claim is almost certainly true. The second claim seems to be true as well, as the only elite goaltender in the last decade I remember being traded is Luongo from Florida. So teams essentially never trade an elite goaltender.

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