Thread: Confirmed with Link: Douglas Murray signed 1 year deal ($1.5m)
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08-22-2013, 01:56 PM
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Originally Posted by MathMan View Post
He probably was a NHLer at one point, but he's not now.

And an appeal to the authority of NHL GMs has to be considered shaky given the track record of some members of that group. Especially when big, hitty guys is concerned; this is hockey's anti-Moneyball, the traits that get valued out of proportion to their actual game impact.
I'm guessing you're a huge fan of possession stats like Corsi and Fenwick, and a big advocate of using such stats as THE measure of how effective a hockey player is. Hence why guys like Murray have no place on hockey teams, and why guys like Brandon Prust aren't perceived to be that valuable. In other words, physicality, grit and leadership are overrated.

Edit: Don't get me wrong. I don't want a team full of plugs who are behemoths that can't skate. But I do see that the Habs need a guy like Murray while at the same time guys like Niklas Kronwall are not easy to find.

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