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01-20-2004, 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Habs
Holik is a perfect example of why it could work. He had 46,50 and 54 points going into free agency when the Rangers signed him to that enormous contract.

Clearly he isn't 8-10 million dollar player, as the Rangers thought.
Right, but he is worth more than a Martin Rucinsky or Brian Savage who may put up similar points, but don't add much else. Holik's value is not in the statistics, so there would be no way to determine his salary. Paying him according to offensive stats cuts him (and other defensive specialists) short.

Originally Posted by Habs
This is the tough part. However, there could be base levels for defensive forwards as well.
I don't think there's a way to quantify a player's defensive prowess and translate that to a salary structure. A player's defensive abilities is so subjective that it'd be too difficult to put a number on it.

There's too many little things in the game that can't be quantified by statistics.

This idea would work if it were limited to pushing the idea to teams that they should only sign players according to what they've done in the last 3 years.

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