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What Should We Expect from NHL Goaltenders?

Can we do a better job evaluating goaltenders using save percentage? Here's a new idea to compare goalies to their peers, as well as to standard replacement level.

BBTF: King Kaufman: In defense of replacement-level players?

A good discussion about replacement level going on over at Baseball Think Factory.

Defensive Replacement Level Defined

Chris Dial uses his Defensive Runs Saved statistic (based on Zone Rating) to determine what a replacement level defender is. In general, it's about the same level as offensive replacement is (85% of average). Most of those he found as replacement level defenders are above average hitters (unsurprisingly), so they're still above replacement level in general.

Cliff Floyd is all about heart, determination, and grit.... Cliff Floyd is forecast to be a league...

Cliff Floyd is all about heart, determination, and grit.... Cliff Floyd is forecast to be a league average hitter. And a league average hitter who cannot (or is not expected to) play the field is the very definition of a replacement-level player. Indeed, the GM of the Padres agrees with this assessment, as his stated role is also the very definition of replacement-level player. That replacement-level player, with ordinary heart and determination, will cost you 400,000$. Cliff Floyd however is going to cost 750,000$. When people say that you can’t measure the intangibles, remind them that those intangibles are being paid for with tangible dollars. And the value of those intangibles, as determined by MLB, is $350,000. If it was worth more, then some team would have paid more. They didn’t."

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