NHL News: Aging Veteran’s Value Hidden Behind Quantitative Stats

July 20th, 2010 by Cam Maillet Leave a reply »

This year, there are multiple aging long-time NHL veterans looking for renewed contracts or new homes this off-season.  While you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, they can teach the puppies a thing or two about how the game is meant to be played.

This year’s NHL free agent list contains multiple names that will likely be seen in the Hall of Fame at some point in the near future—Kariya, Selanne, and Modano just to name a few.

Is your team looking at one of these experienced superstars? Are you concerned that they may not produce enough to warrant handing out precious salary in today’s salary cap era?  Well, players like the ones listed aren’t one-dimensional players only relied upon for their point production; they bring something that cannot be taught and must be acquired through experience.

Kariya, Selanne, and Modano have played in 989, 1186, and 1459 games respectively, which means they aren’t the new kids on the block.  They add not only on-ice leadership, but the veteran presence in the locker room that ...

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