He needed very little prompting to jump into a passionate and well-reasoned defense. Nashville coach Barry Trotz was explained the situation: Rob Vollman, an advanced stat guru for Hockey Prospectus, polled some of the sharpest minds in the hockey statistic world to find out which summer signings they liked best. On Monday, we ran the results of the most popular signings. On Tuesday, Rob compiled the worst signings of the summer as determined by the stat guys.
Nashville's Paul Gaustad was No. 2 on the worst list, trailing only Dennis Wideman. The Gaustad signing garnered only a 28.3 percent approval rating among the advanced stat experts, which is a bit surprising considering he contributes in areas of the game stat guys usually appreciate. But his four-year deal worth $3.25 million per season was more than they thought a checking line player was worth.
Naturally, Trotz disagreed.
"We just don't sign guys without thinking about it," he said.
And there were plenty of reasons why this one made sense for Nashville.
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