According to many, Nick Spaling sucks, and is overpaid because his advanced stats aren’t great

There is a place for advanced stats in the NHL. There is no question about that. But are they relevant after a player changes teams? Are they the final word? Nick Spaling signed with the Penguins for $2.2 million for two years on Thursday, and people raged.

Ryan Wilson from HockeyBuzz completely overracted in his take:

There is an argument to be made that 2.2M is the going rate for a player who scored 30 points, but I don’t view it through that scope. Were there available options for the Penguins who are better and would have come cheaper? The answer to that question is yes, that is the only thing that matters.

Wilson lacks examples, so no idea who these “cheaper” options are.

To pick on Wilson a little more, he tweeted this:

Does anyone actually think Taylor Pyatt is better than Spaling?

Wilson wasn’t alone. Adam Gretz panned the move, too:

Everyone watched the Penguins’ bottom six last year, right? We aren’t the only ones, are we? How is paying Nick Spaling $2.2 million breaking the Penguins?

Spaling played 71 games last year and scored 32 points.

Some Penguins bottom-six players last season:

Joe Vitale: 53 games, 14 points.
Tanner Glass: 67 games, 13 points.
Brandon Sutter: 81 games, 26 points

Can’t even continue. Are we missing something?

According to some Nashville guy, Spaling is wildy overpaid:

And, like we said, don’t forget the advanced-stats narrative:

Could you imagine even caring what that means? Some guy with 2k followers says that advanced stats say Spaling sucks:


Maybe Spaling falls flat on his face, but we’re just not ready to say the guy is an overpaid bum until he actually plays a game in Pittsburgh. And sorry — advanced stats aren’t a magic potion. They are not the final word. Are they useful? Yes. Are they the end of the convo? No.

But hey, this guy says it best:

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