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by Paul on 06/27/12 at 08:37 AM ET
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
The Buffalo News, in an effort to determine players’ immediate impact on a new team, has analyzed the offensive output of all 251 skaters who have signed a multiyear contract with a new team since 2006-07. In addition, The News analyzed all 302 skaters who have switched teams within three weeks of the trade deadline since 2005-06, either via trade or waivers.
Of the 13 players in the study added by the Sabres, the production of nine of them – 69.2 percent – dropped compared to their prior team. Three (15.3 percent) improved their point-per-game numbers in Buffalo. Steve Montador maintained the pace he set with his prior club.
“First and foremost, it’s because they had a fit where they were at,” Ruff said. “They had a couple players that they were used to playing with. I think in most situations it takes a period of time [to fit in], and sometimes that period of time might be 20-30 games, sometimes it may be longer. We’ve had lots of those situations.”
The answer to “why” is wide-ranging, but three factors emerge often:
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