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GVS Goals Versus Salary

posted Dec 16, 2011, 10:41 AM by Robert Vollman   [ updated Sep 21, 2014, 8:43 AM ]
First introduced in 2009 (Players and Goalies), GVS (Goals Versus Salary) gradually snuck into the mainstream and NHL front offices, as covered in January 2012 by ESPN's Craig Custance.
GVS is simply Tom Awad's GVT with the salary cap hit taken into account. GVT, Goals Versus Threshold, is a player's contributions calculated against the threshold of a replacement-level player, like someone you'd call up from the AHL. GVS is instead calculated against the threshold of what you could get for the same salary cap hit.
GVS can be used on a team level to determine how well a team is managing its cap space, or it can be used at a player level to determine how well a particular player is earning their contract. For more information it is regularly used and explained over at Hockey Prospectus and Arctic Ice Hockey.
GVS statistics can be found in the NHL Super-Stats Sheets posted here annually, and the data for all six seasons, including 2013-14, can be downloaded right here.
Robert Vollman,
Sep 21, 2014, 8:42 AM