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06-25-2008, 11:49 PM
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There is no doubt that Semenko was used as a deterrent to going after Gretzky but the biggest problem I have against the idea that Gretzky received extra special care is the idea that in the playoffs no self respecting opposing player should dare pass up the opportunity to do whatever was needed to win.

I can't imagine players on the Islanders, Bruins, Flyers etc. who faced the Oilers in the playoffs and especially the finals not doing whatever it took to win. For these players/team that may have been the only chance to win a cup and I really cannot see any self respecting player not giving it their all and doing whatever it took to win, and if that meant attempting to get at Gretzky, then so be it. I don't think that Gretzky not being "crushed" as often as some people would like had to do with the lack or trying on the opposing teams part.

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