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11-07-2008, 11:11 AM
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I didn't bash Lafleur as a player out of gratuity.
I said, Le Baron was comparing him saying he scored 50G while avg 16min of icetime, when today's players are talking millions after scoring 25G avg 20min of icetime.
Now that's an unfair comparison seeing as the game/players/rules/equipment has changed a lot.
That's why I said, Lafleur couldn't even keep up with today's players. Today's players are machines, they are extremely fit. Lafleur used to smoke cigs between periods. You do the math, it ain't that hard.
Lafleur was one of the greatest of HIS era. Same with the Rocket, etc..When we try to compare them with today's players like Le Baron did, it just doesn't make any sense.
Who's better?..The Rocket or Gretzky?..Beliveau or Lemieux?..Plante or Roy??..You just can't answer these questions.
So comparing the pts Lafleur had back in the days to the pts some players get today is completely dumb.
I don't think it's too hard to project. When you compare era to era, you have to pro rate available training techniques, the larger bodies, advances in equipement, rules etc.
They were talking about how/why Lafleur played as low as 16 minutes at times, and there were a few answers, they usually had leads and Bowman would roll all lines to get everyone into it, as well as to keep the players united in being pissed off at him. When a fan says that Lafleur was better than Kovalev, he's doing so in relative terms.
Many still maintain that Jim Brown was the finest football player that ever lived. The fact that Brown never faced a 300 lb lineman is irrelevant.
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