Why is Gretzky known as the best?
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10-27-2004, 12:46 PM
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Gretz. and Co. essentially came into the league as the All Star team from the old WHA.
Yeah, Wayne can attribute his 137 rookie points to the wizardry of Brett Calighen and Blair McDonald.
If we could have 5 Gretzky's play 5 on 5 against 5 Orr's, who would win??, answer honestly please.
Orr, but that's totally ridiculous and not even worth thinking about for more than 2 seconds. Try to be reasonable. That scenario would never and could never happen. Hockey is as much about the foot soldiers, unsung heroes and complimentary players as it is the Waynes and Marios and Orrs. Wayne used his teammates better than anyone, ever. He made mice into men.
Wayne could have easily led Boston to the same heights Orr did. Boston easily wins their measley two Cups, and probably three with Gretzky setting up Esposito, you heard it here. It's no more farfetched than what you're claiming. Espo would get 90 goals, and the Big Bad Bruins would insure Wayne's safety. Why bother defending his manhood, he was a wimp... there's nothing shameful or illegal about requiring some backup, not when you're unstoppable offensively and shaming the league on the scoresheet.
Also, I believe the NHL has caught up to Orr's physical gifts more than they have to Wayne's mental gifts. Orr would NEVER be able to rush up the ice with such aplomb these days, and those point shots would go in with MUCH less frequency. He'd still be the best D-man in the game, but forget about him being as far ahead of the pack as he was in the '70s.
Wayne could easily stick and kill today's defenses, he did it in a season every bit as low scoring as we see nowadays, and at 37 with NO offensive support, to boot.
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