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08-03-2009, 10:52 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
Mikita does have a great peak. That's why he's a Top 20 player of all time. But he wasn't a gamebreaker in quite the same way Lafleur was.

And I'm talking about the period between Orr and Gretzky - Lafleur was the best player in the league even if he didn't win the Hart every year.
Why was he the best, Bobby Clarke was better than him in 1976. Produced the same amount of offence while playing shutdown defence hockey. I will take the guy that is elite both ways than a one dimensional Lafluer.

Jagr gets punished for his negatives, but Lafluer doesnt get punished for his terrible smoking habits, being a headache for coaches and basically quitting after the dynasty was over. Everyone just loves Lafluer.

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