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08-10-2009, 06:28 PM
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Kyle McMahon
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Originally Posted by Dennis Bonvie View Post
Just to play Devil's Advocate here, from what I've heard the Russian fans & players have a greater appreciation for the aesthetics of the game. They would probably rank Lafleur higher in this poll than most North Americans. Could be why Kharlamov is considered the best. They love those lovely(style-wise) players.
That is very true, and it's something that has crossed my mind as well. Kharlamov is definitely a case where the legend may have outgrown the player. But most Canadians who watched him in the Summit Series felt he was the best as well, though that is a small sample size and Kharlamov was apparently at his absolute peak right around that time.

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