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02-24-2010, 10:47 PM
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on a per-game basis, he absolutely is the best ever
. But there's something to be said for having the durability to play at a high level for two decades. In my opinion, both Howe and Gretzky provided more value in their careers, even if Orr was better per game.
A popular sentiment, but I'm not so sure it's this clear cut. I mean, if your measuring the average "value" of an Orr game vs a Gretzky game, he'll come out ahead, but he never had a decline phase. The average per game value of Gretzky would have spent a full decade decreasing. If Gretzky retired after the 1988 season, I think it would still be highly debatable as to who was better between him and Orr.
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