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05-19-2005, 03:08 AM
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Originally Posted by God Bless Canada
I'm saying who was better. I'm saying that Forsberg, if he were to retire today, would be in a similar boat to LaFontaine: a shortened career with some absolutely dazzling seasons (LaFontaine put up two of the best years I've ever seen in 1990 and 1993, both deserving of strong Hart consideration), and some other years cut short by injury. LaFontaine would have been a gimmie for HHOF induction if he'd not been hampered by injuries. As it is, he got in on his third attempt. Forsberg, if he doesn't come back, or if his career were to end next season due to injury, won't get in on his first attempt because of longevity, but he will get in eventually.

And LaFontaine in his prime was better than pretty much anyone in today's NHL.

LaFontaine was a great player (HOF worthy) but not THAT great. There are players in today's game that are better than LaFontaine was in his prime.

Pat did play for 14 years (10 seasons of 67+ games). No cups, no scoring titles, no Harts, etc. Never made NHL 1st team, only made 2nd team once ('93).
I'd say Forsberg is certainly a notch above him.

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