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11-06-2010, 10:56 AM
Big Phil
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I know you are a big Flyers fan John Flyers, but I have to side with Niedermayer on this one. Howe truly is a guy who should have gotten in by now, but while I hate how Niedermayer gets overrated at times, the truth is he was an excellent defenseman and should be recognized as such.

I don't think it should ever be underrated how winning followed this guy around like a bad cold. Lets not forget how important he was to those championships as well. It isn't as if Niedermayer was along for the ride. And if you want to penalize him for not being the best defenseman on his team for several years then that's your right, but the guy ahead of him was Scott Stevens.

Both Howe and Niedermayer have three first team all-stars. Nieds has another 2nd team all-star. Nieds won the Norris as well as a very controversial Conn Smythe (although he still played well in 2007). We saw how he did when he left NJ, and this is probably what I am most impressed with about his career.

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