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05-19-2005, 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted by ACC1224
Not saying Forsberg isn't better but Lafontaine didn't play on a stacked Avs team and didn't have to go against Gretzky every year for hardware.

Go against Gretzky for hardware? Lafontaine had one great season. He finished 2nd in scoring in 1992-93. I will give you Gretzky and Lemieux - why was Lafontaine NEVER 3rd in scoring? There was plenty of opportunity to be #3, he never stepped up and did it - except in 1992-93.

Lafontaine was an excellent player but, in a historical perspective, he is not in the top 100. He never stepped up and grabbed the torch. Players like Messier, Hull, Fedorov and Lindros all won Hart Trophies during Gretzky and Lemieux's era. Lafontaine never did. Excellent player but not GREAT.

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