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11-06-2010, 06:42 PM
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Originally Posted by seventieslord View Post
I say Howe easily as well. Both played most of their careers on very strong teams, but Howe made his teams strong.

What I can't get over is that Howe took his team's GF:GA ratio from 0.96 when he was off the ice, to 1.46 when he was on the ice. That would be a very strong season, but he averaged this rate of improvement over a 16-year career that took him up to age 39.

Niedermayer's teams were dominant with and without him on the ice. 1.21 without, 1.24 with.

Niedermayer won the Smythe, but can you claim he was actually a more dominant postseason performer? Howe was the unquestioned best player on a team that lost two Finals to the dynasty Oilers. Niedermayer's Smythe could have gone to one of four Ducks, or even Alfredsson if not for his brainfart.
What did Alfredsson do to earn the Conn Smythe? I'm not attacking your statement, I just have no idea. I feel like the Ducks dominated that series so much that any Senator winning it would have been crazy. I mean, I personally think Sami Pahlsson should have won but Niedermayer certainly was not a bad choice. Would the other four Ducks be Selanne, Getzlaf, Pahlsson and Giguere? Pronger was huge but they won when he was suspended twice I believe.

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