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11-17-2010, 05:17 PM
Kyle McMahon
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I this is a case where, once contemporary opinion is factored into the equation, the numbers simply betray reality. Lalonde was considered the best all-around player in the world in many circles during the NHA era and then on into the early 1920's. I like to think of him as something in between Gordie Howe and Mark Messier. Excelled at all aspects of the game, and did it at a high level for a really long time. He wasn't merely physical; he could dominate any area of the ice.

Malone just wasn't portrayed in a similar light by his contemporaries. It was acknowledged that he was perhaps the game's greatest scorer, but this seems to be the only area where he can boast any sort of advantage over Lalonde. By all accounts, Malone just didn't control games in the way Lalonde (or Cyclone Taylor) did. I've seen the Brett Hull comparison applied to Malone before, and it seems to fit reasonably well.

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