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11-18-2010, 08:19 AM
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Originally Posted by arrbez View Post

Pretty much any way you slice it, Malone was the better offensive player. Peak, Prime, Longevity, Per-Game, etc. The only argument that can be made for Lalonde is playoffs, based mainly on one colossal year.
Your 10 year span leaves out only 4 years before for Malone, but 8 years before (some are not "major league" seasons though) and 3 years (plus 5 games over 3 more seasons) after for Lalonde. Longevity goes to Lalonde by a wide margin.

It's like comparing Hawerchuk to Messier. Messier started playing before Hawerchuk, and was still playing long after. Hawerchuk out pointed Messier in 7 of his first 10 seasons. Was Hawerchuk better?

I certainly question how great Lalonde was from time to time, but not to the point that I'd put him below Malone. His long career make his totals look great, but his multiple scoring titles show he was no Gartner. He was inconsistent and injury prone, but he's more Mario Lemieux than Lindros or Forsberg.

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