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12-06-2010, 07:51 AM
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Re: Eddie Shore - I'm starting to think that we on the HOH section have been overrating him slightly. I've read posts from several older posters that there was somewhat of a consensus that Harvey had surpassed Shore at the time. This seems to be backed up by the THN Top 100 list, which has Harvey at #6, Shore at #10, and pre-Cup Bourque at #14.

The THN panel was full of people who watched Original 6 hockey, so they would have been aware of the Harvey/Shore consensus at the time (though perhaps biased by the fact that many of them didn't see Shore himself). The THN panel was full of media types, and I think that it very much follows general media perception of players (hence the high placements of Messier and Rocket Richard).

Also, taking into account THN's love of Cup counting, I find it likely they'd bump Bourque up a few spots after he finally won his Cup (and did, you know, finish runner up for the Norris to Lidstrom at the ripe age of 40).

Anyway, my point is that I'm starting to think of Bourque/Shore as a tossup for #3/4 defensemen, with Lidstrom possibly joining them after he retires (seriously, his season to date as a 40 year old is incredible).

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