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02-13-2011, 08:11 PM
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Originally Posted by BiLLY_ShOE1721 View Post
No, but he was certainly better than Ragulin. The knock on Ragulin was his skating and Howell was known as a good skater. I guess I meant more of a puck moving defenseman rather than two-way.
Ragulin wasn't the greatest skater but that didn't seem to have any impact on his puckmoving abilities. There's really no good way to say that Howell's "certainly" better than Ragulin in that regard. Pretty much, what it comes down to is whether you believe that the (approximately) 8th best offensive defenseman in the NHL is better than the best Soviet at that time.

Pretty close if you ask me.

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