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07-11-2011, 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Iain Fyffe View Post
"Best" is not a constant. If Paton is 100% better than his closest competition, that can put him above a 1905 goalie who's 50% better than his closest competition. Just pulling some numbers to make the point, of course.
Well, yes, I agree. I mean, it's for this reason that Orr is undoubtedly better than someone like Lidstrom despite playing in the watered-down 70s, and for me it is a big reason why Harvey is also surely better.

Proving Paton to actually be that percentage better, is much harder than it would be for a player like Orr or Harvey though.

You have an awfully narrow definition of "contemporaries" then.
I'm puzzled. If those two players played a combined one season with/against Paton, why would I call them his contemporaries?

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