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12-11-2011, 12:09 PM
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If the OP stated it as his opinion, I would not have responsed
"Lidstrom's Norris voting record early in his career has lagged beneath what he earned because of the early 90s anti-Euro bias." The OP
That is a statement of fact, not opinion.
As for the opinion that Swedes are soft, that does not neccessarily translate into biased voting. I see Salming garnering enough votes to be on 6 post season all-star teams back as far as the Neanderthal '70s. Also see some Euro named Federov winning the Hart Trophy in '94 and Hasek a whole bunch of awards in the 90s.
You are correct, I was being generous to the OP since the English language has many nuances and subtleties that are often missed.
Salming also played a physical style that would have endeared him more to the "typically" NA voter at the time.
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