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09-26-2012, 11:02 PM
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Yes, he certainly lost a step, or a stride, after the broken leg. Before then, he was widely, and not stupidly -- if not correctly -- compared to Bobby Orr. He often , Orr-like, went end to end. After, no one would have made that comparison. He remained a superb defenseman however, owing to the rest of his skill set -- the "patented spin-o-rama move" that Danny Gallivan loved to described -- and , as the years went by, to his vision and grasp of the game. He once set up Peter Mahovolich for a two-man shorthand goal, in a game against Buffalo in 1976 or so, that was a thing of beauty and just that vision. But after the broken leg, he was no longer in the fastest-d-man-on-the-ice competition.

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