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10-28-2012, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Darth Yoda View Post
I think one could say that Lemieux peaked higher then Howe and that Orr had at least as good a package as him, but was better both offensively(Playing from the D) and defensively, that only the physical part clearly goes to Gordie. One has a hard time to not recognize Orrs dominance from the back end and personally i think he was better than Gretzky.
Yes, it's all nice, but staying healthy is a skill. And Howe was a top player for 20+ years. And lets not forget that Howe also dominated his peers by the ridiculous margin during his peak. He was also by far the best player in the league during his best years. So it's not 100% clear that Orr and Lemieux had better peak. And even if they had, the difference is certainly not big enough to match extra 10 years of elite hockey that Howe has on them.

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