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10-28-2012, 11:32 AM
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Originally Posted by lazerbullet View Post
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.
For sure he has the longivity to rely on, and a very good and pretty long peak although it was'nt as long as some might think. A person that values peak a little higher than longivity however i can see having Orr in front, and perhaps Lemieux as well. I am one of those people that values peak vs. career at maybe 65-35 and gets a tie between Howe and Lemieux becouse of it.

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