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10-30-2012, 01:33 PM
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Originally Posted by mydogsparty View Post
Along with Clarke, Trottier, Fedorov & Kurri, what about Stan Mikita? His offense seems to fall in line with the four players mentioned but how about his defense? Does the fact that he changed his game from being a dirty player to a Lady Bing winner change how effective he was at the defensive end of the rink?
Where is the evidence that Mikita was elite defensively coming from anyway? Ultimate Hockey?

He put up his numbers playing for a run-and-gun team and couldn't contain Beliveau in the playoffs.

I'm sure he was strong defensively, but he I don't think he belongs in the conversation for best ever.

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