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11-02-2012, 12:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Rhiessan71 View Post
How about adding some context to those rankings so we get a better picture. Namely who Bourque was finishing 2nd and 3rd to, who he beat and then do the same for Lidstrom.
I agree with this part. Though I wish this thread wasn't going in this direction, and this might all get moved to the Bourque/Lidstrom thread in the end.

Bourque's record is already more impressive (two more times in the top-3) before you consider that he had Coffey to compete with, and Lidstrom had no such comparable offensive defenseman in his way.

Second, I think it's obvious that 70 points for a defenseman when the best forward on the team has 60, and 70 points for a defensemen when there are forwards with 90, 80, and 70 points are two very different things.

I don't see it as being any different than saying "leading your line with 70 points is much more impressive than being 3rd on your line with 70 points" when talking about forwards.

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