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11-02-2012, 07:53 PM
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In 1996 Lemieux was likely still the best player in the world. I assume that Canada still only needs to win one of the final two games, and given that Canada carried a fair bit of the play in the finals I guess that he makes a difference.

Lemieux in 1998 is a different story. We don't really know what kind of shape he's in health wise, although presumably he's still a very valuable player. Still, the Czechs outplayed Canada in 1998 and I'm unconvinced that a potentially banged up Lemieux makes up for it. Canada would still have to play Russia in the finals as well, so it's a bigger leap to make than in 1996. I wonder though if Crawford would have dreamed of Lemieux in the shootout over someone like Shanahan?

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