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11-09-2012, 10:44 PM
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Originally Posted by DaveG View Post
But for a period Brind'Amour was the best two-way forward in hockey, with a career of strong two-way play, and he has some damn impressive stats to back up his play (something a lot of two-way guys don't have).
What period was this? The "1993-94 but we're not counting the Western Conference because that's where Fedorov, Gilmour, and Yzerman are" period? Still doesn't work; Ron Francis is around. Damn that Ron Francis, always screwing things up.

The only possible argument is the 2005-06 season, when Brind'Amour scored a surprising 70 points and was gifted the Selke over the more deserving Jere Lehtinen and John Madden, who had 33-19-52 and 16-20-36. Mike Fisher, a finalist with Brind'Amour and Lehtinen, posted 22-22-44 in 68 GP. But really, the best two-way forwards in hockey that season were Henrik Zetterberg (9th Selke, 68 points in 63 games) and Marian Hossa (100 points, 14th Selke). IMO, Rod largely won the Selke on reputation; many voters felt he "deserved" to have won it by that point in his career. I feel the same about Scott Niedermayer's sudden rise to Norris prominence. Niedermayer was never once the best defenseman in the league, yet he has a Norris. He finished ahead of Pronger in 2007 Norris voting, when Pronger is the guy who deserved the Norris. It's like there's this legend built around him that you're not allowed to object to; almost Gretzky-esque.

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