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11-14-2012, 02:37 PM
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i'm starting to think with selanne's re-emergence post-lockout we're starting to forgot how good kariya was. the opposite was true pre-lockout, and also during their primes in anaheim, where kariya got the lion's share of the credit and accolades.
in truth, i think they were pretty close to equals. obviously, those years are mostly what kariya has to hang his hat on while selanne had a much longer and fuller career.
i don't know that any of this is an argument for kariya being a hall of famer, or whether this is just me seeing him starting to get underrated. compare kariya with lafontaine. playoffs aside (and lafontaine was no theo fleury, though he did score an equally famous OT goal one year), kariya is the better player. on the other hand, if peak dominance is the metric that the argument for kariya hangs on, he has to wait behind eric in that line. i mean, kariya did next to nothing in the playoffs. almost nothing.
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