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11-14-2012, 02:48 PM
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The point about the 1943-44 and 1944-45 NHL teams is that except for the 1943-44 Rangers they were better than the minor league quality teams that were part of the 1927-28 to 1930-31 NHL.
This can't be farther from the truth. Not only was the NHL gutted during World War 2, but so was the AHL and every minor league that replacements were drawn from. In 1943-44 and 1944-45, you had an NHL composed entirely of men who were able to get out of the draft in one way or another

I see Durnan's first two all star teams as essentially worthless - all they show is that he was the only NHL-calibre goalie in a league full of replacements.

From 1927-1931, there were multiple Hall of Famers in their primes in the NHl

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