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11-14-2012, 04:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Rhiessan71 View Post
You realise that playing in a "much more advanced" league makes defense easier to play, not harder right?
Harvey stood out defensively without the advanced systems or getting any where near the kind of consistent defensive help that Lidstrom had.
Really? Playing hockey in a league where the pace is much faster and much more precision is required is easier? It's not just the equipment and strategies that became more advanced, EVERYTHING became more advanced since Harvey's time and the talent pool exploded as well.

Harvey and Lidstrom would be considered equals had they accomplished what they did in the same era. The fact that Lidstrom accomplished what he did in this era while Harvey's accomplishments are from an all-Canadian NHL in the 50's and 60's is what really separates the two. No offense to Doug Harvey or what he did in his time but they are simply not the same.

Let's deal with reality and what is really a bigger feat.

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