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11-19-2012, 02:11 PM
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Maybe I am in the minority, but I didn't feel that Lidstrom became other-wordly until late99/2000ish. In fact Im sure of it. He was always very very good, but from say 2000-08 he was playing some of the best defensive hockey ever played on the planet.

91ish-98 I thought Nik was a really quality dman, a surefire number 1 but he wasn't the best dman in the league. He was arguably playing at that level at times but not consistently. I never feared playing against the perfection that was Lidstroms later game in that period.

Blake was amazing that year.

I'm perfectly happy to find that Blake was the best defender in the league.

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