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11-19-2012, 04:07 PM
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Originally Posted by vadim sharifijanov View Post
not to say that he was objectively better than lidstrom (it was very close), but that he was the sole reason that awful post-gretzky team made the playoffs. compare with selanne, who got all sorts of brownie points for succeeding with kariya injured. selanne didn't even make the playoffs; hell, they finished one point out of last in the conference (kariya had a worse team, but how much worse?) blake led a complete garbage roster to the 5th seed in the west.
Not that it's relevant to the topic, but Holy mischaracterization, Batman!

Selanne didn't get any "brownie points" that season - he was the league leader in Goals (41) and Points (68) for the first 3/4 of the season before getting injured at the Olympics. The only reason he finished 8th in scoring is because once the Mighty Ducks were officially eliminated from the playoffs in Game 78, he stopped playing hockey so as to not aggravate his injuries. And he still led the league in even-strength goals (41) and points (67) in just 73 games.

Maybe Blake should have been on more than eight ballots, but he wasn't on Selanne's level in 1997-98. Hell, Selanne was a +12 on a team with a -56 goal differential, and he didn't have .911 goaltending like Blake.

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