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11-25-2012, 11:52 AM
Dark Shadows
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Originally Posted by IComeInPeace View Post
By the time he was traded away, he had played in almost 925 NHL games in his NHL career...
Surely there is an expected decline by that point in virtually every top end players game.

But, of course his numbers would drop if you remove the best player in the game from your team. That's just common sense.

Also, I'm not looking up the numbers, but I'm quite positive those Bruins teams he left scored a lot more than the NYR teams he went to play with.

But, Espo was a premier player either way. He helped Orr, just as Orr helped him (admittedly he would benefit more from Orr than vice versa).

The numbers he put up with the Rags are actually pretty impressive considering how much hockey he had already played by that point in his career (not even counting his international play representing Canada).
Yep. Also factor in how Esposito needed to learn a whole new system and develop chemistry with a whole new batch of players past his prime.

Espo was a beast in his heyday.

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