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11-26-2012, 11:21 AM
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Originally Posted by danincanada View Post
Far and away the best of the 90's? Holy exaggeration. He won 3 Norris' if you count 89-90 and trailed off after '96. There were lots of guys in the mix for that decade and the Norris' got passed around a lot. Lidstrom didn't win a Norris but what he did in the two cup runs and other playoff performances and seasons put him in the mix.

I'm not saying that Bourque wouldn't and didn't still do very well in a fully integrated league. My point is that he started the first half of his career in a weaker league that didn't have a full compliment of the worlds best and therefore his resume looks better than if he had to start in the early 90's. The very argument many use to place him over Lidstrom.
Who would you rather suggest is the best defensemen of the 90s? If you s ay Lidstrom you'll lose all credibility considering he didn't play in the first two years of the 90s, and wasn't even a top 4 defenseman in the league for his first 4 or so years in the league. Meanwhile Bourque was voted top 4 7 of 10 years, including 2 norris trophies (not counting 89-90).

Obviously 80s Bourque>90s Bourque, and probably 00s Lidstrom>90s Bourque, but who in the 90s is actually better than Bourque?

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