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11-26-2012, 11:39 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.
Norrises in the 1990s
Ray Bourque - 3 (2nd x3, 3rd x2)
Chris Chelios - 2 (2nd x1, 3rd x1
Brian Leetch - 2 (3rd x1)
Rob Blake - 1
Paul Coffey - 1
Al MacInnis - 1 (2nd x3)

All-Star Teams
Ray Bourque - 1st x6, 2nd x2
Chris Chelios - 1st x3, 2nd x2
Al MacInnis - 1st x3, 2nd x2
Brian Leetch - 1st x2, 2nd x3
Nicklas Lidstrom - 1st x2
Scott Stevens - 1st x1, 2nd x2

Hart Finishes
Ray Bourque - 2nd, 5th, 6th, 11th, 13th
Paul Coffey - 4th
Chris Chelios - 7th, 10th
Scott Stevens - 7th, 12th
Al MacInnis - 9th, 10th
Rob Blake - 10th
Brian Leetch - 11th, 16th, 23rd
Nick Lidstrom - 14th
Chris Pronger - 16th

It's not an exaggeration. Bourque was easily the best of the 1990s, practically lapping the field. He has everyone on both peak and longevity and not by small margins.

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.
And in light of the illustration you see above, which shows an aging Bourque in an integrated league, it's safe to say we can put your theory to bed. He was, very obviously, the best defenseman in the world regardless of integration.

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