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11-26-2012, 02:05 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
Prime Bourque was tripling prime Langway in point production. Do you think prime Langway had triple the defensive value of prime Bourque?
Of course not but Langway's defensive play back then was head and shoulders above anything I have seen since, Lidstrom included.
I have never seen a player dominate an entire game defensively like Langway did for a 4-6 year stretch. Seriously, take Lidstrom, add a longer reach, 30 lbs and a physical game that could rival Stevens or Potvin anytime he wanted.
And the criteria for the Hart is not supposed to be who is the best player, it's supposed to be who was the most valuable to his team.
On that front, Langway was just as important to the Caps as Bourque was to the Bruins.

Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
The trend since the 80s has been for star players to see their ice time reduced. So you are basically giving Bourque extra credit for playing in the 1980s.

Not to mention, absolute ice time is partly a function of who the other options are.
Even so, Bourque still playing upwards of 30 mins a game at 40 surely shows that he would have played even more minutes when he was younger, no matter the trend or year.
The most Lidstrom logged once he hit 40 was 26 mins in '10, followed by around 21 mins in each of '11 and '12.

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