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11-29-2012, 12:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Darth Yoda View Post
Yeah i've actually started hearing about that since joining here and his play in the 87 Canada Cup was sure as speedy and in control as ever. On the other hand i never said anything about his offense later turning to non-elite, becouse it was still better than everyone except for Lemieux. Mario had of course gone better than him way before that Suter thing.
But what was actually broken never to heal again in that thing? He was back playing soon thereafter and never really missed any significant time except for in 1992-93. Did he complain much about something at all during the rest of his career? Does he live with chronic back pains or something?
I happen to think that Gretzky might have been cought by the same bug in the early nineties that many players such as Jimmy Carson was at that time. Something happened in the NHL at that time that made some former offensive stars not being able to just continue, some even falling out of the league. Probably becouse of better role players on teams and maybe the european invasion.
Oh, Gretz was already on the downside of his peak, I'm not debating that but the Suter hit knocked him down sharply and sped up the process greatly.
He simply wasn't the same player after.

Year - Raw PpG - ADJ PpG
84/85 - 2.60 - 2.08
85/86 - 2.69 - 2.13
86/87 - 2.32 - 1.96
87/88 - 2.33 - 1.94
88/89 - 2.15 - 1.78
89/90 - 1.95 - 1.64
90/91 - 2.09 - 1.87
----Suter Hit------
91/92 - 1.64 - 1.46
92/93 - 1.44 - 1.16
93/94 - 1.60 - 1.47

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