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11-29-2012, 08:19 AM
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Originally Posted by danincanada View Post
Bourque's offense declined when he was 36/37 years old ('96/97 Season), not 38. Age was a factor but it's more than a coincidence that this also happened when the DPE began. I know you think adjusted stats are "crap" but you must admit Bourque was fortunate to play most of his career in a high scoring league and gets the excuse of aging when the DPE began.

Has anyone ever looked into whether it was more difficult for defenseman to compile ES points during the DPE? Other than the obvious decline in overall offense, of course. The powerplay typically becomes a bigger factor when goals are harder to come by, such as the playoffs, so I wonder how the DPE affected this.
Most defensemen scored more on the PP during '98 than on ES including Bourque, Macinnis, Chelios and Leetch. Niedermeyer and Macinnis were almost 50% though.

Edit: Without looking too close it seems to be the same in '99 and '00.

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