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11-29-2012, 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Rhiessan71 View Post
No! MacInnis' big seasons later in his career (1999, 2003) were as good as anything else he did. You can't really attribute his all star placements to poor competition in those years, they were just great seasons.

Originally Posted by eva unit zero View Post
Lidstrom scored more at 40 than Bourque did, both absolute and adjusted.

In fact, his adjusted numbers from that year stack up pretty well against many of Bourque's PRIME seasons.

A clearly declined Lidstrom was equivalent or only slightly worse than Bourque offensively. And better defensively.
I'm not sure that by the end of their careers Bourque wasn't the better player defensively and Lidstrom wasn't better offensively. Bourque slipped a level offensively in the late 90s, just as Lidstrom slipped defensively in his last few years.

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