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12-04-2012, 12:23 PM
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In Gardiner's case, it might be easier for him to score highly among goaltenders alone, rather than all players combined. A goalie whose career is cut short after 7 excellent seasons is a little easier to project as a peer to the all-time greats than a skater who has the same career track. With the skater there's always the "we never saw him get older and slow down" angle, so unless it's a truly special case like Orr there's an assumption that a long career would involve a non-elite phase. Not necessarily the case with goalies, who usually have gentler declines. So in the context of comparing players of all positions simultaneously, Gardiner's record doesn't pop off the page quite as much.

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