TotalProSports ranks Lidstrom the 2nd best defenseman of all time, behind Orr
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12-04-2012, 04:25 PM
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Let's really take a close look at this list. Robinson is #5 ahead of Bourque and Potvin. If you want to put him there then at least come up with a reason why he's ranked there. The reason they had was because he has the highest plus/minus in NHL history. Period. No kidding. It isn't that Robinson couldn't control the pace of a game but they don't take into context how great of teams he played on. This will add to your plus/minus. They end with a ludicrous statement along the lines of: "Do you know how hard it is for a defensive defenseman to have the highest plus/minus of all-time?" Say what? Yes, Robinson was great defensively but he was also great offensively, do they even know this? I guess they never saw him rush the puck once by the looks of it.
Anyway, this isn't to knock Robinson, a top 10 guy himself but it also shows you the list has zero credibility. I've said this before that anyone who ever watched all of Bourque and Lidstrom's career should noticeably put Bourque higher. This isn't a knock on Lidstrom, but this is Ray Bourque we are talking about here, and the only clear advantage Lidstrom has over him is Cup wins and a little bit better of a playoff resume. Bourque is at least equal - and in some cases clearly better - in everything else.
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