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12-09-2012, 04:51 PM
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vadim sharifijanov
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i think the question of greater career has long been determined. it's selanne.

on the contentious question of who you would want in their primes, maybe era needs to be taken into account. obviously both guys were great, HHOF calibre players who would have thrived in any era. in most eras, you go with the guy who can score his way to a hart nomination over the consistent two-way guy who isn't offensively elite. but in the years of their actual primes, the idiosyncratic situation of the DPE makes this a legitimate question. no team built around an elite scoring winger won anything in that era (case in point: jagr's pens when mario was out of the lineup). every team that won was either deep with two-way talent down the middle or had two giant centers (modano/nieuwendyk, arnott/holik, sakic/forsberg, fedorov/yzerman). so in those years, if your end goal is to win playoff rounds and not rack up hart nominations, i think yeah you could make a reasonable argument that you'd rather build your team around modano.

but if it's 2012, where a team built around kovalchuk and parise can come within two wins of the cup, an era where daniel briere (playing wing half the time) is one of the most iconic year-in, year-out playoff performers? hard not to go with selanne there.

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