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12-10-2012, 07:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Blind Gardien View Post
I don't think there's a problem in saying there are 4 top contenders (Russia, Canada, Sweden, USA) and that any of them could beat any other at basically any level, given the 1-game elimination formats of all the big tournaments. There really isn't any point in narrowing it down further than that IMHO (unless you are the IIHF applying a ranking to tournament pool selections for example).
You make a good point...

...but its hard not to award the bragging rights to the nation that won the Olympics.

Somebody gotta have the bragging rights (), and if the Olympics don't apply the actual games will never mean anything. Canada will always have unmatched depth and so forth.

In a case like this, I think you can argue that Russia possibly has moved ahead of Canada but a couple of WCH's never makes a country the clear nr 1.

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