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12-28-2012, 11:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Ogopogo View Post
Trevor Linden wasn't really that good. Vancouver's version of Ryan Smyth.
that's an accurate assessment. "Guys that tried really hard, while playing in Canadian markets". It made everyone love them, and their name keeps getting said again and again, sometimes even with a crazily hyperbolic moniker attached (ie. 'Captain Canada.. sounds pretty impressive, no?)

I'd throw Kirk Muller into this group, and, although I feel he is a better player than this group, had Winnipeg stayed in Winnipeg, Shane Doan would be a demi-God in Canadian media.

Another example of this sensation was nearly Darcy Tucker. Grapes was sure trying to push him as the best player in Toronto for at least two seasons... just no one swallowed that he was better than Mats... but he would have fit the 'gritty, semi-talented' criteria well had his media rep taken off.

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