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01-02-2013, 04:33 PM
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Probably Cyclone Taylor during his prime in the PCHA.

There's that very small window of 4-5 years between when Orr's knee problems became too much to overcome, and when Gretzky solidified himself as the games best player, where you could make an argument fore Tretiak or Kharlamov. But there's lots of players (both Canadian and European) who would be in that conversation.

I don't count Lemieux as the best during his off years. I think in order to be considered best in the world, you have to be actively playing somewhere.

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