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01-02-2013, 10:20 PM
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Originally Posted by eva unit zero View Post
Gretzky was in after 81-82. No ifs, ands, or buts.
I am as big of a Gretzky backer as anyone but I am not so sure. He would have just finished a postseason where the Oilers blew a 5-0 third period lead and the reputation of the Oilers at that time was literally the name: "Weak kneed wimps." Sure Gretzky could score, but what would those three seasons look like in retrospect? Just a gifted player who had an extremely short career that couldn't lead? I think you are underestimating just how much criticism Gretzky got (in the postseason) of course until the Oilers finally won the Cup.

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