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01-05-2013, 01:43 PM
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Big Phil
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I know that when we discuss his HHOF credibility we won't even bother to bring it up. It will be long forgotten. Of all the times I have heard Joe Thornton's name brought up I can't recall a single time when someone said "Don't forget about his performance overseas in 2004-'05." It just isn't important in the grand scheme of things. I will say that a Russian like Malkin probably enjoys playing over there in his homeland but to anyone else this is just merely a team that a player will stay in game shape for. There is little emotional attachment to it. Which is why even when there are a few of the best players in the world there, their hearts aren't in it at all. How could it be when they have one eye on the NHLPA followings? So I don't think it will count at all in the long run.

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