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01-28-2013, 03:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Harry Waters View Post
I hear what you are saying and agree to a certain extent that ppg and the common perception of a player might be positively influenced by playing less games (see Lindros, Forsberg, Bure - which happen to be some of my favourite players; well, except Lindros), which is what you are getting at I suppose.

But in Marios case I don't think that this is necessarily the case. I mean, look what he did to the dead puck era-NHL after over three years of "retirement". It's not a reach to suggest that he would have come closer to some of Gretzky's records.

For the record: I think Gretzky was better and Lemieux wouldn't have broken more than a few - but it could very well be that some of his records wouldn't seem that untouchable if Lemieux had been healthier. But then we are in maybe-land, where it is nice and all - but it just doesn't/didn't happen which leaves Gretzky that dominant.
One stat that no other team sport athlete can attest to:

9 MVPs in 10 years (including 8 straight).

And the year he missed one (1987-88) was due to missing 16 games. His PPG average was much higher than Lemieux's that year. That would have given him 10 straight MVPs (not to mention 8 straight Art Ross Trophies). Ridiculous domination to say the least.

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