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02-09-2013, 07:02 AM
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habsfanatics
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Originally Posted by DAChampion View Post
Lindros was dominant but for that long. He didn't define or shape a generation, he defined or shaped a 2 or 3 years. He never won a cup and in 20 years young sports fans won't know who he was the way we knew who Mikita, Orr, and Dionne were.

You could say Lindros was a generational talent, but you can't say he was a generational player.

Gretzky is not recent.

It's fascinating you include Jagr as an obvious generational talent, but not Mark Messier. Messier has better stats, and he led the 1990 Edmonton Oilers and 1994 NY Rangers to cups... Jagr led a lot of teams to 2nd round playoff exits.
He was a great player. In their respective primes Yzerman was ahead of Messier. Peaked higher, mess did it longer.

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