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02-15-2013, 11:58 AM
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People should remember that Lemieux only played a few seasons in the wide open NHL of the 80"s. by 89 teams were holding him non stop because there really was no other alternative. Those early years he wasnt exactly on all star loaded teams either. Combine that with a horrid health history, and you can see why he doesnt have the numbers of gretzky.

He was easily the most physically gifted player of all time. He played on the PP and killed penalties, so he would have a disadvantage to players who were defensive liabilities and didnt kill penalties and thus had more even strength time. Just look at his point totals during the clutch and grab era... absurd in comparison to the rest of the league. He really was a once in a lifetime talent. Its a shame his back and cancer robbed him of years of playing time. there really isnt anyone close to his talent level playing today. It was amazing that Gretzky and Lemieux's career's overlapped. Two remarkable players the likes of which we may never see again.

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