Will we ever see a better player than Gretzky? Will we know it?
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03-07-2013, 09:23 AM
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The puck has never been dead they still treat it the same way they always have.
Unless there is a drastic change to goalie equipment and coaches are removed from the game or other drastic changes like that scoring isn't going to increase in any dramatic fashion any time soon.
If we look at objectively, we know why scoring is down and it's not a lack of skill or talent.
The game quite simply has changed and the conditions will not allow for a legend or god like Wayne, Orr or Mario to exist in terms of domination any more at the NHL level.
Again, it's a chicken-and-egg question. If a Wayne Gretzky ever came along again, then yeah the game would change once again (as Big Phil said). Coaches would stop worrying so much about sound two-way hockey from their centers if they produced 120, 130, 140, 150 (or in Wayne's case 200) points.
When coaches can't get consistent offensive production, then two-way play gets magnified. But when your No. 1 center produces at a consistently high level, who cares? There are more than a few ways to skin a cat. There is more than one way to win at hockey.
We just need another Gretzky, and that's not going to happen.
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