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03-09-2013, 02:47 PM
Big Phil
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Lafleur always comes to mind. However, like the Bossy/Makarov comparison we saw what Lafleur could do 80 games in and out of the NHL year after year. I don't know how Kharlamov reacts in the NHL as THE star player on his team. Philly seemed to maintain him rather well in 1976 so who knows? The question is how would he cope in the rough and tumble NHL at that time? This is always a difficult question with Russian players who never played in the NHL. We can always compare eras of other players who played their careers in the NHL because we saw them produce with the best players in the world year in and year out but with the Russians who didn't get a chance to do this it's a lot harder.

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