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03-16-2013, 12:24 PM
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Originally Posted by tomi2 View Post
I think this is a nice link that shows how appreciated Selanne was at his peak (1998).
What a find!
Selanne is ranked above Jagr (I love how Bondra is 3rd and described as no slouch in own zone) but why not take a look how Fedorov is treated among centers:
5. Sergei Fedorov, Detroit Red Wings: If the rankings were just on sheer talent, Fedorov might very well be number one. He's got so many skills they're falling out of his pockets. He's the best skater in hockey, a dazzling playmaker, can score goals, excels on defense, and has two Stanley Cups. What more do you want? Well, how about an honest effort every night? It's not that Fedorov does it intentionally, but there are games when he just doesn't show up. With his talent and speed he should be an impact player every time he takes the ice. That's just not the case. But when he's ready to play, look out. Stuff's gettin' messed up. Sergei also loses some points for that lengthy contract holdout that strained his relationship with some of his teammates. And then there's that whole dating-a-teenager thing that's neither here nor there. But hey, at least she's a world famous tennis star and not an intern...

Character was never an issue with Selanne.

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