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03-21-2013, 12:12 AM
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Originally Posted by joe_shannon_1983* View Post
Whether he is objectively better makes no difference.

He was there in 2010 when Team Canada won the Gold Medal. He was there in 2007 when Anaheim won the Stanley Cup.

He is still a highly skilled and highly productive player.

I view Tavares and Getzlaf as being in direct competition with one another. Neither would be ideal on the wing. Neither would be ideal in a defensive/checking role. Therefore, I believe the 2C role is what both are competing over.

Based on what I said above, I think Getzlaf wins that battle.

There is no chance that someone such as Steve Yzerman (a proven winner) takes Tavares ahead of Getzlaf.

So Gretzky is and was alot more of a proven winner then yzerman, and came off the gold medal in salt lake and took questionable choices. Tavares is a lock on the team, he was Canada's best player according to yzerman at last years world championship team outplaying getzlaf on the team, and he also excelled for Canada at the spengler cup. If you watched either, you would have realized he is a lock, and this is from a ranger fan who hates the islanders.

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