Fedorov vs. Selanne
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04-01-2013, 12:48 PM
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So you're denying that Teemu Selanne was injured?
by his injury? Certainly. Anyone watching saw a less effective Selanne than before. But '01/02 is the beginning of a streak of at least 164 consecutive regular season games, and only 6 games missed over the 5 years that followed, so I'll say no, he wasn't "injured" (if you don't sit out any games, you certainly can't play up the limitation of whatever injury). It also bears mentioning that each of Fedorov's injury bouts post-lockout (or even in '99/00) caused him to miss an equal or higher percentage of his team's games from season to season than Selanne missed in '97/98, '98/99, or '00/01 (67, 62, 73, 68 GP c.f. 73, 75, 73).
Conspicuously, though, the pro-Selanne crowd turns a blind eye to Fedorov's injury history (in his defense, he played through some of the more severe ones, like broken ribs, so expectations, right?) while demanding considerable consideration and understanding for Selanne's trips to the IR.
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