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04-22-2013, 06:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Psycho Papa Joe View Post
Jean Beliveau was still arguably the Habs best forward the year he retired, a Cup Winning season.

Jacques Lemaire had his best year in his 2nd last season and was still the Habs 2nd best forward the year he retired in 1979.

Ken Dryden was voted the best goalie in the NHL his last 4 years.

Tim Thomas qualifies if he never returns.


Do you think Dryden is a good example? Dryden retired just as he was beginning to slip so we never got to see him age. Thomas is similar to Johnny Bower starting in the NHL so late and playing so well into his late 30's. Lemaire aged well, although his career was buoyed by playing with Lafleur for sure (and visa versa).

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