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07-03-2013, 02:01 AM
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Originally Posted by Stephen View Post
I don't know, expecting Chris Pronger to be a literal Larry Robinson after his great 2000 season is kind of unreasonable in the first place, like taking PK Subban today and saying, "yep, nothing short of Denis Potvin will do."

In his late prime, Pronger was a cornerstone defenseman that led three different teams to the Stanley Cup finals, so he was doing some generatonal-esque things in the post lockout era.
It wasn't just his 2000 season. He was 3rd in Norris voting in 1997-98, 4th in Norris voting in 1998-99 despite missing 15 games. Then came 1999-00. Then he was a Norris favorite early on in 2000-01, before missing 31 games due to injury (and still got a handful of votes).

I don't think it's unreasonable to expect another generational defenseman to come along, and it certainly looked like Pronger was a good choice.

I think Pronger's injuries are probably the biggest reason that Lidstrom "faced relatively weak competition."

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