What is Gretzky's legacy if he retires after 1988?
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07-07-2013, 05:00 PM
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Very interesting observations, and you are probably spot on. How did you feel after watching the 1987 Canada Cup, now that he was on your side, and pretty much toying with arguably the most talented team ever in hockey (specifically game 2 against Russia)?
I didn't think he got the credit he deserved. Lemieux was the focus because of all the goals he scored. Gretzky had somewhat changed his game by then to passing more. But he was the straw that stirred that Canadian drink. I also wonder if Gretzky changed his game purposely so that he became less of a focus by setting up goals and scoring less. I think many saw him as a cherry picker which hurt his image. But by 87 the bar had been raised so high for him, anything less than a Canadian victory and his dominance would have been a travesty. There was a lot of pressure on that team.
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