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07-10-2013, 06:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Big Phil View Post
in reality he would not, and should not ever be considered higher had he just retired
That's a joke.

We do it with Orr, Bossy, Dryden, Forsberg, Lemieux, Neely, Bure, Lindros, etc. Why would it be any different with Gretzky? As for the former 9 and those like them, we "project" the imaginary remainder of their careers based solely off the spectacular yet relatively brief period they played. Gretzky played 20 seasons and doesn't get that luxury. If Gretz retires instead of agreeing to "the trade," EVERYONE would be doing the same "projecting" for Wayne.

Before donning a Kings jersey...

Regular Season: 696 GP - 583 G - 1,086 A - 1,669 PTS (which would be good for 9th all-time today)

Playoffs: 120 GP - 81 G - 171 A - 252 PTS (which would be good for 2nd all-time today)

(4) Stanley Cups
(2) Smythes
(8) Harts
(7) Art Rosses
(5) Pearsons
(7) 1st Team All-Star selctions
(2) 2nd Team All-Star selections
(2) Canada Cup titles
(3) Canada Cup scoring leader
(1) Canada Cup MVP

Another thing I didn't consider when I raised this hypothetical: spurning the big American market and remaining forever loyal to Canada

Add that to the above and he'd become a mythological figure.

If only...

Last edited by Ruston*: 07-10-2013 at 03:32 PM.
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