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09-02-2013, 08:51 AM
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Some of the arguments here smack of desperation. Generational talent gets a noun-tweak into generational player, and the intent seems to be simply to bestow upon Lidstrom some timeless honorific ("generational player!") that separates him from the pack for all eternity. What the Hell?

Lidstrom was an excellent player. He will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He joins a small group of defensemen whose status as an all-time great is secure. This is all good and deserved. But please, know when to stop, or at least allow some reasonable length of post-retirement time to elapse before enshrining him into some mystical "Hall of Sublime and Mysterious Greatness." The real Hall's waiting period exists for this very reason, and in 4 more years those who saw him play will have a chance to speak to his greatness.

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