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09-21-2013, 10:32 AM
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Originally Posted by MXD View Post
By the way, if being European somehow makes Koivu a candidate for jersey retirement, why isn't Mats Naslund more seriously considered ?

I mean , Naslund was the first and also the better player...
Obvious answers? Never the captain (let alone with the longest tenure in club history), nor a top 10 scorer all-time. But my original favourite Hab nonetheless. I wouldn't want to defend your side of the "better player" opinion, either. Once you adjust his scoring for era, you see that's he's no better than the 0.80-0.90 PPG player Koivu was as an "under-sized" player during the DPE. Then there's winger vs centre skill sets, draft pedigree, international play, etc, etc. I personally think Saku's case is much stronger than Mats' - and I've seen the entire careers of both.

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