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09-29-2013, 09:50 PM
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Originally Posted by mrhockey193195 View Post
Not to hijack the thread, but I've always said that Niedermayer was in the same tier as Desjardins up until 2003...and personally (maybe I'm biased as a Rangers fan), I thought Desjardins was the better defenseman in that period of time. Wondering what other people think of that comparison.

No question that Niedermayer took his play to a HOF level after 03 though.
I thought Desjardins was a clear step up from pre-2003 Niedermayer, mainly because he was more consistent defensively. But then, I think Desjardins is incredibly underrated in retrospect due to his non-flashy game.

I don't think it's hijacking the thread, because as underrated as Desjardins was, he wasn't at the same level as Chara has been for a long time now (or Niedermayer was post-2003).

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