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10-22-2013, 01:05 PM
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Originally Posted by jigglysquishy View Post
I wouldn't count on Morenz doing much more than finishing off the season.

His last full year (35-36) he finished 36th in scoring or 15th among centers. In an 8 team league that really doesn't say much. He certainly rebounded in 36-37, on pace for a 15th place finish (6th among centers). I just don't see a 35 year old Morenz kicking it.

We can play the what-if game, but it doesn't change the fact that Morenz had the best longevity of his era.
Agreed, whether he would have finished #2 or #4 is trivial compared to the overall point that virtually nobody played as long as he did in that era.

This also highlights a point that I think will become thematic in my personal voting -- length of prime vs. length of career. I might give "brownie points" at some level for a player who continues to hold on and play at a lower level, but IMO prime performance is far more important in all-time ranking than cumulative numbers. So, unless the player is a Bourque or Selanne I am probably not going to give a lot of credence to pure longevity.

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