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01-31-2014, 12:59 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
Agreed. Playing longer is not the same as being better. In NHL history, Gretzky and Lemieux are the only two players who were absolutely untouchable offensively if they were healthy. Howe has that 4 year sweet spot, but after that, he did get outscored regularly when healthy (though he was always among the leaders)
I doubt anyone feels Jagr was Lemieux's equal while they were healthy and on the ice together, but surely you agree that the gap narrows considerably when career value comes into play? The longevity difference between them is, what, 6 full seasons?

I'm not saying I take Jagr over Mario at the end of the day, but it's not insane to make a case for Jagr's long-term reliability against Mario's health and multiple retirements.

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