To what extent would a healthy Bobby Orr have affected the '72 Summit Series?
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02-03-2014, 02:47 PM
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I recall an interview with Clarke awhile back where he addressed this.
His position was Orr wouldn't have made a difference in the first half of the series. All the Canadians were too cocky and out-of-shape. No reason to think Orr would have been any different (if anything, the presence of #4 might have made them cockier!)
He felt that, like the rest of the team, Orr would only have really gotten his feet under him once they got to Moscow. In which case, the win-loss record is probably the same but maybe Canada wins by a less panic-inducing margin in games 7 and 8.
Personally, I've always seen this as the most logical conclusion. I mean, Gretz and Lemieux played in '87 and it was still nail-biter. Those USSR teams were no joke.
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