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02-13-2014, 06:59 PM
Big Phil
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I've always wondered what the difference would be if we had Howe and Beliveau on the team. Both retired in 1971 and yet both were still great players. We know this because Howe entered the WHA in 1973-'74 and scored 100 points (it was the WHA but still impressive for a 45 year old. In 1974 the WHA played the Russians and Howe had 7 points in 7 games. Hard to imagine he wouldn't have done as well two years earlier in 1972.

Beliveau is a similar case. Finished 9th in points his last season in 1971. Had 22 points in the playoffs. This is from a 39 year old. Both were older and they may have been rattled a bit from a young fast Soviet team. After all, Frank Mahovlich was fast too and he had a harder time keeping up later on. But even as a checking type of role I think Beliveau would have excelled. Howe too.

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