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07-28-2014, 02:47 AM
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Originally Posted by quoipourquoi View Post
I understand the theory behind this, but playing in the Western Conference in the mid-1990s through the mid-2000s meant playing other teams with top-end defensive talent: Chicago (Chelios, Belfour), Detroit (Lidstrom, multiple Selke winners, and later Chelios), Dallas (Carbonneau, Lehtinen, later Belfour), Edmonton (Joseph), St. Louis (MacInnis, Pronger). It was a bigger minefield than the current-day Eastern Conference.

Sakic and Forsberg are being underrated here. They had much tougher competition.

Crosby and Malkin have never been dominant at the same time. When Crosby has been injured, Malkin has been dominant. When Malkin has been injured, Crosby has been dominant.

The same thing happened with Sakic and Forsberg. Both won Hart trophies when the other didn't play a full season.

Playoff wise, Sakic has a Smythe and so does Malkin. Forsberg led the playoffs in scoring twice, despite not making it to the finals both those years.

Personally I think if you swap the pairs and put Crosby and Malkin on the late 90's Avs and put Sakic and Forsberg into this generation, Sakic and Forsberg would have more success than Crosby and Malkin have had, while Crosby and Malkin likely don't improve on what Sakic and Forsberg did in Colorado.

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