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#1 redwinger4747

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Posted 14 March 2007 - 03:01 PM

Check out this video of Barry Melrose, he says Lidstrom is his pick for the best player in the NHL. A little surprising but aweseom to see Lids get more praise, which he doesn't get enough of compared to Crosby and Brodeur (dont get me wrong, they are great players).

http://sports-ak.espn.go.com/nhl/index

click on the viedo labled "Penguins staying in Pittsburgh" with Barry on the front.

....#5 is next. Yzerman & Lidstrom = Gods.

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Posted 14 March 2007 - 03:21 PM

Nice, never thought I'd hear Melrose say that.

Edited by Louisville, 14 March 2007 - 03:22 PM.


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Posted 14 March 2007 - 03:25 PM

doesnt he say that about everybody?

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Posted 14 March 2007 - 03:30 PM

Good to hear Barry say that... I just wish he wouldn't have called him Nicky like 5 times. 1 time would have been fine, but he repeated it like 5 times in a span of 20 seconds.

Also good to hear Turco mention Zetterberg.


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Posted 14 March 2007 - 03:38 PM

QUOTE(Tunbo Batman @ March 14, 2007 - 02:25PM) View Post

doesnt he say that about everybody?


Yes, I can not count how many times that goon has said Forsberg is the best NHL player. I think he has a THING for Fopper.
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Posted 14 March 2007 - 03:40 PM

the more and more i watch him play the closer i come to the conclusion that he may very well be the best defenseman in the history of the NHL. he has excelled in 2 different eras of hockey (pre lockout and post). without question he's in the top 4 with Orr, Harvey & Bourque but in my opinion he's the best

#7 sergei_is_still_a_wing

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Posted 14 March 2007 - 03:46 PM

how can a man with a mullet that fine be wrong???

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Posted 14 March 2007 - 03:46 PM

QUOTE(Sentonial Debut @ March 14, 2007 - 04:40PM) View Post

the more and more i watch him play the closer i come to the conclusion that he may very well be the best defenseman in the history of the NHL. he has excelled in 2 different eras of hockey (pre lockout and post). without question he's in the top 4 with Orr, Harvey & Bourque but in my opinion he's the best

Personally, I am already convinced of such.....

#9 theman19

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Posted 14 March 2007 - 03:50 PM

QUOTE(Sentonial Debut @ March 14, 2007 - 04:40PM) View Post

the more and more i watch him play the closer i come to the conclusion that he may very well be the best defenseman in the history of the NHL. he has excelled in 2 different eras of hockey (pre lockout and post). without question he's in the top 4 with Orr, Harvey & Bourque but in my opinion he's the best


you'll never win that argument with hockey historians who look for the guys who make those spectacular plays and ignore guys who just do everything right, therein lies the thing with nick; He doesn't do the flashy things, he doesn't skate all the way down the ice like orr or coffey and score the stanley cup winning goal. He doesn't cream an opponent into next week like a shore,....he's just flat out hands down the greatest "i'm going to shut you down mentally" Defencemen in the NHL.

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Posted 14 March 2007 - 04:02 PM

QUOTE(theman19 @ March 14, 2007 - 09:50PM) View Post

you'll never win that argument with hockey historians who look for the guys who make those spectacular plays and ignore guys who just do everything right, therein lies the thing with nick; He doesn't do the flashy things, he doesn't skate all the way down the ice like orr or coffey and score the stanley cup winning goal. He doesn't cream an opponent into next week like a shore,....he's just flat out hands down the greatest "i'm going to shut you down mentally" Defencemen in the NHL.


But he's been able to keep it up, consistently, for ages. That's what he'll be remembered for. Every single game, every season he always brings his top game. No lapses in judgement. No game-losing penalties. Sure that doesn't make him the most exciting player but his skill is undeniable and it's fun to see that he's getting some real recognition. Esp in Sweden. Out of all the Swedish superstars he's been the most underrated even though he's been the best Swede for ages. Forsberg in all his glory is amazing but he doesn't really have that consistency. But now after the Olympic win last year Lidström is really getting true praise. It's really sweet.

#11 theman19

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Posted 14 March 2007 - 04:06 PM

see you bring up another point, he's also a euro, which instantly means to the hockey power that be (admit or not) that he's somehow inferior to NA players.

Edited by theman19, 14 March 2007 - 04:07 PM.


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Posted 14 March 2007 - 04:47 PM

Well Lidström might be the best ever, esp if you consider the quality of the league and players overall. But it's difficult to compare different eras and playing styles. Lidström is up there though together with Orr and everybody. When it comes to "modern" defensemen no one really has the complete packade that Lids brings which is truly amazing.

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Posted 14 March 2007 - 08:17 PM

Remember the Barry Melrose Best <blank> in Hockey thread back a few seasons ago? That thread was a trip!

Barry Melrose: Best "tacky suits" in hockey today. If he grew fangs for teeth he'd be Count Dracula's twin.

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Posted 14 March 2007 - 10:08 PM

I didn't buy his jersey for nothing! lol
It was a tough choice, Lids or Draper.
I'll probably pick up a Drapes when I'm back up there.

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Posted 14 March 2007 - 10:14 PM

Keep in mind I am the biggest Lidstrom fan in the world(my collection of stuff is proof). But when Lidstrom can put up a +/- rating over 100 and skate through 5 guys on his way to the net and score and win 8 Norris trophies in a row then he will be the greatest.
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Posted 14 March 2007 - 10:17 PM

barry's the man

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Posted 14 March 2007 - 10:35 PM

QUOTE(theman19 @ March 14, 2007 - 04:50PM) View Post

......He doesn't do the flashy things, he doesn't skate all the way down the ice like orr or coffey and score the stanley cup winning goal......


Maybe so, but he did get the Olympic Gold Medal Game Winning Goal. clap.gif Not to bad if I do say so myself.

You'd never win the argument of best defenceman ever. But he is the best player in the World right now, and has been for some time.

Maybe not the best ever, but my favorite!! smile.gif

Edited by rage, 14 March 2007 - 10:38 PM.

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Posted 14 March 2007 - 10:40 PM

I love Nick as much as anyone but come on. He is one of the greatest defenceman to play the game but the best was without a doubt Mr Orr.

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Posted 14 March 2007 - 10:45 PM

clap.gif Lids is the best D man in the NHL
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Posted 14 March 2007 - 10:56 PM

I love Melrose!





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