I never meant to sound (nor do I think I did) like I was implying that Forsberg would have led the Flyers to multiple cups. However, I think you've wonderfully undersold the help Lindros had in Philly to make it sound as if he was Hasek with Buffalo or something. Lindros underachieved. He had the best line in hockey for close to 6 years, had a decent netminder (by early 90s standards), average depth, and some good defensemen. It's not like the defensemen you mentioned (Bourque, Foote, Blake and Ozolinsh) contributed to Forsberg's career numbers drastically. Bourque was there a season and a half... Foote is average, 2nd pairing on a weak wings team, 3rd pairing on our good years... Blake is awesome, no doubt... but Ozolinsh was more of a liability than anything else, and hardly anyone I would point to as an asset for a team to have...
As to who was a better playoff performer, Sakic and Forsberg were teammates from 94-95 through 03-04. During that partnership Forsberg had 154 playoff points in 133 games: 1.16 ppg and a +/- of 47. Sakic had 163 points in 147 games: 1.10 ppg and a +/- of 9 over that time. Not only did Forberg score at a higher rate in the playoffs than Sakic while they were together, he was also much better on the defensive end, the difference in +/- being especially surprising when I looked at it.... we're talking about a different of 38, and this is a subjective stat when looking from team to team, but within the same team, it's a pretty drastic difference...... and yes yes yes, no need to tell me that Sakic's production is irrelevant because he is the leader, inspiration, blah blah blah... I know, I'm only talking about on-ice productivity, not the intangibles.
With Forsberg, for those saying that his teammates played a role in his point production... well, he still scored at a 1.14 ppg pace after leaving Colorado, despite being injured the majority of his career, and not playing for anyone I would consider a big-time contender after the Avs. Lindros, on the other hand, was an elite offensive threat for only about half his career, becoming a shell of his former self, whereas Forsberg, to this day, is still a top offensive threat, with or without his legs, spleen, knees... it'd probably be easier to list the body parts on him that still work, than list the ones he's injured.... There is little to suggest that with a better team, Lindros would have achieved more, because his team was pretty damn good, especially his linemates... and looking at his international career, he was always a utility/role player, never a strong/productive leader, as you make him out to be (the Canada cup you mention, he was tied for 6th with 3 other people in scoring for Canada....)...
You make some good points, but I still think Lindros had more of a load on his shoulders in Philly than Forsberg did in Colorado. I admit that Forsberg handled his injuries better than Lindros did, but maybe that's just the nature of head injuries so that Lindros couldn't play as aggresively as he once did, which was his bread and butter.
Lindros's line was great because of him. John Leclair spent his best days with Lindros and Renberg never did s*** the rest of his career. Lindros carried those linemates by himself. Furthermore, Philly had guys like Shjon Podein and Trent Klatt playing on their second line. So Lindros did have to carry virtually the whole team offensively. Colorado would likely have made the 96 Finals without Forsberg, and did in fact make it without him in 2001. Philly wouldn't have made it out of the first round in 97 without Lindros.
Along that same line of thinking, you understated the goaltending difference. Philly had an old Ron Hextall and Garth Snow. Forsberg had the best goalie ever. In retrospect, Colorado should have won more Cups than Philly just based on that.
I understand why people think Forsberg was great, and he was, but I feel like he's often overrated, whereas a guy like Lindros is underrated and forgotten about, because his injuries affected his play more and he didn't play on a team that was nearly as good.
Basically, I would take a prime Lindros over a prime Forsberg, even if Forsberg had a more well rounded and longer career.
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