kovalev. this man has no heart for the game. he is lazy and a smug *******. i'd definately put the professor in before that slug. and i'd also put fetisov in before that defensive disaster gonchar. if konstantinov got to play longer, he would be on that list for sure. he was a beast.
the most noteworthy russian goalie of all time is tretiak hands down. he helped revolutionalize goaltending and inadvertantly made ken dryden a better goalie from dryden watching his pre-game warm-up styles and what not.
i really wish that mikhailov and kharlamov played in the NHL. they would have really set the bar high for russians. and if way back then the russian players could come over to the NHL, the situations present today would probably not be so harsh for russian players signing and drafting.
Fetisov and Larionov were never really stars in the NHL. Their star days came in Russia.
Kovalev is a little overrated and lazy, but he's scored almost 1,000 points in his career. Gonchar has scored around 700 or so if I'm not mistaken. How can you put Fetisov and Larionov ahead of those guys, when their NHL careers clearly weren't better, and they were not really expected to be top stars on their teams?
Those two guys were complementary players for pretty much their whole NHL career.
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