I stand by my original statement. Gretzky retired in 1999 at the age of 38 with 62 points. In 2002 Yzerman was 37 and put up 48 pts.
So the question is, do I believe a 41 year old Gretzky (the age he would have been in 2002) could put up more than 48 points on that team?
Yes, yes I do.
Despite his retirement, I'd still rather have had Gretzky in 2002 than Yzerman.
Maybe but a 41 year old Gretzky would in no way be as effective as Yzerman was defensively. Gretzky may have matched him in points but the Wings would have given up quite a few more.
it most definitely would have cost us Yzerman, but I would've been ok with that. Fedorov was the key to our Cups.
Wow that comment is baffling. 97 sure Feds was better. 98 Yzerman wins Conn Smythe. 02 Yzerman. Your forgetting one major thing and that was Stevie Y's leadership. Feds was not even close to the leader that Stevie was. Dont forget the Wings were down 0-2 going into Vancouver in the first round before Yzerman rallied the troops. You dont have Yzerman on the team and theres a good chance that hall of fame Wings team is out in the 1st round.
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