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Lidstrom VS Chara... Is this real life??

ESPN... a not so credible source for sports news for quite some time now has now officially 100% lost their damn minds. Of course, if you're into whatever Tim Tebow buying Colgate toothpaste instead of Crest or LeBron James taking a crap somewhere, then I guess you can like ESPN and what they're about. But I digress, the reason I am here talking about this is due to one of their latest Cross Checks Blog posts.

Paul Grant of ESPN.com has been posting debates that he refers to as "Prime Candidates" putting two different players against one another and letting the people debate it out as to whom they think is better. Today's gem features Nicklas Lidstrom (The Perfect Human) vs Zdeno Chara: Who would you prefer in their prime?

Here's the cases that Paul Grant makes for each:

Chara: One Stanley Cup. One Norris Trophy. But that doesn't accurately represent how dominant a player Chara, 36, has been over the years. The Bruins defenseman shuts down opposing stars with smothering coverage using his height and massive reach. His game has come a long way since he broke into the league as a raw Islanders third-round draft pick in 1996. As he gained confidence and comfort with the NHL style of play, he became a force to be reckoned with. His grit and leadership -- the second European-born captain to raise the Cup -- have helped push the Bruins to one Stanley Cup and another berth in the finals in three seasons. When he's on his game, few can stop him. His slap shot is a thing of scary legend, regularly eclipsing the 100 mph mark and largely responsible for his usual 10-19 goals. He fights, he scores, he assists, he hits, he leads, he wins. Not a bad combination.

Lidstrom: Lidstrom should be considered the best defenseman of his generation all time. Four Stanley Cups. Seven Norris Trophies. One Conn Smythe. One Olympic gold. But somehow, perhaps because he was understated personally, perhaps because he didn't fight, perhaps because he quietly and efficiently went about his job, perhaps because he didn't often score on spectacular end-to-end rushes, he sometimes slides under the radar when "all-time greatest" conversations are held about defensemen. All he did was put up a bunch of points -- including more than 50 an amazing 15 times. The dude scored 11 goals in his rookie season -- after being a third-round draft pick -- and once scored 20, for crying out loud. All he did was win, making the playoffs in every one of his 20 seasons. All he did was contain opposing forwards with smart thinking and positioning rather than crippling bodychecks or illegal maneuvers (never topped 50 PIMs in a season). And he seemed to keep reinventing himself: He became the oldest player in league history to score his first hat trick when he pulled it off in 2010. Or perhaps his most valuable skill was his calm under pressure, which had a trickle-down effect on his teammates. It's safe to say, considering his success and the way he was able to read the play, that he was the Wayne Gretzky of defensemen.

As you can see, from a numbers aspect, Lidstrom is the heavy favorite, and I think most people with half a brain should know the answer to this one. However, if there is someone out there that would prefer Chara to Lidstrom in his prime, please share with us your reasoning... so we can tell you that you're wrong and call you an idiot.

This is a fanpost written by a WIIM community member. The views and opinions expressed here are that member's and do not necessarily reflect the views of the site itself.

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