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With Nicklas Lidstrom’s retirement this week, a debate instantly sparked over who is the best defenseman of all-time.  If it’s not Lidstrom, some will argue for the likes of Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque, or Larry Robinson.  So, who is the best NHL defenseman of all-time?  Alexander and I debate…Bobby OrrBy Alexander MonaghanNicklas Lidstrom is an icon, a legend, and an all-around class act. As far as my generation goes, he is the best player to ever grace the blue line. But Bobby Orr, he is not.My father once told me, “I saw Bobby Orr’s impact on the Bruins.  I saw Bobby Orr’s impact on how defensemen played the game for the last 40 years.  Lidstrom is no Bobby Orr.”Orr is, and always should be known as the best defenseman to ever lace up the skates. Throughout his short 12-year career, Orr simply dominated the competition. In eight of those seasons he earned the Norris Trophy as a top defenseman, but those accolades don’t paint a full picture. Lidstrom may be known for his cerebral, pois...
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