I noticed this thread got a bit off course, but I wasn't making a point that Mac or Boogaard could play in the era of Probert, Brown, Wilson ect. I know they couldn't.
I will admit that it's a bit unfair seeing as fighters in the 70's and 80's early 90's had to be able to play a bit so they couldn't bulk up just to wreck players in fights.
However, as others have stated the era in which Boogy and Mac play in shouldn't be held against them nor should their height. My question was from a pure fight perspective not who's the better player, or so and so couldn't play in this era...or even how exciting their fights may be.
With all due respect to Probert and the consensus top 10, from a pure fighting perspective I think Boogy or Mac could hang with any of them....and if you twisted my arm I'd say they would probably win more times than not.
I know the sport has been watered down as time has gone on from a fighting perspective, but unless your a good technical fighter and can tie up Mac or Boogy...I don't see many being able to trade punches with them.
Just my opinion....
Pray for Orpik.