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Iwishihadacup 05-12-2008 09:26 PM

The best D of the big 3
I do not know if this subjet was done before, but I am bored and i would love to have you opinion

Who had the most awesome career

Guy Lapointe

Larry Robinson

Serge Savard

JrHockeyFan 05-12-2008 09:35 PM

Big Bird.

The other two are GREAT, but Larry is the best

Habs 4 Life 05-12-2008 09:39 PM

Larry Robinson

vesperal 05-12-2008 09:39 PM

Even if Lapointe and Savard were great, they can't even compare to Larry Robinson.

Ice Poutine 05-12-2008 09:40 PM

Larry Robinson by a country mile!

tinyzombies 05-12-2008 09:48 PM

Savard was the best defensively. He was an offensive defenseman before he broke his leg early in his career. He took care of D, that's why Robinson was able to take off on his rushes all the time. Later in his career, Robinson turned the puck over a lot and played very passively.

For those four Cup years in the 70's though, Robinson was probably the best defenseman in the NHL all-around.

Lapointe was probably the best two-way guy.

Ice Poutine 05-12-2008 09:55 PM


Originally Posted by LeafRefereeeeeees (Post 14090798)

Lapointe was probably the best two-way guy.

28, 21 and 25 goals between 1974 and 1977. Before and after that he had 6 seasons of more than 10 goals. He had quite a shot from the point.

mcphee 05-13-2008 07:08 AM

You have to go with Robinson. He combined what the other 2 guys brought, he just had more physical abilities.

When you compare them, keep in mind how the team worked, how players played the role that the team needed. Savard was the smartest, most reliable, best positionally, but that's what they needed from him.

Robinson was the most spectacular, but probably made the most mistakes. He played with Savard and his job was to create offense, take chances. Of course he'd make more mistakes.

Lapointe was the more emotional player, had great skills, a hotter temper than the others. He also usually had the role of playing with the younger d men, whoever was the #4 guy that year, whether it be Nyrop,Engblom,Langway.

They all profited from being on the same team and playing with great talent. It's sometimes hard to judge them separately.

One thing I like to bring up is how Savard had to re-invent himself after breaking his leg twice. When he broke in, if he avoided those injuries, I wouldn't put him alongside Orr, but he'd be elbowing for space alongside the Harvey's,Bourque's, Potvin's and co. as #2 all time. I'm not saying he'd win, but he'd of been in the mix.

CanadienErrant* 05-13-2008 07:17 AM


Originally Posted by vesperal (Post 14090675)
Even if Lapointe and Savard were great, they can't even compare to Larry Robinson.

I disagree. They were pretty closes to each other. Robinson was just more spectacular. Savard was super efficient. Lapointe was really underated. The guy could score, hit, play great defence. It's like having Lidstrom, Niedermayer and Pronger on the same team.

beowulf 05-13-2008 07:24 AM

Robinson by a country mile.

WreckItRask 05-13-2008 07:30 AM

as a bruins fan, larry robinson hand's down. that guy was an absolute warrior

Joe Cole 05-13-2008 10:01 AM

Growing up Larry was my hero. Without a doubt, head's and shoulders above the other Hall of Fame worthy D's.

An embarrassment of riches.... 3 standout D's. Anyway you go, you are not wrong.

Melvin Udall 05-13-2008 02:01 PM

VERY tough call!

ALL 3 guys were really great players, but if I had to choose only ONE, I'd have to say Robinson, but not by too much!

It's difficult to compare to today's game and players, but having those 3 guys on your "D" would be perhaps similar to having 3 Ray Bourques on your "D" all at the same time!

To see a team like that in Montreal again! WOW! :yo:

Beakermania* 05-13-2008 02:05 PM

I have to go Robinson...

Habs10Habs 05-13-2008 02:54 PM

I would go with Robinson, but I would have liked to have seen Savard before he suffered those leg injuries.

Ohashi_Jouzu 05-15-2008 01:47 AM

Lapointe is often forgotten/under-rated, but Robinson still takes this one. His sheer size and skill combo controlled all areas of the rink when he was on the ice. Film of him in the 78 playoffs is incredible to watch.

ngc_5128 05-15-2008 12:43 PM

I would say Robinson, if only for 'The Hit'

Melvin Udall 05-15-2008 01:16 PM


Originally Posted by Joe Cole (Post 14094177)
An embarrassment of riches.... 3 standout D's. Anyway you go, you are not wrong.


I don't know about you, but I was not embarressed!

I was and still am proud to be a Habs fan! :yo:


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