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05-14-2008, 06:14 PM
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Originally Posted by revolverjgw View Post
He scored almost 1800 points, was the best player on his crappy teams most of the time, was a classy Lady Byng winner and respected teammate, and you're still relegating him to a status that doesn't even qualify him as a ''great player''? I'm sure the players that played against him and voted him as the best in the league twice would disagree.
Yeah I would have to think think that Dionne is a great player regardless of no Cup. We would still call Joe Thornton great nowadays even with shady playoff performances. You cant win the Pearson Trophy ahead of Trottier and Gretkzy in back to back years without being great. With that being said, Dionne's legacy is less about not having a Cup rather than not being a good playoff performer. I mean he may have had a lacklustre team but I've always felt that he should have done a little bit more with Simmer and Taylor spotting him

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