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09-15-2008, 02:09 PM
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Weztex two previous posts:

I agree with most of your comments Weztex except I'd put Lapointe ahead of Savard. He was a lot more explosive offensively and he also had more grit when the going got tough. The fact Savard was captain and won 2 more Cups gave him the edge.

Lach and Durnan were blatant omissions indeed. Everything you said about Lach is pertinent plus he was the NHL's all-time point scoring leader when he retired. He passed Bill Cowly of the Boston Bruins with point #549 on Feb 23rd 1952. He remained the NHL's career point-scoring leader until he was overtaken by Maurice Richard in 1953-54.

The Habs organisation didn't retire any numbers between Howie Morenz' number 7 in the thirties an Maurice Richard's number 9 in 1960. The Molsons, the Habs' presidents in the early fifties and also Frank Selke Sr were all sleeping at the switch. Durnan and Lach definitely deserved the honor.

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