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10-29-2004, 01:38 PM
Big Phil
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I voted for 1997. He was in the delicne at that time. He was traded to Hartford that year because Keith Primeau was holding out with Detroit. He never was the same after that.

But a marvellous career he had though. And there has never been a faster skater in NHL history. Paul had smooth skating ability. He didnt look like he was going too fast cuase he wasnt choppy when he was skating but he would still be the fastest in the NHL today in his prime. There's a clip in the '87 Canada Cup in game 2 or three where he leads a rush deep into the Russian end and then the Russians counter and go the other way. Paul just casually skates backwards and is standing right in front of Makarov who is a fast skater in his own right.

Coffey was just so much faster than anyone else on the ice and he knew it too.

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