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08-08-2009, 10:35 PM
The Thomas J.*
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Originally Posted by Coldshot View Post
LaFontaine wasn't even there in 99. Gretzky helped Graves to a 38-goal season in 99. That 99 team was GOD AWFUL. Sundstrom, Cloutier, and Savard were gone by the deadline. Matt Johnson had pretty much ended Beukeboom's career in LA in December of 98 with that god awful sucker punch. The team was decimated. Kevin Hatcher and Kevin Stevens were past prime... Stevens was having his fun with drugs and prostitutes... Richter got hurt. Gretzky, Leetch, and Graves couldn't carry that team by themselves.

Whiffing on Sakic in 97 really cost that club for the next 8-9 years.

That was the best playoff performance we had seen anyone put up since Leetch and Messier in 94.

Gretzky never dominated? The 97 playoffs would say otherwise.
I was speaking of the 2 regular seasons after 97 more than the 97' Playoffs.

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