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08-21-2010, 10:55 PM
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MS
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Denis Potvin doesn't get near enough credit for how important he was to the Islanders - I rate him as easily the most important player on that team, ahead of Bossy and Trottier.

When Potvin missed most of 79-80, production from everyone else on that team plummeted and they were barely better than .500 with him out of the lineup. Likewise, when he retired in '88, the Isles completely went into the toilet the following year.

To me, Potvin was consistently the best defender in the NHL from 1975-1984 when he was healthy, and should have won several more Norris Trophies than he actually did, but for his injury issues.

On that same team, it's worth noting that Mike Bossy kept producing no matter who he played with (and that 'checkers' Sutter and Tonelli turned into 100-point guys on his line) but that Trottier and Gilles fell of the face of the earth when removed from Bossy.

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