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05-05-2005, 09:06 PM
Leaf Lander
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I didnt read your post initially however;
messier was a very good player for a long time.
Greztky was the greatest player for 15 straight yrs
Messier was lucky if he was top 5

Greatest Oiler ever = Gretzky

The oilers were the team they were because they had that great offensive squad of players which relied upon the perpetual scoring line that had kurri and gretzky on it!

Gretzky were cast adrift as expendables
They couldnt afford Gretzxky he was the bets player in the game

Edmonton saw a 27 yr old Gretzky as a aging commodity

Messier wasa cheaper replacement as the # 1 center plus he was a good talent at least half as good as gretzky.

A trade for Gretzky would bring in younger or cheaper players etc Jimmy Carson, Martin Gelinas, Los Angeles' 1st round choices in 1989 (later traded to New Jersey - New Jersey selected Jason Miller), 1991 (Martin Rucinsky) and 1993 (Nick Stajduhar)

Hockey's Top 1100 Players of All Time ATD Draft!!!

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