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05-05-2005, 10:26 PM
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Originally Posted by chooch
present day leaders such as Iginla and Yzerman looked up to him and him alone.
Yzerman looked up to Trottier the most, has said so, and took his number.

Your argument reads like the blind devotion of a true fan. But I almost share your point.

Messier was as valuable as Gretzky to the Oiler dynasty albeit less hyped. One of the Top10 centres of all-time and arguably Top5. And one of the best leaders, though that label is notoriously difficult to assess and compare.

That said, I am of the belief that Messier is as complete a player as there ever was, certainly in the last quarter century. He could do everything.

But there's no need to take away esteem from the less complete but brighter light in the stratospheric offensive skills of Gretzky (and Mario).

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