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01-28-2011, 01:57 PM
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Honestly, having watched hockey since the early 90s, I really would rather have Messier on my team than Jagr.

Maybe I'm biased as a Devils fan, whose team was terrifed by Messier - pretty much the only player who couldn't be slowed down by Jacques Lemaire's trap. Messier would just go through rather than try to go around whoever was trying to trap him.

In his prime, Messier suffered a bit from Forsberg/Lindros syndrome, in that his end of the season points totals were a bit lower than they could have been, because his physical style of play often had him missing 5-10 games. (Definitely more durable than either of them though). But he always brought it in the playoffs.

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