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07-26-2011, 04:20 AM
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Randy McKay, RW.

Originally Posted by legendsofhockey
A scrappy right-winger with ability to score and check,

McKay is a heavyweight fighter at this level and a top notch bodychecker and leader.

But he is also more than good enough to excel at a regular shift - he was Bobby Holik's RW for a number of years, when that was considered the best checking line in the NHL.

His regular season offense isn't that great, but he did score a large number of clutch goals over the years. He actually led the 1995 championship team in playoff goals while playing with the "Crash Line," which was the 4th line of the team on paper.

-163 goals, 201 assists, 363 points, 1731 PIMs in 932 games
-4th in +/- in 1998 with +30

Clutch play:

- Stanley Cup in 1995 (8 goals and 12 points in the playoffs from the 4th line, scored the winning goal in game 6 of the ECF to send the Devils to the finals for the first time)

- Stanley Cup in 2000 (6 assists as the right wing on the Bobby Holik checking line)

- Stanley Cup finalist in 2001 (6 goals and 9 points in 19 games before being injured in the finals)

Defensive Play:

- 10th in Selke voting in 1997-98, while being overshadowed by his (higher scoring) linemate, Bobby Holik

- In the late 90s-early 00s, Bobby Holik and Randy McKay formed 2/3 of the best checking line in hockey. Their LW rotated.

- In the 2001 ECFs, when the Devils stacked the checking line to go against the Mario Lemieux/Jaromir Jagr line (in the end, sweeping the Penguins), McKay stayed on Holik’s RW and John Madden was moved to the LW.

Toughness and leadership:

- Alternate captain of the New Jersey Devils for back to back trips to the finals in 2000 and 2001

- Voted "Player's player" by his teammates for the 1999-2000 season

- 3 Times 200+ PIMs
- 7 Times 140+ PIMs

Originally Posted by legendsofhockey
Beginning in 1991-92, McKay blossomed into a tough grinder on an emerging NHL power. He helped the Devils reach the Eastern Conference Final in 1993-94 and scored eight goals while helping the Devils win the Stanley Cup the next season. McKay continued to keep the club around the top of the NHL standings and recorded a personal best 24 goals in 1998. Two years later, he provided grit and leadership when New Jersey won its second Stanley Cup title. McKay notched 23 goals in 2001 and potted six playoff goals as the Devils narrowly lost the Stanley Cup finals in seven games to the Colorado Avalanche.

After spending parts of eleven seasons in New Jersey, the Dallas Stars who had won the Stanley Cup in 1999, looked to avenge their loss to McKay's Devils in the 2000 Final, acquiring the robust winger in the late stages of the 2001-02 season. The Montreal native went on to play a mere 14 games with the Stars before signing as a free agent with the Montreal Canadiens in the summer of 2002. Although his offensive totals had fallen, McKay's leadership and playoff experience are what the club looked to build on.
Can be a PP net presence if needed:

- scored 8 PP goals in 1998
- scored 12 PP goals in 2001 (tied for 1st on the team), as the net presence on the 2nd unit of the best PP in the league

- McKay's injury crippled the 2nd PP of the Devils in the 2001 finals. Gomez and Mogilny were rendered useless without McKay standing in front of the net for them.

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