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11-12-2011, 11:48 AM
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Originally Posted by habsjunkie2 View Post
I'm surprised Messier got 7 votes. Those who voted Mess care to explain why?
2 Hart trophies and a Mario Lemieux away from a 3rd.

Would have 2 Art Rosses without Gretzky and Lemieux.

The second leading playoff scorer of all time, and almost as far ahead of 3rd place as Gretzky is ahead of him. Yeah, it's totally biased by team and era, etc, but Messier was a fantastic playoff player.

His peak isn't that far off Trottier's (if it's off at all), and his longevity as an elite player is off the chart (Messier's last elite year was at the age of 37).

And here's the kicker: I watched him and Jagr both in their primes, and there is no doubt in my mind I'd rather have Messier on my team if I were trying to win a championship.

Voting for Messier was a bit contrarian to be honest; I could have gone with either him or Jagr, but knew Jagr would have more votes by people just looking at stats.

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