Former Ranger and SC Champ Kovalev: NHL is boring
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11-22-2011, 02:30 AM
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I remember when Steve Larmer retired in 1995, he mentioned that hockey got boring and wasn't fun anymore.
Over the years, I always wondered how the 1995-96 season would have went had he stayed. The one thing we were missing that year (where we spent weeks on end during the winter leading the league in points) was two-way veteran presence on the second or third line.
That's why we gave up so much to get Kurri, who was washed up by then.
If Larmer stayed, I really think there's a good chance we'd have won the Cup that year, especially if Robitaille didn't have his two worst seasons in Ranger uniform, but even with Robitaille struggling, I still say we could have won it all with Larmer still in the lineup.
Graves - Messier - Verbeek
Robitaille - Ferraro - Kovalev
Sundstrom - Nemchinov - Larmer
Langdon - Lapperiere - Kocus
That's a hell of a lineup, definitely good enough to win the Cup.
Not even close in 1995-96. You had more talented, hungrier, younger teams that year in Colorado and Detroit, not to mention the Penguins who were loaded with skill as well as the Panthers who were on fire.
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