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01-15-2012, 10:32 PM
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Stephane Quintal, D

There is a lot to like about Quintal. He is the all-time leader in games by available defensemen with 1037 - 50 more than the next guy. And he didn't "just" play a lot of games; he was a useful player: he averaged 19.84 minutes a game over that many games. He was huge: 6'3" and 231 pounds. And he was tough, and a willing fighter. He played a tough, but clean game. With so many of his PIMs coming from his 126 NHL fights, he took just 0.68 minutes in penalties per game otherwise. And in his last 5 full seasons, NHL teams paid him $11.9M, when a player making the league average over this time would have earned 8.0M. (sources: ,

Downsides: He may not have received as much icetime on better teams. Though his teams were not terrible, they were pretty mediocre: on average, 8% worse than average. And, he was a very slow skater.

Career icetime stats actually don't flatter Quintal because he was a little-used depth player through the 1992 season. But from 1993-2004, he played 853 games with an average of 21.00 minutes a game. A player with numbers like that, should not be available right now. That is considerably better than Marc Bergevin, for example.

Over the course of his career as a full-time NHLer, Quintal's ice time rank on his team was 5, 1, 3, 3, 1, 4, 4, 4, 1, 5, 5, 4. The best season he had was 1996-97, where he anchored the blueline for a 77-point Montreal team that made the playoffs and lost in round 1 to the Devils. The other two times he was a #1 was for the 1994 Jets and the 2001 Hawks - in other words, he was not a player capable of being a #1 defenseman on a team that would go anywhere. He was a very strong #3/4 for the majority of his career, though.

Quintal was also a strong penalty killer. He was on the ice approximately 41% of the time for his teams on the PK, and they were 2% better than average.

Originally Posted by Hockey Alamanac 1996-97
Quintal, once primarily known as a ruffian, is big and strong. And, he has cleaned up his act significantly. He now plays a smart, conservative, and frequently mean-spirited style. He'll still drop the gloves once in a while, but only to settle an old score, he doesn't need to prove himself in that regard anymore. Last year, he proved plenty brave by taking on Eric Lindros. A good leader... solid veteran who will play hard, tough hockey and rarely lose the focus of his assignment. He protects his end of the ice and clears opponents away from the slot with whatever means necessary.
Originally Posted by Sports Forecaster 1996-97
plays with pain. stay at home defensive rearguard. never backs down.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 1997-98
Quintal's game is limited by his lumbering skating. He has some nice touches, like a decent point shot and a good head and hands for passing... fortunately, Quintal is aware of his flaws. He plays a smart positional game and doesn't get involved in low-percentage plays... he takes up a lot of ice with his body and his stick,.. slow, but strong on his skates... thrives on contact and works hard along the boards and in front of the net. he hits hard without taking penalties and is tough and a willing fighter...
Originally Posted by Sports Forecaster 1997-98
voted by the local press as the team's unsung hero last season... dependable... plays within his limitations... respected presence... knows how to use his body... won't back off even against the league's toughest customers, even more so if a smaller teammate is being roughed up.

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