Ron Francis vs Joe Sakic
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07-14-2012, 09:15 PM
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Francis was a very good #1 quality center for 2 decades, but he was only a top 8 scorer when playing on the same line as Jaromir Jagr and his only top 10 finish without Jagr was in 2002, which was a terrible year for forwards because of injuries and a gap between generations.
Older Sakic was almost as good defensively as Francis, and much better offensively
Not getting into it again.. I'll just say what I always say and leave it at that: playing for Hartford and then playing behind a generational talent during what were probably Francis' best chances for top offensive seasons will do that to a guy.. Pittsburgh was just lucky enough to have two number one centers which is a big reason they won those cups.
Still agree with you though that Sakic was the better player. I just like em both.
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