Best Defensive Forward Ever
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11-04-2012, 08:34 AM
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Still comes down to the simple question why did Craig Ramsay retire in 1985 at the age of 33?:
Sabres lost to the Nordiques in the first round with an uncharacteristically weak defensive effort. The Nordiques playoff roster follows:
Nordiques RWs were J.F.Sauve, Mark Kumpel, Wilf Paiement, Anton Stastny. Not exactly the elite of NHL RWs from any era.
Sad reality was that Craig Ramsay could not cover any of them when they were short shifted:
Nor could he generate any offence as his stats for the 1985 playoffs indicate. So he road off into the sunset a Conn Smythe winner based on memories and a reasonable regular season in front of a young Tom Barrasso.
So its not only his feeble effort against Rick Middleton that has been well documented but he also could no longer check the Nordiques Fearsome Foursome RWs.
Yet you somehow continue to postulate that Craig Ramsay was the Best Defensive Forward Ever. Is there any evidence that you produce to support this claim that has been debunked by his poor playoff performances - see above. Where`s the beef? Show us the meat of your position. Numerous players have been introduced who could actually play defense against the likes of Gordie Howe or various other greats or completely neutralize a Rick Middleton.
Attributes alone if looking at size. View Bob Gainey`s hockey smarts against Al Iafrate`s. Likewise Ray Bourque's hockey smarts vs Al Iafrate`s. Then the results component of the comparable are easy to explain. Craig Ramsay had hockey smarts but lacked the other three qualities that eventually limited his career that peaked when in an ideal partnership with Don Luce and Danny Gare.
Small Rinks - will answer latter.
In June of 1985 Scotty Bowman announced that Jim Schoenfeld would be the Sabres head coach for the 1985-86 season, and Craig Ramsay would be a playing assistant coach.
In September, Ramsay announced his retirement as a player and focused on coaching.
I don't know why Ramsay retired as a player but it's very possible that he wanted to take the opportunity to transition into a post-playing career at a time when the salary difference between playing and coaching wasn't what it is today.
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