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11-10-2012, 11:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Big Phil View Post
I would say considering Messier was 8 years older than Sakic and was more or less finished by the late 1990s the better combo is Lindros/Sakic. More shelf life at least. Perhaps initially the Lindros/Messier combo is great but it doesn't last.
I does bear reminding, though, that Messier had won 2 of the last 3 Hart trophies leading up to '92/93 (Lindros' rookie season). It's not like we're talking "past his prime" Messier here, although ultimately I agree that a younger Sakic probably gets more miles in the hypothetical. Having said that, though, we kind of know that we're only getting about a decade out of Lindros, so... to me Messier + Lindros would have become the single scariest combo the league had ever seen.

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