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11-22-2012, 10:02 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
Personally, I view Mikita as a greater offensive talent, which means Messier has catching up to do on the defensive side of a "two-way" discussion from my point of view. While Messier was certainly more intimidating (more physical than "chippy"), did he ever really prove as effective (or for as long, even) as Mikita, especially as part of that Scooter line with Wharram and McDonald (put together to basically track down every puck)? It's at least debatable, imo.

Crazy to think that ultimately Messier wins out on the career value balance (helped a lot by the playoffs), since at the time of Mikita's retirement he had already had an "abnormally" long and productive career (especially considering that back injury which supposedly affected him throughout the last decade of his career).

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