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11-25-2012, 05:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Fourier View Post
Definitely a biased pick but I would go with Messier on this one. Offensively, at least in the regular season, Esposito gets the edge, and perhaps by a fair bit. But Messier had so many dimensions to his game. It is also hard to overlook 295 playoff points
It definitely is. Even separating the entire "Gretzky Oilers" from his playoff resume, he still has as many playoff points as guys like Lemaire, Esposito, Lafleur, etc; basically two HoF careers' worth of value in the playoffs. I must say, though, considering 8 time Cup champion Jacques Lemaire retired just two seasons earlier with only 2 more career points than Esposito, and considering Guy Lafleur went on to retire with 3 fewer, 137 ain't bad. Henri Richard with 129, etc.

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