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11-29-2012, 03:06 AM
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Originally Posted by jkrx View Post
Johnson won it in '59, Pilote were always a threat. The thing is Harvey were better than Bourque so his competition looks weaker at first glimpse.

Bourque never really competed Potvin except for in '84 Potvin had injury problems and never really got back to his pre-80s form. Isles and Potvin were smart and rested him for the playoffs.
You make a good case but I still think the number of HoF/top 25 D-men in their absolute primes and/or also having career years was never more concentrated than in the mid 80's - mid 90's time frame.

It was crazy.
Look at the Canadian '91 Canada Cup roster of D-men...Coffey, Stevens, MacInnis, Murphy, Tinordi, Smith and Desjardins. Bourque was injured and couldn't even play and it's still freakin amazing.
Now the Yanks team...Chelios, Suter, Leetch, Hatcher, Weinrich, Wolanin and Johnson.
I haven't even mentioned the other teams but they were loaded too.

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