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11-29-2012, 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Rhiessan71 View Post
So tell me, why did a young Stevens get screwed in those years? Nothing to do with those years being the most talented and deepest field of D-man we have ever seen

I don't even know what to say to this, I'm too busy laughing. Coffey's prime was only in the early to mid 80's....
Coffey's Norris finishes:
1982: 3rd
1983: 5th
1984: 2nd
1985: 1st
1986: 1st
1987: 5th
1988: 7th
1989: 2nd
1990: 4th
1991: 5th
1992: none
1993: 9th
1994: 7th (tied with Lidstrom, Ozolinsh, Murphy)
1995: 1st
1996: 5th

Like I said, he was a better overall D-man but he wasn't a better D-man or player. He has better finishes as he got older because competition levels came down from the insane levels he faced when he was younger.
So what you're saying is that MacInnis only did well in later finishes because of poor competition. Poor competition like an older Bourque, Stevens who received a lot of media attention in the 90s and early 00s for "playing his best hockey late in his career", a well as prime Lidstrom and Pronger. Pronger only won a Hart trophy, and Lidstrom only won seven Norrises.

It's like you're writing a book here with the working title "Eva unit zero's Revisionist Guide to 80's and 90's D-men".
It will be sold in the Fiction section.
Yep, revisionist guide. It's revisionist history that had Doug Wilson finishing third in Norris voting in 1990 while Stevens, Leetch, and Murphy received a combined zero votes and Chelios received only one second place vote. Murphy was third in 1987 before going four straight years with no votes before popping up in 1991-92 and hitting 5th place. In that same span: Stevens missed out in 1990. Leetch got a couple no-shows in 87 and 88, scrap votes in 89 and 90, and then made a 4th place in 1991. Housley missed 87, 88, 89, and 91. Chelios missed in 1987, MacInnis missed in 1988. This is while such elite defensemen as Wilson, Gary Suter, Craig Ludwig, Mario Marois, Rick Green, Ulf Samuelsson, Craig Hartsburg, Kevin Hatcher, Brad McCrimmon, James Patrick, Kevin Lowe, Paul Cavallini, Al Iafrate, Jamie Macoun, and J.J. Daigneault were getting votes, sometimes at pretty serious levels. Even Larry Robinson, Rod Langway, and Denis Potvin getting votes in those years is in that range; nobody could seriously consider them to be elite defensemen at that point.

You look back at the names and think of their best days, without forgetting the lean years any of those defensemen went through in their primes. You are saying "I remember all of these guys as stars, how could the current/recent crop have been as good in any given year when they're all so inconsistent?"

How many of those guys would you consider to be top ten or top five defensemen at any point between 86-87 to 91-92, based on your knowledge and recollection? How would you compare THAT group of 18 defensemen to the group after the top seven Lidstrom had to deal with from, say, 2001-2006?

Let's see. Here's your top eight, for reference:
Originally Posted by Rhiessan71 View Post
Prime Bourque
Prime Coffey
Prime Leetch
Prime Stevens
Prime Chelios
Prime MacInnis
Prime Murphy
Prime Housley
Prime Lidstrom
Prime Niedermayer
Prime Pronger
Prime Chara
Prime Blake
Prime Gonchar
Prime Zubov
Prime Schneider
Prime D.Hatcher
Prime Zubov
Prime Aucoin
Prime Jovanovski
Prime Rafalski
Prime Desjardins
Prime Numminen
Prime Foote
Prime Kaberle
Prime Redden
Prime Ohlund
Prime McCabe
Prime Boyle
Post-prime Bourque
Post-prime Stevens
Post-prime Chelios
Post-prime Leetch
Post-prime MacInnis

Looking at that list, Lidstrom's competition doesn't look so weak does it?

And you don't think Bourque's declining offense had anything to do with the fact that he was 38 freakin years old playing in his 19th season?
Maybe that had an effect on Lidstrom too, as his scoring dropped at 38. And then he won the Norris at 40.

Longevity point for Lidstrom.

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