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12-02-2012, 11:39 PM
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Originally Posted by eva unit zero View Post
Coffey was the #1 for the 91 Cup. He wasn't sent packing until the middle of the 91-92 season. That said, Murphy was a Norris finalist multiple times and a key member of those Pittsburgh teams. He was still considered a top-flight defenseman in Toronto in 1995-96, as well.
Well, Coffey missed the last two rounds of the postseason in 1991. Murphy was there the whole time and Coffey wasn't around for the 1992 championship while Murphy was. I think that puts him as the #1 d-man on back to back winners.

I noticed Francis isn't getting a lot of love. He ends 1996 with a 119 point season. It would be quite the note to retire on. It wasn't until later in his career that he finally started to get appreciated and removed the tag of "underrated". Do people think that him retiring in 1996 would never have given people the chance to appreciate his talents? He'd have played 15 years at that time and personally I don't see a lot of case against him being inducted.

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