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12-16-2012, 11:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Dissonance View Post
Not taking away anything from Messier--I think I'd probably vote for him in this poll--but that 1996 season seems a tad overrated.
Not if you watched the Rangers in 1995-96 as much as some of us. The team was 40-21-13 (.628) with him and 1-6-1 (.188) without him.

Originally Posted by Sports Illustrated, Februrary 12th, 1996
That is Zen. This is now. Messier is leading, the Rangers are following, and everyone else is getting out of the way. Just nine months ago New York looked spent, bullied out of the second round of the playoffs by the younger, tougher Flyers. Messier appeared on the verge of passing the torch as the NHL's best leader to Philadelphia captain Eric Lindros last spring, but before the 22-year-old Lindros dares to claim it, he must recover from second-degree burns this season. In the three Flyers-Rangers matches so far in '95-96, Messier had nine points, Lindros two. Says Messier: "I've told guys our record now doesn't mean anything. It's how we deal with a crisis—and we'll have one at some point—that makes champions."

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