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12-18-2012, 04:51 AM
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Boston Globe writer Kevin Dupont dubbed Hartford the "forever .500's" and the nickname is incredibly apt.

The Whale typically had a good competitive spirit, but the talent level was very ordinary --- especially in goal where a past his prime Mike Liut didn't match up well in a division populated by Roy, Moog, Barrasso, etc.

As Vadim mentioned, one thing that also hindered Hartford in the mid 80's was Turgeon's abdominal injury. He scored 45 goals during his 3rd season, but then badly injured his abs (ala Al Secord during the same era) and never played with the same flowing abandon again.

Depth was always an issue, but Hartford did have that good compete button and also possessed good hockey intelligence with Tippett, Dineen, Quenneville, and John Anderson eventually becoming head coaches.

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