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12-26-2012, 06:16 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
For me, Messier's prime is 1989-90 to 1995-96, when he won 2 Hart Trophies, was runner up for a 3rd Hart, and had 2 outstanding playoffs. Perhaps extend it back to 1986-87 when he started to break free from Gretzky's shadow.
I would definitely say 1987, 1988, and 1989 were part of Messier's prime, particularly when one considers how he handled himself in the playoffs. Those 1987 and 1988 playoffs are two of the strongest non-Conn Smythe runs we've seen in the post-merger era.

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