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12-26-2012, 06:49 PM
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Originally Posted by quoipourquoi View Post
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.
I'm looking more at the regular season when I look at these things and while plus/minus isn't the most telling stat the moose with plus/minus at minus 5 and compared to team mates really stands out and not in a good way either.

http://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/EDM/1989.html

His minus 6 with the rangers in 93 is also surprising given his reputation and that he would have better years at an older age (perhaps talent support driven or simple variation or a bit of both).

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