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12-29-2012, 02:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Redscotter View Post
Could you imagine Dionne with The Habs ?

I admired both Hokey Players, but Dionne to my mind was underrated. As we all know the trade to LA removed him from everday consideration from Hockey Mavens across the North-East ....
I am not sure Dionne's stats improve if he is a Hab. He isn't a big fish in a small pond anymore. I will mention that Lafleur was very much in the same boat offensively as him and he never cracked more than 136 points in a season. Phil Esposito who was also very similar to him offensively cracked 152, 145, 133 and 130 as his best. Dionne had several 130 point years so that wasn't unusual to him. Esposito had Orr playing with him as well. I mean, how much better are we expecting Dionne to be, 170 points a year on the Habs? I think he is more or less the same offensively because he'd be sharing a little more glory and he'd have a much more demanding and erratic coach (Bowman). That doesn't scream higher point totals. I personally think his offense would have been the same but his team success different.

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