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01-02-2013, 12:07 PM
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Fifth.. I have the unmentioned selection of Trottier-Potvin and Smith. Potvin was basically his entire career the best dewfenceman in the NHL. He was surpassed in his first couple of years by Orr. And after 1980 by others perhaps in a regular season.. but basically he was the best defenceman in the world after Orr retired until Bourque and Coffey hit their stride. Trottier was a force of nature and got the Hart before Gretzky and much credit afterwards. The Islanders were a good team... but they were not the 50's or 70's Habs... They were top heavy. They got some good and smart role player's but the team is not deep in other HHOF talent. Trottier and Potvin were dominant...and Bossy on the Wing. Smith might not have been the best goalie of his time. He was however extremely clutch. A HHOF goalie... he was clutch. The Islanders were a good team with good coaching and good performance... but they also won 4 Cups in a row in a very tough era... with a great team... but the weakest dynasty team every. Smith ranks so much higher as a playoff goalie then a regular season one. And it is not luck... how many series did the Islanders win in a row before Smith lost one? Smith is not Sawchuk or Plante or Dryden or Hasek or Roy... but he won... again and again.

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