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01-21-2013, 07:39 PM
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Kyle McMahon
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
What's the case for Tikkanen over Lowe? Lowe was the defensive backbone for basically the entire dynasty. And occasionally you'll hear the odd person talk about Lowe for the HHOF; I've never heard that about Tikkanen.

My top 8:

1. Wayne Gretzky
2. Mark Messier
3. Jari Kurri (after reading Kyle's post)
4. Paul Coffey
5. Grant Fuhr
6. Glenn Anderson
7. Kevin Lowe
8. Esa Tikkanen

After that, it gets muddier
Yeah I don't understand that one. Tikkanen was basically only a part of three Cups (he's credited with a 4th due to playing three games in the 1985 final, his only games of the season). After Coffey left, Lowe was the team's #1 defenseman and a team leader. I think Lowe is clearly ahead. Tikkanen vs Huddy is probably a better debate if we're looking solely at contributions in Cup-winning years.

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