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02-03-2013, 11:40 AM
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Originally Posted by DisgruntledGoat View Post
Robert Svehla was a pretty great all-around defender who never gets talked about. Not a Norris contender, but he was a rock back there for some bad Florida teams. I heard Rhett Warrener on the radio recently, saying that Florida basically played 5-on-4 when Bure was on the ice, and that the only reason Bure got so many breakaways was because Svehla was so ridiculously good at breaking up plays and passing the puck up to him.

Also: Todd Marchant. In his prime, one of the best checking centers of his era and he never got as much as a pity vote for the Selke. In particular, it was a crime that he wasn't even nominated in 2001, a year he was good enough to win. Also, flat-out the fastest skater of the era.
This is not true. Marchant's Selke record:

2000: 8th (Todd Marchant 53 (2-3-2-0-2))
2001: 10th (Todd Marchant, EDM 46 (1-2-4-0-2))
2003: 7th (Todd Marchant 87 (1-4-6-4-7))
2007: 59th (Todd Marchant, ANA 1 (0-0-0-0-1)) tied with a lot of other players with a single "pity vote?"
2008: 49th (Todd Marchant, ANA 5 (0-0-1-0-0)). ditto, only this time it was a 3rd place vote

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