Is it better to have balanced team and not top heavy talent?
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02-22-2013, 08:50 PM
Et le But
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Roy carried those Montreal teams as much as any player in history has carried a team to the cup.
They weren't bad teams but they weren't cup calibre rosters without Roy. '86 had an over the hill Robinson and an up and coming Chelios but really... not a cup team. We also had the added benefit of missing the Oilers in the finals too.
Edit: Just checked... Robinson was an 82 point player that year. Okay, maybe not quite over the hill.
93 yes (but that team was plenty good), 86 I disagree. The Habs were contenders in the 80's even on Roy's off years. Of course they wouldn't have won either time without Roy being Roy, but 86 team was elite defensively (Robinson was still great) and Naslund was one of the best scorers in the league that year, and they were also the toughest Habs cup team in history, and if this board teaches us anything, that is key.
Saying those teams (86 especially) wouldn't have won without Roy is true, but the same can be said about the Bruins and Tim Thomas two years ago. That doesn't mean the rest of the team wasn't great. Actually I remember reading and heading commentators say that some thought Lemieux should have won the Conn Smythe in 86.
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