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05-14-2013, 09:51 PM
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I'd also like to hear an argument for Ratelle over Messier.

My top three, FWIW, is:

1. Boucher
2. Messier
3. Ratelle

For me, what puts Messier over Ratelle are their playoff resumes. Now, Ratelle's Rangers made the playoffs more frequently than Messier's Rangers (65% to 50%, not counting Ratelle's 1960/61 season). But Ratelle's Rangers did absolutely nothing in the playoffs. His teams lost more first-round series than they won and on an individual level, his PPG average dipped from .95 in the regular season to .65 in the playoffs. Conversely, when Messier's teams made the playoffs, they went undefeated in the first round. His PPG also increased from .99 in the regular season to 1.14 in the playoffs. Add to all this his performance in 1994. Is the whole of Ratelle's regular season resume that much stronger than Messier's to justify putting him ahead of Messier in the ranking?

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