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10-22-2013, 02:29 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
I really hate this being used against Messier. Would he be a better player in your eyes if he retired after 1996-97 at the age of 37? I don't think what Messier did after 1997 adds anything to his legacy, but I don't see why it takes anything away, either.
I think it took away significantly from his reputation as a leader and franchise-changer. His time in Vancouver was a debacle for which many have still not forgiven him. Egotistical, divisive, distracting. Severely reduced the legacy of a player who had to that point been seen as one of the very best captains in history.

Edit: By comparison, Bryan Trottier's last season as a point-per-game player (in high-scoring 80s) came at the age of 31 and he retired after his age 35 season. He had a brief, mostly unsuccessful comeback at the age of 37. Messier was a Hart finalist at the age of 36.
I get what you're saying here, though. Trottier's career ended with a thud and that really needs to be addressed.

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