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10-22-2013, 02:51 PM
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Originally Posted by BraveCanadian View Post
I'm not sure that the wear and tear playing Isles hockey is the same as Oilers during that period but, regardless of that, Messier's longevity is definitely one of his stronger points.

In my opinion Trottier peaked higher than Messier all around though.. so they get really hard to pick between.

It is true that a lot of players of that time seemed to burn out quickly.

I'm not sure anyone has figured out a good reason for it.
Messier played "Islanders hockey" when he was a member of the Oilers, if you know what I mean.

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