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02-07-2014, 11:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Kyle McMahon View Post
I remember reading that Conn Smythe gave most of the credit to the Kid Line's success to Primeau, considering both Jackson and Conacher to be lazy beneficiaries of their center. Of course, Smythe also kept Jackson out of the Hall of Fame until the 70's due to his disapproval of Jackson's high living, and perhaps he had a certain affinity for the classy "Gentleman Joe" that tainted his judgement in later years.
With all due respect to the architect of the line, and recognizing that he was closer to them than anyone but maybe Irvin, the media reports of the day make it very very clear that Conacher was the driving offensive force. He showed the most promise before the line was put together, was the primary threat not just on that line but in the league at the time, and sustained his level of play after the line was broken up. Smythe's opinion is obviously founded in his experience, but I can't see a rational way to explain how Conacher was anything but the brightest star of the line.

None of that is meant to disparage Primeau, who was great in his own right.

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