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1935-36 Season Without

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Originally Posted by tarheelhockey View Post
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.
Still if we look at the performance of the three individual players when they were split at the start of the 1935-36 season we see that Primeau's performance declined by 13 points, Conacher's by 19 points and Jackson's by 22 points. Primeau retired. Conacher was injured and did not bounce back Jackson with Apps and Drillon the next season bounced back and had a few good years:

http://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/TOR/1936.html

Conacher may have been the brightest star but it seems that Conn Smythe recognized the straw that stirred the drink.

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