How good was Steve Larmer?
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02-09-2014, 03:22 PM
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Libertyville, IL
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Yeah, I'd say average to above average. He usually played along side Denis Savard during his prime if I remember correctly. Savard was an excellent play maker. Still Larmer had his best offensive season after Savard left. However, Larmer was an excellent skater and very smooth with the puck. I think he became known for his defensive play as much as his offensive in the second half of his career. He nosedived pretty quick and was out of hockey 3 years after his big season. Can't recall why. Injury?
I think the best comparison here (at least on the modern day Hawks) would be Toews and Kane. Toews comparable to Larmer (not really, but similar players as Toews is obviously better) and Kane being comparable to Savard....
Larmer was a ppg player offensively but he was also excellent defensively and extremely reliable.
IMO, I think Larmer belongs in the HOF. There are 3 reasons for this - a) Larmer was defensive madman, b) Larmer was a PPG player as well and c) he was an "Iron Man" that didn't miss a game for 11 straight seasons.
IMO, I think "Gramps" is often overlooked and forgotten - especially because he had "intangibles" similar to Toews (Toews is clearly the better offensive player tho)...
I've been arguing that Larmer deserves to be in the HOF for many moons - not based on purely his offensive production but when you mix in "intangibles" and durability Larmer becomes quite the player - a complete player.... Maybe a poor mans Trottier? He also has a cup, Olympic gold x 2 so...
At the very least Gramps deserves to have his number retired by the Hawks....
Also, if it matters - many former NHL players he played with and against are dumbfounded as to why he's not in the HOF. They describe him as one of the more difficult players to play against.
So as Forrest Gump said: "that's all I have to say about that."
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