. The only guy no longer around who may be missed is Bill Guerin, a hard-hitting, scoring money player.
Well money is the only thing you have right about Guerin.....he is greedy and loves money. Hard hitting? Popular misconception. As far as clutch goals, well getting stoned by Theo on a clear breakaway wasnt too *money*.......and of his 34 goals this year 6 were scored against teams that are 6th seeds or higher, and at least 2 of them were scored against Vancouver.......and we all know who plays goal for them.
I don't think the Habs necessarily have to put Begin/Juneau out against Thornton. Koivu has played against him in the past. It's not ideal size and reach wise, but Koivu may see some of #19 in Boston. Gilmour played well in 02 but they were careful to keep him out of bad matchups, much like I suspect they'll do with Ribeiro.
the best thing begin can do is hit joe...something every team should learn by watching tape is that the best way to hold down thornton is to leave him alone. once you hit joe, you are in big big trouble. joe is the sleeping giant, and begin will only help us by waking him
Mike Knuble scored 15g 9a against non and 6g 16a vs. playoff teams
Joe Thornton scored 14g 33a against non and 9g 17a vs. playoff teams
Now, I dont believe that ANY of the guys that I just mentioned are overrated. Just saying if we rate one guy with one measuring stick, its only fair to rate everyone by that same stick, right....
And just because I felt the need to check some of your work I picked out one item to proof......Thornton's goals against playoff teams. He scored 12, not 9. I dont have time to proof read the rest now, but perhaps I will later.