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04-20-2017, 08:52 AM
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I would say Fetisov or Bourque, with a warm nod to Potvin, Langway, Coffey, Howe, et al.

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04-20-2017, 11:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Theokritos View Post
Over the entire decade? It's between Fetisov and Bourque.
Exactly what I clicked on this thread to say.

I began junior high in 1982 as a huge Robinson, then Langway became my fav,
but by decade's end it was clearly Bourque, who was an annual 1st team or 2nd team NHL all-star,
along with the captain of the greatest Soviet teams ever.

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04-20-2017, 02:57 PM
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If you're playing it safe: Ray Bourque

If you want to light it up: Paul Coffey.

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Originally Posted by Puck Hawerchuck View Post
Each 80's team :
New Jersey - Viacheslav Fetisov


Fetisov barely played for the Devils in the 80s (first season was 89-90). Actual answer is probably somebody like Joe Cirella or Bruce Driver.

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First half of the decade goes to Fetisov. However he lost some mobility after his 1985 car accident. Bourque for the second half of the 1980s.

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04-20-2017, 05:57 PM
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Bourque, Howe, Coffey or Fetisov

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04-20-2017, 06:21 PM
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It's Bourque but again these are deceiving because Robinson's and Potvin's resumes are much better if you do a 75-85 list. Heck even Bourque looks better in an 85-95 list.

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