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09-20-2008, 05:38 PM
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The mid to late 70's Canadiens were the best team I've ever seen .... I am a Bruins fan, and I hated them, but they were far ahead of anyone else .... almost invincible .... I think they would have destroyed the 80's Oilers .... if anyone could have beaten them, it would be the early 80's Islanders, but with some awfully good luck .... BTW .... I rate those Islanders as No.2 .... if they'd been healthy they'd have been five time champions ....

As far as Team Canada rosters go .... '76 has NO equal .... a defence of Orr, Potvin, Robinson, Lapointe and Savard can't be matched in any era. Plus, Brad Park would have been on the roster as well but was injured.

When the forwards include the likes of Lafleur, Dionne, Hull, Perreault, Esposito, Sittler and Clarke .... who don't they rate with?

The goaltending appears to be the biggest issue, but shouldn't be .... Bernie Parent and Ken Dryden would have been included on this roster, but were both injured. Vachon, Cheevers and Resch easily out-do Billy Smith (the only one with any credentials) Don Edwards and Mike Liut.

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09-20-2008, 05:42 PM
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'77 Canadiens, '02 Wings

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09-20-2008, 10:19 PM
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The late 50's Habs had a top-6 of Jean Beliveau, Maurice and Henri Richard, Boom Boom Geoffrion, Dickie Moore, and Bert Olmstead; depth players like Ralph Backstrom, Don Marshall, Andre Pronovost, Claude Provost, and Bobby Rousseau; Doug Harvey, Tom Johnson, Jean-Guy Talbot, and Dollard St. Laurent on defense; and Jacques Plante in net.
Always nice to have a "depth" player like Harvey.

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09-21-2008, 12:02 AM
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I like the Red Wings team 2002! It was a sick team:

Stanley Cup Roster
# Name
19 Steve Yzerman "C"
24 Chris Chelios
11 Matheiu Dandenault
13 Pavel Datsyuk
21 Boyd Devereaux
33 Kris Draper
28 Steve Duchesne
91 Sergei Federov
2 Jiri Fischer
39 Dominik Hasek
96 Tomas Holmstrom
17 Brett Hull
8 Igor Larionov
34 Manny Legace
5 Nicklas Lidstrom
18 Kirk Maltby
25 Darren McCarty
27 Fredrik Olausson
20 Luc Robitaille
14 Brendan Shanahan
71 Jiri Slegr
29 Jason Williams

If we are talking about one line only I think the KLM line is the greatest ever:
Krutov, Larionov, Makarov (Fetisov, Kasatonov)

/Cheers
It looks good on paper, but many of these players were way past their prime.

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09-21-2008, 12:39 AM
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Always nice to have a "depth" player like Harvey.
There was a semi-colon after Rousseau, I was including Harvey with the defensemen.

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09-21-2008, 06:25 AM
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It looks good on paper, but many of these players were way past their prime.
Or not yet in their prime. Datsyuk.

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09-21-2008, 07:39 AM
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i would go for the late '50s habs.

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Or not yet in their prime. Datsyuk.
the only ones in their prime were lidstrom, holmstrom, draper and maltby.

maybe devereaux and dandenault, but who cares?


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09-21-2008, 08:42 AM
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It looks good on paper, but many of these players were way past their prime.
Good enough to win the Cup

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09-21-2008, 10:06 AM
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i would go for the late '50s habs.


the only ones in their prime were lidstrom, holmstrom, draper and maltby.

maybe devereaux and dandenault, but who cares?
Yes, the mid/Late 50's Habs get my vote as well.

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09-21-2008, 01:31 PM
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I like the Red Wings team 2002! It was a sick team:

Stanley Cup Roster
# Name
19 Steve Yzerman "C"
24 Chris Chelios
11 Matheiu Dandenault
13 Pavel Datsyuk
21 Boyd Devereaux
33 Kris Draper
28 Steve Duchesne
91 Sergei Federov
2 Jiri Fischer
39 Dominik Hasek
96 Tomas Holmstrom
17 Brett Hull
8 Igor Larionov
34 Manny Legace
5 Nicklas Lidstrom
18 Kirk Maltby
25 Darren McCarty
27 Fredrik Olausson
20 Luc Robitaille
14 Brendan Shanahan
71 Jiri Slegr
29 Jason Williams

If we are talking about one line only I think the KLM line is the greatest ever:
Krutov, Larionov, Makarov (Fetisov, Kasatonov)

/Cheers
2002 Red Wings were definitely the best post-dynasty era NHL team.

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10-07-2008, 06:52 PM
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The mid to late 70's Canadiens were the best team I've ever seen .... I am a Bruins fan, and I hated them, but they were far ahead of anyone else .... almost invincible .... I think they would have destroyed the 80's Oilers .... if anyone could have beaten them, it would be the early 80's Islanders, but with some awfully good luck .... BTW .... I rate those Islanders as No.2 .... if they'd been healthy they'd have been five time champions ....

As far as Team Canada rosters go .... '76 has NO equal .... a defence of Orr, Potvin, Robinson, Lapointe and Savard can't be matched in any era. Plus, Brad Park would have been on the roster as well but was injured.

When the forwards include the likes of Lafleur, Dionne, Hull, Perreault, Esposito, Sittler and Clarke .... who don't they rate with?

The goaltending appears to be the biggest issue, but shouldn't be .... Bernie Parent and Ken Dryden would have been included on this roster, but were both injured. Vachon, Cheevers and Resch easily out-do Billy Smith (the only one with any credentials) Don Edwards and Mike Liut.
If Dryden & Parent had played in the tounament there wouldn't even need to be a discussion.

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10-08-2008, 05:43 PM
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How about the 1979 Russian team used in the NHL challenge or whatever.

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10-08-2008, 08:26 PM
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Hard to argue with those 50s Habs but depending upon the weight given to longevity I would like to submit the late 30s-early 40s Bruins as a candidate. Perhaps not as well known as others mentioned here, but for a period of 4 or 5 years dominant. Like the early 70s team they won two Cups separated by a season where they were probably at their strongest but were upset in the playoffs. Interesting teams because you had the old guard, the original Bruins, represented (Shore for the first one and Dit Clapper for both); and the next generation represented by the Krauts, who were the dominant line in the league for several years. Plus one of the best goalies ever in Brimsek.

They were really, really good but I sometimes wonder if Bruins fans of that era were like us in the '70s who were left wondering "what could have been". For different reasons of course - I'm sure that in the early-mid 40s there were more important things to worry about than sport.

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The 55-56 Habs featured 14 players who made a post season All-Star team at one point in their career. While obviously not every player that year was at their peak, that is just a ridiculous amount of depth.

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