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07-17-2013, 05:53 PM
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Most significant "missing piece" players?

What are some examples of players who were the "missing piece" that put a good team over the top, to become a great team, resulting in prolonged success?

The two I can think of would be Brendan Shanahan for Detroit and Ron Francis for Pittsburgh.

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Butch Goring with the NY Islanders, Allan Stanley with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Bert Olmstead, early fifties Canadiens, Dick Duff mid sixties Canadiens, Marian Hossa with Chicago, Patrick Roy with Colorado, Scott Stevens with New Jersey.

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Butch Goring with the Islanders has to be one of the first guys named.

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Butch Goring with the NY Islanders, Allan Stanley with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Bert Olmstead, early fifties Canadiens, Dick Duff mid sixties Canadiens, Marian Hossa with Chicago, Patrick Roy with Colorado, Scott Stevens with New Jersey.
That one's a bit questionable, since he played 3 full years with New Jersey before their cup season, but the more interesting thing is: Brodeur, Stevens and Niedermayer (plus Guerin and Richer) all saw their first Devils action in 1991-92. Add in Lemieux one year before and Holik one year later, and it starts to appear that the Devils were built pretty much instantly. This, of course, is a big oversimplification of how teams are built, but how many other championship teams had so many core pieces arrive at the same time like that?

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Bernie Parent for the Flyers.

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Busher Jackson, Joe Primeau & Charlie Conacher, Max Bentley, Harry Lumley & Red Kelly amongst others in Toronto.

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Not sure this is a "most significant" case but I'd argue Steve Larmer for the '94 Rangers.

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Scott Stevens with New Jersey.
The correct answer for 1995 New Jersey is Neal Broten.

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Not sure this is a "most significant" case but I'd argue Steve Larmer for the '94 Rangers.
Anderson was a bigger piece than Larmer.

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1938/39 Frank Brimsek in Boston.

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Brett Hull put an already-great Dallas team over the top after they signed him in '98.

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Anderson was a bigger piece than Larmer.
Longtime Keenan disciples Noonan and Matteau were bigger than either.

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The correct answer for 1995 New Jersey is Neal Broten.
You could argue Shawn Chambers as well in 1995. Malakhov filled a similar role in 2000

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Bernie Parent for the Flyers.
I was gonna post this. Before the new and improved Parent returned to Philly they weren't set in net. That seems to be the franchise's go-to move, though

This is barely history, but Jeff Carter. Adding him changed LA for the better. They were a different team after adding him and went on a tear. I had watched them all year because of Quick and Richards, and his addition turned them into a different team.

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Ken Dryden in 71.

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This is barely history, but Jeff Carter. Adding him changed LA for the better. They were a different team after adding him and went on a tear. I had watched them all year because of Quick and Richards, and his addition turned them into a different team.
Also, that deal freed up more minutes for Voynov while getting a complete ES possession sink in Johnson out of the lineup.

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Ken Dryden in 71.
For sure, I just thought the theme of thread was more about a team trading for the piece that got them over the hump.

Dryden in '71 and Roy in '86 are definite examples of teams getting that piece out of their system.

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he gets overshadowed by shanahan and larry murphy, and rightfully so, but an underrated missing piece is joey kocur. in 1996 claude lemieux breaks draper's face and they go on to win the series and the cup. christmas of '96 the wings pick up kocur, maybe the most feared guy of his era. suddenly the avs don't run around playing tough guy as much, or at least when they do so they know the wings have gone from a skill team with a bunch of tougher guys that didn't mind standing up for themselves to a tough team with a nuclear option on the bench. the psychological edge was gone. kocur didn't actually do much other than play his fourth line shift, score the odd goal, and sit on the bench, but he didn't have to. in game four, when he dumped eric messier for no reason, it was almost like a twelfth grader tossing a ninth grader telling him and his buddies to cut it out. and that, on top of just being there (he played all six games of the WCF), was enough.

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Bourque and Blake both helped Colorado win their second cup in 2001.

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Longtime Keenan disciples Noonan and Matteau were bigger than either.
Larmer was also a Keenan guy from his Chicago days.

The Rangers made some very good deadline deals to bolster their lineup. But they were underperforming until the November trade for Larmer. He had 60 points in 69 games, then a 16 point playoff campaign. None of the other guys they picked up scored at that pace either in the regular season or in the playoffs. He was also very solid defensively and trusted by Keenan to be on the ice for the final faceoff in Game 7. He was just the perfect guy to be on a team led by Messier and Iron Mike.

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Butch Goring with the Islanders has to be one of the first guys named.
This shows my era, but I think he makes this trope. He's also the archetypical trade deadline acquisition. So 2 for 1 for Butch.

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