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Best 3-man F/D Combo

View Poll Results: Which is the best 3-man forward/defence combo?
Wayne Gretzky - Jari Kurri - Paul Coffey 21 34.43%
Bryan Trottier - Mike Bossy - Denis Potvin 10 16.39%
Jean Beliveau - Maurice Richard - Doug Harvey 21 34.43%
Phil Esposito - Ken Hodge - Bobby Orr 1 1.64%
Igor Larionov - Sergei Makarov - Viacheslav Fetisov 1 1.64%
Ted Lindsay - Gordie Howe - Red Kelly 7 11.48%
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09-07-2013, 08:42 PM
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I just don't see how the Islanders trio can be better than the Red Wings one.

Howe >> Trottier
Lindsay = Bossy
Kelly = Potvin
I can't really argue to much, I guess it may be cuz I actually saw the NYI trio play their whole careers and not so with the RedWing guys. You may be 100% right except I would put Potvin ahead of Kelly but again I was pretty young when Kelly was still playing so you're probably right over me.

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The fact that Ken Hodge is one of the players here seems to imply the overall talent level of the early 70s Bruins is somewhat overrated.
Agreed. I don't know how the guy scored 50, but he wouldn't be anywhere near that today. He couldn't skate and literally could not carry the puck 3 feet. It breaks my heart to pick Gretzky-Kurri-Coffey (with Trottier-Bossy-Potvin a hair behind them) but there's no contest really.

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Very tough choice but I'll rank them like this

1. Wayne Gretzky - Jari Kurri - Paul Coffey
2. Bryan Trottier - Mike Bossy - Denis Potvin
3. Jean Beliveau - Maurice Richard - Doug Harvey

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the 2011 canucks are the butt end of a lot of jokes now, and maybe rightfully so, but i have never ever ever seen a 3-man unit like kesler, burrows, and hamhuis killing a 5-on-3.

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It's hard to vote against by far the best forward in history and clearly the best offensive defensman not named Orr. On the other hand I was always quite impressed with Trottier/Bossy/Potvin mix.
I'm thinking the same thing but Hodge and even Phil are too weak on their own.

I really like the NYI and Mont and Russian trios a lot but can't decide.

All 3 of them perfectly combine offense with defense and even Wayne's unit can't compete IMO.

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09-08-2013, 09:27 PM
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I just don't see how the Islanders trio can be better than the Red Wings one.

Howe >> Trottier
Lindsay = Bossy
Kelly = Potvin
Well it depends on the metric being used I guess and while I have Howe well ahead of Trotts career wise, in their absolute peak the difference is less IMO.

Also I would take Bossy over Lindsay and Potvin well over Kelly as well.

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Beliveau, Richard and Harvey. All top 10 players of all time.

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Why the christ is not Lemieux - Jagr - Zubov an option, or Lemieux - Stevens - Coffey/Murphy if you crave constistancy?

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Why the christ is not Lemieux - Jagr - Zubov an option, or Lemieux - Stevens - Coffey/Murphy if you crave constistancy?
A fair question.

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Voted for the CSKA trio just to give them a representation

In reality, at their peak, I'd say NYI, followed by the DRW, then Oilers, then Montreal, then CSKA, then Boston.

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Had to pick the Habs trio. I never like going against Gretzky, but this is how I see it:

Gretzky > Beliveau
Kurri < Richard
Coffey < Harvey

Gretzky is going with perhaps the 2nd and 3rd best clutch playoff forwards in NHL history. I don't even think he can overcome this.

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Had to pick the Habs trio. I never like going against Gretzky, but this is how I see it:

Gretzky > Beliveau
Kurri < Richard
Coffey < Harvey

Gretzky is going with perhaps the 2nd and 3rd best clutch playoff forwards in NHL history. I don't even think he can overcome this.
sounds right to me. during beliveau, rocket, and harvey's seven year overlap, they won five cups and lost two finals against the detroit dynasty. those two losses were beliveau's first two years in the league.

gretzky, coffey, and kurri themselves twice lost to a dynasty (NYI), but they also were beaten by dionne's kings, and the pre-gilmour, pre-mccrimmon, pre-suter, pre-nieuwendyk flames. that flames team in particular was strong, and the first NYI and kings losses were while kurri was in his first two years, but seems like the edmonton group was beatable in a way that, when they got going, the habs trio wasn't.

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If it had been Krutov-Makarov-Fetisov, I would've voted for that.
At their peak, Krutov was above Larionov. Career-wise, it's not even a contest.

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At their peak, Krutov was above Larionov. Career-wise, it's not even a contest.
Well, that's what I'd basically want - the players at their peak. To me, Krutov and Makarov in their primes is a faster, and, if I was playing against them, scarier combo than Larionov-Makarov. Just watch the 1987 CC or the 1985-86 Super Series, where Larionov was either non-factor or didn't play at all, respectively.

The fact that Larionov adjusted much better post Soviet Union and had much better longevity doesn't change the fact that he was inferior to Krutov, when they were playing for USSR/CSKA in the 1980s. I also think that Krutov was physically simply more talented player. I've never thought that Larionov was a (and certainly not THE) key player on the Green Unit, and I believe Kasatonov, for one, agrees with me there; in Larionov's book, he says Fetisov, Makarov and even Krutov were the key guys on the unit, not himself and Larionov. I don't remember anyone favouring Larionov over Krutov back in the Eighties, even though some of them might have existed.


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