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12-12-2011, 07:36 PM
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Who is the best Canuck in history?

I know this question gets thrown around a lot, but there doesn't seem to be a thread about it. So, who is the greatest Canuck to ever wear a jersey?

- Markus Naslund 1996-2008 (1,117GP 395G 474A 869P)
- Pavel Bure 1991-1998 (702GP 437G 342A 779P)
- Stan Smyl 1978-1991 (896 GP 262G 411A 673P)
- Trevor Linden 1988-1998, 2001-2008 (1382GP 375G 492A 867P)
- Roberto Luongo 2007- ( 349GP 204W 107L 34SO)
- Henrik Sedin 2000- (839GP 165G 534A 699P)
- Daniel Sedin 2000- (816GP 261G 424A 685P)

Those are the front runners, you can put in anyone else if you'd like.

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On talent alone: Bure
Overall: Linden

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On talent alone: Bure
Overall: Linden

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It's a toss up between the Sedins and Linden, and it will be the Sedins when all is said and done.

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On talent alone: Bure
Overall: Linden
This. Though I agree that when people look back on this era, they will put the Sedins right up there with Linden. If we win the Cup, they'll be gods.

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12-12-2011, 07:50 PM
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is this bizarroland or something? Sedins 'might be' as good as linden?!?!?

did linden ever finish in the top 25 in league scoring, let alone 1st? Linden had a few good seasons as a kid, and a great playoff run, and then he was mediocre. Linden was basically done by the age that the Sedins blossomed. Its not even close.

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This. Though I agree that when people look back on this era, they will put the Sedins right up there with Linden. If we win the Cup, they'll be gods.
If we win a cup the Sedins and Luongo will end up in the hall of fame. Maybe not first ballot, but they'll get there.

People will say Luongo won't, but if we win a cup he'll likely end up top 10 all time in wins (308 now, Osgood is 10th with 401) and shutouts (55 now, 10th is 76) and have an Olympic gold medal and a Stanley Cup.

At the very least he'd get strong consideration.

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It's a toss up between the Sedins and Linden, and it will be the Sedins when all is said and done.
My first thought was that I agree. And then I changed my mind. Bure was the most skilled we had...until the last couple of years. I think both Sedins top the list on the basis of the Art Ross and MVP awards. A Cup would seal the deal, however.

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Depends, really, on what you mean by best Canuck.

If you mean the most talented player, then it's probably Pavel Bure followed very closely by the Sedin Twins.

If you mean most important to the franchise, I would argue it's probably Trevor Linden followed very closely by the Sedin Twins.

I think when all is said and done--especially if they can help us capture the grail--the Sedins will be tops in all categories.

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12-12-2011, 07:58 PM
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Now that a Canuck team has made it to the SCF.. Linden has to get knocked a peg wayyyy down.

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Now that a Canuck team has made it to the SCF.. Linden has to get knocked a peg wayyyy down.
Uhhh... Linden made it to the SCF. He scored two goals in game 7 against the Rangers.

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Yeah, it depends on how one interprets the question.
A) greatest player to ever wear the jersey
B) the player who most symbolizes the Canucks.

For me, Bure and Linden.

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Bure

Henrik

Daniel

Naslund

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Sedin, either of them (though I think Henrik), and it's not really close.

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Uhhh... Linden made it to the SCF. He scored two goals in game 7 against the Rangers.


Amazing.

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Uhhh... Linden made it to the SCF. He scored two goals in game 7 against the Rangers.
and his entire legacy with the canucks was omg he made a SCF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now that a team finally has it's starting to take some of the shine off 94

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It still baffles me the lack of respect Markus Naslund gets. He's hardly been mentioned at all in this thread. He's our all-time leading scorer. His era started the sellout streak that is still going. The excitement level of his talent is 2nd to Pavel Bure only.

Linden was the captain of a team that caught lightning in a bottle and made it to the Cup final while Naslund's didn't. I'm sure if the '94 team had Dan Cloutier between the pipes we would have lost in 5 in the first round vs Calgary.

Naslund was pretty awesome in the community too. Something Linden gets credit for (which is totally fine) but Naslund doesn't.

We all love Linden because he was a good 'ol hard working Canadian player. Yet, comparing Naslund and Linden's on ice accomplishments is apples and oranges. Comparing their off-ice contributions is apples to apples. Yet, Linden is a god and Naslund is an afterthought. It's pretty ridiculous if you ask me.

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Now that a Canuck team has made it to the SCF.. Linden has to get knocked a peg wayyyy down.
Linden led a team of underdogs, albeit a very talented one, to the finals. The 2010 Canucks were favourites to win the Cup from the start of the season until the second period of Game 7.

There's a huge difference there.

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Bure

Henrik

Daniel

Naslund

Linden
find i agree with wester a lot ... THIS

I have been sedin fans since day one, but Bure was nearly a generational talent. His career was short ... but he was the most exciting player in the league ... if he had played with another top level talent .... could you imagine Bure with Gretzky???

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Uhhh... Linden made it to the SCF. He scored two goals in game 7 against the Rangers.
So did Mike Rupp. His team won though. Is Mike Rupp a legend in New Jersey? If that's the criteria, then why not?

It takes a team to go the the Cup Finals, not one player.

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It still baffles me the lack of respect Markus Naslund gets. He's hardly been mentioned at all in this thread. He's our all-time leading scorer. His era started the sellout streak that is still going. The excitement level of his talent is 2nd to Pavel Bure only.

Linden was the captain of a team that caught lightning in a bottle and made it to the Cup final while Naslund's didn't. I'm sure if the '94 team had Dan Cloutier between the pipes we would have lost in 5 in the first round vs Calgary.

Naslund was pretty awesome in the community too. Something Linden gets credit for (which is totally fine) but Naslund doesn't.

We all love Linden because he was a good 'ol hard working Canadian player. Yet, comparing Naslund and Linden's on ice accomplishments is apples and oranges. Comparing their off-ice contributions is apples to apples. Yet, Linden is a god and Naslund is an afterthought. It's pretty ridiculous if you ask me.
Naslund was great and very important to the franchise, even if his last couple of years left a bad taste in everyone's mouth. BUT, he never led the team to anything significant and he'll always be seen on a level just below Linden, Bure, and the Sedins. It might not be fair, though I think it probably is somewhat justified, but that's how it appears to me.

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So did Mike Rupp. His team won though. Is Mike Rupp a legend in New Jersey? If that's the criteria, then why not?

It takes a team to go the the Cup Finals, not one player.
Absolutely, but some players are more important than others. Linden played a pivotal role in that playoff run.

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I'm not sure what people are bagging on me for? I guess I didn't understand what the poster I quoted was trying to say. At any rate, Linden still gets the nod, came through in the clutch (even if the team didn't) and easily the most beloved player in Canucks history.

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and his entire legacy with the canucks was omg he made a SCF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now that a team finally has it's starting to take some of the shine off 94
You're aware that Linden is one of the best game 7 NHL players of all time, right? From the beginning of his career, until the end, when the chips were down you could count on Linden in a game 7.

That is Trevor Linden's legacy.



Even in the twilight of his career, in a year he only scored 12 goals, a game 7 rolls around, and hey, Linden scores a massive goal.

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