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Greatest Defenceman of All Time #3

View Poll Results: Who is the greatest defencemen of all time? #3
Doug Harvey 48 50.00%
Denis Potvin 10 10.42%
Ray Bourque 24 25.00%
Red Kelly 1 1.04%
Larry Robinson 4 4.17%
Chris Chelios 1 1.04%
Paul Coffey 2 2.08%
Nick Lidstrom 1 1.04%
Scott Stevens 2 2.08%
Slava Fetisov 3 3.13%
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05-12-2006, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by bcrt2000
So.. from 1981 to 1987, you would have rather had a defensive specialist in place of Coffey on the Oilers? I'm pretty sure that would have decreased their offensive dominance a little bit, with Gretzky or not. Which means he was just as valuable then to his team as a Lidstrom or a Pronger is now in the current NHL. So you can't restrict the title of "best defenseman" to only defensive players. Maybe you can make another poll for the "best defensive defensemen" or something.
No I would rather have had a player who excelled in both offense and defense such as Chelios, Bourque, Potvin, Robinson, Stevens and Howe. Basically the Neidermayers, Lidstroms and Prongers of their day.

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