Valeri Kamensky

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    Kamensky was a beast but injuries slowed him. I don't think he had effort problems. In fact, he was a very hard worker on the Avs teams. And his line with Lemieux and Forsberg was the stuff of legends. One of five best snapshots in the world at that time.
     
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    Yeah, it was terrible. Ew. Anyway, I was probably wrong to begin with. Fedorov beat him in the final of the fastest skater competition in 92. Mogilny wouldn't have made it to the final in 94 (it was Coffey who got smoked by Sergei).

    The video of the final race used to be on YouTube; just not anymore, which is too bad, as it's quite possibly one of the most (if not the single most) breathtaking race. You can probably imagine Mogilny held his own.

    Anyway, unlike Staniowski who saw them play as a bunch of teenagers, I always thought and felt Fedorov was faster. Other than that, yeah, Mogilny was very smooth and elegant and natural.

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    43rd NHL All-Star Game

    A photo finish. Mogilny lost by a hair. Somebody should put the video back up.

    Here's the ugly moment that feels painful to watch:



    It was actually the second fracture in twelve months and quite possibly the one that kinda broke his spirit and passion for the game.
     
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    Kamensky looked Kovalchuky...

     
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    Kamensky's injury cut short by a bad leg injury gang? Was this some point after he went to the Rangers I take it? What happened?
     
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    It was before he even got to the NHL. He broke his leg in a game with the Soviet national team in August 1991 and was out for half a year. After he had finally joined the Nordiques in February 1992, an ankle injury apparently followed. He wasn't the skater he had been before:

     
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    Kamensky peaked at 29 years of age back in 1996 with that 85 point season. He had good two way-play and great foot speed to go along with his high hockey IQ. Probably a top 5 or 6 LW in the game at his peak, who could elevate his game to the next level in the big games (eg 96 and 97 playoffs).
     
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    Ah, yes. That goal. That's a classic.
     
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    He also knocked out Ulf Samuelsson with a single blow.

    Well, was a 1-2 actually (in case the cross connects).

     
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    He was finished by the time he signed with the Rangers. However, I remember when he went to the Devils, i was sitting behind him during a devil's game(guess he was a healthy stratch for them) don't think I ever saw someone in better shape in my life.
     
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    Interesting to learn that he was considered a good two-way player....this piques my interest in terms of checking out his plus/minus numbers throughout his career and stuff. Although a lot of time has passed where I've forgotten about this a bit....and I focus more on Ranford supposedly "going off the deep end," in the Wings-Avs 99 quarters it was written the Avs getting Kamensky back for game 3 was a bit of a turning point in the series.
     
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    I agree completely with this. Kamensky was a no drama, stoic, often-expressionless talent, who could dazzle and shoot with the best of them. I loved watching him play - definitely an underrated player.
     
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    Thought he would break out and display all that talent when he came to the Rangers but he just absolutely disappeared You would see flashes of his skill then he would be irrelevant for the next 4 games. Another failed Ranger signing during the Dark Ages
     
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    I had forgotten about this one. I always liked him as a player but that makes me love him :D:clap:

    I ****ing hate Samuelsson.
     

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