Which all-time team has the best starting man unit?

Discussion in 'The History of Hockey' started by authentic, Sep 27, 2018.

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Who has the best 5?

Poll closed Oct 11, 2018.
  1. Oilers

    16.7%
  2. Penguins

    8.3%
  3. Bruins

    8.3%
  4. Canadiens

    55.6%
  5. Red Wings

    8.3%
  6. Blackhawks

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. None of the above

    2.8%
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  1. authentic

    authentic Registered User

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    Edmonton

    McDavid-Gretzky-Messier (Kurri)

    Coffey-Lowe

    Pittsburgh

    Crosby-Lemieux-Jagr (Malkin)

    Murphy-Gonchar

    Boston

    Bucyk-Esposito-Neely (Bergeron)

    Orr-Bourque (Shore)

    Montreal

    Lafleur-Beliveau-Richard (Morenz)

    Harvey-Robinson (Savard)

    Detroit

    Fedorov-Yzerman-Howe (Datsyuk)

    Lidstrom-Kelly

    Chicago

    Hull-Mikita-Kane (Toews)

    Chelios-Pilote (Keith)
     
  2. blogofmike

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    Toss in 06 Pronger instead of Lowe and I'll go Oilers. If Lowe is mandatory, probably not.
     
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  3. McGarnagle

    McGarnagle Yes.

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    Hate to admit it, but Montreal AINEC
     
  4. VanIslander

    VanIslander Don't waste my time

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    The 1987 Canada Cup starting line-up had Gretzky, Lemieux and Bourque.
     
  5. The Panther

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    Remember the Power-play of Gretzky, Lemieux, Messier, Bourque, and Coffey? Good grief...
     
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    It was great, but Bourque and Coffey didn't seem to click together. Which is fair for a short tournament where they've never played together before, but those Soviets kept blitzing them for SH chances.
     
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    You're right. Defensively, it didn't really work. Actually, I thought Coffey and MacInnis were a perfect pair at Canada Cup '91.

    But anyway, offensively, that '87 fivesome was lights-out.
     
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    Pretty much any all time poll goes to Montreal. This one is no different.
     
  9. Neutrinos

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    Coffey played for 5 of the 6 teams in the poll

    I'd almost certainly have him in Pittsburgh's lineup over Gonchar
     
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    except for all time defense...pretty much this holds up
     
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    If the proper Detroit team were listed (Lindsay in, Fedorov out), I might have voted for them.
     
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    VanIslander Don't waste my time

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    CSKA Moscow is a club team that could give any NHL squad a run for their money:

    Kharlamov - Fedorov - Makarov
    Fetisov - Kasatonov

    Note: Fedorov played on the team 1986-90.
     
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    1. Montreal.

    2a. Boston.

    2b. Edmonton.

    3. Pittsburgh

    4. Detroit.

    5. Chicago.
     
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    I didn't think playing with them for one year would qualify him, but if that was the case I agree we would have our answer.
     
  15. authentic

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    Reminds me of Toronto's this season. :sarcasm:
     
  16. authentic

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    Using the same player twice kinda takes away from the comparison though.
     
  17. authentic

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    Would you rather Lindsay over a peak Fedorov though? I guess I didn't specify peaks, but IMO it adds more diversity to their line up, Lindsay was like a mini Howe.
     
  18. Mike Farkas

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    Was Lindsay as well rounded as Howe...or even Fedorov for that matter? In my head, I equated Lindsay with Maurice Richard Jr. ...work-a-day, passionate, goal scoring wingers that weren't exactly geniuses out there but did work their bags off...
     
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    Maybe, but omitting more deserving players doesn't make it a legitimate "all-time team"
     
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    I mean, Fedorov's 93-94 is better than Lindsay's or a lot of other players. But beyond that season... Lindsay's prime was easily better. Plus he's a natural LW.

    Lindsay was very well rounded, unlike Maurice Richard, who was mainly a goal scoring machine.

    No, he wasn't as good defensively as Fedorov, but he was a lot better offensively (other than 93-94 of course)
     
  21. Claude Pepe Lemieux

    Claude Pepe Lemieux Greatest Montreal Canadiens of all time! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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    Montreal, the greatest dynasty of all-time has the greatest starting man unit.
     
  22. tony d

    tony d Registered User Sponsor

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    Went with Montreal.
     
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    I think Montreal is getting overrated here.

    Forwards are easily Pittsburgh (although I'd put Coffey there), defensemen -- easily Boston.

    As a 5 man-unit: Edmonton, especially with Pronger.
     
  24. Claude Pepe Lemieux

    Claude Pepe Lemieux Greatest Montreal Canadiens of all time! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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    :lol:

    All those 5 man-units are all-time greats but Montreal has the best.
     
  25. mydogsparty

    mydogsparty Greatness Personified

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    I like the 6 franchises selected but where are the goalies?

    Edmonton: Fuhr
    Pittsburgh: Barrasso, Fleury
    Boston: Thompson, Brimsek
    Montreal: Durnan, Plante, Dryden, Roy (?)
    Detroit: Sawchuk, Hasek, Osgood
    Chicago: Hall, T.Esposito

    It’s pretty hard NOT to pick Montreal in this scenario. I do love how the Boston & Chicago teams have wingers playing their original positions (Bucyk-LW, Neely-RW, Bo.Hull-LW, P.Kane-RW). They get extra credit from me for that.
     
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