Who is the best d-man in Nordiques' history ?

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  1. penaltykiller

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    Hello guys ! I don't post much on this board but I read you a lot.

    I could not think of better people to help me with this.


    Of course , anyone with a little bit of hockey knowledge will tell you that Peter Stastny and Michel Goulet were the Nordiques' best forwards ever.

    I don't remember them. I got told stories. My generation is the Sakic , Forsberg , Nolan one.

    One might also say that Daniel Bouchard was the best goalie.


    However , I don't remember anyone talking about the defense. My father kept telling me that Bryan Forgarty was an unreal talent but that he could not overcome his problems.

    Then I ask you , who was the best defenseman ?

    Thanks for the insight :)
     
  2. JT Dutch*

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    ... If we're talking about combined Nordiques and Avalanche, it's likely Adam Foote.

    If we're talking about just the Nordiques, I'd say it's Mario Marois.
     
  3. penaltykiller

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    Yeah it was about the Nordiques only.
     
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    Someone else with Mario Marios? ALRIGHT!
     
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    I think that pretty much ends the debate. I was thinking of Marois as well but I could not believe that I did not find anyone else.
     
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    What a world this is where you favourite Nords D Man was the best D man in their history!
     
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    normand rochefort?
     
  9. penaltykiller

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    Sorry for the confusion , I never saw Marois play...
    I just know his name.

    I really thought there would be more debate for no 1. Everyone seemed unanimous on him so I did not see the point of more discussion.

    I did not mean to be a troll , it was a legitimate question. :(
     
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    Mario Marois easily.
     
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    Pure talent? Your father is right. Bryan Fogarty had everything he needed to be a star in the NHL, except the ability to overcome his addictions.

    Guys like Sundin will tell you there were things Fogarty could do with the puck while he was drunk that Sundin wouldn't try when he was sober.

    But for actual results, I might lean towards Norm Rochefort. Adam Foote hadn't really become the premier shutdown d-man he would be by the time the team left Quebec.
     
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    This. Tremblay was by far the best Nordiques d-man.
     
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    Of course even an older JC Tremblay was a better Nord than Marios but from the original post it seemed that the guy was referring to NHL and not the entire history otherwise Buddy Cloutier and Marc Tardif would have been mentioned IMO.
     
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    My bad, I forgot to mention the WHA years.

    Can someone tell me more about Tremblay ?

    According to hockey reference , he made the jump in the WHA in 1972.He had over a PPG in 3 seasons and his highest total was 89 pts. (He did it twice)
     
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    C1958 will have more 1st hand knowledge of him but he was still a very good Dman in his last 2 seasons with the Habs and the premier Dman in the existence of the WHA, not that that in itself means a ton but he still would have been a top paring Dman on some or maybe up to half the teams in the NHL for maybe half of his WHA career.
     
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    i mostly remember normand rochefort for being the guy i'd never heard of on the '87 canada cup team, but here are a few quotes about him:

    http://www.legendsofhockey.net/LegendsOfHockey/jsp/SearchPlayer.jsp?player=10326

    http://quebecnordiques.blogspot.com/2007/10/normand-rochefort.html


    EDIT:

    among NHL guys, another name is jeff brown. he wasn't great at too many other things that defencemen are supposed to do, but he knew his way around a breakout pass and he was a wizard on the PP.
     
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    Interesting read on Rochefort. Considering the praise that Team Canada '87 got as one of the greatest squads ever, the fact he was on that team says a lot.
     
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    Yeah, this is the guy.
     
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    I think Duchesne had the best single season but IMO Rochefort was the best. I mean, he was picked for Rendezvous LOL
     
  23. JT Dutch*

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    ... I don't believe for a second that Rochefort was better than Marois because he was a pity pick in an All-Star series and a Canada Cup series. When the two of them were on the Nordiques together, Marois was the number one defenseman - and after Marois left, Randy Moller was. Rochefort was a 2nd/3rd defenseman on his best days.
     
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    J.C.Tremblay

    Some claim he is the best dman not in the HHOF. Cases can be made for both positions pro and con.

    Finesse dman, lacked consistency,played forward into junior.

    Inc WHA best Nordiques dman.
     

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