Scott Stevens was another, although he didn't put up the points like bourque, coffee and lidstrom. But then again, who makes hits like him?
Chelios should just get recognition because that guy is a machine. Long friggin' career, He could have kept going if someone would have signed him. There is a game on hulu from 1985 I think between the canadiens and nordiques, he's there
I agree, Scott Stevens was another outstanding one. Also glad to see that Chelios is high up on yours, too.....I maintain that if his career PIM wasn't so high, you'd see the points go way up, plus his other on ice stats would probably have been better, overall. Chelios wasn't just tough, he was intimidating. He didn't even need to fight.
Here's another reason I say Coffey's #2 of all time. It may be a personal slant, but I like offense. I like beautiful goals and I simply tolerate beautiful saves (and only when it's against us, at that). People say it takes talent to keep the puck out of the net; I say that it takes talent to put it into
the net, because if no one scored, every game would be 0-0. And i'm saying this as someone who grew to hate Coffey and the Oilers in the 80's. I saw the Jets get massacred
by that team. It's still not that easy for me to say it, because I thought that we had some good teams, but we always had to beat the Oilers (the eventual Cup winner) to get out of the our division. Coffey was like anyone else's 1st line centre, but on the fucking blue line. He was simply that good
The '84-'85 Jets were (and still are) one of two teams in NHL history to have 6 30 goal scorers (Mullen, Steen, Hawerchuk, Smail, Boschman, MacLean...factor in Turnbull and Arniel, and that's 8 guys that scored over 20 goals; factor in all the guys with at least 10 goals and that's 14 guys), and Gretzky and Coffey still handed us our ass every time, lit us up, and made us look like an amateur team. THAT takes some serious talent. As the Jets, we had some of the best offense to ever play this game, and it still wasn't good enough. We were 43-27-10 and it still wasn't good enough. We scored 358 goals that year. Still not good enough.
When you lose to one team that much, you start to acquire a real taste for how you lost, and why--you start to rationalize things, "well, we tried, we gave it our best". We did. Our best, no one's best, at that time, was anywhere close to the Oilers. In my mind, those Oilers 80's teams were the best total team to ever play the game. There's been no team to come around and demolish
teams like those Oilers have; at least in terms of making star studded teams frustrated in defeat. I mean, we're talking demolish. Obliterate. Embarrass. Humble. Destroy.
No one's kidding themselves as to Coffey's defense, and he got burnt alot, but Coffey--at least since Orr--completely defined "offense as the best defense" as an MO. And no one's been able to touch that, since. If it was that easy, someone would have came along in what's almost been 30 years since and have done it. When someone can go head to head with some of the best offensive players to ever play the game (the mid 80's spawning TONS of superstars; legends in themselves), I don't care how good your defense is when you're being peppered with goals at a rate that no one's been able to touch since then. If it's a wild west shootout, you don't bring a knife to the gunfight. Trap hockey, clutch and grab style or not, no one's ever been able to better it since then.
Most goals from a defenseman in one season:
48-Paul Coffey, 1985-86
46-Bobby Orr, 1974-75
40-Paul Coffey, 1983-84
39-Doug Wilson, 1981-82
37-Bobby Orr, 1970-71
37-Bobby Orr, 1971-72
37-Paul Coffey, 1984-85
5-Ian Turnbull, Feb 2, 1977
4-4 goals have been scored in one game by a defenseman 8 times. The first to do it was Harry Cameron on
Dec 26, 1917, and the last to do it was Paul Coffey on Oct 26, 1984.
Most Assists, Career
Most Points, One Season
139-Bobby Orr, 1970-71
138-Paul Coffey, 1985-86
135-Bobby Orr, 1974-75
126-Paul Coffey, 1983-84
122-Bobby Orr, 1973-74
Most Points, One Game
8-Tom Bladon, Dec 11, 1977
8-Paul Coffey, Mar 14, 1986
7-Bobby Orr, Nov 15, 1973
Those were some long, long drives home from Maroons Road in the mid 80's, I tell you.