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A young WG would have been good.  But an old WG was a bad thought.  Glad that didn’t happen. Went to a lot of Canuck v Oiler games (when WG was in his prime) and he was fun to watch.  But the most impressive player was Messier.  And look how embarrassingly crappy he was with us when he was old. 

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Sigh...

 

Mogilny - Gretzky - Russ Courtnall

Gelinas - Linden - Bure

 

Mike Ridley and Mike Sillinger as 3C and 4C.  Ridiculous wealth of talent.

 

It also would have probably been the best line Gretzky ever played on.  Easily the best line he ever played on if it was Mogilny - Gretzky - Bure.  Which might also have to be the best line in NHL history.  Probably the only line in NHL history with a 70 goal scorer, a 90 goal scorer, and a multiple times 60 goal scorer.  That line alone could have destroyed teams on its own.  Bure and Mogilny race ahead with the puck from their own blue line.  If they don't score right away, Gretzky shows up in three seconds to make sure they do.

 

For the next two years in real life, Gretzky still led the NHL in assists playing with whatever the Rangers could scrounge up for him.

 

Oh yeah, Markus Naslund as the 3rd line left wing.  And Scott Walker on his way up as the 3rd line RW.  So...  Naslund - Ridley (I guess replace him with Sillinger or a free agent when his skates refuse to fit) - Scott Walker as the third line.  Absolutely insane.

 

 

 

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8 hours ago, McBackup said:

How many times do we need to poke at this scab?

My thoughts as well.

 

This is old news been reported and discussed time ad time again and covered in numerous books.

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3 hours ago, nucklehead said:

makes no difference to me. i hated seeing any ex olier in a canucks jersey. messier, Tikkanen , even randy gregg. 

Carson and Gelinas were a couple good ones on the 94 team.

 

Makes no difference to me where they played before as long as they embrace the Canucks and the fans when they are here.

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I'm sorry, but for any fans who remember, Wayne Gretzky of 1996 was not Wayne Gretzky of the 1980s. He was basically the Simpsons' Mr. Burns on skates. Sure, he could still get assists on power plays, but his play in its entirety was very lacking. It wouldn't have helped us in any significant way at that point. 

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5 minutes ago, Slegr said:

I'm sorry, but for any fans who remember, Wayne Gretzky of 1996 was not Wayne Gretzky of the 1980s. He was basically the Simpsons' Mr. Burns on skates. Sure, he could still get assists on power plays, but his play in its entirety was very lacking. It wouldn't have helped us in any significant way at that point. 

 

He played three years with the Rangers before retiring.  He led the league in assists for two of those seasons.  They made the playoffs one year and Gretzky turned it up...he was the NHL's best player those playoffs.  10 goals and 20 points in 15 games...he even regained his goal scoring when it really mattered.

 

And he led the league in assists with the Rangers playing with pretty middling wingers.  Here are the top four wingers on the team that season.  Graves (61 pts), Nicklas Sundstrom (52 pts), Luc Robitaille (48 pts), Alexei Kovalev (35 pts).  Gretzky had 72 assists...more than any winger on the team had points.  25 assists were on the power play, 46 even strength.  46 was one behind Mario Lemieux (47) for the NHL lead in even strength assists, and Lemieux played a full season that year.

 

Gretzky was diminishing...but he was an elite player until his final season.

 

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, Alflives said:

A young WG would have been good.  But an old WG was a bad thought.  Glad that didn’t happen. Went to a lot of Canuck v Oiler games (when WG was in his prime) and he was fun to watch.  But the most impressive player was Messier.  And look how embarrassingly crappy he was with us when he was old. 

The difference is having brought in Gretzky likely wouldn't have led to the dismantling of what could have been a great team with him on it, older or not 

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3 hours ago, GB5 said:

Carson and Gelinas were a couple good ones on the 94 team.

 

Makes no difference to me where they played before as long as they embrace the Canucks and the fans when they are here.

Paul Reinhart (just as bad seeing an ex-Lamer in a Canucks jersey) had a great impact in the limited time he spent here.

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2 hours ago, Coconuts said:

The difference is having brought in Gretzky likely wouldn't have led to the dismantling of what could have been a great team with him on it, older or not 

Might've been not enough money to sign that puke that stole the #11.  That by itself would've been a huge net positive.:lol:

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2 hours ago, Coconuts said:

The difference is having brought in Gretzky likely wouldn't have led to the dismantling of what could have been a great team with him on it, older or not 

100%, but on the flip side... we don't get the West Coast Express in the 2000s in that scenario, and we don't draft the Sedins so we miss out on 2011.

 

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