Sunday, March 06, 2005

Best All Time Player By Team Northeast Division

This is the fourth post in the series.

Boston Bruins- Bobby Orr. He's the best defenceman ever. This franchise has a long history with Eddie Shore, Dit Clapper, Lionel Hitchman, Tiny Thompson and Milt Schmidt from the early days. Johnny Bucyk, Gerry Cheevers and Phil Esposito were Orr's contemporaries. Ray Bourque, Rick Middleton and Cam Neely are more recent. Joe Thornton is a current player who will take the best run at this position.

Buffalo Sabres- Gilbert Perreault. The all time team leader in most stats. Dominik Hasek is his closest contender. Mike and Craig Ramsey, Rene Robert and Rick Martin are also contenders. Recently, Miroslav Satan is the best player they have had.

Montreal Canadiens- Maurice Richard. This team has the best group of players in their history. Richard still leads in all time goals more than 40 years after his retirement. Early day stars include Newsy Lalonde, George Hainsworth, Georges Vezina, Howie Morenz, Joe Malone and Aurel Joliat. Elmer Lach, Bill Durnan and Toe Blake came up with Rocket Richard. Jacques Plante, Jean Beliveau, Doug Harvey, Bernie Geoffrion and Henri Richard are the next bunch. Ken Dryden, Guy Lafleur, Bob Gainey and Larry Robinson are next. More recently there is Patrick Roy and Markus Naslund. Saku Koivu and Jose Theodore are the top of the current crew.

Ottawa Senators- Daniel Alfredsson. Alexei Yashin was their first star. Marian Hossa, Wade Redden and Zdeno Chara are stars today. Alfredsson is the only one who was there through most of their history as a star.

Toronto Maple Leafs- Turk Broda. Suprising choice for a long storied franchise? He was the key to their 3 Stanley Cups in a row in the late 40's. Other early stars include King Clancy, Syl Apps, Ted Kennedy and Charlie Conacher. Next came George Armstrong, Tim Horton, Johnny Bower and Frank Mahovlich. In the 70's there were Darryl Sittler and Borje Salming. Then Rick Vaive, Doug Gilmour and currently Mats Sundin.

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