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Top 10 "Greatest Leafs of All-Time"
« on: November 18, 2012, 05:29:59 AM »
Sportsnet is coming out with a magazine devoted to the "Greatest Leafs of All-Time", a sure collector's edition.  Since they are also taking in the fans views on the above subject here...


http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/the_greatest_maple_leafs_of_all_time_ranking_poll/


...just for fun, I was wondering what would the choices be for many of us on the boards based on the presented players to choose from?


Mine are:  (from the Sportsnet list)

1. Teeder Kennedy
2. George Armstrong
3. Syl Apps
4. Charlie Conacher
5. King Clancy
6. Johnny Bower
7. Mats Sundin
8. Borje Salming
9. Dave Keon
10. Darryl Sittler


Here, by the way, is the list:  (in alpahbetical order)...

Syl Apps
George Armstrong
Max Bentley
Johnny Bower
Turk Broda
King Clancy
Wendel Clark
Charlie Conacher
Hap Day
Gordie Drillon
Dick Duff
Babe Dye
Ron Ellis
Doug Gilmour
Red Horner
Tim Horton
Buster Jackson
Curtis Joseph
Red Kelly
Teeder Kennedy
Dave Keon
Harry Lumley
Frank Mahovlich
Lanny McDonald
Joe Primeau
Borje Salming
Darryl Sittler
Allan Stanley

Mats Sundin
Rick Vaive
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Re: Top 10 "Greatest Leafs of All-Time"
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2012, 06:52:46 AM »
1. Mats Sundin
2. Dave Keon
3. Turk Broda
4. Ted Kennedy
5. Borje Salming
6. Darryl Sittler
7. George Armstrong
8. Frank Mahovlich
9. Ron Ellis
10. Charlie Conacher

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Re: Top 10 "Greatest Leafs of All-Time"
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2012, 09:08:43 AM »
1. Mats Sundin
2. Teeder Kennedy
3. Dave Keon
4. Borje Salming
5. Frank Mahovlich
6. Daryl Sittler
7. Johnny Bower
8. George Armstrong
9. Doug Gilmour
10. Wendel Clark

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Re: Top 10 "Greatest Leafs of All-Time"
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2012, 09:14:56 AM »
I'll continue to swear by Salming/Sundin 1/2 (and probably ever so narrowly in that order) until the day I die I imagine.

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Re: Top 10 "Greatest Leafs of All-Time"
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2012, 09:17:20 AM »
1. Mats
2. Dave Keon
3, Darryl Sittler
4. Teeder Kennedy
5. Tim Horton
6. Borje Salming
7. Johnny Bower
8. Charlie Conacher
9. Wendel Clark
10. Lanny McDonald

edit: I guess he's fallen out of favour to some but I'm pretty sure Tim Horton has the most All-NHL First Team selections of any Leafs defenseman in history. 4 cups, consecutive game record that stood until 2007, ranked #43 on THN's list of 100 greatest players...he was more than a fried dough enthusiast, folks.
« Last Edit: November 18, 2012, 09:28:07 AM by Nik V. Debs »
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Re: Top 10 "Greatest Leafs of All-Time"
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2012, 05:10:13 PM »
I'll continue to swear by Salming/Sundin 1/2 (and probably ever so narrowly in that order) until the day I die I imagine.
Even though I had Salming 4th I wouldn't disagree with that. He's the all-time Leafs leader in goals, assists, and points by a defenseman, he was a great all-around player that could skate, shoot, pass, and play physical, he was a Swedish hockey pioneer, and the best Swedish defenseman of all-time.

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Re: Top 10 "Greatest Leafs of All-Time"
« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2012, 05:26:09 PM »
Even though I had Salming 4th I wouldn't disagree with that. He's the all-time Leafs leader in goals, assists, and points by a defenseman, he was a great all-around player that could skate, shoot, pass, and play physical, he was a Swedish hockey pioneer, and the best Swedish defenseman of all-time.

Um, no.
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Re: Top 10 "Greatest Leafs of All-Time"
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2012, 05:40:09 PM »
Yeah, as big as a Salming nut as I was/am, even I can't say that. Though I would have loved have seen him play in this era.

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Re: Top 10 "Greatest Leafs of All-Time"
« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2012, 05:40:28 PM »
Even though I had Salming 4th I wouldn't disagree with that. He's the all-time Leafs leader in goals, assists, and points by a defenseman, he was a great all-around player that could skate, shoot, pass, and play physical, he was a Swedish hockey pioneer, and the best Swedish defenseman of all-time.

Um, no.

Agreed and that isn't a slight against Salming at all...Lidstrom has to take this title. Not to mention he's possibly the greatest defenseman of all time regardless of nationality.

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Re: Top 10 "Greatest Leafs of All-Time"
« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2012, 05:45:03 PM »
Even though I had Salming 4th I wouldn't disagree with that. He's the all-time Leafs leader in goals, assists, and points by a defenseman, he was a great all-around player that could skate, shoot, pass, and play physical, he was a Swedish hockey pioneer, and the best Swedish defenseman of all-time.

Um, no.
Agreed. Typing that was a huge oversight on my part. I forgot about Nik to be honest  :o

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Re: Top 10 "Greatest Leafs of All-Time"
« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2012, 05:47:26 PM »
Fwiw, mine:

1. Sundin
2. Keon
3. Sittler
4. Horton
5. Salming
6. Mahovlich
7. Armstrong
8. Bower
9. Ellis
10. Clark

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Re: Top 10 "Greatest Leafs of All-Time"
« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2012, 05:48:12 PM »

Agreed. Typing that was a huge oversight on my part. I forgot about Nik to be honest  :o

No worries. We all do that.

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Re: Top 10 "Greatest Leafs of All-Time"
« Reply #12 on: November 19, 2012, 06:32:41 PM »
Even though I had Salming 4th I wouldn't disagree with that. He's the all-time Leafs leader in goals, assists, and points by a defenseman, he was a great all-around player that could skate, shoot, pass, and play physical, he was a Swedish hockey pioneer, and the best Swedish defenseman of all-time.

Um, no.
Agreed. Typing that was a huge oversight on my part. I forgot about Nik to be honest  :o

Hey, Borje was the greatest Swedish defenseman of all time!  Right up until 1995.
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Re: Top 10 "Greatest Leafs of All-Time"
« Reply #13 on: December 11, 2012, 08:21:39 PM »
As far as I'm concerned there's a few guys I wouldn't consider as wrong answers for the greatest Leaf ever but yesterday, Mike Ulmer made a case for my guy, Borje Salming;

http://blog.mapleleafs.com/salming-could-be-best-leaf-ever/
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Re: Top 10 "Greatest Leafs of All-Time"
« Reply #14 on: December 11, 2012, 08:48:16 PM »
As far as I'm concerned there's a few guys I wouldn't consider as wrong answers for the greatest Leaf ever but yesterday, Mike Ulmer made a case for my guy, Borje Salming;

http://blog.mapleleafs.com/salming-could-be-best-leaf-ever/

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That Borje Salming is the best-ever Leafs defenceman is above debate.

I'm sorry but that flat-out makes Ulmer sound like a complete stooge. When the Hockey News did their list of the 100 greatest players of all-time in '98 Salming finished 74th. Tim Horton finished 43rd. Horton has more 1st team all-NHL selections. He won 4 cups. He was named the 59th greatest Canadian of all time. He made a fine donut.

Favor Salming all you want but to say it's not a debate is just flat-out dumb. I'd be more than happy making the Timmy Horton case. 
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Re: Top 10 "Greatest Leafs of All-Time"
« Reply #14 on: December 11, 2012, 08:48:16 PM »