Originally posted by Riggins44@Jun 10 2004, 01:07 PM
CJ, as an affirmed Bruin hater (as a Whalers zealot), I've gotta say Ray Borque runs circles around Paul C. in total, all-around game.
First, I personally hate PC for refusing to play with the Whalers in 1995 (along with sleazball Shanahan), so I'm definitely biased to a degree against the bum.......
Anyway, Ray Bourque led all players in minutes played in his final NHL season (vintage Borgue at 41*) . He was a stallwart for years and years and could defend his goalie as well Rob Langway. He could, also, join the rush or QB the powerplay as well as anyone in the game in the 1990's (Ron Francis, Mark Messier included)....
PC was a forward playing D, who became a carpetbagger for over decade putting up average numbers (terrible on defense)--going from team to team almost everyseason. That did taint his image in the eyes of most us that really caught up with hockey in the 2nd half of the 1980's.
In my opinion, Gretzky and Mess were the men in Edmonton.........PC was a skilled offensive player along for the ride in an era of huge stats.
*No doubt in my mind Borque could still play well today in the NHL .......
Rigs, fair enough. He pissed off a lot of Oilers fans when he left too because of more $. But PC didn't like the media. And in turn, the media didn't like PC. We all know that can shape an entire generation's fans into forming a lasting impression on what kind of "player" you are.
If PC was Mr. Ray Bourque, nice, accomodating, never speaks his mind, and ultimately a bad interview he'd be lauded as one of the greatest ever. But insted, they aren't bad mouthing him, they just ignore him...which is worse, IMO.