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Posted - 10/16/2010 :  17:45:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Poll Question:
Who contributed more to the success of their co-superduperstar?


Espo contributed more to Orr than Coffey did to Gretzky
Coffey contributed more to Gretzky than Espo did to Orr

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Posted - 10/16/2010 :  18:40:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'd have to say ONLY from a points perspective, Espo helped Orr, I'm sure half of his goals were standing in front of the net, watching Orr, along with everyone else on the ice, and knocking in the junk, after Orr dazzled everyone.

I think Gretzky would have put up tremendous numbers regardless of who he was with, that kind of game, as would Orr, but as the question asks, Espo helped more than Coffey in my opinion.
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Posted - 10/17/2010 :  16:24:28  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I agree Espo completed alot of Orrs great plays Gretzky setup and finished.
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Posted - 10/18/2010 :  07:39:48  Reply with Quote
I believe that Coffey contributed to Gretzkys success more than Orr did for Espo because, the success with the Oilers was to get the puck to Gretzky asap, wherease, Orr was a dman, that could carry the offence, while still great enough to do his job as a dman.
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Posted - 10/18/2010 :  08:36:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Having limited experience in watching Orr and Esposito, it's hard to appreciate which players had a bigger impact.

I personally think that Paul Coffey was the best 'wingman' who wasn't a wingman in the history of the game. If you look purely statistically speaking, Coffey supported both Gretzky and Lemieux at different times through his career and both had better production while playing on a team with Coffey than without him.

I also think that it was Esposito that had a benefit from playing with Orr and not the other way around. Granted it still would have taken a talented player to do what Esposito did. However, put one of the other brilliant goal scorers from that period with Orr and they would have produced more.

Great players make the players around them better.
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