SaintAngerBH wrote: #JTONTFJTGM wrote:
Troy McClure wrote:Ralph told some fun stories about smoking with Zubov while on the road. He also is going to get himself removed from Modano's Christmas card list because he said Zubov was the best player on the '99 team.
I love Zubov. LOVE him.
But Ralph must be back on drugs if that's what he believes. And it must be some really powerful *poo poo*, too.
In four fewer games played in the 1998-'99 regular season Modano outscored Zubov 81-51 and was +29 to Zubov's +9, outscored him 23-13 in the '99 playoffs and 7 to 3 in the '99 Stanley Cup Final while assisting on every one of the Stars' last five goals in the series after his left wrist was broken in Game 2.
You do realize that Zubov was a defenseman right? Defensemen generally don't score as much as first line centers.
As a matter of fact I do, since I was watching him play in person at Madison Square Garden as a 22-year-old NHL rookie who scored 31 points in 49 games when I'm guessing you wouldn't have known who he was.
The next season I saw him lead his Presidents' Trophy and Stanley Cup-winning team in scoring with 89 points, five more than Mark Messier and 10 more than Brian Leetch and Adam Graves, who each played in six more games than Zubov did.
And I was at the Garden for every playoff game that season, watching him set up his team's first two goals and help to set their third in motion in their 3-2 win over the Canucks in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, ending his team's, and their fans', 54-year wait for the Stanley Cup.
In the lockout-shortened 48-game 1995 season, his last with the Rangers, I watched him score 36 points in 38 games, finishing third to Messier's 53 points in 46 games and Leetch's 41 points in 48 games.
During their 12 seasons as teammates in Dallas, Zubov scored 549 points in 839 regular season games for an average of 53.7 points per 82 games played and Modano scored 817 points in 899 games for an average of 74.5 points per 82 games played.
This is how their scoring compared during their first seven seasons together from ages 26-32 when the Stars were at their best:
1996-'97 - Zubov 43 points in 78 games, Modano 83 points in 80 games.
1997-'98 - Zubov 57 points in 73 games, Modano 59 points in 52 games.
1998-'99 - Zubov 51 points in 81 games, Modano 81 points in 77 games.
'99-2000 - Zubov 42 points in 77 games, Modano 81 points in 77 games.
2000-'01 - Zubov 51 points in 79 games, Modano 84 points in 81 games.
2001-'02 - Zubov 44 points in 80 games, Modano 77 points in 78 games.
2002-'03 - Zubov 55 points in 82 games, Modano 85 points in 79 games.
Zubov scored 72 points in 114 playoff games with the Stars from 1997-2008 and during that time Modano scored 108 points in 126 games.
11 of those playoff games that Zubov missed were the Stars' five-game win over the Oilers in the first round of the 2000 playoffs and their six-game win over the defending Stanley Cup Champion Ducks in the first round of the 2008 playoffs.
I fully understand and appreciate Zubov's greatness. My guess is that I saw more of it than any of you did so the point here is not to show that he wasn't great but more to show how otherworldly great Mike Modano was and especially was for this team.
I've been reading what some of you have been spewing about him since the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page days and I've never quite been able to gauge how much of it is simply for yuks and how much of it is possibly personal dislike for him but it's hard to believe that so many of you could possibly not comprehend who and what he was as a hockey player and what he meant to the Dallas Stars.