ScubaSteve wrote:I’m willing to admit that Modano was the 4th or 5th best player on the 99 Cup team.
Brett Hull: 741 goals, 650 assists in 1269 games good for 1.10 points per game
Sergei Zubov: 152 goals, 771 assists in 1068 games good for 0.864 points per game as a defenseman
Joe Nieuwendyk: 564 goals, 562 assists in 1257 games good for 0.896 points per game
Mike Modano: 561 goals, 813 assists in 1499 games good for 0.917 points per game
Modano was only marginally better than Nieuwendyk, so at best he was 3rd on that team in talent if you exclude Belfour because he is a goalie and Lehtinen because his intangibles and Selkes are hard to compare.
Their three seasons as teammates with the Stars in the 1999, 2000 and 2001 playoffs:
Mike Modano: 55 games, 18 goals, 35 assists, 53 points, 0.964 points per game
Brett Hull: 55 games, 21 goals, 25 assists, 46 points, 0.836 points per game
Joe Nieuwendyk: 53 games, 22 goals, 13 assists, 35 points, 0.66 points per game
Sergei Zubov: 51 games, 4 goals, 24 assists, 28 points, 0.549 points per game
Jere Lehtinen: 46 games, 12 goals, 8 assists, 20 points, 0.435 points per game
During those playoffs the Stars lost the only games Modano (2-1 loss in Game 2 of the second round against the Blues in 2001) and Hull (2-1 loss in Game 4 of the 1999 Final in Buffalo) missed due to injury, won two of the three games Nieuwendyk missed (3-2 overtime win in Game 3, 2-1 overtime loss in Game 4 and 4-3 overtime win in Game 5 of the first round against the Oilers in 2001), beat the Oilers four games to one in the first round in 2000 when Zubov and Lehtinen didn't play in the series, and beat the Sharks four games to one in the next round when Lehtinen didn't play in the series.
The Stars lost Game 7 of their 2007 first round series (4-1 with two, late empty-net goals) in Vancouver without Zubov but beat the defending Stanley Cup Champion Anaheim Ducks in six games in the first round of the 2008 playoffs and won the first game of their next series in San Jose without him, making them 9-4 in the playoffs when he didn't play.
With two of the nine goals the defending Stanley Cup Champion Stars scored against the Devils in the 2000 Final occurring when trailing 7-1 in the third period of Game 1, they were eliminated in double overtime of Game 6 of a series in which Modano (Game 5's only goal in triple overtime, three assists, even plus/minus) and Hull (both goals in Game 2's 2-1 win, two assists, minus-2) each scored four points, Lehtinen scored three points (all assists, plus-1), Nieuwendyk scored one goal, had no assists and was minus-4, and Zubov scored no points and was minus-5.https://www.hockey-reference.com/playoffs/2000-dallas-stars-vs-new-jersey-devils-stanley-cup-final.html