Posted 10 April 2013 - 12:07 PM
I was more talking along the lines of when contract time is coming up. Stevens and Brodeur get passes yet MacLean never did in his entire time here.
Different era, and unfortunately Mac was never the same after his ACL injury. He did have those three years of 42, 41, and 45 goals, but that came in the Live Puck Era, where 40+ goals wasn't as big of a deal. Mac was important in his own way, in that he was truly the symbol of the team he was playing for, for most of his Devil career...just like his Devils, MacLean was fighting for every inch and every last bit of respect he could get. I think he was one of the most important players in helping the organization make the transition from afterthought to contender, but I can't put him on Stevens' and Brodeur's level. Stevens and Brodeur are Hall Of Famers, all-time greats who were among the best at their positions. MacLean was a good player who put up some nice numbers in an era full of nice numbers. Not minimizing his importance, and he's still my favorite all-time Devil, but I don't think he was ever worthy of Stevens/Brodeur treatment.
Edited by Colorado Rockies 1976, 10 April 2013 - 12:08 PM.
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