Gaucho wrote:Didn't know he waa that unhappy.
Legends of Hockey wrote:'Quiet, thoughtful, methodical,' wrote the National Post, summarizing the outstanding career of Larry Murphy.
The story of Larry Murphy is one of perseverance and longevity. Quietly yet efficiently, Murphy has delivered one of the most productive careers of any blueliner in NHL history.
Murphy's slick playmaking and good slap shot helped Pittsburgh win their first Stanley Cup. Murphy played a huge role in that initial Cup victory, scoring 23 points in 23 games.
Murphy was more of a passer than a rusher, preferring to pinch into the offensive zone while expertly manning the point. He was one of the best I have ever seen at holding the blue line, almost always blocking bad clearing attempts by desperate defensive teams. He was a great skater in his younger days, and possessed an excellent collection of shots.
Though he had good size, he never really played a physical game. He would bump his check off the puck rather than make strong takeouts. He relied on an heady stick checking defensive game that he excelled at due to his great hockey sense, ability to read the oncoming attack, and his flawless positioning.
Former Coach XXXXXX XXXXXX wrote:Murphy was a smart, studious player. It was his understanding of what he could do that made him special. He formed a great partnership in Pittsburgh with XXX XXXXXXXXXX.
He was good because he read the plays so well. He never got flustered.
Jaromir Jagr wrote:He's the smartest player I've ever seen.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Aug. 2, 1995 wrote:Larry Murphy is traded for a defenseman who makes about one-third as much money and has been about one-third the player.
mikey287 wrote:I'll also say that I - and by extension, we - are tainting the results of an all-time list by drafting teams for competition. But this way, I've found, is more fun than sitting there and trying to compile top-10 lists of every position and merging them and what not. Here we can draft and make teams and get people involved without it seeming like a research paper. I say this because Marc-Andre Fleury - with respect to the pick, it had to be done, I know - is not the 9th best player in our history. Nor is Barrasso 10th. Nor is Barrasso 9th nor is Fleury 10th. But, when you're put in this type of atmosphere - this is what happens.
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