At 31 he's one of the longest-tenured New York players (nine seasons), and with two Stanley Cup rings he's a respected leader who has helped nurture the Rangers' young talent. His 22 points through Sunday gave him 523 in 871 NHL games.
At 34 he was reacquired by New Jersey from the Avalanche in November, after an earlier five-season stint with the Devils. He's a three-time Cup winner notorious for his chippiness, and his 25 points this season gave him 685 in 961 games.
The Verdict: Graves is a more willing checker and consummate team man, but Lemieux's playoff credentials—he led the NHL in playoff goal-scoring twice—makes him our choice.