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WHOM WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE?
Kostya Kennedy
January 29, 2001
MARK MESSIER RANGERS C OR RON FRANCIS HURRICANES C
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January 29, 2001

Whom Would You Rather Have?

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MARK MESSIER RANGERS C OR RON FRANCIS HURRICANES C

New York's vocal captain turned 40 last week, and through Sunday he was fourth alltime with 1,756 points. He'd had 42 of them this season but hadn't rallied mediocre New York into postseason contention.

Carolina's quiet captain turns 38 in March, and he recently became the NHL's fifth-leading career scorer (1,597 points). He has a team-high 38 points this year and has led mediocre Carolina into postseason contention.

The Verdict: Francis may have more left in his legs than Messier does, but we'll still take Mess, who hits as well as scores.

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