View Full Version : Iggy or Vinny? You make the call
10-29-2008, 08:22 PM
In the 2004 Stanley Cup Final, one of the most memorable exchanges occurred in Game 3, when the Lightning's Vincent Lecavalier and the Flames' Jarome Iginla, each team's best player and biggest star, dropped the gloves.
The fight sparked both teams to a memorable seven-game series, eventually won by the Lightning.
Who won the fight that night in Calgary four years ago is pretty meaningless. What does matter, though, is who the better player is. That's for the fans to decide. Drop us your opinions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rest of the article and two Iggy vs Vinny polls at NHL.com (http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=389057)
10-29-2008, 08:52 PM
You can't really compare them as they're 2 different players.
Iginla is a power forward, Lecavalier, for whatever reason just won't impose his will on other players. Iginla can use finesse, just as Vinny can, but I think playing out in the Western Conference doesn't allow a player even at that level to get away with a majority of his game being finesse, outside of Sakic and Madon...er...Modano, and maybe a few others, they all have to be physical at one point or another.
Finesse and natural talent, I give it to Vinny, hard work, leadrship and WANTING to be the guy when you need a GTG or GWG, I give that to Iginla.
10-29-2008, 09:50 PM
Vinny's Stanley Cups - 1
Iginla's Stanley Cups - 0
10-30-2008, 08:17 AM
I agree that you can't compare them. If both stay healthy, they will each be in the Hall and put up 1,000 points. Ultimately, it's in the eye of the beholder with those two guys. I honestly like Iggy. Yes, he's done some dumb things like the tirade in Game 7. But i think he's a pretty classy, tough-nosed player in the long run.
10-30-2008, 01:14 PM
I would take 10 Vinny's over Iggy. That's because I have had many opportunities to interact with Vinny off the ice and he is great guy and a great player. I did not care for Iggy's antics in the Finals, they were rude and uncalled for so that is why he would not be my choice.
10-30-2008, 04:40 PM
Looking at the 2 polls Iginla leads somewhere around 2 to 1 in the voting. How much different would those figures be if VL played in Canada or say, New York?
Agree also that they are two different type players.
10-30-2008, 04:42 PM
Used to love Iginla. Then 2004 rolled around and the super Iginla love-fest began and it seemed like nothing but Bill Clement and Gary Thorne blowing kisses at him. I think I saw more highlights of Elvis Iginla than I did of any other player. Understand that it's not Jarome's fault but it didn't help either.
The Game 7 antics and his total choke in the last two games after the whole "visualize myself with the Cup" nonsense was pretty much the final straw (that or his role in the complete Calgary meltdown/penalty fest in the series vs. Detroit). I just never understood how he got a reputation as being such a clutch player when, last year's playoffs aside, he had horrible stats in deciding games.
I agree it's apples and oranges a bit. But given that I'll take an elite center over an elite winger any day, though I think Vinny has Iginla beat in many, many other ways. There's a reason why he is the one compared to Crosby when talking best player in the league, not Jarome, who doesn't even enter that discussion, nor does he even get compared much to Ovechkin that I can see..
10-30-2008, 06:30 PM
I can't get on Iginla too much.
I once got red-carded in a co-ed soccer match for discent.
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