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Don't discount veteran influence

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Don't discount veteran influence

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John Burris, Saskatoon, Sask.

Thank you very much for the great read in "THN's Top 100 Players of All-Time."

Every article was able to say something new about the players we thought we had heard everything about. Great Job!

Something stuck out to me when reading about Jean Beliveau and the Canadiens asking him to return for another season to help the new players along instead of retire as Beliveau had planned.

To me, I think it's too bad some NHL teams today don't see the value of the veterans like the Canadiens seemed to and instead try to push them out the door.

I'm sure some players in Dallas could have benefited from another season with future Hall of Famer Mike Modano in their room instead of that of the Red Wings had he not felt pushed out of town.

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