Each lockout has its casualties. The fans suffer, arena employees suffer, beat writers really suffer. With each lock out, a meaningful legacy or notable milestone slips through the fingers of some deserving player. But, in my opinion, there has not been a significant milestone affected more than the elite 700 club during the “Lockout Era.”
The 700 club is a group of NHL players who have scored 700 regular season goals in their illustrious NHL careers. That list is currently at six glorious names: Wayne Gretzky (894), Gordie Howe (801), Brett Hull (741), Marcel Dionne (731), Phil Esposito (717), and Mike Gartner (708). There are three retired players who went through at least one NHL lockout that almost got to 700 goals: Mark Messier (694), Steve Yzerman (692), and Mario Lemieux (690). It’s reasonable to think that the lockouts in 94-95 and 04-05 have kept these Hall of Famers from reaching the club.
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Mark Messier was the first casualty of the lockout era 700 club. Messier only went through one lockout in 94-95, but any reasonable hockey fan could realistically deduce that if The Moose had been able to participate in all 82 games that season, it was very likely he would have scored the 6 goals needed to get to the special 700. Woulda coulda shoulda, but in my humble opinion Messier gets six more goals playing in 38 extra games at that point in his career.
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