Does Larry Murphy Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Larry Murphy played forever and won a bunch of Cups. But he never won a Norris and never made a 1st All Starm Team.

Does Larry Murphy Belong in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Listen to us discuss his case here:

Hall of Fame Class of 2004: Larry Murphy, Paul Coffey, Ray Bourque

Larry Murphy’s Career:

  • NHL: 1980-2001; 21 seasons, all quality
  • Totals:
    • 288G (6th D All Time), 
    • 929A (17th All Time, 4th D) for 
    • 1217P (6th D All Time), 
    • +197 in 
    • 1615 games (11th All Time, 3rd D); 
    • 176.8 PS (14th All Time, 5th D);
    • Murphy is 8th All Time in Defensive Point Shares and 8th All Time among D in Offensive Point Shares
  • Draft: Murphy, drafted 4th overall in 1980, is
    • 8th in Goals
    • 2nd in Assists
    • 4th in Points
    • 4th in Plus/Minus
    • 2nd in Point Shares
    • 1st in Games Played
  • Era: Of the 7 D to play in at least 1,230 games (15 seasons) between 1980 and 2001 – only 1 of whom is not currently in the Hall of Fame – Murphy is
    • 5th in Goals and GPG
    • 3rd in Assists
  • 5th in APG
    • 3rd in Points
    • 5th in PPG
    • 5th in Plus/Minus (but +113 above 6th and +253 above last)
    • 6th in Offensive Point Shares
    • 3rd in Defensive Point Shares
    • 3rd in Point Shares
  • 82-game average: 15G, 48A for 62P, +10
  • 3-year peak (1991-94*): 84-game average of 21G, 60A for 81P, +30; 11.2 PS [*Murphy’s 3 best seasons occurred 11 years apart]
  • Playoffs:
    • 37G (6th D All Time),
    • 115A (14th All Time, 6th D) for
    • 152P (6th D),
    • +32 (24th D) in 
    • 215 Games (13th All Time, 5th D);
    • Per Game: Among D, Murphy is 
      • 17th All Time in GPG
      • 20th All Time in APG
      • 10th All Time in PPG
  • Adjusted:
    • Hockey-Reference:
      • 257G (7th D All Time),
      • 840A (23rd All Time, 6th D) for
      • 1097P (6th D)
      • 82-game average: 13G, 43A for 56P
      • Per Game: Among D, Murphy is
        • 21st All Time in Adjusted GPG
        • 22nd All Time in Adjusted APG
      • 19th All Time in Adjusted PPG
    • VsX:
      • Goals: doesn’t qualify
      • 905A
      • 1,025A
      • Per Game: Isn’t on any leader-boards, obviously
  • Trades:
    • Traded at 22 to Washington for Ken Houston (30) and Brian Engblom (28)
    • Traded at 28 with Mike Gartner (29) to Minnesota for Dino Ciccarelli (29) and Bob Rouse (23)
    • Traded at 29 with Peter Taglianetti (27) to Pittsburgh for Chris Dahlquist (nearly 28) and Jim Johnson (28)
    • Traded at 34 for Dmitri Mironov (29) a 1996 Second Rounder (nobody)
    • Traded at 36 for “Future Considerations” (Our 16th Worst Toronto Maple Leaf Trade of All Time)

Larry Murphy’s Accomplishments:

  • Top 5 in Norris voting four times
  • Top Player:
    • Top 5 Player (by PS) once (‘87)
    • Top 10 twice (‘93)
    • Top 5 Defenseman (by DPS) twice (‘93, ‘98)
    • Top 10 Defenseman seven times (‘84, ‘85, ‘87, ‘88, ‘99)
  • Goals:
    • Single-season totals:
      • 20 goals five times (1 of only 9 D ever)
      • 15 goals seven times (1 of only 17 D ever)
  • Assists:
    • Leader-boards:
      • Top 10 once
    • Single-season totals:
      • 60 assists twice (1 of only 14 D ever)
      • 50 assists seven times (1 of only 5 D ever)
      • 40 assists fourteen times (1 of only 17 players ever, 1 of only 5 D ever)
  • Points:
    • Single-season totals:
      • 80 points twice (1 of only 11 D ever)
      • 70 points five times (1 of only 8 D ever)
      • 60 points eleven times (1 of only 5 D ever)
      • 50 points fourteen times (1 of only 6 D ever)
  • All Star:
    • 2nd Team All Star three times
    • 3 All Star Game appearances
  • VsX Peak:
    • Best 7 Seasons:
      • Goals: doesn’t qualify
      • Assists: 158th All Time
      • Points: doesn’t qualify
    • Best 10 Seasons:
      • Goals: doesn’t qualify
      • Assists: 115th All Time
      • Points: 249th All Time

Larry Murphy’s Great Teams:

  • NHL:
    • Best D (led playoffs in Plus/Minus) on two Champions (‘91 Penguins, ‘97 Red Wings)
    • Best D (by points) on one Champion (‘92 Penguins)
    • Top 2 D (led playoffs in Plus/Minus) on one Champion (‘98 Red Wings)
  • Canada/World Cup:
    • Top 2 D (by points) on one Champion (‘87 Canada)
    • Role Player (by points) on one Champion (‘91 Canada)
  • World Championships:
    • Best D? (by points) on one Runner Up (‘85 Canada)

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