Coffey's career reaches a fitting conclusion

Updated: November 5, 2004, 11:41 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

Sometimes a proper ending takes a little longer to write.

So it is with Paul Coffey, perhaps the game's most superb skater and an integral part of the Edmonton Oilers team that ranks among the greatest dynasties of all time.

A defenseman built for an era of fire-wagon hockey, Coffey eventually became trapped in an era of offensive stagnation. After winning three Stanley Cups with the Edmonton Oilers (1984, '85, '87) and one more with the Pittsburgh Penguins ('91), he bounced around ...

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