...for a decade, since he was not a defenseman. He was a Coffey. Furthermore, his points were inflated playing for the Oilers and Penguins. Look at the points players like Bourque and MacInnis were putting up at the same time for good, not great teams. And they exerted effort in their own end too.
I do agree that my impression of him is colored by his time in Detroit, since I observed him closely at that time.
Did the Penguins miss a beat once they sent him to LA?