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08-07-2009, 09:56 AM
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68 VS 99 (Who Was The Better Ranger?)

Which of these great players was a better RANGER in your opinion?


Jaromir Jagr -

03/04 - 31GP, 14G-15A-29PTS
No Playoffs

05/06 - 82GP, 54G-69A-123PTS
Playoffs - 3 GP, 0G-1A-1PT

06/07 - 82GP, 30G-66A-96PTS
Playoffs - 10GP, 5G-6A-11PTS

07/08 - 82GP - 25G-46A-71PTS
Playoffs - 10GP - 5G-10A-15PTS


Wayne Gretzky -

96/97 - 82GP - 25G-72A-97PTS
Playoffs - 15GP-10G-10A-20PTS

97/98 - 82GP - 23G-67A-90PTS
No Playoffs

98/99 - 70GP - 9G-53A-62PTS
No Playoffs

Wayne Gretzky was signed as a UFA.

Jaromir Jagr was traded to NYR by Washington for Anson Carter.

Gretzky ended his professional career with the New York Rangers, where he played his final three seasons and helped the team reach the Eastern Conference Finals in 1997. The Rangers were defeated in the conference finals by the Philadelphia Flyers, despite Gretzky leading the Rangers in the playoffs with 10 goals and 10 assists.For the first time in his NHL career, Gretzky was not named captain, although he briefly wore the captain's 'C' in 1998 when captain Brian Leetch was injured and out of the lineup. After the 1996–97 season, Mark Messier signed a free agent contract with the Vancouver Canucks, ending the brief reunion of Messier and Gretzky after just one season. With Messier's departure from the Rangers, the spotlight was on Gretzky once again. The Rangers, however, did not return to the playoffs during the remainder of Gretzky's career.

Prior to the 2005–06 season, the Rangers had missed the playoffs for seven consecutive seasons. Following the fire sale of the high-priced underachieving veterans that made up the team's roster, as well as the retirement of long-time captain Mark Messier, many experts picked the Rangers to be the worst team in the NHL. Jágr disagreed and promised the team would surprise a lot of people and make the Stanley Cup playoffs. He started strong during the beginning of the 2005 season and the return from the lockout of the NHL. He became only the fourth player in NHL history to score 10 or more goals in less than 10 games at the start of a season. His return to dominance helped the Rangers return to the Stanley Cup playoffs, but injuries to Jágr and others contributed to a quick Ranger exit in a first round sweep of the Broadway Blueshirts by the archnemesis New Jersey Devils.

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