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08-24-2009, 09:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post

1930's Rangers. Goaltending - Aitkenhead and Kerr not HHOFers. Bathgate era Rangers chose between two HHOFers Bower and Worsley. 1930's Rangers and 1950's Rangers played and practiced in the same building same conditions.

Let's review the coaching scenario with Bathgate and Dionne. Boucher - average, Muzz Patrick weak, Watson and Pike bad coaching but with Harvey during the 1961-62 season followed by Imlach in Toronto and Abel in Detroit this was not the case. But Bathgate remained Bathgate except for the brief 1964 playoff spurt. Always the locker room lawyer who would disappear at critical times in the playoffs. The expansion coaching is not relevant.

- Kerr was pretty decent. Actually, better than any goalie getting a starting job in Montreal, 'cept for a brief stint where Alec Connell was the starting netminder for the Maroons (and became one of the worst teams on-paper to win the Cup). I'd also venture he was superior to an Hainsworth in his very late 30ies.

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