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01-20-2012, 02:43 AM
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There is no logical argument for retiring Esposito's number. It was a Cinderella run, not a great team. He hated being here. He *****ed about it so much that they made the ****ing Middleton for Hodge trade just to make poor baby Espo happy. He led those Rangers teams in scoring by default, not because he was so good. You may have a romanticized view of the 79 team, but Esposito is a Bruin not a Ranger. Messier came here and was great. Espo came here and was very good. It's not the same thing. Hell, JD carried the 79 team far more than Espo did.

Park and Ratelle miss out on their banners because that stupid trade made them spend half their careers somewhere else. With no cup on their resume, it gets really iffy on retiring their numbers, but I do think they should be honored in some way. Emile Francis should be honored despite the Espo trade, not because of it.

I'm not even sure Worsley is the best Rangers goalie not to have a banner. Rayner and Kerr don't have banners either. At this point, he's far from the most egregious omission.

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