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04-03-2012, 01:51 PM
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The Montreal Gazette - February 5th, 1965:
Yesterday's Big Trade
The New York Rangers, who have become the tradingest team in the NHL in recent years, taking over from the Detroit Red Wings in that respect, pulled another one yesterday.
This one involved seven players and was made with the Chicago Black Hawks. The Rangers gave up Camille Henry, Don Johns, Billy Taylor and an unnamed player for Doug Robinson, John Brenneman and Wayne Hillman. The big name in the deal is Camille Henry, but we'll get back to him in a moment.
It was February of last year that the Rangers swapped Andy Bathgate and Don McKenney to Toronto for Dick Duff, Bob Nevin, Rod Seiling, Arnie Brown and Bill Collins. This deal virtually guaranteed the Toronto team the Stanley Cup and Jean Beliveau, among others, protested against such exchanges being allowed so late in the season.
If you look at it now, the Rangers appear to have gotten the better of that trade. Nevin, Seiling and Brown are regulars with the Rangers and so is Bill Hicke, who went to the Blues a month or so ago in a deal that brought Dick Duff to the Canadiens...
The Rangers admitted they were taking the long view, building for the future, and they did help themselves from that standpoint. Seiling and Brown are promising young players and Nevin, until he was hurt, was their most valuable player this season. Indeed, until he was forced out of action, the Rangers were among the first four in the league standings...
Camille Henry is tied for second with Norm Ullman in goals scored so far this season with 21, and only Bobby Hull has scored more. He has scored most of them on the power play, though he is a member of the highly-productive French Line along with Phil Goyette and Rod Gilbert.
- didn't know Nevin was considered so valuable to the Rangers right after coming over in that trade.
- didn't know about the French Line of Henry - Goyette - Gilbert. Those were pretty good even-strength linemates for The Eel, but he really doesn't seem to have been all that great an even-strength player. One of the strangest specialists in hockey history.
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