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07-15-2012, 10:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Pizza View Post
Maybe the single worst trade in franchise history. If I were Ratelle and Park I would want nothing to do with the no # 19 will never be retired.

That trade along with the Middleton deal still piss me off.
I totally disagree that the Ratelle trade was bad. The Middleton trade was totally different. If you followed the Rangers from the early 70,s management realized that they were not going to win a Cup with Ratelle,Park and Giacomin as that group had gotten old together and decided to go in a different direction and bring in Espo who meshed with the younger players in the pipeline Maloneys, Greschner,Duguay Vickers etc. and brought them on a memorable run to the finals in 1979. The Rangers were never going to win a cup with Ratelle and Park and needed to change the team. Unfortunately they ran across 2 dynasties the Lafleur/Dryden Canadiens and the Islanders. By the way how many cups did Ratelle and Park along with Middleton win with Boston?

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