Will Jean Ratelle ever have his # retired by the Rangers?
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07-17-2012, 12:33 PM
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Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: New Jersey
I am going weigh in here, mostly because I am old enough to have seen Ratelle and Park play in New York. In my humble opinion, both should have their numbers retired. Park was the heart of the defense during the time he was a Ranger (seven + seasons). He was a spectacular defenseman--could do it all, including putting an opponent through the boards--and anyone who saw him at MSG would not question his ability or value to the Rangers during that time.
BTW, he played seven plus seasons in NY and 10 elsewhere. Messier played 10 seasons in New York and 15 NHL seasons elsewhere. In other words, close to the same percentage of their careers in an NYR uniform.
Ratelle was an amazing center. From 1967 until the trade, he was incredible during the regular season; not quite as good during the playoffs, but I always felt that he was in his prime and would have gotten even better had he not been traded.
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