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08-24-2012, 12:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Zil View Post
I've been thinking a lot about the 70s Rangers and how agonizingly close they came to winning a cup. It occurs to me that if the Esposito deal never went down, the Rangers might've won the cup.

Park and Ratelle were still great at that point. Beyond that, they never would have dealt Rick Middleton for Ken Hodge to make Esposito happy. Middleton had a breakout year in 79, putting up 38 goals and 48 assists for 86 points in 71 games. We might also assume that in this alternate timeline Ulf Nilsson doesn't run into Potvin and wreck his knees.

So my question for those who watched those teams is this: Does this alternate edition of the 79 Rangers win the Stanley Cup?
You can perform the same analysis with the 90s team. With guys like Weight, Amonte, Gartner, Zubov, Nedved, Marchant, Norstrom, etc. Would there be multiple cups rather than one and several failed pushes with Messier's over-the-hill buddy's?

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