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08-24-2012, 08:37 PM
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Giacomin
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I am in the minority but I think the Esposito trade was the right trade at the time. The Rangers had gotten a little stale with their core group of Gilbert, Ratelle,Park, Giacomin, etc and management decided this group was never going to win the Cup as they had Philly facing them in the Division and a Dynasty coming on in Montreal. They cut Eddie G loose and then made the big trade with Boston. The killer was the next year trading Middleton for Hodge. Espo was the perfect guy to bring along Duguay,Greschner , the Maloney,sand JD in late 1970,s NYC. He was a proven Superstar which NY always craves. Then they brought in the 2 Swedes from the WHA and if not for Dennis *** Potvin I think they win the Cup led by Espo in 1979. As a fan who watched the Rangers throughout the 70,s I don,t think Ratelle and Park would have led them to the promised land (what did they ever win in Boston?). The a team from Nassau County came along and haunted us.
No matter what this trade makes for a great debate.

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