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08-26-2012, 07:27 PM
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Originally Posted by White Plains Batman View Post
Rangers had some very nice teams in the late 70s/early 80s. They won six playoff series between 1979-81 and were a pretty good team consistently up until 1984, they just had the misfortune like all other Patrick Division teams of playing in the same division as the Islanders, who no one could beat in those days.

The sad truth of not trading Gartner and Amonte is that there's an equal chance they win the Cup to that they become an earlier version of the Sens and Sharks and can't close out the deal.

Everything Neil Smith did up until 1994 was justifiable, anything he did after was not.
Yes and no. Smith had his hands tied because of Messier. Messier had more pull in player personnel and development more than any non-coach in the game at the time.

The Robitaille and Kurri trades had Messier written all over it.

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