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11-23-2012, 11:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Czech Your Math View Post
There doesn't seem anything before his years in Boston to suggest that he was going to come close to winning a Ross, let alone break records.
Wow, thats a lot of number crunching & comparisons; good job. And ya, rather an interesting league huh? All kinds of guys who'd been around, reappearing with the the first Expansions & WHA..... but getting back to Esposito, I do remember watching him play for Chicago, and was struck that yep, there was something interesting, potentially brilliant in the way he was playing the game.... Twenty odd goals a year in those final seasons prior to Expansion, particularly from a 3rd liner, that was none too shabby, quite excellent in fact. Like a lot of guys during that period, the generation coming out of the late 50's, many bridled against the draconian meanderings of old school coaches like Ray & Imlach, some going completely loco & AWOL like Carl Brewer, Mahovlich, countless others who just gave up & quit altogether. It was indeed the Best of Times and the Worst of Times in many respects.

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