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02-24-2013, 03:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Teufelsdreck View Post
Much as I love Montréal, I disagree. Rod Gilbert wasn't as good as Andy Bathgate (not to mention Mark Messier and a host of others). How do I know? I had relocated to New York and used to have season subscriptions to Ranger games. I was even at the game in which Bathgate's blast led to Jacques Plante's wearing a mask. Gilbert was 5'9" and not physical wasn't good good defensively. Bathgate was much bigger and stronger, quite physical, and a very good fighter. He played in the era of Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, and other Hall of Famers (not to mention that his line mates on the Rangers weren't nearly as good as Gilbert's, who included Jean Ratelle, another player who was better than Gilbert), so it was difficult for Bathgate to lead the NHL in scoring. I haven't looked it up but as I recall, he may have done it once (or was it in goal scoring?) whereas Gilbert never did.
Bill Cook is probably the best Ranger ever. Brian Leetch would be up there as well.

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