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03-07-2013, 09:40 AM
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For the reasons you mentioned, Park, to me, was the better player. Park was his equal offensively, and as you pointed out, he was an incredibly tough defenseman. If there had been no Orr, Park would have been a god in Rangers lore.

And yes, Orr was definitely the best player I ever saw. He controlled games by himself. Lots of great quotes about him but the best was Bobby Hull. After the first period Hull played against Orr, as he was leaving the ice, he said to the ref that next period they will need two pucks, one for Orr and one for the rest of the players.
To me the way Leetch played was a lot like Orr. Absolutely graceful. Could do anything with the puck--tremendous vision. Also had a sense akin to Gretzky's (not quite as good though) of where the play was going to be a few seconds into the future. He was not an angry player--though in the Stanley Cup run he played very physical especially in the Devils series--drilled Claude Lemeiux several times. He was our best playoff performer that year and that should not be underestimated. I've been fanatically following the Rangers since the 1971-72 season and that is our only Stanley Cup over that period of time and Leetch's contribution to that is almost immeasurable. He was our best player in those playoffs--though I don't think we would have done it without at least several of the others including most especially Messier and Richter. It's unfortunate that the Park, Giacomin, Ratelle, Gilbert, Tkachuk, Neilson, Hadfield etc. team didn't get it done. If they had I might look at Park as more of an equal to Leetch.

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