Round 2, Vote 2 (HFNYR Top Centers)
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05-20-2013, 06:14 PM
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FWIW have been watching rangers since late 60s. Recall goyette - Nevin etc but the early 70s line was my early teen years (and we finally got cable!) so I knew every player, ever line.
Tkaczuk was a very underrated player, a fav of mine. Strong, not afraid to go to the dirty areas (you would never find ratelle there, although hadfield would drop em). Think Callahan and graves. He along with fairbairn (and eventually Vickers) were a great checking line, behind the GAG line (3rd line was stemkowski Irvine mcregor). Vivid recollections of fairbairn and Walt being amazing penalty killers, skating the puck back and forth rarely dumping it.
Loving this thread, thanks for letting me chime in.
Spot on, I affirm nearly everything you say, except as to Ratelle --- he was such a slick passer and fluid skater, he did not need to go into the boards, usually. (Besides, as you add, Hadfield/Vickers did most of that heavy lifting, and also a some contribution by Rod Gilbert.)
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