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05-28-2013, 08:43 PM
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Originally Posted by haohmaru View Post
Well... if this doesn't sum up why the NY Rangers haven't been a historically successful franchise than nothing will. Taking nothing away from these guys, but this list vs. any other original 6 team and we've a long legacy of being weak up the middle. Especially, post 1945. Jean Ratelle and Mark Messier are the only two true #1 centers with any kind of tenure on the team. I mean, you can throw Espo in there, I guess, and sprinkle a couple of years of Gretzky but that doesn't change the fact that post WWII, we've homegrown ONE legitimate first line center that played for us for any significant length of time.

And there you have it.
I don't think any of us voting were overly thrilled with Gretzky in the top 10. But from our start list, there really is an absolute log jam of centers who have played only 4, 5, 6 seasons with us.

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