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05-31-2013, 05:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Jonathan. View Post
Yep, Cairns could launch bombs like few others.
Started following the Rangers in 71-72. Some think that the late 60's early 70's Rangers to be one of the best teams not to win a Cup. The Rangers went to the finals in 71-72 against the Bruins--who kind of like the Penguins today had the two best players in the league in Orr and Esposito. They were also a tougher, grittier team--Sanderson, Cashman, Green, Vadnais, McKenzie--they had a number of nasty customers and had the nickname the Bid Bad Bruins. When the Bruins faded the Broad St. Bullies more or less replaced them--the Rangers had enough skill guys but they were getting beaten up on the ice. The other team that would win back then was the Canadiens--keeping in mind that their lineups usually had anywhere between 8-10 future hall of famers--Dryden, Robinson, Lapointe, Serge Savard, Cournoyer, Lemaire (the Devils coach who as a player very comparable to Patrice Bergeron), Henri Richard, Lafleur, Gainey, Shutt. We were always outmatched one way or the other but the toughness thing has always seemed one of the main reasons.

And the '94 team was tough--Kocur, Beukeboom, Graves, Wells, Kypreos and Messier etc. etc. If you have a number of hard guys who can play and you got some good skill guys besides then you're a team to be reckoned with. The current Rangers need more of both.

And I agree that Tortorella shouldn't take all the blame for this year. The pieces have to be there and that's more on the GM than the coach.

Roundabout way--Noreau could be a good piece for us in the future.

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