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06-12-2013, 06:28 PM
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I agree with Allkurtz. I remember those Rangers teams fondly and they were an aging group that was not going to win a Stanley Cup as their window had closed. Francis tried to shake up the team with the Espo trade. If you remember the response to the trade it was very positive. The bottom line is that the Rangers did not win a Cup under Espo or Ratelle but Francis can,t be faulted for making the trade with Boston as that group was aging and needed to change. Getting to the finals in 1979 is not too shabby as the Blueshirts have only been there twice in 40 years and Espo was their leader in 1979.

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