The Rangers need that one all-time great that transcends generations. That one guy that everyone knows about no matter what year they were born. Bathgate and Howell? Yeah they were great players and HOFers but they aren't household names for generations to come like Stan Mikita or Bobby Hull.
I'd say the closest they have to that are Brian Leetch or Rod Gilbert. And I'm not including Messier here because he didn't play the majority of his career in NY. Same goes for Graves. And Richter... not sure if he is statue-worthy. Just my opinion.
Great post and right on the money. We have never had that type of all time great like a Hull or Mikita. Bathgate played here from 56 thru 64 and was mercifully(for him) traded away to the Leafs where he scored the winning goal for the Stanley Cup victorious Leafs that year. He'd be the likely one if he had stayed a Ranger his entire career.
Frank Boucher. Andy Bathgate (the trade hurt his legendary stature here).
Right on the money; Bathgate was and always will be my favorite Ranger. He played on some miserable teams here but he was the epitome of a star player taking a young Rod Gilbert under his wing when he came into the league.
It still galls me to no end that the organization didn't think enough of him and Howell to retire their numbers before all the others were.
I think it's because there is not enough room. I would love to see a Messier & Richter statue, but than I think back to the hedious mess that is the Mario Lemuiex statue that was recently unvieled in Pittsburgh & I have second thoughts.