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On this day in history in 1975...

Brad Park, Jean Ratelle and Joe Zanussi were traded by the Rangers to the Bruins for Phil Esposito and Carol Vadnais.

Thanks to NESN for reminding me. This was one of the biggest blockbusters in NHL history. It turned out to be a great deal for Boston.

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It sure did, Bobby Orr was on his last legs so they pulled the trigger on getting Brad Park as their number one defensemen and got Jean Ratelle to make up for losing Phil Esposito..

The Bruins would go to the Stanley Cup finals back to back in 77 and 78..post up 50+ win seasons and make Don Cherry a Jack Adams winner

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I think by at that stage in their careers Ratelle was as good a player as Espo. So, basically the B's got one of the best defensemen ever for little nothing. B's made some great deals with NY. Middleton for Hodge???

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I think by at that stage in their careers Ratelle was as good a player as Espo. So, basically the B's got one of the best defensemen ever for little nothing. B's made some great deals with NY. Middleton for Hodge???
Crazy that they never won the Cup after 1972.

Think about the Hodge, Stanfield, Espo trade they made with Chicago. Esposito was the 2nd best player after Orr in the NHL almost his entire time in Boston. And they trade him for PARK and RATELLE. Hodge they deal for 1000 point man Middleton who was in the lineup well into the mid 1980's.

The Espo deal with Chicago has to be the best deal ever for any team. Considering what they got for the players they traded for later and the retarded success the original players got.

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Brad Park, Jean Ratelle and Joe Zanussi were traded by the Rangers to the Bruins for Phil Esposito and Carol Vadnais.

Thanks to NESN for reminding me. This was one of the biggest blockbusters in NHL history. It turned out to be a great deal for Boston.
Thanks for reminding me.............

back than the Rangers were a team with out direction, they could not figure out if they were a defensive team or an offensive team, it was confusion.

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I think by at that stage in their careers Ratelle was as good a player as Espo. So, basically the B's got one of the best defensemen ever for little nothing. B's made some great deals with NY. Middleton for Hodge???
Ratelle was 35 years old when the deal was made. I don't think anyone expected his production to remain steady until he was 41. Espo was 33 at the time, coming off a 61 goal, 127 pt season. He was a superstar in his prime, whereas Ratelle was viewed as a very good center nearing the end of his career. Espo's production, while still very good, immediately declined to become Ratelle-like after the trade and they both retired at the same time.

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One of my favorite hockey memories was witnessing Bobby Orr and Brad Park play on the same team for 10 games.

Park switched over to the left point on the powerplay with Orr remaining on the right point.

Boston ultimately received greater assistance from that trade, but Espo did lead the Rangers in playoff scoring during their 1979 finals run.

Montreal's 75-76 team would have faced a far greater challenge if Orr had remained relatively healthy and if Philly had been able to dress Macleish and Parent consistently.

Damn, that would have made for a great season.

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The problem with Esposito at the time was that he still had his habit of never changing on the fly and staying on the ice as long as he felt like it. He could get away with it when he was younger, but as he entered his 30s and not having the stamina he used to, the long shifts became a liability to the team. The previous year, despite all the points he scored on a good team he was only a +18 (Orr on the same team was +80), and even though Espo led the NHL in goals he didn't receive a single vote in the Hart Trophy voting. He was still the most dangerous scorer in the league, a hard worker and popular with his teammates. He had high value on the trade market, but he had peaked and was on the way down.

The Bruins were struggling at the time. They had been knocked out in the 1st round the year before and had started the `75-`76 season with a lousy (by their standards) record of 5-5-2, including embarrassing losses of 9-4 to Montreal and 8-1 to Philly. Don Cherry admitted in his book that he was very worried about getting fired. After the trade though, the B's turned things around: they lost their next game but then went on a 14 game unbeaten streak and were dynamite for the rest of the season. Though the Boston fans were initially outraged at losing an icon like Esposito, the Bruins play quickly won the fans back.

On the other hand, the Rangers fans hatred of Emile Francis just grew and grew. He had already earned the wrath of the fans by putting the popular Eddie Giacomin on waivers, but losing the teams two best players in this trade made things worse. The team struggled the rest of the year, missed the playoffs, and Francis was fired that summer.

A few other facts about the trade:

- According to Bep Guidolin (Boston's coach before Cherry), there was a deal set two years earlier to trade Esposito and Hodge to the Rangers for Park, Gilbert and Tkaczuk, but Sinden backed out at the last minute.

- Rod Gilbert was very upset at losing his longtime linemate Ratelle, and was never really the same player afterwards. Espo claims that he believed that Gilbert was upset about not Espo being named the captain instead of him.

- Ratelle had worn #19 during his big years with the Rangers. At the time of the trade, Gregg Sheppard had been wearing #19 with Boston and assumed he would have to give it up, but Ratelle told him that he was there first and was entitled to keep it. Ratelle took #10 instead. It may seem like an innocuous move, but a lot of star players wouldn't have done it and the gesture earned Ratelle the respect of the other Bruins.

- Never one to be modest, Esposito made the laughable claim in his book that Sinden cost the Bruins at least 2 Stanley Cups by trading him away. Yeah right.

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