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During the first post discussing the best European Rangers of all time we discussed a couple of Swedish wingers, and the great Jaromir Jagr. We also discussed a certain Swedish goalie that may well end up as the greatest Ranger ever, period. Let’s take a look at a few more great Europeans who lit up Broadway.
I’m old enough to remember Zubov traded and for many Rangers fans it’s still a painful memory. Zubov won a Cup in New York – as a home grown Ranger – and was a dynamic offensive weapon and for those reasons Zubov’s Ranger tenure should be fondly remembered. People forget that during the cup winning season of 1994 Zubov led the Rangers in scoring during the regular season with 89 points, an unthinkable total for a blueliner today. An in-his-prime Zubov would command obscene amounts of dollars from clubs in the current NHL era.
You could make a valid argument that 165 games as a Ranger isn’t enough to be in this discussion but when you average almost a point/game as a blueliner (156 points/165 games) in the regular season and grab 30 in 32 playoff games, including 19 in 22 during the Cup season, the impact is undeniable. Another draft steal (5th round, 1990), his trade to Pittsburgh still hurts.
Just because he’s injury prone and just because he’s a current Ranger doesn’t mean he shouldn’t come in to the equation. The Slovakian winger already has made an impact as a Ranger with two 40 goal seasons in 3 years, which gives Gaborik two of the best goal scoring seasons in Rangers history. With 210 points in 220 games as a Ranger Gaborik has been a successful free agent signing even if individual playoff success still somewhat eludes him.
Gaborik’s skill set and skating ability electrify fans and with the one of the most productive (individual) seasons in Rangers history he has already made his mark on the franchise. Despite all this Gaborik hasn’t convinced the entire (sometimes fickle) Ranger fan base, but with a couple years left on his deal there’s plenty of time for Gaborik to cement his place as a Ranger great. Where would Gaborik rank in the discussion if he had another two 40 goal seasons?
The small Finnish defenseman was the first Fin to suit up for the Rangers and had a spectacular spell with New York, culminating with an All Star nod when selection to the mid season classic actually meant something. Ruotsalainen exploded on to the scene in New York with 18 goals and 38 assists during a quality rookie year. Unfortunately, he was tempted back to Europe a few times in his career, something that prompted the Rangers to trade him away to Edmonton where he went on to win two Stanley Cups either side of one of his returns to European hockey.
Ruotsalainen was another draft steal by the Rangers as a sixth rounder who led the Rangers in scoring one year with 73 points and amassed 316 points in just 389 games as a blueliner. Had the Talented, but undersized fin not been prone to returning to Europe his NHL numbers would probably look a lot more impressive. Ruotsalainen only appeared in a total of 446 regular season games. Ruotsalainen was one of the best, least talked about Ranger blueliners, perhaps in part because he played on some average Ranger teams such as the ’85 team that won just 26 games.
BEST OF MAXIM
When Kevin wrote his review of I’d Trade Him Again, it got me thinking about the time I spent reading Barry Meisel’s book Losing the Edge: The Rise and Fall of the Stanley Cup Champion New York Rangers, which takes a behind the scenes look at how the 1994 Stanley Cup Champion Rangers were built and destroyed in a little over one calendar year.
The book begins with how the Rangers...
As reported here earlier, the New York Rangers have sent forwards Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov as well as prospect defenseman Tim Erixon and a first round draft pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for five-time All-Star power forward Rick Nash - Rangers GM Glen Sather's major target since the 2012 trade deadline last winter.
I'm sure you all remember...
And I like Dubinsky & Anisimov a lot. The whole trade just makes me nod my head. It’s so Rangers, & it’s also so Jackets….— Greg Brady (@bradyfan590) July 23, 2012
A trade that will go down in history—first reading is it will join the “worst ever” list. But it takes years for proper measure.— Roy MacGregor (@RoyMacG) July 23, 2012
What a trade for the...
PRESS RELEASE: New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired forward Rick Nash, defenseman Steven Delisle and a conditional third round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft from Columbus in exchange for forwards Artem Anisimov and Brandon Dubinsky, defenseman Tim Erixon and a first round pick [...]
COLUMBUS, OHIO The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired forwards Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov, defenseman Tim Erixon and a first round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft from the New York Rangers in exchange for forward Rick Nash, defenseman Steven Delisle and a conditional third round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, club Executive Vice President and General Manager Scott Howson announced...
At last, the Rick Nash frenzy has come to an end. The Blue Jackets have traded Nash to the New York Rangers in exchange Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky, Tim Erixon, and a 1st round pick. This is pretty close to the kind of deal Blue Jackets GM Scott Howsen was looking for. Ideally, he would’ve liked to exchange for a player that could have filled Nash’s former role as face...
After today's huge announcement that the New York Rangers had acquired Rick Nash, Steve Delisle and a third-round pick from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Brandon Dubinsky, Aretm Anisimov, Tim Erixon and a first-round, GM Glen Sather and his new prized acquisition met with the media in a conference call.*Courtesy of Rick Carpinello of Rangers Report.Glen Sather:
The trade is still not quite official at this point, but it is all but done. The Columbus Blue Jackets traded forward Rick Nash, a 3rd rounder and a minor league defenseman to the New York Rangers for forwards Brandon Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov, defensive prospect Tim Erixon and a 1st round pick.
Needless to say the General Manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Scott Howson, finally...
We don’t talk hockey here much since DP left us for greener Blue Jacket pastures, but there is some pretty big news coming out of Columbus this afternoon-
“So Rick Nash is traded to the Rangers for Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon and a first round pick.
I have a very hard time accepting Erixon as a piece of the deal. His pouting in Calgary gives me serious pause...
It certainly sounds like there is some potential that Rick Nash could be coming to the New York Rangers in some kind of trade, at least according to Darren Dreger of TSN:
Darren Dreger @DarrenDreger
Will be multiple players involved in Nash trade to NYR. Contracts are being reviewed, etc. All to be done before trade call.
Darren Dreger @DarrenDreger
Rick Nash trade to New...
The Rangers acquired 5 time all-star forward Rick Nash today, in exchange for Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon, a first round pick, and a bucket of Ranger GM Glen Sather’s crap.
While Ranger fans are elated, many are wondering why this deal took so long to materialize, since the players moved in the deal were available at the trade deadline, and during the NHL Draft...
After months of speculation, the Columbus Blue Jackets have finally parted ways with Rick Nash, trading the winger to the New York Rangers. Pending a trade call to make it official, the deal will see centres Artem Anisimov and Brandon Dubinsky, defenceman Tim Erixon and a first-round pick going to Columbus and a minor-league defenceman and a conditional...
Updated, 2:58 p.m.:Per Aaron Portzline at Columbus Dispatch, Rangers also receiving 3rd round pick and minor league defenseman in deal....wait? Sather also received a pick and a prospect? Unreal!Update, 2:48 p.m.:Finally piece, per Bob McKenzie at TSN is Anisimov....and Sather is officially a magician.
Update, 2:42 p.m.:Dreger says three of the four are Dubinsky, Erixon and a first...