The New York Rangers
The Rangers are one of the most historic franchises in the NHL and North American sports in general. Throughout their 95 year history the Rangers have had a lot, of phenomenal players play for the franchise, but who are the “Top Ten New York Rangers Of All Time”.
Eddie Giacomin. Eddie is one of the best goalies for the Rangers in franchise history. Giacomin was the netminder for the late 60’s early 70’s powerhouse Rangers. He never won the cup but they got pretty close and probably would’ve if it weren’t for Bobby Orr.
Ron Duguay. Duguay was a fan favorite in New York. Duguay was Hollywood in New York and head coach Herb Brooks didn’t like that, which is the main part of why he was traded and will somewhat always go down as a, what could’ve been.
Vic Hadfield. Hadfield is 1/3 of the “GAG” line and a great Ranger. In 13 seasons, 841 games, and 572 points for the Rangers, it’s safe to say he was great. Although he played a huge role in franchise history, Hadfield, couldn’t make the top ten list, but don’t be fooled because he could make a strong case.
Bill Cook. Cook was the first Capitan in franchise history while also being one of the first stars in the NHL. Bill Cook, led the Rangers to 2 Stanley Cups, and also let the league in scoring twice in his 10-year career where he spent the entirety of on broadway.
Lester Patrick. I felt it was important to pay homage to one of the most important people in NYR, history. Patrick played one game for the Rangers as an emergency goalie but it is more his coaching career that was great. Patrick coached the Rangers to 2 Stanley Cups and had a W/L% of .554.
10 Mike Richter
Mike Richter spent his entire 14-year career with the New York Rangers. In 1994 Richter backed stopped the Blueshirts to the Stanley Cup helping end their 54 year Cup drought. Richter has 301 wins with the Rangers for 2nd most all-time in the franchise.
9 Andy Bathgate
Andy Bathgate never won a cup with the Rangers, but that doesn’t mean a whole lot when you understand his greatness. Bathgate played 12 out of his 17 NHL seasons with the Rangers playing 719 games and amounting to 729 points. Bathgate wore the “C” for the Rangers for three years and was a leader on every team he played on.
8 Adam Graves
Adam Graves was a big part of the Rangers 1994, Stanley Cup championship team. Graves spent 10 years with the Blueshirts playing 772 games and getting 507 points. Graves was a real good player in the league, he was never the flashiest player but really consistent and broke the record for most goals in a season having 52 in 1993-94.
7 Ron Greschner
Ron Greschner started his career on a Rangers team, wits 2/3 of the “GAG” line, and a few more players from some great teams. was one of the best defensemen in the NHL during his playing days. Greshner never won the Stanley Cup, but don’t let that fool you. He was a great 2-way defenseman having 72 points in his best season. Greshner wore the “C” for one season with the Rangers in 1986-87. Retiring in 1990 Greshner didn’t get any hardware in the NHL but he will forever go down as an NYR great.
6 Brad Park
Brad Park. Park, was part of the great late ’60s to early 70’s Rangers Squads. The team he played on had Eddie Giacimon, in net and the GAG line up-front. But do not forget about the elite defenseman Brad Park. Although he only played 465 games over 8 seasons with the Rangers he was one of the 2nd best in the Franchise, all-time. To help give you an idea of how great he was, he finished 2nd in 6 of his 8 seasons with the Rangers, always being the runner-up to Bobby Orr.
5 Jean Ratelle
1/3 of the GAG line Jean Ratelle was one of the best to ever do it. Ratelle played with some of the greatest sportsmanship the league has ever seen, always being in talks for the “Lady Byng” award which goes to the player who exhibits the best sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct while also, producing a high level of play. Ratelle also won a “Pearson Award” now known as the “Ted Lindsay Award” which is the award given to the best player in the NHL voted on by his peers.
4 Rod Gilbert
Another member of the GAG line, Rod Gilbert, is one of a few players, who is a true embodiment of “The New York Rangers”. Gilbert played his entire 18-year career with the Rangers playing 1,065 games and scoring 1,021 points. Gilbert was always an elite talent who with the “GAG” line, Brad Park, Eddie Giacimon, and an incredible coach in Emile “The Cat” Francis, always dominated their opponents.
3 Mark Messier
“Moose” being at 3 may be a bit controversial but with the Rangers being such a historic franchise he had some competition. Mark Messier, is what legends are made of. Messier started his days out in Edmonton, winning 4 cups with Wayne Gretzky, then winning another Stanley Cup, after Gretzky was traded. Messier’s next chapter after the Oilers was the Rangers, “Moose” won a lot of hardware with the Rangers winning a Stanley Cup, a Hart Trophy as league MVP, a Pearson, and getting quite a bit of Selke recognition. Mark Messier played 698 games, he had 691 points, quite a few trophies, and promised victory in a playoff round before it was even over. Most importantly though he ended the longest Stanley Cup drought to date of 54 years. This forever cemented his place in New York History.
2 Brian Leetch
Brian Leetch is the best defenseman to play for the Rangers, and one of the best to ever play in the NHL. Leetch won the Norris trophy at the Raw age of 23. Arguably the biggest part of the 1994 Stanley Cup-winning roster Leetch is a living legend, in NYC. 2 Norris trophies, 1 Conn Smythe, 17 seasons, 1129 games played, and 981 points with the Rangers are some of Leetch’s stats.
1 Henrik Lundqvist
A lot of you might disagree with this pick but it made too much sense not to pick him. Henrik Lundqvist is the ultimate Ranger. Lundqvist is a staple in New York and will always be. In his first 10 seasons with the Rangers Lundqvist finished 3rd, 3rd, 3rd, 6th, 6th, 4th, 1st, 2nd, 6th, and 5th in Vezina voting. The Vezina is awarded to the best goalie in the NHL and Hank finished that high for 10 years.
Lundqvist never won a Stanley Cup with the Rangers but that was never on him. Lundqvist had many playoff wins and made a cup finals in 2014, but lost in 5 games to the Kings. 15 seasons, 887 games played, and 459 wins for 6th all-time in the NHL. Lundqvist will always go down as one of the best athletes to play in New York and one of the best Rangers, he will even go down as one of the best goalies of all time and some have very valid arguments for the best of all time.