New York Rangers: 20 Best All-Time Offensive Performances

August 4th, 2011 by Joseph Browne Leave a reply »
OK, so the title of the article says New York Rangers: 20 Best Offensive Seasons of All-Time. For the purposes of this discussion, though. "all-time" will cover from the 1979-'80 season through last season, 2010-2011 to be exact. Why?

Well, there are a couple of reasons. The first is that this writer is simply not old enough to credibly comment on the years prior to that 1979-'80 season. For instance, although Rod Gilbert, Jean Ratelle, Vic Hadfield and Brad Park all merit a spot on this list for their respective 1971-'72 seasons alone, this writer cannot recount a single moment of that season with any authority.

The second reason for this abbreviated timeframe is that, in many ways, the 1979-'80 season marked the beginning of a new era in the National Hockey League. That was the year that Wayne Gretzky & Mark Messier began to redefine the way the game was played, and it’s the year the New York Islanders won the first of their four consecutive Stanley Cups, symbolically and literally severing the generations-long hold that the Montreal Canadians had over the league.

These "events" established a boundary, if you will, between the ...

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