The late Dean Prentice highlights lopsided Rangers-Bruins commerce historical past

So I used to be serious about Dean Prentice, the excellent left winger who skated on a line with Andy Bathgate on the appropriate and Larry Popein within the center on some fairly good Rangers groups within the latter a part of the 1950s, and who handed away at age 87 on Nov. 2.

I wasn’t pondering that he belongs within the Hockey Corridor of Fame, although in a bit I'll set up a comparative normal that would definitely appear to point that No. 17 has been performed flawed by a succession of HHOF choice committees.

Reasonably, I used to be serious about the commerce that despatched the winger to the Bruins for Don McKenney, a nice heart, on Feb. 4, 1963, within the midst of a typical early-’60s Unique Six season wherein the NHL’s solely two U.S.-based Northeast groups each missed the playoffs in six of the last decade’s first seven years.

And I used to be pondering not solely how that commerce wasn’t precisely a winner for the Blueshirts, however how the Bruins have seemingly gotten the very best of the Rangers in nearly each deal between the golf equipment that I might recall.

Guess what? Till Jeff Gorton had baubles to supply the B’s main as much as the 2018 deadline purge, Boston just about had run the desk.

As follows, ranked from greatest to worst, the nice one or two, the dangerous, very dangerous and worst of the eight vital trades between the franchises:

1. February 2018: Rick Nash to the Bruins for Ryan Lindgren, a 2018 first-rounder, a 2019 seventh-rounder, Ryan Spooner and Matt Beleskey.

Pending free agent Nash sustained what grew to become the ultimate concussion of his profession in Boston earlier than retiring for medical causes following the season. The Rangers, in the meantime, not solely netted Lindgren, who's quick impressing of us in New York, however Ok’Andre Miller by advantage of an ensuing draft-day deal that included the beforehand owned Boston first-rounder.

Dean Prentice; Rick Nash
Dean Prentice; Rick NashAP (2)

2. February 2018: Nick Holden to the Bruins for Rob O’Gara and a 2018 third-rounder.

The draft alternative grew to become Joey Keane, a possible a part of the longer term on the blue line gained for a transitory a part of the previous on his method to free company.

3. November 1975: Brad Park, Jean Ratelle and Joe Zanussi to the Bruins for Phil Esposito and Carol Vadnais.

On the ice, it truthfully wasn’t all that horrible, the Rangers getting to 1 post-trade shedding Cup remaining in 1979, the B’s reaching two in 1977 and 1978. However based on the center, it was the day the music died and by no means, ever ought to have occurred.

4. February 1963: Prentice to the Bruins for McKenney and Dick Meissner.

From 1955-56 via 1961-62, Prentice was 10th within the NHL with 358 factors (163 objectives). McKenney was seventh with 387 factors (159 objectives), per Hockey-Reference. However whereas Prentice continued to be productive after the deal, McKenney recorded simply 50 factors (17 objectives) in 76 video games earlier than he was despatched to the Maple Leafs a yr later within the Bathgate commerce.

5. January 1966: John McKenzie to the Bruins for Reg Fleming.

True sufficient, Fleming was a fan favourite and a fairly essential a part of Emile Francis’ first three playoff groups, however Pie grew to become an integral a part of the Animalistic staff carrying the spoked-B that gained two Cups within the early ’70s whereas scoring 28 objectives or extra in 4 straight years on the road with Fred Stanfield at heart and John Bucyk on the left.

6. December 1933: Babe Siebert to the Bruins for Vic Ripley and Roy Burmister.

When the Rangers shipped out Siebert, he was a fading winger. The Bruins moved him full-time to protection, the place he grew to become a first-team All-Star earlier than going to Montreal, the place he gained the Hart Trophy. Neither Ripley nor Burmister made an considerable influence throughout their respective brief stays in New York.

7. March 2000: Mike Knuble to the Bruins for Rob DiMaio.

Knuble, acquired from the Pink Wings getting into the 1998-99 season, merely couldn't set up himself on Broadway (24-25-49 in 141 video games) regardless of getting alternatives to play with Wayne Gretzky and Adam Graves his first yr and Niklas Sundstrom and Petr Nedved his second season. However after leaving New York, Knuble emerged as one of many league’s most efficient energy wingers (243-236-479 in 851 video games) whereas DiMaio rang up one objective and two assists in 12 profession video games carrying the Blueshirt.

8. Might 1976: Rick Middleton to the Bruins for Ken Hodge.

Critically, want one say extra about this one apart from it stands as New York hockey’s model of Jay Buhner for Ken Phelps? Even Frank Costanza believes John Ferguson’s deal (beneath the prodding of Phil Esposito) was worse.

OK, now the Prentice HHOF case. The winger, who performed via 1973-74, retired with 860 factors (391-469) in 1,378 video games, for .624 factors per recreation. His identify isn't talked about when the annual balloting rolls round.

But winger Dick Duff, a recent, was inducted into the Corridor in 2006 after a profession wherein he recorded 572 factors (283-289) in 1,030 video games, for .555 ppg.pren

It makes little sense, besides that Duff gained six Stanley Cups with Toronto and Montreal whereas Prentice gained none whereas skating for the Rangers, Bruins, Pink Wings, Penguins and North Stars.

However what number of do you suppose every would have gained in the event that they’d exchanged sweaters all through their respective careers?

Duff, after all, performed in New York for a short time, obtained as a part of the package deal from Toronto for Bathgate in February 1964. He recorded 20 factors (7-13) in 42 video games as a Ranger earlier than he was despatched to Montreal for Invoice Hicke 10 months later.

So possibly we are able to infer.

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