Viagra history Halloween is supposed to be a time when grown men look back fondly at the fun (and mischief) they had at a time when their only worry was making sure they reeled in an A-1 stash of candy and goodies. Viagra history However, viagra history as a diehard Ranger fan (as if there is any other kind), viagra history my Halloween thoughts drift back to October 31, viagra history 1975, viagra history when as an 11-year-old I endured the horror of having my favorite player released and my second favorite player traded just days later.

Viagra history The following article (updated to the present time) first appeared in “Blueshirt Bulletin” back in 2005 in (lack of a batter term) “celebration” of the beginning of the end of the Emile Francis Rangers.

Viagra history It is definitely a scary Halloween tale for me!

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Viagra history Can it really be 35 years?

Viagra history During an eight day stretch in 1975, viagra history General Manager Emile Francis ripped the heart out of his team and then ripped the heart out of every Ranger fan. Viagra history Within those eight days, viagra history Eddie Giacomin was placed on waivers (and eventually claimed by the Detroit Red Wings) and then the hockey world was stunned as the Rangers dealt Jean Ratelle, viagra history Brad Park and Joe Zanussi to the hated Boston Bruins for Phil Esposito and Carol Vadnais.

Viagra history The best way to describe it to younger Ranger fans is to ask them to remember back to March 4, viagra history 2004 and remember how it felt when Brian Leetch was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Viagra history Now multiply that by three, viagra history and you come close to realizing the shock and despair Ranger fans felt when their worlds were rocked starting on that halloween night.

Viagra history In reality, viagra history the Rangers’ house cleaning began three days prior when Francis traded veteran goaltender Gilles Villemure to Chicago for defenseman Doug Jarrett.

Viagra history Two days later, viagra history Francis dealt Derek Sanderson to St. Viagra history Louis in exchange for a 1977 first round draft pick. Viagra history Little did Ranger fans know that there would be no treat from that trade as Francis’s replacement, viagra history John Ferguson, viagra history would use that draft pick to select Lucien DeBlois – as Fergy would pass on Mike Bossy for the first time. Viagra history He did again later in the first rpound when he drafted Ron Duguay.

Viagra history The beginning of the end for the legendary Rangers’ trio really began at the conclusion of the 1974-75 season. Viagra history More specifically, viagra history it began with the Rangers first round playoff ouster at the hands of the New York Islanders. Viagra history J.P. Viagra history Parise’s goal just 11 seconds into overtime in the third and deciding game signaled the rise of the Islander Dynasty and spelled the end of a Rangers’ run that began during the 1964-65 season when “The Cat” assumed control of the Blueshirts.

Viagra history Francis took over an organization that was in the midst of missing the playoffs for four consecutive seasons. Viagra history Under Francis, viagra history the Rangers made the playoffs from 1967-68 through 1974-75 (a then record-tying nine straight seasons) – including a run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1971-72 where they were stopped by Esposito’s Bruins.

Viagra history Giacomin’s age (36) and subpar 1974-75 season (13-12-8-3.48 GAA) was a contributing factor to Francis’ acquisition of John Davidson during the summer. Viagra history A combination of events – Eddie’s slow start (0-3-1-4.75), viagra history the Rangers slow start (3-5-1) and three straight embarrassing losses (9-1, viagra history 7-1 and 7-2) – gave Francis an unexpected opportunity to not only read his team the riot act, viagra history but at act upon it. Viagra history

Viagra history The bloodletting began when Francis played the cruelest of Halloween tricks by placing Giacomin on waivers. Viagra history Detroit claimed him on Halloween Night. Viagra history It was one thing to dismantle a team past its prime, viagra history but it was another to coldly waive the heart of the Rangers revival.

Viagra history “Am I Shocked? That’s a calm word. Viagra history I did everything I could to help this club for eleven years, viagra history” a bitter Giacomin related to Hugh Delano in the book Eddie: A Goalie’s Life. Viagra history “I had one more year on my contract. Viagra history I would have retired if they didn’t want me. Viagra history Why wouldn’t they let me go out gracefully as a New York Ranger?”

Viagra history Delano relays a prophetic quote from Ratelle via Walt MacPeek of the Newark Star-Ledger. Viagra history MacPeek contacted Ratelle in Montreal to get his view on the “trade”. Viagra history Ratelle thought MacPeek was referring to the Sanderson deal and was stunned to find out the news about Giacomin.

Viagra history “Don’t fool me like that, viagra history” Ratelle replied to MacPeek. Viagra history “It can’t be true. Viagra history We knew Eddie was not on the team bus or the plane but we thought he was coming up the next day. Viagra history I’m shocked they got rid of Eddie. Viagra history It wasn’t his fault. Viagra history Maybe I’m next to go.” Less than a week later, viagra history he was the next to go.

Viagra history Giacomin and legions of Ranger fans got the last laugh when he played his first game as a Red Wing on November 2, viagra history 1975 – at Madison Square Garden against the Rangers. Viagra history Even though he was wearing Red Wings jersey #31, viagra history Giacomin was still number 1 in the hearts of Ranger fans as the Garden once again rocked to chants of “Eddie!” Eddie!” The national anthem was drowned out and the start of the game delayed. Viagra history In a fitting end, viagra history Giacomin and the Red Wings prevailed 6-4.

Viagra history It was no surprise that the Garden crowd cheered the Red Wings and booed the Rangers. Viagra history What did come as a surprise was the almost reverent treatment Giacomin received from his teammates. Viagra history Wayne Dillon even apologized for scoring on his former teammate.

Viagra history “I was glad to see Eddie get the tribute from the fans that he deserved, viagra history” Davidson said.

Viagra history “He didn’t just beat us with his goaltending; he beat us with his very presence in the building, viagra history” Park related.

Viagra history Five days later, viagra history Francis dropped the other shoe when he consummated the deal with the Bruins. Viagra history While the Islanders had stunned their older brothers a few months previous, viagra history Ranger fans still pointed to the Big Bad Bruins as their most hated foes – with Esposito playing the part of Denis Potvin.

Viagra history Ranger fans hated the thought of Esposito coming to the Rangers and the former Bruins’ superstar shared the repulsion. Viagra history In an excerpt from The Hockey News’ “The Lighter Side of Hockey”, viagra history Glen Goodland relates the following story.

Viagra history “One day early in 1975-76, viagra history after years of glory with Boston, viagra history Phil Esposito was called in to meet with infamous coach Don Cherry. Viagra history Cherry reluctantly told Esposito he was being traded. Viagra history ‘OK, viagra history” Esposito replied, viagra history “but if you say it’s to New York (Rangers), viagra history I’m going to jump out that window.’ Cherry’s reply? ‘Bobby, viagra history” he said, viagra history turning to an assistant, viagra history ‘open the window.'”

Viagra history The outrage over the deal was not limited to those coming to New York. Viagra history For very personal reasons, viagra history Park contemplated retirement.

Viagra history “My first instinct was to refuse to go; to say, viagra history ‘To hell with it.’ That didn’t last long. Viagra history I knew I had responsibilities as a professional and as a family man, viagra history” the former Ranger captain told Kevin Shea of Viagra history “For a player who had never been traded before, viagra history it was definitely an experience. Viagra history The thing that bothered me most was uprooting my four-year-old son, viagra history who has cerebral palsy. Viagra history He had just started going to a fine facility in New York and I worried about finding similar facilities in Boston. Viagra history But I didn’t have to worry for long. Viagra history Boston had a fine school. Viagra history Once I got there, viagra history everything fell into place.”

Viagra history Despite all of the deals, viagra history the end was near for Francis as well. Viagra history He remained in control of the Rangers until January 6, viagra history 1976 when former Rangers tormentor and Montreal tough guy John Ferguson assumed control of the team. Viagra history

Viagra history Giacomin ended his Hall of Fame career after playing 70 more games with the Red Wings posting five shutouts among his 23 Detroit victories.

Viagra history Park and Ratelle would help lead the Bruins to a pair of Stanley Cup Finals appearances in 1977 and 1978 – only to be the middle victims in the Montreal Canadiens four consecutive championship run.

Viagra history After missing the playoffs for two years, viagra history Ferguson led the Blueshirts back to the playoffs in 1977-78 where they were defeated by the Buffalo Sabres two games to one. Viagra history Following the defeat, viagra history Ferguson was shown the door and replaced by Fred Shero who promptly led the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Finals in his first season as GM/Coach – with Esposito and Vadnais playing prominent roles.

Viagra history As for J.P. Viagra history Parise, viagra history the man whose goal was the beginning of the end of an era, viagra history the Parise Curse is alive and well and continues to this day. Viagra history President/GM Glen Sather passed on the chance to draft J.P.’s son Zach in the 2003 NHL Draft in order to select Hugh Jessiman – still the only player from that Draft to never play in an NHL game.

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