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The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time 

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List Rules Vote based only on players' time with the Rangers.

This is a list of the greatest New York Rangers players of all time. One of the Original Six franchises in the NHL, the Rangers have a storied history, albeit one that's generally associated with near misses. Despite the franchise generally being among the league's best, the team has only won one Stanley Cup since 1940. That doesn't mean the team hasn't had some of the best players in the NHL, whether top Rangers goalies or goalscorers.

Some of the greatest Rangers in team history are some of the most recognizable faces in the league. Many NY Rangers players have taken home individual honors, even when the team has faltered. If you want hall of fame players, the Rangers have them. Mark Messier, Brian Leetch and even Wayne Gretzky have suited up on Broadway. The Blueshirts have always featured a rich history of strong goaltending with the likes of Eddie Giacomin, MIke Richter and Henrik Lundqvist all standing between the pipes.

Who are some of the greatest NY Rangers of all time? That's not an easy question, especially when you consider who has played for the team. But it's up to you decide. Are these guys the greatest hockey players of all time or even the best players today? Take a look and vote up and down your favorite Rangers of all time. 

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Brian Leetch is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
Defenseman

Birthplace: Corpus Christi, Texas

Nationality: United States of America

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Mark Messier is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
Centerman

Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada

Nationality: Canada

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Andy Bathgate is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
4
Henrik Lundqvist is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
Goaltender

Birthplace: Åre, Sweden

Nationality: Sweden

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Mike Richter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
Mike Richter Goaltender

Birthplace: Abington Township, Pennsylvania

Nationality: United States of America

6
Rod Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
Right wing

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Nationality: Canada

7
Jean Ratelle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
Centerman

Birthplace: Lake Saint-Jean, Canada

Nationality: Canada

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Eddie Giacomin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
Goaltender

Birthplace: Greater Sudbury, Canada

Nationality: Canada

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Adam Graves is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
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Brad Park is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
Defenseman

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Nationality: Canada

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Jaromír Já... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
Right wing

Birthplace: Kladno, Czech Republic

Nationality: Czech Republic

12
Phil Esposito is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
Centerman

Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, Canada

Nationality: Canada

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Ryan McDonagh is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
Ryan McDonagh Defenseman

Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota

Nationality: United States of America

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Vic Hadfield is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
Left Wing

Birthplace: Oakville, Canada

Nationality: Canada

15
Wayne Gretzky is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
Centerman

Birthplace: Brantford, Canada

Nationality: Canada, United States of America

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John Vanbiesbrouck is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
Goaltender

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Nationality: United States of America

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Ron Greschner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
Defenseman

Birthplace: Goodsoil, Canada

Nationality: Canada

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Harry Howell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
Defenseman

Birthplace: Hamilton, Canada

Nationality: Canada

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Daniel Girardi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
Defenseman

Birthplace: Welland, Canada

Nationality: Canada

20
Mats Zuccarello is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
Left Wing, Forward

Birthplace: Oslo, Norway

Nationality: Norway

21
Alexei Kovalev is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time

Birthplace: Tolyatti, Russia

Nationality: Russia

Right wing

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Walt Tkaczuk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
Centerman

Birthplace: Emsdetten, Germany

Nationality: Canada, Germany

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Mike Gartner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
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Rick Nash is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
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Birthplace: Brampton, Canada

Nationality: Canada

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Marc Staal is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time
Defenseman

Birthplace: Thunder Bay, Canada

Nationality: Canada

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