28. Rick Middleton

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28. Rick Middleton

Generally when General Managers engineer trades both hope for some sort of accurate equity in return. The New York Rangers certainly did not get that equity when they traded Rick Middleton to the Boston Bruins for Ken Hodge who was at the tail end of his career. Middleton however was just getting started. The man dubbed “Nifty” scored 898 points for his new team and proved to be the best offensive threat for the Bruins for nearly a decade.

Middleton was a complete star as he was just as comfortable on the Power Play as he was the Penalty Kill. A good man with a good career, Rick Middleton has eligible for the Hall for a long time. Had he racked up more than one season with fifty goals or a hundred points, he might have a better shot for induction than he currently has.

Should Rick Middleton be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 84%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 4.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 6.4%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 5.3%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Eligible Since: Tuesday, 01 January 1991
  • Position: Right Wing
  • Played For: Boston Bruins, New York Rangers
  • Non-NHL Teams: Team Canada (Canada Cup 1981, 1984)
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Lady Byng Trophy (1982)
    NHL All Star (1981, 1982 & 1984)

Should Rick Middleton be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 84%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 4.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 6.4%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 5.3%

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0 #2 sraznatov 2015-12-26 10:48
How Nifty isn't in the "HOF" is beyond me.
One of the all time NHL greats!
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0 #1 Davetom16forNifty 2015-06-30 04:52
Nifty, as he is known to Bruins fans, was one of the best players of his generation. Almost all of his 402 goal were of the "highlight reel" variety as he undressed opponents and their netminder. During the 7th game of the 1978-79 semi-finals vs Montreal, he scored the spectacular behind the.net goal to put Boston ahead (ever so briefly) 4 to 3. He could stick handle like Brad Park and shoot similarly to Bossy, he should be a no brainier to NHL's Hall in Toronto- just ask the players who played against him.
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