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! - 83.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 5.8%