Posted 27 March 2014 - 10:41 AM
Stevens was still getting a bilion minutes a game, or at least I'd assume. MacLean wasn't, IIRC, and he was up for a new contract - it's hard to blame him. Somehow he played almost 22 minutes a game for the Rangers the next season.
That 22 mins per game was out of necessity...that Ranger team had a hell of a time putting the puck in the net. MacLean was actually second in goals on that team, with 28. There were some young players on that team went on to do a lot more with other teams (Savard, Knuble and Malhotra), and some others that had already had their better days elsewhere (Kevin Stevens, Ulf Samuelsson).
In MacLean's defense, he was only 33 when he decided he didn't like his new role...if he was 35-36, maybe he wouldn't have fought it. I never held it against him, but I think it's too bad only from the standpoint that I would've loved it if he enjoyed more years here in his new role. Outside of that 28-goal season on a bad team, it's not like he enjoyed a lot of prolific scoring seasons after he left.
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