Newsday's Arthur Staple counts down the 10 best players to put on the skates for the New York Rangers.

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Credit: Newsday / Paul J. Bereswill, 2001

Left wing, 1991-2001
Barely missed a game in a decade, or a chance to score — his 52 goals in the Stanley Cup year were a club mark for a dozen years, and his 280 goals as a Ranger rank third all-time. Rode a perfect shotgun on Mark Messier's wing during the Cup year and has continued his off-ice charity work with the team. The Rangers retired his No. 9 in 2009 due as much to his volunteer work off the ice as his gritty performance on the ice.

Credit: Newsday / Paul J. Bereswill, 1994

Center, 1991-97, 2000-04
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007, Messier was, quite simply, The Captain. His five Stanley Cups in 12 years with the Oilers pale in comparison to the one he carried the Rangers to in 1994. When he arrived in 1991, he changed the perception of the team and made everyone around him better. His guaranteed-win hat trick in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final over the Devils ranks with the most clutch performances in New York sports history.

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