BOSTON -- Rick Middleton's name is all over the Boston Bruins' record books.
It hasn't been enough to send the man they call 'Nifty' into the Hall of Fame -- but it is enough to get his No. 16 raised to the TD Garden rafters prior to Thursday night's game against the New York Islanders.
Acquired from the New York Rangers in exchange for Ken Hodge -- the latter reunited with Phil Esposito in New York, Middleton is third in goals (402), even strength goals (275), and shooting percentage (20.0), fourth in points (898) goals created (357.2), and goals for on ice (1,319), fifth in power play goals (102), sixth in assists (496) and game winning goals (52), tied for sixth in hat tricks), seventh in shots (2,007), eighth in games played (881) and goals per game (0.46) and 10th in plus-minus (plus-220).
Oh, and he's the team's all-time leader with 25 short-handed goals.
"Loved 'Nifty,' even though I was a defenseman," said current Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. "Crafty. One-on-one. Played in traffic. I liked watching him and Barry Pederson feed off each other." >> Read More