Harvey's time with Montreal would soon come to an end however, as he was an outspoken critic of the team's ability to own players for life, which kept them not only tied to their clubs, but keep their salaries low. Also questioning how players pensions were being handled and funded, he and Detroit's Ted Lindsay went so far as to attempt to organize the players association, which infuriated the Canadiens ownership to the point that they traded their perennial Norris Trophy winning All-Star to the lowly New York Rangers, who had not even qualified for the playoffs in a six team league for 8 of the last 11 seasons.
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The Canadiens only wore a red sweater from 1917-18 through 1934-35 until finally introducing a white one for the first time for the 1935-36 season. Seven seasons later the white sweater was given red shoulders for the first time and, aside from three seasons in the 1940s when they wore a jersey with a blue band around the chest like their red jersey, the white jersey has remained unchanged ever since.
The Rangers began play right from the start in 1926-27 with "RANGERS" diagonally across the chest of their blue sweaters. The current font for the crest came in 1941-42 and the drop shadow just one year later. After a single, unexplainable season with the name arched over the player's number on the front in 1946-47, the blue jerseys have remained virtually unchanged ever since, save for a two year span with a new, modern jersey with the Rangers shield crest on the front in 1976-77 and 1977-78. When the classic style returned for 1978-79, the blue jerseys had "NEW YORK" on the front for nine seasons until the club reverted back to "RANGERS" for 1987-88 and beyond.