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Building a Champion: The 1994 Rangers

Cup-winning team was assembled over nine-year stretch of shrewd moves

Friday, 05.29.2009 / 1:13 PM / 15th Anniversary of 1994
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One of the most popular activities for hockey fans in the off-season is to speculate on moves that must be made to turn their favorite teams into champions. Here is one case study:

The 1994 Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers team took nearly nine years to build, from the first piece of the puzzle -- Mike Richter in June 1985 -- to the final pieces -- Glenn Anderson, Craig MacTavish, Stephane Matteau and Brian Noonan at the NHL trade deadline in March 1994.

Players came to the 1994 Rangers in many different ways, as the chart below illustrates. Only five of the 25 players whose names made it onto the Cup were actually drafted by the Rangers, but the Rangers could not have won the Cup without them.

Two of the team's five Rangers draftees -- Richter and Brian Leetch -- now have their numbers retired, and two others -- Sergei Zubov and Alexei Kovalev -- have combined for six All-Star Game appearances in their NHL careers.

A complete look at how the 1994 Stanley Cup champs were put together:

EVOLUTION OF A CHAMPION -- 1985 to 1994
DATE ACQUIRED PLAYER NOTES
June 15
1985
Mike Richter Mike Richter

1985 NHL Entry Draft
Drafted in the second round,
Pick No. 28 overall
June 21
1986
Brian Leetch Brian Leetch

1986 NHL Entry Draft
Drafted in the first round,
Pick No. 9 overall
June 17
1989
Neil Smith Neil Smith

Hired
Named Rangers Vice-President
and General Manager
June 16
1990
Sergei Zubov Sergei Zubov

1990 NHL Entry Draft
Drafted in the fifth round, pick No. 85 overall. The pick was obtained as compensation for Quebec's signing of unrestricted free agent Guy Lafleur on July 14, 1989.
  Sergei Nemchinov Sergei Nemchinov

1990 NHL Entry Draft
Drafted in the 12th round,
Pick No. 244 overall
March 5
1991
Joe Kocur Joe Kocur

Trade with Detroit
Detroit sends Kocur and Per Djoos to Rangers in exchange for Kevin Miller, Dennis Vial and Jim Cummins.
June 9
1991
Alexei Kovalev Alexei Kovalev

1991 NHL Entry Draft
Drafted in the first round,
Pick No. 15 overall
Sept. 3
1991
Adam Graves Adam Graves

Free Agency
Graves was considered a restricted free agent. Troy Mallette was sent to Edmonton as compensation on Sept. 12, 1991.
Oct. 4
1991
Mark Messier Mark Messier

Trade with Edmonton
Edmonton sends Messier and future considerations (Jeff Beukeboom for David Shaw) to Rangers in exchange for Bernie Nicholls, Steven Rice and Louie DeBrusk.
Nov. 12
1991
Jeff Beukeboom Jeff Beukeboom

Trade with Edmonton
Completion of Oct. 4, 1991, trade listed above, with Beukeboom sent to Rangers in exchange for David Shaw as future considerations portion of deal involving Messier.
March 9
1992
Jay Wells Jay Wells

Trade with Buffalo
Buffalo sends Wells to Rangers in exchange for Randy Moller.
Dec. 11
1992
Kevin Lowe Kevin Lowe

Trade with Edmonton
Edmonton sends Lowe to Rangers for Roman Oksiuta and a 1993 third-round pick (Alexander Kerch)
Dec. 28
1992
Ed Olczyk Ed Olczyk

Trade with Winnipeg
Winnipeg sends Olczyk to Rangers for Tie Domi and Kris King
March 17
1993
Esa Tikkanen Esa Tikkanen

Trade with Edmonton
Edmonton sends Tikkanen to Rangers for Doug Weight.
March 22
1993
Mike Hartman Mike Hartman

Trade with Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay sends Hartman to Rangers for Randy Gilhen.
April 17
1993
Mike Keenan Mike Keenan

Hired
Named Rangers Head Coach
June 25
1993
Doug Lidster Doug Lidster

Trade with Vancouver
Vancouver sends Lidster to Rangers for John Vanbiesbrouck.
  Glenn Healy Glenn Healy

Trade with Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay sends Healy to Rangers for return of 1993 third-round pick, which was compensation for Tampa Bay's signing of restricted free agent Rob Zamuner on July 13,1992.
July 29
1993
Greg Gilbert Greg Gilbert

Free Agency
Gilbert met conditions required for Group III unrestricted free agency.
Sept. 9
1993
Alexander Karpovtsev Alexander Karpovtsev

Trade with Quebec
Quebec sends Karpovtsev to Rangers in exchange for Mike Hurlbut.
Oct. 3
1993
Mike Hudson Mike Hudson

NHL Waiver Draft
Claimed from Edmonton.
Nov. 2
1993
Steve Larmer Steve Larmer

Trade with Hartford
Hartford sends Larmer, Nick Kypreos, Barry Richter and 1994 sixth-round pick (Yuri Litvinov) to Rangers for James Patrick and Darren Turcotte.
  Nick Kypreos Nick Kypreos

Trade with Hartford
Hartford sends Kypreos, Steve Larmer, Barry Richter and 1994 sixth-round pick (Yuri Litvinov) to Rangers for James Patrick and Darren Turcotte.
March 21
1994
Stephane Matteau Stephane Matteau

Trade with Chicago
Chicago sends Matteau and Brian Noonan to Rangers for Tony Amonte and Matt Oates.
  Brian Noonan Brian Noonan

Trade with Chicago
Chicago sends Noonan and Stephane Matteau to Rangers for Tony Amonte and Matt Oates.
  Glenn Anderson Glenn Anderson

Trade with Toronto
Toronto sends Anderson, Scott Malone and 1994 fourth-round pick (Alexander Korobolin) to Rangers in exchange for Mike Gartner.
  Craig MacTavish Craig MacTavish

Trade with Edmonton
Edmonton sends MacTavish to Rangers for Todd Marchant.
        
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