10 key trades that helped New York Rangers win 1994 Stanley Cup

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As is typical of any team, the New York Rangers built their 1994 Stanly Cup championship roster through all available avenues.

Brian Leetch, Mike Richter Alexei Kovalev and Sergei Zubov were among those selected by the Rangers in the NHL Draft. Adam Graves was a rare free-agent signing at that time.

But so many players who helped the Rangers end a 54-year championship drought were acquired in trades engineered by general manager Neil Smith. And not all of them were acquired during the 1993-94 season or right before the epic trade deadline, when Smith brokered a string of deals for his first-place team.

Let’s examine the top 10 trades that helped the New York Rangers win the Stanley Cup in 1994, when they defeated the Vancouver Canucks in seven games in the Cup Final.

Also, here’s a list of honorable mentions, players on the 1993-94 Rangers roster who did not make the Top 10 list: Doug Lidster, Eddie Olczyk, Alexander Karpovtsev and Mike Hartman.

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10. Jay Wells (March 9, 1992)

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9. Joe Kocur (March 5, 1991)

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8. Glenn Healy (June 25, 1993)

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7. Glenn Anderson (March 21, 1994)

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6. Esa Tikkanen (March 17, 1993)

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5. Craig MacTavish (March 21, 1994)

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4. Kevin Lowe (December 11, 1992)

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3. Stephane Matteau & Brian Noonan (March 21, 1994)

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2. Steve Larmer, Nick Kypreos (November 2, 1993)

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1. Mark Messier (October 4, 1991)

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