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History of Rangers’ worst NHL free-agent deals

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There had by no means been a free-agent signing season prefer it, and for the sake of all these invested emotionally or in any other case with the Rangers, there’ll by no means be a 1999 once more.

For that was the summer time following Wayne Gretzky’s retirement with the Blueshirts. The franchise had missed the playoffs for the second straight time after having certified for the match eight of the earlier 9 years and 18 of the earlier 20.

The Ranger$ pledged to splurge, they usually did, signing a complete potential beginning lineup of free brokers that includes goaltender Kirk McLean; defensemen Stephane Quintal and Sylvain Lefebvre; left wing Val Kamensky; heart Tim Taylor; and final however hardly least, Theo Fleury, who by no means, ever had the slightest curiosity in coming east till he acquired a authorized bribe of $21 million over three years.

“Had been there another aggressive presents?” I requested Fleury when he signed.