"You'll always miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take." Wayne Gretzky
Leave it to the Great One to come up with such words of wisdom.
Not only does his quote apply to what happens on the ice, it also applies to what happens in the front office. Neil Smith and Glen Sather, the only two General Managers for the New York Rangers since 1990, can certainly attest to that.
Making a trade is all about taking the shot. Taking the risk to acquire the talent that could put the team over the top. Taking the chance that the assets given away won't become stars for their new organizations.
Basically, it's a crap shoot no matter how you look at it.
Both Smith and Sather made their share of deals. Sometimes they missed. Badly. But other times, they scored. Big time. But they took the shots nevertheless.
So, on the heels of the recently-completed Rick Nash deal, here's a look at five big Blueshirts deals that redefined the franchise.
And in paying homage to Mr. Gretzky to open the article, please note that August 9 marked the 24th anniversary of the biggest deal in NHL history, as he was traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings.
All trade details to follow courtesy of nhltradetracker.com.